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Ascent of Quandary Peak on 2009-07-11

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Quandary Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14265 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

I led this trip with 4 other hikers through meetup.com. The place was a madhouse. We arrived at the trailhead just after 6AM, and there were already a whole bunch of cars parked along McCullough Gulch Road, and more coming in behind us. We reached the summit around 8:45 and there was a good sized crowd up there. There is still some snow up on the summit ridge. Weather was great, a little windy up top, but it was sunny, with great views. When we got back down to Point 13146, we could see a great big conga line of people headed up to the summit. We saw a couple of mountain goats hanging around the trail on the way down. A great day all in all.
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 Trailhead  10824 ft / 3299 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear



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