Saturday, June 13, 2009

Quandary Peak

The last thing on Adam's list for the week was hiking a fourteener. When he last visited in September we were able to summit Mount Bierstadt, another of our state's 54 peaks over 14,000 feet. So, I picked Quandary for today's outing.

We got up at 4:30 so we could leave by 5:00. The trailhead was past Breckenridge so it took us over two hours to get there. We did manage to start hiking by 7:30. At 9:30 we hit the first of many snowfields. Here we put on our snowshoes and started slowly towards the summit. I should say that Dan and I started slowly towards the summit, Adam cruised to the top. I think it was the awesome MSR snowshoes with lifts that he had. Regardless, we all managed to summit before 11:00 and the bluebird day allowed us quite a bit of time at the top. We could see for miles and enjoyed over half an hour with almost no wind. We then did a sitting glissade down the top half of the peak since it was so steep. Boy, was it fun be it numbed our backsides!

On the way up we saw two small mountain goats over the side of the ridge. On the way down we saw them actually on the trail. They were so cute!!!!

We got back tot he car by 1:30 and drove the long road back to Boulder. We all crashed on the couch and Adam is going home tomorrow. I think we all are going to need a rest after this week!

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