Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  07/27/2009
Date Climbed:   07/26/2009
Author:  gpeoples
 Quandary-East Ridge-Family Climb  

Start Time: 8:45AM
End Time: 2:10PM
Duration: 5hrs 25min.
Elevation Gain: 3,450 ft.
Trailhead: Quandary East Slope

Since we got a late start I didn't know if we would be able to summit with my 11 year old on this day.
The weather wasn't threatening starting out, but I could already see the potential of the storm clouds.

We started out with all smiles!!!

The weather wasn't as clear as I hoped for this Sunday morning.

Once we got to 13K the challenge with my daughter began. We were a good mile away and she
wanted to stop right there.

This was when my daughter was thinking, no way, we have to go to the top of that!!!

Well, we talked about turning around for the rest of the hike, but she had a goal of doing Quandary
for the past 2 years. So, I did everything I could to get her to the top. Her Mom was way out
in front, had to keep her momentum going or as you know it is hard to climb, and she was our carrot to
keep us going. Mom is waiting....Mom is getting cold up there....we have to hurry to the top to
meet her
. Wow, it was hard to be tough and motivating.

Reached the Summit around 12:10 with my daughter. 3hrs. 25min. to the top. We literally spent
about 5 minutes at the summit, because a few drops of rain started as we left the summit and then
here came the sleet. We flew down the mountain because of the on and off sleet. We did make it
to tree line before the rain really started.

My Daughter pointing at the summit marker with a Celebration Lollipop. Doesn't get any better than that.

Family Summit Success!! Notice the Clouds-Now lets get out of here!!

Finally, we were jogging down the trial in the mud. My wife was out in front and then my daughter
and I caught up. I ran on ahead and was at least able to meet them at the trailhead sign with
the car as the rain/sleet really started to descend. We were wet and muddy, but in good spirits
that our day in mountains was over. When I looked at my watch as we pulled away, I was shocked
that we had made it down so fast. Took us around 2 hrs. We never stopped, because of the
weather threat. It kept us motivated to keep moving.

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