I got a question via e-mail from Out There reader Brad from Colorado. He writes:
Can you give me an idea of how long your ’round trip’ was?
Something I neglected in my Quandary Peak trip report. I’m a bit slow on the ascent. We started out at 5:45 a.m. and reached the summit at 9:30, making our summit bid a respectable 3 hours and 45 minutes. Not too bad, considering two of us were flatlanders living at or below 1,000 feet. We spent about 30 minutes on the summit, descending to the flat portion of the east ridge, then took a 30 minute break to eat and rest before heading down again. We reached the trailhead parking lot at 2 p.m., making for a slow downclimb. About eight hours total.
I’ve gone much faster on much longer trips, but I don’t mind taking my time, shooting photos and pacing myself. Others like to blast up the hill, then scurry down quickly. Sometimes this is about beating bad weather. Other times, it’s more of a “workout” mentality that drives people to “perform.”
In any case, I’ll be sure to include time on the next trip report, which will be coming up shortly.