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 Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
 Post Date:  11/19/2007
 Date Climbed:   11/19/2007
 Posted By:  lordhelmut

 Windy day on Shavano   

Met up with Vince and his sweet dog, Jeter (I'm no Yankees fan and I still love this dog) at the Morrisson Conoco @ 3:15am and took off for Blank Gulch TH. We had a windy drive down 285 and knew we had an interesting day ahead of us. We got to the parking lot around 6 after spending a few minutes trying to find the exit, it was early and we were both pretty weary. We hit the trail around 6:15am and got a nice glimpse of the sun coming up over the Salida region right into the hike along the Colorado Trail :

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The climb was basically broken down into 3 big slogs. The first was through treeline from around 9850 ft up to 11700. We passed KirkT and KeithK early on, stopped to shed gear and talk for a bit, then pushed on. Here's a shot of Jeter along the trail below treeline :

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We got up to treeline as the sun was up and got a nice view of Ouray across the valley, Jeter was doin a good job of leading the way up the trail :

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A few moments later, we got a good glimpse of the Angel, which was pretty much bone dry, which was pretty much the case for the entire rest of the region, all throughout the South Park region as far as the eye can see :

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Despite the dry conditions, Vince and I could both see the appeal to the Angel as a ski descent, it looked like a lot of fun. Nothing too technical but nothing too easy, it looks like it'd be a perfect run all the down to the trailhead. Anyways, upon reaching the top of the Angel at the saddle below Shavano, the winds really started to pick up. I figured I'd wait for Vince who wasn't too far behind, but was getting cold and wind blasted, so Jeter and I persevered on. After Jeter got done munching on some ice and I downed some vitamin water and jerky, we made the slow trudge up the north face up to the summit. I felt fine up till the saddle, but the wind really took a toll on our energy levels. The last 200 feet or so was a bit of a class 2 scramble, I had to show Jeter the way rather than him showing me, but nevertheless, we reached the summit a little after 9am, with Vince showing up a few minutes later. We were all pretty spent and assessed the option to traverse over to Tabeguache. We finally figured we'd had enough of the wind and felt Shavano was a decent day in of itself, so we ate some food, signed the register and made for the descent about 30 minutes later. Here are some summit shots, I had been looking foward to this summit for quite some time, You get a phenomenal view of the winding Sangres, a solid view North of the entire Sawatch range and then Monarch Pass and a distant view of the Lake City group to the West :

View from the saddle up to Shavano's summit, where the wind blasting began
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On the descent, the wind let up a little bit, but it was still goin strong. We passed KeithK on the way down just below the saddle. We told him about the conditions and he didn't look too pleased.

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And some shots of the dog getting blown around and munchin on some ice


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Just before we hit treeline, I got one last glimpse of the entire Crestone and Blanca group in the far distance, interesting view from this vantage point :

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The descent took a toll on both our legs, my feet were definately hamburger by the time we reached the Jeep. Jeter definatly had a full day as you can see here :

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All in all, a solid day with clear skies at the very least. I've been meaning to ski the Angel for quite some time so it was nice to get an idea of what I'll be in for come next early spring. It was also a pleasure hiking with Vince and his dog and thanks again Vince for driving man, very rewarding day. And for all you people that think dogs should be put on leashes, try hiking with Jeter for a day and tell me if you feel the same way afterwards. If you have a cool, well-trained dog like Vince's there's no reason to bring a leash, Jeter humbled Vince and I as hikers and didn't get into any trouble the whole day, makes you wonder why there are so many dog regulations throughout Colorado, I surely don't understand it.



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  • Comments or Questions
KeithK


Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn     2011-02-04 17:22:13
Great job, Brian. I wish that I had gone just a little bit over the saddle to get that view of the San Juans; Uncompahgre is still my favorite 14er, especially to see from far away. And to see the Sand Dunes looking like they were close enough to touch, with the mighty Sangres towering overhead, really made the trip for me. It was a good day over all, but that descent... Not fun. It was nice to meet you guys.


KirkT


Definitely windy...     2007-11-20 08:02:02
and yes I did reach Tabeguache. I dropeed all my gear and skirted over there in about 30 minutes, hit the summit and literally ran back. The wind was pretty fierce up there but there was no way I was going to climb Shavano a 3rd time for Tabeguache. Good seeing you again, we need to hike again soon....Great report.

Kirk


Uffda


Good times     2007-11-20 09:02:16
I met you two at the bottom of the summit pitch. Nice dog! Glad you were able to summit.


USAKeller


Bone dry     2010-11-30 10:28:43
Those peaks are even drier than the eastern San Juans. I really wished I could have gone with you guys, but I got home late on Saturday night after a long weekend. I'm glad you got Shavano though. We should all ski the Angel this season! Great trip report!

And, yes, Jeter is a sweet dog!


Yog


Nice Job Brian     2008-08-27 18:37:26
Good report man! That dog does look cool I think you guys got the right idea, skiing the Angel would be FUN! I know climbing and glissading it sure was!


Matt


Jeter the Leader     2011-01-18 20:38:48
The dog, anyway... From my experience, he‘s a fine example of a 14er dog who needs no leash.
Nice job on the TR, Brian. You‘re making me rethink my plans to just hang around Moab the rest of the winter.


lordhelmut


thanks all     2007-11-22 18:21:12
Keith and Kirk - nice runnin into you guys, good job on Tabeguache, we couldn‘t take that wind anymore. What a day.

Uffda - nice to run into you, way to deal with that wind.

Caroline/Mark/Matt - yes, the Angel looks sweet, we should get on that this spring. Matt, thanks for the kind words, Moab is sweet though, its a toss up, enough to do there for a lifetime and then some, that place surely is somthin else.


Rockymtnhigh69


Nice!     2007-11-26 16:37:36
GREAT TR Brian.. That wind up there was ridiculous. Jeter was a sore pooch for a couple of days. He was his old hyperactive self wanted to run and play by the middle of the week.. Thanks for the kind words regarding my buddy.. He loves to be out in the mountains.. Great to get out with you again.. And yes, Caroline, we all need to get to ski the Angel at some point soon. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.



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