|Peak:||Quandary Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||04/28/2012|
Hit the trail just before 8am today. The trail below treeline had spotty patches of snow, but well-worn paths through it. Above treeline was a different story, though. The mountain had apparently gotten several inches of snow because the combination of the gusty wind and blowing snow made it hard just above treeline to follow the path. From treeline all the way to the summit, blowing snow continued to make it hard to stay on the trail. I didn't use microspikes on the way up, but they would have helped, so I put them on for the descent. Even though the skies cleared on my ascent, the wind and blowing snow were brutal, esp. on the upper reaches. At one point, I considered turning back due to the wind, but did summit. Things were easier on the way back down with the wind at my back, but mud from the melting snow threw me off more than once from treeline on down. I meant to take some pictures on the way down, but my camera died right after the summit shots. Bottom line- I knew the wind would be there, and dressed accordingly, but didn't think the mountain had gotten as much snow as it did.
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