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Ascent of Mount Shavano on 2018-05-28

Climber: Jonathan Scislow

Others in Party:Kristen Budahn (Stayed behind)
Bryan Budahn (Stayed behind)
Jay Dunbar (Stayed behind)
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Shavano
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14229 ft / 4336 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tabeguache was not too difficult for most of the way. Pace was very slow as Jay was not quick in the elevation or on Class 2 terrain. We got him up though.

Once we gained the ridge, I told Kristen and Bryan to go ahead and try to hit both Tabeguache and Shavano summits while I got Jay up Tabeguache. Then they could descend with him while I pressed on to solo Shavano.

The final pitch was a lot more technical than expected. Bryan signaled to me to stay right on the South ridge. It looked like absolute shit. Finally, he yelled that they had checked and the route directly on the ridge line got too cliffy. The south slope was the only path forward. This was difficult Class 3 with very high exposure. I had to coach Jay through all of the hand and foot holds. It was slow going, but we made it. Got Jay up his first 14er. I would not have picked that one for him if I knew the exposure level.

We spent 23 minutes on the summit before moving on. Kristen and Bryan were tired after that traverse so they opted to start taking Jay down while I made a dash (literally) for the Shavano summit. It took me all of 38 minutes to half jog my way to Shavano. There were tons of marmots on the top and I was literally the only person up there.

The traverse back over Tabeguache was a bit dicey solo, but I was able to move much faster. I caught back up with them near the ridge to go back down. Jay was moving real slow so we had to push him quite a bit.

Throughout the entire day the only people we saw were a few dots up on the summit while we were ascending. There were quite a few names on the summit register, but everyone had ascended via the other side of Shavano. We definitely picked a more scenic and remote route option. Ascent via the Jennings Creek Trailhead was definitely the way to go. It was good Elliot had showed us the trailhead the day before when going up to the old mine because it would be a very easy spot to miss. Just two logs and a little sign post off to the right of the road to mark the spot.

All made it back safe and sound so even with the long day given the slow pace, we were in good spirits and enjoyed some good beer and pizza back in Salida before returning to Denver.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1466 ft / 446 m
    Elevation Loss:4626 ft / 1409 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Good Conditions
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:529 ft / 161 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Tabeguach + Shavano => Saddle
    Trailhead:Tabeguach + Shavano => Saddle  13700 ft / 4175 m
    Time Up:0 Days 0 Hours 28 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4626 ft / 1409 m
    Extra Gain:937 ft / 285 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Tabeguach + Shavano => Saddle to Tabeguache West R
    Trailhead:Jennings Creek Trailhead  10540 ft / 3212 m
    Time Down:0 Days 5 Hours 24 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Tabeguache/Shavano (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Tabeguache Peak2018-05-28 A
2Mount Shavano2018-05-28 B



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