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.
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.
Hiking Quandary felt a lot like hiking Mt. Elbert (14,433ft): short but STEEP. We gained 3450′ over the course of 3.5 miles.
The final push is decently exposed, and the wind was unforgiving. I was glad to have all the layers I brought. Hoods were wonderful.
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 ;)
Worth every quad-thrashing, lung-burning moment!
14ers don’t seem to phase our little fluff. Cabo is such a natural.
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.
About 2 and a half hours later, we made it back to the trailhead with sore legs and happy hearts!
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.