Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,272 feet
Date Posted:  03/14/2014
Date Climbed:   03/08/2014
Author:  killingcokes
 East Ridge and Bowl   

Well after we finished WalMart chutes me and Gary went to Prost and had a beer and some sausage and tried to figure out what to do. Allison wanted to ski but 70 was probabily going to close really soon. I ended up heading back to Edgewater for the night which I think was the right call considering how crappy the westbound traffic was. We awoke with the plan to ski Geneva Basin. This would allow us to drive 285 instead of 70. It's soooo much nicer. However when we got to the Guanella Pass turnooff we realized that Geneva Basin wasn't going to happen. The snow was up to my differentials and I was sure there would be a lot more further up the road, especially at the switchbacks below Abyss trailhead. A new plan was needed.

So while we were driving west I suggested Quandary. "Why not?" Allison said.

So with a really late start for a 14er we left the trailhead at 12:06. The weather was awesome for most of the ascent. That started to change at the last pitch of the ridge. The winds picked up and the temps dropped, but we made the summit and had great views of the Tenmile and Mosquito. We ate some food and switched over and then headed down the ridge. I was eying the East Bowl on the way up and... More words and pics at makingturns.com










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