I hadn’t hiked to the top of a 14,000+ foot peak in a few years, so after my conference in Breckenridge, CO last week, I decided to summit Quandary Peak (14,271 feet, ~4,350 meters). Fortunately, it’s a non-technical approach and ascent (we didn’t have any of our mountaineering gear), so we could just walk to the top. I camped near the base and started hiking to the top around 5:30AM with a few other folks from the conference. I’m glad we started early- by the time we summited and started down, the top began to get some traffic from weekend hikers. The curving snow cornice about 1,500 feet (500 meters) below the summit set the stage for a great panorama (see below). Mountain goats were also eating snow near the summit- if I have time later this week I’ll post another panorama with the wildlife.