Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak Trip Report (#18742)

  • Signed By: David Phillips
  • Date submitted: October 01, 2005
  • Date(s) climbed: 9/30/05
  • Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Set out at 7 am on Tuesday, 9/27 and got to roughly the top of the first hump on Quandry. But wind was howling and looking up to the summit, nothing but nastly looking dark clouds moving fast. With even worse weather forecast for the afternoon, turned back. By the time I reached the parking lot, blue sky at summit. Darn. Reloaded three days later, after first significant snowfall of the season. Made it to the top in 3 hours in ideal weather. Last third of the climb very steep, straight up the ridge, no switchbacks but worth it at top Quite the view: from Indian Peaks to Pike Peak, from Torrey/Grays to Massive/Elbert/Oxford; and with no wind, no clouds and brilliant sunshine was tempted to stay more than the hour I did. Only issues with climb is the funky "trail" in the mid-section, what with its stairclimber sections of steps through the seemingly endless scree- and boulderfields. But worth it once you summit.

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