The Goal: Quandary Peak, one of Colorado's famous fourteeners (14,000+ ft mountain)
Some friends and I hiked/climbed this three weeks ago.
The Crew: from left to right: Jack, Cal, Maciej, Marcin, and myself
The Colorado Columbine....the state flower....absolutely beautiful...there were several massive patches all along the trail near the trailhead....unreal to see so many in one place
This was on the way down....these rocks are quite loose and razor sharp...I have a fresh scar on my arm to prove it...
the trailhead is at the damn there....quite a ways down, especially scrambling over this rocky couloir.
Cal and me on top of one of the many scrambles in the crux of the class 3 "West Ridge Route" we decided to challenge ourselves with
How many people can you count going up?!? Gives a much better sense of things with people in for scale...
A marmot: kind of like a beaver, except it lives above the treeline on mountains and does not build dams or have the defining tail. This trip was packed with wildlife...we also saw a ton of pikas...smaller, gray versions of the marmot with a distinct squeak.