|Monday on Quandary|
|My Van Was Unable to Even Drive to the Trailhead Tuesday|
|About a Mile Past the Summer (And 3.5 Past the Winter) Trailhead on Mount Democrat Tuesday|
Certainly the altitude is not as big of a factor at 4000 meters as it is at 8000, although unacclimated it is still a hurdle. The point being, 8000 meter peaks involve long hard days, and you can get those in Colorado, New Hampshire, and other US lower 48 states in the winter.