Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  06/04/2011
Date Climbed:   06/04/2011
Author:  GraceU2DSummit
 Quandary - East Ridge  

Absolutely perfect day on Quandary. Well, I guess it would have been perfect if Josh and I brought are boards to ride down

We were going to hike Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron, and possibly Bross today. However, we were only able to make it 2.3 miles up the 6 mile road to Kite Lake trail head (drifts are about 3-4 feet deep). The extra distance didn't factor out for us today. Another day for that.

So, we decided on Quandary. Being craving some elevation gain. Left trail head at 7:15ish. We used our snow shoes basically the whole way up. Snow was hard in most parts, but we started post holing enough to warrant the shoes. Temperature must have been in the mid 60s. It was freakin beautiful today. Josh and I got the sunburned face to prove it. Yes, we forgot the sunscreen.

Quite a few people up there today! Nice meeting many of you, especially Scott

On the way back down, we did get to do a little glissading. That was certainly the funnest part of the descent. The snow was getting very soft in many areas, and we were busting through it, even with snow shoes on.

Fantastic day indeed. I did underestimate the 14er, I will admit. That last approach will take it out of ya Only bummer was all the smoke in the air from the unfortunate fires to our south.


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 Comments or Questions

06/05/2011 14:36
Thanks for the insights and great photos! I was trying to explain to a person who has never done a 14er and who wants to go on the 29th that there will still be snow and special footwear will be needed. This report should help them visualize!

Two questions:
1. How much more difficult is it to do the hike in snowshoes?
2. When would you predict the snow will be gone?

Thanks again for sharing your experience!


Partial answer to wabahoye
06/05/2011 19:27
I was up there last year on July 1. There was a patch of snow for maybe 100yds just below the summit, otherwise it was dry the whole way. This year there is more snow than last year, so it may be hard to predict.


06/06/2011 13:44
difficulty hiking on snowshoes is going to depend largely on the snow conditions. If it's firm and you aren't sinking much it won't be that much more difficult, though even a small increase in exertion with each step adds up after thousands and thousands of steps. If the snow is soft and you're sinking in, it gets exponentially more difficult.


06/06/2011 13:45
great pics; we climbed it a couple weeks ago in the epic May 21 blizzard (have pics/TR posted) cool to see how much melt there's been in the last 2 weeks, though still a ton of snow up there!

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