Quandary Peak - 14,265 feet above sea level
Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
24Trip End Ongoing
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A few delays in the morning made the original 8:30 departure time unattainable, but we were in high spirits and on the trail at 9:45. It started out nicely defined, mostly dirt with a few rocks, tree roots, and the occasional downed tree disturbing the path. The altitude proved to be the most difficult adjustment, and we made several stops within the first hour just to catch our breath. Once we passed the tree line, the path became more narrow and rocky
Dad and I continued on our way up, with notable highlights being mountain goats not even ten feet away from us, loose gravel on the path, a 15% grade for at least a quarter mile, a minor freak out on my part approximately 30 minutes from the summit, all of which lead to our eventual arrival at the peak at 1:15 after three and a half hours of climbing. I was frustrated but so happy to be at the top; I was even willing to forgive the fact that it was probably only 45-50ºF. I shot a video at the top for my friends in Brazil because I had showed them the view from our condo the other day via Skype and they were in awe of the scenery.
We only relaxed for about ten minutes at the top before beginning our descent
After the first 45 minutes of the descent, I realized that my mom was probably another ten minutes ahead of us. When we got to a point where it was easier to go a little faster, I jogged to catch up with her. Obviously she was waiting for us to come back down for quite a while, and after a certain point she decided to hike up to try to find us for food and water (don’t get me wrong – we didn’t leave her without either, she just ran out). This was probably around 2:15, and we continued down the mountain for the next hour and a half, finally arriving back at the car at 3:45. I looked at the trailhead sign and saw that the trail is actual 3.33 miles one way, 6.66 round trip. Is that a coincidence that 666 is the number of the devil? So much for a short morning hike!
There was no time to rest our weary bodies; we drove straight from the trail to Hoosier Pass, which we just stopped at to take pictures