Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  04/27/2009
Date Climbed:   04/26/2009
Author:  randalmartin
 First "Winter" climb   

This was my first "Winter" climb. In short, it was snowy and very windy. I previously attempted Quandary in February this year but we had even more extreme wind then with gusts to 60-70mph so I turned back at 13,450. Today we experienced top gusts of around 40mph (enough to knock you off balance or over if not ready for it). The last 600 vertical feet were more difficult. Was having to kick step with my snowshoes to get solid purchase while climbing into that strong wind. At 14,100 I still couldn't clearly see the summit due to the blowing snow. That is the happiest I have ever been on a summit and it truly felt like an achievement.

Because of the cloudiness the snow softened a little but not much and so I wouldn't imagine it was a good day for skiing/boarding. Although two snowboarders descended past us on the way up. The benefit of the cloudiness was not having to deal with post-holing issues on the descent. I was able to plunge step from about 13k to treeline. Man I love descending that way.


Photo taken from the relatively flat bench at 13,200 before the final upper section.


Summit photo just as I topped out.


Self taken summit shot.


Summit shot with Mt. Lincoln in the distance.


Summit shot of Heman my climbing partner for the day. You can see the clouds in the background that we had just climbed through getting to the summit.

It was that way all day as we passed from one band of snow through another.

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Comments or Questions

Sure looks like winter, so........
04/29/2009 02:15
just change the ”Date Climbed” on the TR. That‘s what I always do.

Good job and congats on a snow season ascent in less than ideal weather!


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