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 Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
 Post Date:  10/26/2011
 Date Climbed:   09/05/2011
 Posted By:  Muskie5280

 Perfect Day on Mt. Shavano   

The first bit of the hike is shared with the Colorado Trail, something I would love to explore when I have more time. The trail runs from Denver to Durango (4 Corners area) essentially and crosses much of Colorado. On this particular part, we hiked through some still green aspens that were absolutely beautiful during the sunset. Shadow play was everywhere and we enjoyed being overwhelmed in the contrasts between them and the white trunks of the trees.

After hiking about a mile or so in, we saw a good place to set up camp and decided to take it. We weren’t sure what was higher up the trail, but we didn’t want to risk it. With darkness settling in, we quickly set up the tents and got a fire going for dinner. On the way through Buena Vista we had stopped at The Trailhead to pick up a new pot and some dehydrated mac and cheese. Add a little pepper now and we had a delicious dinner.

With our plans for a sunrise summit, we knew we had to be up early, so we were quick to bed after dinner. Hanging the bear bag was an eventful experience though. With many of the trees around us dead or having too short of branches, I had to wonder off about 200 yards to find something sufficient. Using only my headlamp as a security blanket, it took about 10 throws to finally get a branch that would hold. I returned to the tent only to remember that we hadn’t put Casey’s food in the bear bag, so back out I went. This time with Casey in tow, as he now wanted some of the food I was taking. He made for a much better security blanket.

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