Checked off #5.. Quandary Peak

Over labor day weekend Luke and I decided that it was time to do another 14er and since we had more than one day free we decided to camp out the night before. And to make it easier we just camped in the back of the pickup.  We stopped in Breckenridge on the way to the trailhead to pick up some food then made our way to the Blue Lakes to eat.  We sat by the lake enjoying the serene view while trying to keep the dog from swimming.  Then it was almost dark so we headed to the trailhead, parked and hopped in the back of the pickup. Played a few dice games to pass the time and then hit the sack.  I was surprised by how many people were at the trailhead camping out or those that arrived at one a.m. and four a.m. to make the hike.  I think one group headed up the trail at 4 a.m. with head lamps on.  I don’t know if I would enjoy being in the dark for a good portion of the hike.  Then we decided due to all the commotion going on we would get an early start as well.  We got onto the trail at about 6:15 a.m. It was still semi-dark out, but enough light that you didn’t need a headlamp on.  I figured it would take awhile up the trail because I had played rugby earlier in the weekend and was feeling pretty sore and had torn some skin off the back of my heel making my boots feel really good on the feet!  But surprisingly we had a pretty good pace going up.  After we got about 3/4 the way up there was a flat section before the last big/steep summit.  We saw a family of four mountain goat. They were so cute and we surprisingly got pretty close to them without scaring them off.  Then after getting lots of photos of them we summited Quandary Peak.  It felt so good to make it to the top and this was the second time hiking now that I did not feel nauseas or light-headed, so maybe I’m starting to get a little more acclimated.  It took us about 3 hours to summit then we sat and ate a sandwich and decided to head back down because it was pretty chilly!  In the end it took us around 5 hours to do the 6.75 mile hike.  Then afterward we relaxed and made our way back to Breckenridge for a real meal at the Breckenridge Brewery.  I had a delicious buffalo burger and agave wheat beer!  Overall, it was a gorgeous day for a hike! Now we have officially finished 5 14ers and have 49 left to go!  Next up… Mt. Sherman!

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