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Ascent of Quandary Peak on 2014-06-15

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Sunday, June 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Quandary Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14265 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

CMC Ararat training hike. Clear skies at the beginning and lots of people on the mountain. It was pretty windy above treeline, and it got a little chilly on the way back. Clouds started rolling in when we got to the summit, but we only got some light graupel when we got back to the cars. We did get a little spread out; some hikers were a bit slower than others, and we took a long break at treeline to let the others catch up on the way back down. It took nearly 8 hours total, but I felt better than my last time on The Q back in February. There's still plenty of snow up there, but it is manageable.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3441 ft / 1048 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:Quandary Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Quandary Peak Lower Parking Lot  10824 ft / 3299 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy



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