|Peak:||Quandary Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||02/20/2013|
Frst report, soooo.....be nice.
We hit the East Ridge TH at 0700. Clear skies, 15*, storm on the way. Hard packed snow with a clear trail all the way to tree line. Above tree line the snow was mixed powder and wind packed. We could see a lot of post holeing from previous days, but we were able to float on top. There were large snowfields mixed with exposed rock all the way to the 13,500' saddle. The ridge was fully exposed with a small cornice on the south edge. The storm was on us and conditions were deteriorating. We decided to call it a day. Mother Nature eased our pain a bit with a heard of Mtn goats. 12 of them actually. The most incredible day on a mountain I have ever had. We plunge stepped all the way down in heavy snow. Our track from the climb were nearly covered. A few beers at Ollie's and we chalked it up as a good "first winter attempt".
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