- CANCELLATION NOTICE -
Not in a Quandary about go vs. no go - it's a 'no go' under these conditions for me
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Saturday: Snow and areas of blowing snow before 11am, then snow likely after 11am. High near 17. Wind chill values as low as -13. Windy, with a west wind between 37 and 47 mph, with gusts as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Since this is one of the shortest hikes of a possible winter 14'er I hope we will be able to repost this for another, better weather, day.
We’re in a Quandary or On the Quandary, Peak 14,265’
Mt. Quandary will be a winter-like single day ascent of one of the State’s easier to access and easier to climb in winter high peaks. It may be a walk-up in difficulty however we will treat this with winter respect and seriousness. 7 miles round trip with ~3650’ elevation gain will make for a full day. Expect to take 4 hours on the ascent and 2.5-3 for the return. A determination will be made ~Thursday the 17th, based on detailed weather forecast if the trip will 'go' or be postponed.
Meet in GJCO at 4:45 so we can be on the road by 5 AM. It will be a little over a 3 hour drive if road conditions are pretty good to good. We’ll take I-70 to Frisco then CO Hwy 9 south to Breckenridge and ~6.5-7 miles beyond to the Monte Cristo Cr turn-off before reaching Hoosier Pass. If you are coming from other locations please paln your time accordingly to be at the trailhead by ~8 - 8:15 AM.
BRING (items with a * are required; others are suggested or optional):
* sturdy and warm footwear (please, no ‘new’ boots), appropriate non-cotton socks
* snowshoes with a traction bar/ crampon (can rent from REI and maybe Summit Canyon)
* Kahtoola Micro-Spikes (Ice grippers like no others. Can often take the place of crampons. Can buy at REI. $60 and worth many times that amount in safety and security under foot)
*gaiters (knee-high to keep snow out of boots and lower legs warm & dry)
* dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothing as the day, the wind, your energy vary (No cotton clothing: no jeans, work shirts, socks. Anyone expecting to go in jeans will be asked to not go with us)
* windproof jacket with a hood
* windproof pants (preferably with full-length leg zippers; do not wear insulated downhill ski pants, you’ll roast)
* Warm hat(s), gloves/mittens, windproof nylon over-mittens, neck gaiter
* ski goggles and sun glasses
* water (at least 2 quarts on the trail. If you bring a Camelback, have tested the tube to be sure it will not freeze)
* high energy snacks, quick easy lunch that will not require a sit-down to eat
- trekking/ ski poles (optional though strongly suggested. Be sure to use the full size snow baskets, not the 1’ diameter summer baskets)
- thermos of hot beverage (one for the car and another for the trail)
- other items may be added or feel welcome to use any winter gear checklist you have access to in a book or on the web.
If you know from prior experience that your dog's paws will not ball up with snow, that they will not get so cold as to force you to turn back early, that the dog will not run off chasing ptarmigan or voles and not come back . . . then feel welcome to bring Fido along.
For such a long drive one &/or the other is suggested. For GJCO, we can work out the details Saturday morning or by email a day or 2 before. Others, please plan accordingly.
The 14'er.com web site has weather that is pretty specific to the area very near many of the peaks so we do not have to rely on metro weather reports to get good beta.
Looks like a lot of snow is falling and blowing as of Nov. 12. I strongly suggest we will want snowshoes (for down low in the trees) and Kahtoola micro-spikes (for up high on the wind swept ridge).
Doug Van Etten[masked]
Gear suggestions and comments:
If you have any doubts about my rave reviews of Kahtoolas or their price, pls look at the reviews on Amazon.com. Keep in mind too, if you buy them at REI and find you are the one person in 81 reviews on Amazon who what not 100% sold on them, you can take 'em back for a full refund.