Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Date Posted:  11/20/2006
Date Climbed:   11/20/2006
Author:  creidinger
 Mt. Shavano  

On Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, I woke up at 4am and drove to the Mt. Shavano trailhead near Salida. Arriving at around 7:30am, I immediately found a partner for the climb, which is welcome company, especially this time of year. We hiked up to the summit on mainly dry rock and tundra, with a few patches of snow. We were severely buffeted by powerful gusts of wind. The best thing was seeing two different groups of bighorn sheep! We summitted at around 12:30, but didn‘t stay up there long because of the wind. On the way down the wind worsened and it was very difficult. At one point we had to cross a long thin patch of snow that forms part of what is called the "Angel of Shavano" because of its shape. We found it to be crusty and icy. My partner decided to shimmy across it on his rear, digging his heels into the snow. I gave up and decided to hike back up probably around 500‘ vertical and around the snowfield; I met back up with my climbing partner later and we discussed how scary and dangerous that was--and dubbed it the "demon of Shavano." The rest of the trip out was uneventful. We got back down about an hour after dark after a very pleasant day overall!

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