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Welcome!
I'm Abbie... 

Follower of Christ.
Wife to Pilot Cal.
(Semi-crazy) cat lady.
ENFJ + Enneagram 7 (/8).
Believer that creamer > coffee.
Resident of the mountains.
Forever losing my keys. 
Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak

Location: Quandary is pretty close to Breckenridge, which puts it about 2 hours hours away from Denver. Check here for detailed directions. 

Elevation/distance: There are several ways to Summit Quandary, but I would definietly recommend the Class One Route. The higher the "classes" get, the more intense they become. Class one is a regular hike, class two has more scrambling/light climbing involved, and so on. The class one total elevation gain is 3,450 feet, for a total of 14,265 feet at the Summit (the trailhead starts at 10,850). Your total mileage from start to finish is just a little over five miles. 

Views on the way to the summit (aka the top).

Views on the way to the summit (aka the top).

Description: Absolutely breathtaking, summiting Quandary is also absolutely painstaking- HA! It's a hard climb. Five-ish miles is relatively a short distance to summit a 14er, so your have a pretty intense upward climb for the majority of the hike. It's well wroth it, though, because the views the entire way are just stunning. We saw tons of mountain goats, and were just surrounded by snowcapped mountains the entire way. Since the trailhead starts pretty high up, you get above the tree line pretty quickly (aka you are very high up very fast). If you have ever hiked above tree line, you know that the views are expansive and the pain is well worth it. Be aware of the false summit, which is basically when you think you have reached the top, and then you realize that, well, you haven't. Quandary's false summit is at least home to herds of mountain goats, which makes the disappointment a little more bearable. ;) (PS- research this hike before going! Depending on the time of year, make sure you pack the appropriate clothing. As you can imagine, the top is much colder than the base. I started in half tights and a t-shirt, and by the summit I was wearing a couple sweatshirts and coat because it is CHILLY at the top. We hiked Quandary the beginning of July and there was still snow at the top, if that tells you anything.

Who I would recommend to: Those who are looking for a "real" mountain hike experience. 14ers (aka freaking high mountains) are no joke, so take it seriously. Quandary Peak is known as one of the "easier" 14ers because you don't need climbing gear to summit the peak. Don't be fooled, though, because it's definietly still difficult. Drink TONS of water. You will be affected by the altitude here, whether that mean you are more out of breath or that you feel dizzy, you are high up. We did this one with our friends back home, who flew in the night before (!!!) for a visit. Their bodies were NOT acclimated to the Colorado altitude, but they still made it no problem. It should be noted that they are also in great shape. :) We just took lots of breaks and made sure to pack lots of water. Don't let the terms like "altitude" or "14er" or "intense" scare you, though. If you are in decent shape, you will be able to do it. It will be a challenge, but so worth it when you reach the top and mountains on mountains on mountains are staring you in the face. There is really nothing like it.

Our view at the top. :)

Our view at the top. :)

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