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Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Post Date:  09/19/2009
Date Climbed:   05/24/2009
Posted By:  plark42


 Angel of Shavano and beyond with a Texan idiot and his truck..   

Met a friend in Houston, TX
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and drove straight to the trailhead of Shavano.
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We brought over about 50 lbs of venison meat
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to eat and planned on a week of driving around, camping and climbing various peaks... we had goals to climb Shavano, Huron, Massive and Elbert; but it just rained and rained on us after Shavano.

After a late 9 am start on Shavano, we proceeded to climb the Angel
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which was my friend‘s first snow climb..
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He had a really great time and wants to do many more..

Due to very little acclimation, we reached the summit pretty late for my liking (around 6pm).. stayed up there for 15 minutes enjoying the views of the surrounding peaks
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We ended up hiking out at dusk
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and through the trees in the dark
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we lost the trail several times, but were able to orienteer our way back down by following our map and one of the creeks.

Here's Richard the next day excited to point out his first snow climb Image

We slept in and headed to the Cottonwood Hot Springs the next day, and did a bit of fly fishing along the Arkansas river
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We ended up reaching the Huron East Face trailhead at around 6 pm. This is where the idiot Texan really showed his true Texan colors.. We crossed a deep flowing creek (sorry no pictures) and, even though my buddy's Texas size truck has a 10" lift and 37 inch swampers
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, we were still very close to getting stuck in the creek.. The water came up over the hood!! What a moron!! I was very adamant that we not cross the creek, since the snow was melting and the creek would only get bigger in the days to come.. but we went anyways.. we were lucky not to get stuck..

This is Richard explaining the "Dick Deep and "Stupid Line" on his truck
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We took the truck "Dick Deep" in the creek, and had we gone deeper than the "Stupid Line" we would have stalled out for sure..

We woke up the next morning to steady rain and decided to bail on climbing Huron's East Face.. With all the rain I was worried about the large cornices overhanging the route as well as the creek crossing to be done later in the day.. the longer we wait, the bigger the creek.. and I sure as shitfire didn't want to get stuck on the wrong side..

The creek on the way back was indeed swollen, and the water went well over the hood once again.. ahh jeeze.. We ended up heading down to Twin Lakes campground and camped out in the rain.. just drinking beer and trying to stay warm...
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After that we decided to head up to Hoosier pass so I could teach Richard more about how to use an ice axe and crampons correctly.. we headed up in the rain and snow and practiced self arresting
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from a bunch of different positions, which only makes my friend want to snow climb more..

We headed down to Colo Spgs where I checked out the new arts building at Colorado College (my alma mater)
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as well as to scope climbing routes at the Garden of the Gods
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.. man I love that place.. i thought about schleping my rock gear on this trip.. but decided we didn't have enough time to do everything...

My sister flew into CO SPGS where we picked her up and headed to Buena Vista Bed and Breakfast (TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT!)
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to just take it easy..
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since she ain't into hiking at all..

After bumming around Buena Vista for a few days, we hit up the Great Sand Dunes NP
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on the drive back to Houston..
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I'm gonna move back to CO in the summer of 2010 once my woman finishes vet school here in Knoxville, TN. I can't wait to return and climb the 44 14ers I have left.. (and do so without the idiot Texan; or at least on my terms).



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  • Comments or Questions
Mooney Pilot


From Another Texan     09/20/2009 16:53
Wow! Somebody else from Texas who hikes even slower than I do!

What I want to know is where is that Valero station that sells gas for $2.17?


TomPierce

Ditch the Idiot Texan...??     09/20/2009 17:28
NO WAY!! Your trip report wouldn‘t have been half as interesting without him! Water over the hood? So what‘s the problem with that? Sounds like good fun and quite the adventure.
-Tom


plark42


I blame the altitude!!     09/20/2009 17:28
The altitude really kicked our butts going up Shavano.. towards the top we were forced to a pace of taking 10 steps, stopping, catching our breaths and proceeding.. it was really rough... We actually didn‘t start hiking until about 11am that day.. so 7 hours up.. yeah that‘s really slow!!! not proud of that.. considering I did Gray‘s and Torrey‘s in just under 5 hours round-trip a few years previous.

The Valero was in Pearland..


summit co kc


swampers?     09/21/2009 05:53
they look like bf goodrich all terrains to me. next time go left at the island coming into the creek crossing, and tell your buddy to get mud terrains.


plark42


you‘re right.. my bad..     09/21/2009 10:46
They are bf goodrich all terrains.. I noticed that as soon as I posted the TR.. whoops

The good thing is, he isn‘t just another Texan with a big ass truck that he never uses. He‘s actually a captain and hunting/fishing guide on the gulf coast and uses his truck all the time to get around..



btw, that truck drives better than a lexus on the highway...!!



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