Quandary Peak Trip Report (#21417)
- Signed By: Darrell Commander of Austin, Texas, USA
- Date submitted: September 05, 2008
- Date(s) climbed: 9/3/2008
- Number of People Encountered:11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
A cold front had blown through earlier in the week, so it was clear and very brisk when I started out around 7:40 AM. Encountered a trail runner and two other hikers on their way down as I was going up. One of the hikers was from Baltimore, and we chatted briefly about the difficulty of hiking at altitude when you've only been in state for less than a week.
Summited at 10:12 AM. A couple summited just before I did, and we were joined by a delightful young woman from Breck named Liz who had hiked up with a borrowed dog named Gypsy. I hiked down with Liz and Gypsy. On the way down, we passed on their way up: a group of five young people (looked like college students), two couples with dogs, and a couple that was concerned about the weather. The college students summited and passed us again on their way down. Some grayish clouds had moved in, but they had mostly blown off by the time Liz and I were back to our cars.
This was my first 14er, and even having trained for the elevation gain, there was no way to train for the altitude living in Austin. I came up five days early to acclimate and still found the climb to be arduous (but doable.) However, I think that, with sufficient acclimation, this peak would have been no problem. The trail was pretty clear the whole way up. Cairns mark the way through the more talus-y sections. I doubt that Quandary is the easiest 14er in the book, but it's definitely doable as a first 14er. Easy access, easy route, close to a major town.