Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  01/24/2009
Modified:  01/29/2009
Date Climbed:   01/22/2009
Author:  jesse

 Quandary in bear and cookie monster costumes   

Due to the warm spell we received this week and the beta gained from other users (thank you) we thought quandary would be a safe adventure. We left Westminster at 5:45 and after breakfast arrived at the trailhead at 7:45. The snowshoeing up was very icy and although we were glad to have spikes to dig in they weren't necessary.
The sun rising near treeline.
I was very excited to climb a 14er in the winter.
Connor's first 14er!
Someone had made an amazing igloo that is visible from a long way below it!
As the day wore on the clouds started swarming in from the west.
Absolutely amazing views on a transitioning weather day, as we looked up towards the summit it seemed unlikely we'd have a clear view from the top.
Entranced by the swirling wisps.
About 1000ft above treeline the snow became very spotty so we decided to drop the snowboards and snowshoes and finish in our costumes!
Summiting was the goal forget if its cloudy.
We had time for some fun though.
Even if its just for obligatory acrobatics.
The last 10% was completely in the cloud.
Summit Marker
And the register for good measure.
Its funny that Connors 1st 14er was summited without views and in a warm costume lol.
As we descended his hood started doing weird things too.
The storm charged at us from the west as we strapped in and rode towards the igloo.
Heres a view from inside.
The coffin within the igloo.
They really made it well.

The ride down was very icy and spotted, many rocks and bare spots had to be avoided above treeline. After reaching the trees conditions were somewhat better but nothing great. We were able to ride the rest of the way back to the car and were very happy to have outrun the storm.
Very glad to have climbed in the suits look for more snowboarding animals this winter at a resort near you!~

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 Comments or Questions
Chicago 14er

01/24/2009 15:57
Looks like you guys had a good time. So I have to ask. What was the inspiration? I few to many beers?


01/25/2009 00:15
The igloo was built on the 17th by two guys that went up on the Quandary Nuber II climb, they went back and spent the night in it on the 18th. Glad to see it‘s still up.
Looks like you guys had a blast.. did you meet Horton?


Cookie Monster!!!!
01/25/2009 01:23
Sweet report. I know the dude who built the snow shelter. He and a buddy slept in it the following night.
Sweet report.


High quality
01/25/2009 04:49
Awesome!!! I‘ll bet that was the first 14er ever done by a cookie monster.


Costume Fun
01/25/2009 07:22
we were inspired to make costumes to snowboard in, so we could counteract all the materialism and fashion going on at the resorts these days. The igloo is still good enough to sleep in it was very warm when we were inside, I‘ve hiked quandary with Horton before but he was no where to be found on Thursday.

George Kaplan

01/26/2009 18:03
Terrific costumes! Thanks for posting the pictures. Looks like it was a fun time.


01/27/2009 00:31
I see there‘s still something new to do with Quandary! Do they make an Elmo costume??


01/28/2009 03:00
glad to hear the igloo is still standing! JPjibskier and I built that a while ago and we meant to get up there the next week, but we haven‘t had a chance yet. Maybe this weekend...

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