|Near the Top of Quandry|
|A Few Minutes Farther Down|
Overall it was very achievable. The climbing what the draining part, five hours of hiking uphill with my skis and ski boots on my back was tiring, it was cold and windy, maybe 0°F to 10°F with winds of 20 to 40 mph. Similarly the skiing was on windy blown hard packed dry snow, which was not fun in the strictest sense. It was not terrible steep to keep to the ridge, I would say it was about a blue square difficulty. The big skiing challenge being terrible snow conditions (I hit rocks, landed in a tree well, and skated over plenty of snow) and the high altitude which makes me tired after only a couple turns. However, to set out to climb a big hill, and do it, then ski down it, and do that too, well, for me the value of that day was much greater than what I would have gained from a $150 lift ticket for one day of resort skiing.
I'm driving back to Dubuque today, from Denver. After three mountain attempts and one huge success I'm satisfied for this trip. 2015 is going to be a long and busy year, and I'm ready for it!