| Shav-Tab - Std route
We couldn't wait any longer. After our first taste of CO's highest last summer, we drooled over the 14er's websited all winter waiting for the chance. So we pitched our tent near the TH and got up early Saturday morning. Jen had a hard time the first hour after getting up so early and choking down a few bagels, her body couldn't decide if if was better to hike, or barf. Once the nausea went away, she was fine.
Above treeline overlooking Poncha Springs.
We peeled clothes off and put them back on once we got into the wind above treeline. It was a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky! The angel was melting pretty good, one arm was disconnected. Not much longer and the glissading would be over for the year.
A shot of the angel from the trail.
We followed the pack for awhile until we realized the trail went further West.
After we crossed the angel, the trail kinda disappeared, and the folks ahead of us had headed straight for the summit. According to the great GPS track I got from 14ers.com, the trail headed west through the snow then up the ridge. We turned and headed for the ridge, and picked up the trail again. The wind was picking up here, maybe gusting to 50mph or so. Fortunately, there were only a few places where we were exposed to it.
The final climb took longer than I expected, but we summited Shavano soon enough. Thanks to MNtelemarker and Kyler for the summit shots!
After we rested and ate a bit, we headed North to the saddle and Tab.
Dang!, more climbing?!
What a letdown to lose elevation only to have to gain it again. It wasn't as bad as it looked though.
Got Tab too!
We took a tribute shot in honor of TM, but it ended up looking kinda silly.
The sight of a vista like this is what feeds our addiction.
Rather than picking our way back down the talus, we decided to walk down through the snow on the North side of the ridge back to the saddle. It was a good decision, and we got to glissade a bit too. My pants weren't waterproof, but it was fun anyway.
It was a windy day at times, but that's pretty normal above treeline I think.
Almost home, the walk along the CO trail back to the TH was a nice finish to the day.
The Blank Cabin site got a lot of snow this winter. Everything is green.
So... which one are we climbing next?
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