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Shavynavy and Tabbygoochie meet Winter
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Shavynavy and Tabbygoochie meet Winter

Shavynavy and Tabbygoochie meet Winter

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Shavynavy and Tabbygoochie meet Winter

Date Climbed/Hiked: Feb 12, 2011

Activities: Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Winter


Page By: maverick

Created/Edited: Feb 15, 2011 / Feb 15, 2011

Object ID: 698706

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Page Score: 75.81%  - 6 Votes 

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Trip Details

Mountains: Mt. Shavano (14,229’) and Tabeguache Peak (14,155’)
Route: Started at the junction of CR 250 and FR 252 (~8800’). Climbed the E. Ridge to Shavano’s summit, traversed to Tabeguache and back. Ski descent from ~12,500’.
Elevation Gain - ~6600’
Roundtrip Mileage / Time - ~17.5 miles / ~13 hours
Crew - Solo

The Climb

Jamming out to Alane 3 times in a row fires one up sufficiently for a long day…

Shavano in Alpenglow after leaving TH @ 6AM

A sled pulling benefactor’s trail was followed…

The sled was pulled upon this road... takes ~1.5 hours to TH on skins

His camp I passed at 9750’; his snowshoe track I followed as he fought through trees…

Deep snowshoe trench... can be tough to follow on skins...

The wet pow was deep… 6 inches to a foot…

Deep snowshoe trench continues

At ~11,300’ I found my benefactor… good Jeff from Denver… “Trade?” said I… “Aye” said he.

A trench building benefactor...

The lead was swutch, the snow stayed deep…

6" to 12" of heavy powder was broken from 11300' to ~12600'

I broke on through the thinning trees…

Trees thinned out but terrain was steep... wide switchbacks were made up hill

Happy was I to return the favor…

Jeff follows the broken skin tracks

Ramen was brewed at our next stop (12,600’)… skis were dropped… knuckles cracked (this one’s for you ridgerunner)

Progress did not impede our ability to admire… The rolling hills and vales between…

View behind us

The route ahead was steep and long… A false summit stood steeped in satirical bliss… &$@# you, vile false summit… on you we piss…

Vile false summit on the East Ridge. Left ski stash at 11:45AM

Up and o'er the ridge we went…

Near the top of the false summit

o'er Boulders large and post-holeable snow…

Jeff approaches the false summit

Near the top of the false summit

Shavynavy’s mug stood high and dry… “Wilst thee ne’er hold snow for my ski?”…
“Silly boy”, said He “Ski you do not, face plant you do… tired I grew many moons ago… as you planted face after face on my Angel so… first learn to ski, oh don’t you know? Then come hither and ask for snow”.

Mt. Shavano's summit as seen from the East

Gathering what pride was left, at 1:30 on the summit I crept…

Shavano's summit block

As Old Man wind blew my ears deaf… I made haste for Tabbygoochie whilst waiting for Jeff…

Tabeguache Peak's summit as seen from Mt. Shavano

A cloud blew by saucer-like, signaling high winds high and ^%&^# higher down low…

Stretched saucer-like clouds indicating high winds up high

Two-score mph mostly prevailed; three to four score came and went…

Plumes near Tabeguache's summit stirred by 20-25mph sustained winds with 35-45mph gusts

Tabbygoochie held more snow… “Where are your skis wee grasshoppah? You can ski down 14ers don’t you know?”

Tabeguache Peak's textured summit ridge. Tabby summit @ 2:30PM

All the Sawatch holds the fluff that Shavynavy hides from us…

Tabeguache's West Ridge and the Sawatch beyond

My hands now frozen in the wind… my photography slid fast downhill…

Shavano's summit as seen from Tabeguache

The Descent

The wind on Tabby’s summit roared and drove me to Shavy in under an hour…

Ridge back to Shavano's summit

By now Jeff had arrived and left… he summitted at 2:30, later he said…

Looking down Shavano's E. Ridge. Shavano summit at 3:24PM

Down to the skis I climbed… there might be sunlight yet for the ski through trees…

Looking at the E. Ridge false summit from ski stash during my descent - 4:30PM

A great ski it was up high… powder snow through piney trees…

Powder in the pines

The light went dim as I got down low to breakable crust in a thick aspen grove…
At 6PM Jeff’s tent I approached… he’d just got back and started a brew…
I chatted with him for quite a while and ate my food with a smile…
30 minutes it took from there to ski the last 3.2 mile…

WallE waits faithfully - 7PM

How’s the road, you might surmise? Not too bad… 2WD will suffice…

Risk-free drive to the junction of CR 250 and FR 252 with 4WD

Pardon my wretched poetry… 'tis quick this way I swear to thee…




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Voted 10/10

you're such the poet, you don't even though it....i'll stop.

wish i would have known you were going to be down there. my car stopped my shav/tab trip this weekend. 'tis the life. maybe next time? keep on keeping on my friend.

Posted Feb 15, 2011 11:31 pm

maverickRe: oh....


Hasn't voted

Yes, please stop :). Too bad your car conked out... memories of our Columbia attempt :)?
Posted Feb 16, 2011 3:36 pm

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