Ascent of Quandary Peak on 2007-09-01

Climber: David Foster

Others in Party:Vaune
Date:Saturday, September 1, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Quandary Peak
    Elevation:14265 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Somebody had the stupid idea of a 330am departure from Lakewood, while another was devious enough to accept. Arrived at the trailhead about 515 am as dawn was breaking. One other party had camped overnight, we were the first there that morning. We must have left about 545am, and hustled to get a clear view of the sky while below treeline. First photo suggests trailhead departure about 615am, which I can't reconcile. GPS track was lost. We did get a clear view against a brightening horizon but saw just a few of the Aurigid meteors.

Scarcity of meteors was made up for by the large numbers of very friendly mountain goats. Several photos with goat props were taken. The pace was comfortable. We were the first to start, but were passed by 2-3 parties near the summit. Summit made by about 915 with Vaune in the lead. The summit became quite a community gathering place with stories, questions and maps exchanged freely.

Departure maybe 10am? with a surprise of seeing the route up solid with Labor Day climbers. Very glad we got the early start. On the way down, met a ~6 year old girl on the side of the trail left there by her dad. I clumsily tried to cheer her up, but reallized she was scared and cold. We warmed her with jackets and handwarmers until her Dad showed up a few minutes later. How could he leave his daughter???????????
Return was at a leisurely pace, getting to the cars perhaps at 1pm. The parkinglot and the side of the road was filled with cars all the way to Hiway 9.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3384 ft / 1031 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Rd 851 Trailhead  10881 ft / 3316 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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