My Quandary

When I was a kid, one of my mom’s favorite lines was "go outside and play."  I spent a lot of time outside.  As an adult, I spent a lot of time in front of the computer, in conference rooms, in airplanes, and in hotels.  But, I still try to go outside and play – a lot.  Colorado is an outstanding place to practice playing, especially on the weekends in the mountains.

On Saturday, I climbed my third 14er – Quandary Peak.  My guide was my long time friend and first business partner Dave Jilk who has climbed a large number of 14ers.

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We had an absolutely perfect day for a climb.  When we left my house in Keystone at 6am, it was 33 degrees.  The average temperature was in the mid-40s, but the sky was completely clear and there was very little wind.  From the top of Quandary, Dave named off 24 other 14ers.

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It was a steep climb – 3000+ vertical feet over 3.5 miles.  Even though we started early, about 15 or so people beat us to the top.  As we headed down, we saw over 200 people heading up!  It was like looking down on an endless stream of ants marching up a hill.

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I know you worked hard today.  Now, go outside and play.

  • http://www.spideysenses.com Ted R.

    Nice! I think I've got 1 14k in me, Shasta … (but I did haul a snowboard ;) Super great reading this.

    When I read your twitter I thought you may have been referring to a major conundrum and not a physical mountain. Mt Quandary is quite a name.

    Congrats!

  • http://accidentaltechnologist.com Rob Bazinet

    Great peak, congrats. I have climbed Quandry myself and I am from CT. I think you folks call us flatlanders. It was an awesome climb, had snow on the peak and began to snow like crazy when we were up there. It was in Sept too.

  • Dave

    “who has climbed a large number of 14ers” – a little generous – I've climbed only 17 out of 54 in Colorado. You did an amazing job for someone just coming off a marathon. What a great outdoor playground we live in!

    @Ted: There is also a Conundrum Peak in Colorado, it is over 14,000' but is not considered an independent 14er (too close to a higher peak, Castle).

  • alek

    If you haven't yet climbed nearby (to Boulder) Longs Peak, I can recommend a nice way to do this is in two days with an overnight stay in the Boulder Field – here's my writeup on that – http://www.komar.org/faq/longs-peak/

  • Aziz Grieser

    Why'd you never get into piloting? I've always wanted to fly.

  • Rob Bazinet

    Great peak, congrats. I have climbed Quandry myself and I am from CT. I think you folks call us flatlanders. It was an awesome climb, had snow on the peak and began to snow like crazy when we were up there. It was in Sept too.

  • Dave

    "who has climbed a large number of 14ers" – a little generous – I've climbed only 17 out of 54 in Colorado. You did an amazing job for someone just coming off a marathon. What a great outdoor playground we live in!

    @Ted: There is also a Conundrum Peak in Colorado, it is over 14,000' but is not considered an independent 14er (too close to a higher peak, Castle).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aziz_griese5636 aziz_griese5636

    Why'd you never get into piloting? I've always wanted to fly.

  • alek

    If you haven't yet climbed nearby (to Boulder) Longs Peak, I can recommend a nice way to do this is in two days with an overnight stay in the Boulder Field – here's my writeup on that – http://www.komar.org/faq/longs-peak/

  • Ted R.

    Nice! I think I've got 1 14k in me, Shasta … (but I did haul a snowboard ;) Super great reading this.

    When I read your twitter I thought you may have been referring to a major conundrum and not a physical mountain. Mt Quandary is quite a name.

    Congrats!

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