Hey all! Saturday Micah and I ventured out to Salida, and more particularly the Sawatch Range to take a look at Mt. Shavano!
It’s a class two 14er, and we took the east route from the Shavano / Tabeguache trailhead. This meant about 9miles round trip with over 4K feet in gains!
Well, from the get-go we faced challenges. I woke up in a not great mood- my camelback water carrier thingy (not actual camelback brand FYI) had leaked thru my pack overnight soaking everything. I broke a Mason jar and definitely didn’t eat enough sugar. Basically I was a big ole grouch.
We needed up leaving the house closer to 6a than our intended 5a goal- so we weren’t actually to the trailhead til about 9:30ish.
I felt sluggish and tired right away- micah realized I had definitely not eaten enough sugar so I stopped and nom’ed on some gummy bears and then we back on track.
About 1,900″ we met some hikers on the way down that said the trail was way covered in drifted snow that was super slick- even with their micro spikes they were sliding around. They also mentioned you could circumvent the snow by bouldering up to the right and getting above the treeline there.
It wasn’t long before we hit the incline they were talking about: lots of loose rock and boulders- super fun! Our topo map put us at ~12,100″ and allllmost above treeline. The loose rock really worked our footwork and balance and we had some stellar views finally!
Unfortunately; we realized Dooey wasn’t keeping up with us. He was frozen in terror near the base and wouldn’t push any further. He was clearly pretty anxious so we turned back and took our time on the hike back to the trailhead.
We’ll be headed back up next weekend I’m pretty sure to check out the trail status the rest of the way up 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Also- now that I know the temps and snow pack etc… I’ll be carrying a lighter pack. Less outer layers for sure!