| Second Annual 14ers.com Winter Welcomer
14ers.com "Winter Welcomer"
Peak: Quandary Peak
Route: Standard, East Ridge
Date: October 30, 2010
Length: 7 miles RT
Vertical: 3500 feet
Ascent Party: Approximately fifty intrepid 14'eers
On Sunday, November 1, 2009, Steve Gladbach took six of us up Quandary Peak. Steve has been instrumental in "giving back" to the sport of mountaineering, often introducing beginners
and less experienced explorers to the joys of the alpine in all seasons. Steve's personal accomplishments stand beyond reproach, yet he has freely given of his formidable knowledge
and skill so that others might share in these high altitude treasures.
Since that day one year ago, each of us has gone on to enjoy many more summits, both winter and summer. It has been a very full year for each of the six of us, including Steve.
Steve's arguably crowning accomplishment was his end-of-winter solo trip into the San Juan, to tackle the Chicago Basin 14ers just before Spring Equinox, 2010.
Steve Gladbach leads our party of six up Quandary on November 1, 2009
Each of us owes a great debt to Steve. I wanted to honor him, and our maiden voyage of 2009, by welcoming, in turn, other climbers new to snow-season travel, thereby bringing full
circle the notion of giving back to the sport and this wonderful community of 14ers members. It is amazing to me that we had over fifty 14ers.com members on Quandary Peak this past
Saturday, many new to snow-season travel on Colorado's high peaks. We also had half of the original 2009 group in attendance this year. Congratulations to all who made this year's
ascent a safe and successful trip.
Julie starts up the shallow trench near treeline.
The "third wave" crests point 12,100.
The second wave ascends point 13,146.
Last year we had a little more snow but slightly warmer weather. Here's Cooper leading Steve and the gang up the false summit in 2009.
Kimo models his 2009 alpine carry system on the maiden voyage last November.
Derek and Kimo on last year's trip:
At the summit on the "First Annual"
Summit Shot, November 1, 2009:
The "Second Annual" turns out quite a showing, in three waves.
Here's the First Wave, assembled for summit photos:
"OK, everyone look left."
Here's the second wave:
And about half of the third wave:
I want to thank everyone who participated this year and made it such a great success and a fun time.
It was wonderful meeting everyone. I wish all a safe and successful winter season! You guys rock!
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