Shavynavy and Tabbygoochie meet Winter

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Trip Report
Location:
Colorado, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Feb 12, 2011
Activities:
Mountaineering, Skiing
Season:
Winter
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Shavynavy and Tabbygoochie meet Winter
Created On: Feb 15, 2011
Last Edited On: Feb 15, 2011

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’.
Stats:
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…

001Shavano in Alpenglow after leaving TH @ 6AM


A sled pulling benefactor’s trail was followed…

002The 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…

003Deep snowshoe trench... can be tough to follow on skins...


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

006Deep snowshoe trench continues


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

011A trench building benefactor...


The lead was swutch, the snow stayed deep…

0126" to 12" of heavy powder was broken from 11300' to ~12600'


I broke on through the thinning trees…

013Trees thinned out but terrain was steep... wide switchbacks were made up hill


Happy was I to return the favor…

020Jeff 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…

021View 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…

023Vile false summit on the East Ridge. Left ski stash at 11:45AM


Up and o'er the ridge we went…

025Near the top of the false summit


o'er Boulders large and post-holeable snow…

028Jeff approaches the false summit

029Near 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”.

031Mt. Shavano's summit as seen from the East


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

036Shavano's summit block


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

037Tabeguache Peak's summit as seen from Mt. Shavano


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

038Stretched saucer-like clouds indicating high winds up high


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

044Plumes 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?”

047Tabeguache Peak's textured summit ridge. Tabby summit @ 2:30PM


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

050Tabeguache's West Ridge and the Sawatch beyond


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

052Shavano's summit as seen from Tabeguache

The Descent

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

059Ridge back to Shavano's summit


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

061Looking 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…

062Looking 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…

064Powder 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…

069WallE waits faithfully - 7PM


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

071Risk-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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shanahan96

shanahan96 - Feb 15, 2011 11:31 pm - Voted 10/10

oh....

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.

jamie

maverick

maverick - Feb 16, 2011 3:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: oh....

Yes, please stop :). Too bad your car conked out... memories of our Columbia attempt :)?

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