Hey there 👋🏼
Saturday, I went back to Shavano, this time without the pups.
I definitely felt better right out the gate, although I had gotten a late start again, not leaving the house til 6am and not getting on the trail til 9am.
On the way up I passed a gentleman who let us know if we stayed to the right of the angel we could avoid dealing with all the slick snow drifted up over the trail. We thought hey, let’s avoid some snow! So off the trail we headed 🙂
That’s Tabeguache on the far right
It was going fine, way more steep than the path (we assumed) until we got to about 12k. I don’t have a ton of pictures from this area because we were bouldering on really loose rock and we were pretty nervous and trying to avoid landslides.
What happened was we went too far north and ended up following the NE ridge towards the summit. Once we got over the false summit on the ridge, we realized it was still another 500ish feet to the summit, BUT we could finally see the path!! We had wandered wayyyy further north, and were about to approach the summit from the NE side, not the main trail that takes you up the saddle on the S side of the summit.
Finally over the false summit of the East Ridge, Micah spots the trail winding up through the valley to our South
About 300 feet below the summit we realized it was already 2:30pm, and we had to get all the way down to the trail still and out to the car, so we headed SE from our position and met up the trail in the valley.
(Addition: we didn’t go back down the way we came because the rock was too loose for our current gear set up and mental game.Down climbing off trail was just a bad idea at this point)
There was still enough snow to spy some ski tracks down from the top of the saddle into the valley and it had me itching to hike up and ski down… so maybe someday!
Anyways, we hit some snow on the trail back down, veered off the trail to the south this time and made it back to the car by 5.
The weirdest thing happened tho… as we were at the base of the East Ridge, we saw a woman peak over the top of the false summit and wave to us- that being the deciding factor in taking the ridge up. Well, we never saw the woman climber again – and we had perfect visibility of the summit ascent on the east and south sides once we got over the crest. I personally think she was the Angel of Shavano👐🏼