Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quandry Peak Ascent

Summit of Quandry Peak, 14, 265 Feet.  Courtesy of Serac Adventure Films.

While the snow softly fell (whoa it's nearly Memorial Day, how can that be!!) fifty-seven enthusiastic hikers attempted to snow shoe and ski the east ridge route to the top of Quandry Peak.  The occasion?  The tenth anniversary of Erik Weihenmayer's ascent of Mt. Everest, as well as another reunion of sorts.  Also present were five soldiers from last fall's Soldiers to the Summit expedition, a group of generous donors, as well as Michael Brown and his quiver of filmmakers to document the day.

The festivities began on Thursday evening with dinner and a partial screening of the Soldiers to the Summit film.   Erik Weihenmayer introduced climbers, soldiers, even filmmakers to the gathering.  Pizza and beer were consumed.  It was an early evening however due to 4 a.m. wake up calls.

Friday morning dawned clear and warm, with the threat of snow.  By mid-day when most were descending it was snowing.

All told, 55 of 57 people made the summit!
Chad Buttrick and Friend.  Courtesy of Serac Adventure Films.
Above Treeline on Quandry Peak.  Courtesy of John von Seeburg.

  By John von Seeburg

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