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Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,230 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,158 feet
Date Posted:  08/09/2020
Date Climbed:   08/08/2020
Author:  MurkTravels
 Shavano and Tabeguache FKKT   

Here ye, here ye. Let the following be officially known:

  • I have set a FKKT on the Shavano east slopes route
  • I have set a FKKT on the Tabegauche via Shavano route
  • I did not have typos in the above sentences

Of course, this is a tongue-in-cheek play on the FKT world. FKT stands for Fastest Known Time, where super athletes continue to out do each other for the quickest time along a route or set of goals. FKKT is much more fun and less serious. It opens up the possibility of setting records for those of us not gifted with enough genetics, time, money, or insanity to set fastest times. So FKKT stands for fastest known kilt time; which is doing one of these adventures while wearing a kilt.

As far as I know, this is the FKKT for a Shavano hike. Also the FKKT for the Shavano-Tabeguache-Shavano route. Since I doubt anyone has ever claimed that before, it's probably also the FFKKT (first FKKT) for those routes. And to go one step further, it doesn't seem like anyone has ever claimed a FKKT on any route anywhere, so this is a WFFKKT (world's first FKKT). And that's as far down the rabbit hole as we need to go.

Since fun is the key concept of FKKTs, there are very few formalities around them; there is no need for exhaustive documentation and proof. The recommendations are that you should proclaim on some social site that you set a FKKT, and that's it. There needs to be no research before or after about a legitimacy of a claim; which leads to a fantastic situation where multiple people can hold a FKKT at the same time on the same route with blissful ignorance.

My times are estimates of the following. From the trailhead to the summit of Shavano was 1 hour 54 minutes. Later (after going over to Tabegauache and back) my time from the Shavano peak to the trailhead was 1 hour 25 minutes. Total up and down time for Shavano was 3 hours 19 minutes. For the full route from trailhead to Tabeguache and back was 5 hours 59 minutes and 30 seconds. That is a sub 6 hour time, which is unheard of. But mostly it's unheard of because no one has ever talked about a FKKT record before.

Additionally, these are all inclusive times, including two stops to remove rocks from shoes, eating and picture breaks on Tabeguache and twice on Shavano, a long chat with a former national park service ranger from Montana since I'm planning a trip up there soon, and a pause to help some lost hikers on the way down. However with FKKT's being more about the enjoyment at a chill pace, I am not worried about removing some that to figure out the real moving time / pace.

I hope to set and hear about more of these FKKTs. I met, chatted, and joked with a lot of other hikers on the trip. So if you were on the route that day and are reading this, drop a message and say hi.

For those more interested in the hike logistics, read on. I woke up early and left Denver around 3 am. When getting to the trailhead around 6am, there was still some parking on the main loop and the overflow was just starting to fill. Be warned that cattle herds can wander the camping spots along the road and at the trailhead. Makes for an interesting experience.There is one bathroom at the start of the trail. Right away, you join the Colorado Trail for about 1/10 of a mile, then back to the dedicated Shavano trail. There are plenty of signs to direct you. The trail through the forest is easy to follow. After tree line, it's also a clearly marked trail to the saddle. Be prepared for heavy winds there as you make your way towards the final climb to Shavano. There are many trails going up and down the loose rock section. The main one from the saddle seems to keep left until it climbs higher at which point it turns to the right to wrap around some false peaks and climb some rocks to the actual summit. You can make your path up there for the most part. Going from Shavano to Tabeguache also provide a number of options. There is a mostly clear path that drops lower from Shavano. Or you can stay along the ridge and hop from rock to rock. On Tabeguache, pretty much heading straight towards the highest part that you can see will get you to a false peak very close to the actual summit. There are about 3 pseudo-saddles between the two peaks, but the widest and lowest point is easy to determine. The route down Shavano will have a lot more loose rock and scree then you'll probably remember from the hike up, so be careful not to slip or fall. Then after tree line, it's a smooth and straight forward forest trail back to the parking lot. Enjoy.

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Comments or Questions
8/10/2020 9:47am
Since I'm unlike the non-human mutants who managed to set FKTs and run up mountains, I highly applaud and encourage this new standard. Just awesome.

8/10/2020 1:40pm
Oops. Pack. Meant to say ChilledDryPack. Good to stay hydrated with chilled water from a dry pack, yes?

FKKT awesome!
5/13/2021 11:29am
Enjoyed your report! Looks like a lot of fun in a kilt! I plan to do Shavano-Tabeguache soon, just not sure if I'll be in a kilt! LOL!

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