Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  01/31/2010
Date Climbed:   01/31/2010
Author:  Barrett Cooper

 Quandary East Side  

Thanks to jgarcia on his report from the 29th. It made our trip easier to plan.

Start 7:30 am
Finish 1:00 pm

So lots of reports on Quandary and I will not go into all the details of our trip. But I wanted to at least post some pics and put out what I saw so that anyone heading up has an idea of recent conditions.

Pat and I started at 7:30 from the main trailhead. There are about 10 spots to park easily right at the bottom of the McCullough road closure off of hwy 9. Other spots are there but you have to use your imagination or park up the road. Cold until the sun hit us about at 8 as we made our way up. Then we baked from the sun, reflection and zero wind until 10:16 am. It felt like it was 60 degrees out there and we were down to base layers. I felt way over packed until 10:17 when the wind remembered that is was supposed to be at work and it started zipping. Summit around 11:30.

The trail is about 20 inches wide and well traveled all the way up. Snowshoes were not needed but wouldn't hurt for traction. We both had microspikes on most of the way as they are like 4WD for hiking in the snow.

Three Pics of the upper route



From the summit looking North

From the summit looking East

From the summit looking South

From the summit looking West

The snow beast

Lots of goat tracks but no goats this time on Quandary. So I have a question for those who read this far in the trip report. How many mountain goats do you think get killed in avalanches? The reason I ask is their tacks were all over the gullies and what small cornices were up there on Q. Just seems like there would be a lot of them swept away each year considering their habitat.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Nice pictures
02/01/2010 02:11
Looks like a fun day on the mountain.


Super Job
02/01/2010 02:22
Nice job climbing up in this wether in winter

Boggy B

Let me take a stab at that question..
02/01/2010 03:45
I think mountain goats run up avalanches for exercise.


Great photos
02/14/2010 22:25
Thanks for the good info about the hike. Hoping the weather will be friendly in a couple of weeks for a try to the top.

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