14er #10 in the bag! Mt. Quandary (14,265ft)

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Check #4 off my list of 27 before 27! We bagged another 14er over the weekend! Mt. Quandary (14,265ft)!

“There are no easy 14ers”. True dat.

This was Phuc Tien’s first 14er, and I was so excited to share the experience with her. Hiking 14ers are no joke; they are steep, there’s no oxygen that high, and wind can be brutal. Fortunately for us, the skies were blue and the sun was beaming.

Sub-freezing temps at the TH. 7 miles (roundtrip) to go!

Being this ‘late’ in 14er season, there was decent snow on the trail. Nothing deep and no post holing, just mushy pockets of slippery snow here and there.

Just about a mile into the hike

Hiking Quandary felt a lot like hiking Mt. Elbert (14,433ft): short but STEEP. We gained 3450′ over the course of 3.5 miles.

Halfway to the summit

The final push is decently exposed, and the wind was unforgiving. I was glad to have all the layers I brought. Hoods were wonderful.

Getting closer!
Steep climb to the summit
Almost there!

4 hours from leaving the car, we made it! The summit was breathtaking, as per usual. Man, there’s just something about 14ers. I don’t even know how to describe how amazing it feels to be up there. Maybe it’s the lack of oxygen ;)

14,265 ft above sea level!

Worth every quad-thrashing, lung-burning moment!

Bffs on top of the world!

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. [Antoine de Saint-Exupery]
14ers don’t seem to phase our little fluff. Cabo is such a natural.

Majestic Cabo

After enjoying lunch and the views, we started our journey back to the car. Lots of slipping on snow and laughing as I fell on my butt.

Along the way back, Cabo met a mountain goat. Both parties were pretty confused by the other, so it was pretty cute to see them just staring at each other, like, “what is that thing?!”. We hung tight for a few minutes to let the goat figure out which way he wanted to go, then went about our way.

The curious Cabo-Goat stare down

About 2 and a half hours later, we made it back to the trailhead with sore legs and happy hearts!

Back at the TH

Any day is a great day when you’re in the mountains! I love that I get the opportunity to spend my weekend hiking a 14000ft mountain. It’s so cool.

I love Colorado, dude.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats on #10! Debating trying another one this weekend but with the storm rolling in, we may just end up playing around in the snow :) And I agree– there is NOTHING like the view from the summit!

  2. yay!! nice job! And I love colorado too!

  3. Jessica says:

    What a beautiful view up there!

  4. Heidi Nicole says:

    The view really does make it all worth it! We need to get one in with a little snow – makes the mountains all around look so much prettier. Plus, I’d feel more hardcore with snow around me!

  5. Kristen says:

    Jealous! Looks like a great hike!
    Since I can’t look into your pack, I don’t know what you carry, so I have a recommendation for you. A first aid kit for your dog. Much of what comes in a standard kit will work…just add a few things for the pooch. Mine is geared towards foot injuries since that is the most likely problem I’ll face.
    Small bottle of eye wash to clean out the wound (handy for eyeball issues as well)
    Neosporin-type ointment for quick application to wounds
    Baby teething ointment (usually lidocaine-type drug)
    Non-stick pad, gauze, self-cling wrap for foot
    Booties (I recommend practicing in those first!)
    Hemostats or tweezers for picking out things. For me, that would be prickly pear cactus…

    I also like to have my (primarily) black dog in a reflective harness for hiking (love the Ruffwear). If he’s off leash, then he won’t be as likely to be mistaken for a baby black bear. In addition, the harness has a handle which can be used for assisted walking in case of injury, and it prevents choking/decapitation if he sprints off while still attached to me. It won’t prevent the pain caused to me if he sprints off…..

    Finally, be sure to carry a little food for Cabo on your 14ers and other long hikes. Water, I’m sure you have, but she might need a little blood sugar boost now and then, too.

    Just a few thoughts.

    1. EfoRunner says:

      We’ve been hiking with Cabo for a while now and we’ve got her food/safety well covered. Thanks for the suggestions; maybe other readers will appreciate your list if they are wondering what all they might want to bring for their dog. Whether you’re hiking 14ers, backpacking, or going for a short day hike, you always gotta be prepared!

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