Support 14ers.com
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  01/18/2013 Modified: 01/21/2013
 Date Climbed:   01/16/2013
 Posted By:  boudreaux
 Winter Quandary   


I'm just gonna post a few photos of the day, it was a very nice day. Started out with a little fog at the TH, but by the time we reached the krumholtz, we were above the clouds and the temps went from 15 degrees to 30 degrees. Not much snow on the mountain above the treeline. The packed trail was sometimes 8" higher than the adjacent slope, just shows how much the wind has scoured this peak.

All the snow is at or below the treeline





You can see in these two pictures how little snow there is. I was amazed that Brec or Copper was doing some avy control that day. The wind is always working, but geez!

I met Tockelstein2005 in Breckenridge and we drove up to the TH in the fog, we got a nice view of the summit as we passed The Skier's Edge. We had a little trouble on the 1st slope at the last signpost, the packed trail disappeared beneath the wind blown snow and it was searching for the trail with my poles, kinda like doing avy rescue training, but it worked and saved us from deep postholing. After that it was smooth sailing on the packed trail.

At about 12,400, my left foot got really cold and Tockelstein continued on without me. But after about 10 minutes I ran into a large group of guys from 14ers.com. They encouraged me to try the warmers, and was glad I did. I think this added about 400' to my day and by the time I was approaching the summit I was almost crawling up, Tockelstein was coming back down, I guess I was about 45 minutes behind him or so. High above the clouds, I could see the clouds spilling over Hoosier Pass and the Continental Divide like water pouring out of a bowl. I just was glad the hard part was over, I think I need a little more fitness or something, that was a struggle. I'm just like a horse, point me toward the barn and I know the feed bag is in there waiting for me, so going down was no problem!


East slopes look loaded on Atlantic, Fletcher/Atlantic Ridge is my favorite!



Red Mountain/Hoosier Ridge west slopes look wind bown and sparse

He slowed down for me to catch up and I rejoined him at the flat part of the ridge just below the summit pyramid. It was a good day, Tockelstein got his 14er and we enjoyed some good company on the trail. The fog moved off to the south and the hike back down to the TH was no problem in the fading light of the late afternoon.



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):


  • Comments or Questions (13)
boudreaux


For the record     2013-01-18 13:41:38
There was not much wind blowing today. We hiked up in crampons with poles. I wore 2 pairs of socks, 3 layers on legs and 4 layers on upper body and sometimes up to 5 and 6 especially on the summit break and downclimb of summit pyramid. When I took off my gaitors, I noticed that some of my layers were bunched up about mid-calf, after straightening this out and removing one of two socks, I immediately felt my foot warm up, and added the warmer for insurance. Those guys told me to wait about 15 minutes for it to warm up in there, but hell, I was ready to go now, so off I went to catch Tockelstein. The hardest part is re-climbing something a second time, once I got past that mental torture, I was ok the rest of the way!


MountainHiker


Socks - thanks for the report     2013-01-18 16:01:14
If your boots are sized for thick and or two pairs of socks, then they mean extra insulation - good. If your boots are sized for thin or just one pair of socks, then extra can hurt circulation - bad.


griff410


Thanks - RT Time?     2013-01-18 18:16:14
Probably hitting this one up this weekend since it looks like good conditions will hold, what was your round trip time by the way?


boudreaux


Boots & Socks     2013-01-19 08:39:35
I bought my Asolos at the REI Garage Sale a few years ago, they were actually a couple sizes too big, so I usually wear 2 pairs of socks to make them fit. I paid $11 for them, so I made it work. I wear REI expedition weight socks, so they are thick, but I never have any problems. I really think it was just the layers plus the socks bunching up inside my gaitors, which are OR mediums and may be a bit small with that much going on! But each foot is not the same size and maybe I should just wear one sock on the left foot or a different weight sock! Whatever the reason, that foot came back quickly and never bothered me again that day.

Griff, it took me a pedestrian 8 hours RT, not what you call fast, but I like to enjoy my hike and have a good day the next and not suffer so much. It was such a nice day out, there was really no need to hurry.

I wish I had taken a picture of the east basin below the SW face, it looks good for an attempt on the west ridge route, look at how North Star is almost bare except for the NE aspects. I would say the north face of Q looks the same.


pauldearhouse


awesome day!     2013-01-19 15:57:25
hi boudreaux I was out there that day, made it up top in between you and your friend, I think. Congrats on getting out in winter again!


tockelstein2005


Great day     2013-01-21 09:03:44
Thanks again for coming up to climb, and glad we both made the summit.


boudreaux


It was an Awesome Great Day!     2013-01-21 16:38:31
Yeah Tockelstein, it was nice meeting up with you for your 1st ascent of Quandary. We matched up well, same height, same stride. Too bad we didn't summit together, I missed your triumph at the top. Hopefully we can hook again in the future sometime.

Dearhouse, I remember you well, I could barely look up to you when you stopped coming off the summit. Winter is not so bad, but this is a mild one so far, maybe a March attempt is in the works! You and Mtngoat72 should join me if you can?


tockelstein2005


A little something     2013-01-21 20:18:04
I put this together for fun...hope you enjoy it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2yAoMNvRmk

A family vacation is in the works for July - possibly Vail so let's hit up Elbert or Massive!


boudreaux


Outstanding     2013-01-22 06:11:05
That was an outstanding video you put together, who is the giutar solo by? I really liked the vids of the clouds, the vanishing mists.

Yeah, you let me know your dates as soon as you know them, and I will plan something


tockelstein2005


Thanks     2013-01-22 10:08:13
That's Joe Satriani. Glad you liked it! It was actually good that I waited for you...it allowed time to capture those clouds. I have a lot of fun putting these together after my trips.

Tentatively, it looks like late July for the family vacation, but if that falls through I'll be back in Colorado for sure sometime this year!


pauldearhouse


QP in March sounds great to me!     2013-01-22 15:58:38
I'm gonna go out on a limb and speculate that MtnGoat72 may be up for it too, haha

tockelstein2005 - nice video, I took many of the same pics that day. I like the clouds ebbing and flowing around 2:00 and 4:00


boudreaux


I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!     2013-01-22 18:17:15
OK, I'll set something up for March on a w/e!

Late July sounds good, I'll be ready!


MTGOAT72


I'm In     2013-01-22 20:40:25
March sounds good. So count me in!



   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.