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 Peak:  Quandary Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  zdero1
 Date of Information:  04/21/2012
 Date Posted:  04/21/2012
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Road dry all the way to the trailhead. Easily accessible by any vehicle. No snowshoes needed during the ascent, even for this big guy! 50+ mph winds experienced on the flat part of the ridge just before the final slope up to the summit, which was unpleasant to say the least. We had to make clothing changes in this wind tunnel because we quickly lost feeling in our fingers with lightweight gloves, even though temps never reached freezing. Recommend putting on some midweight gloves and a balaclava before you traverse this portion of the climb if forecast calls for high winds. Mashed potato snow on the decent which made for great plunge stepping down the ridge. Snowpack rarely above 8" above the forest. Sporadic patches of snow in the forest. Postholed a few times after entering the forest but would not recommend snow shoes. Rapid melting occuring today. Felt like a climb one would have in late May-mid June. Accessible trailhead, great conditions, and a nice easy climb early in the season make this one a no-brainer! Get out and enjoy it!


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