Quandary Peak Wind Refuge
Wind break at the top of Quandary Peak. The summits of most 14'ers are pretty stark, harsh places. Once you get above 12,500 - 13,000 feet there is no plant life to speak of and few animals except for an occasional marmot or mountain mouse. From time to time, one will see a bird or two. The reality of all summits is that they are the pinnacle of a scree field or talus. Scree, or talus, is accumulation of broken rock fragments at the base of crags, mountain cliffs, or valley shoulders. Landforms associated with these materials are sometimes called scree slopes or talus piles.