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 Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
 Post Date:  05/22/2011
 Date Climbed:   05/21/2011
 Posted By:  ulvetano

 Angel of Shavano blustery ski day   

I'm writing this brief report while sipping coffee in downtown Salida on a bluebird day. After posting a request for partners last week, Lance contacted me to join and we met up to tackle this fun route.

We departed the Blank TH at 5:15am under calm conditions, but with the peak partially cloud covered. Road to the TH was a pleasure to drive - no mud, snow, or 4wheeling. We packed tennis shoes for the first mile approach and then put the skis on around 11k ft.

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the route

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no snow down low


Once in the main gully, the skin up was pretty smooth moving over on consolidated snow. Kick stepping in the steeper sections was a little tough in some sections with newly deposited snow -- a ton of snow being transplanted all around the mountain. I was definitely leery of wind loading.

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micro squalls


There were a healthy number of climbers on the Peak yesterday and everyone did a great job sticking it out thru the crazy winds. We summited at Noon (? - I think?) 100% 'in' ski from the summit right now, providing 3,000ft of nice skiing. Down around 12,500ft, things started getting soupy (12:30pm). Arrived back at the car after a leisurely hike out at 3:30pm. Good times.
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another climber heading up
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summit party
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  • Comments or Questions (2)
kansas


Just a touch windy, eh?     2011-05-23 09:18:39
Nice write up, great to meet you up there!


EatinHardtack


'F@#%' That Wind     2011-05-23 12:49:16
Yea. I said it. That's me in the yellow jacket.



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