New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

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New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby SurfNTurf » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:13 pm

LOCATION: Shavano/Tabeguache
DATE: May 10-12, 2013

The plan was to wait until the upcoming weekend to decide whether to stick with Castle/Conundrum or change locations to Shavano/Tabeguache for the 2013 Spring Gathering. These options were Nos. 1 and 2 in a fairly close poll taken earlier this spring. After spending the last several days thinking on it and consulting others, it's not necessary to postpone this announcement. The majority opinion is that shifting the Gathering to Shav/Tab is the prudent decision.

For anyone not familar with the standard routes on Castle/Conundrum, the approach to Montezuma Basin is a textbook avalanche terrain trap. Depending on what the weather does over the next two weeks, the approach might be "safe" by May 11/12 -- but even so, I wouldn't feel comfortable having large groups traipsing under those slopes. Especially given what just happened at Loveland Pass. Avalanche conditions aside, with this much snow even the standard route on Castle would likely be over the heads of most beginners. The spirit of the Gatherings has always been social, welcoming and inclusive, not pushing routes accessible only to the experienced. The hope when the location was initially set at Castle/Conundrum was for leaner snow conditions, which didn't pan out.

Shavano/Tabeguache and the surrounding peaks offer something for everyone. Nearly the entire Sawatch range is reasonably accessible from where we'll be camping. I apologize to anyone who had their heart set on Castle/Conundrum, they should be in fine shape later in May and June.

Please use this thread to coordinate carpools, climbing itineraries, and so forth. I'll follow-up soon with campsite information.
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby screeman57 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:28 pm

Very wise decision--thanks for all of the planning and the good communication.

I'll be arriving late on Friday night and camping in the meadow (assuming that's the plan).
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby Fisching » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:39 pm


Anyways, you kids all have fun.
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby SnowAlien » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:54 pm

Hoping Shav is still skiable. :) Good choice, Jeff

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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby saxlover » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:01 pm

elevation beer in poncha springs is a must
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby kushrocks » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:51 pm

screeman57 wrote: Very wise decision--thanks for all of the planning and the good communication.

Totally agreed. Good call sir
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby climbnowworklater » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:58 pm

I wanted to get this one done but I appreciate your primary concern being group safety.

I have done Shav/Tab, so, if anyone is planning on another peak for that weekend and would like a partner, let me know.

I just did Yale (4-27-13 8hrs r/t) and it was a blast. Can't wait to get out again in two weeks. Humboldt maybe?
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby SilverLynx » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:12 pm

I plan on being there! I would like to descend the Angel.
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby SolarAlex » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:42 pm

id love to climb these 2 and ride down the angel. strong maybe for sure!
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby MountainHiker » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:22 pm

Mountainhikerette & I were already leaning towards Shavano & Tabeguache that weekend. See you there.
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby somethingrandom » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:57 pm

Im fighting a NASTY case of bronchitis but this will be my first gathering I can make since Bill's Holy Cross finisher, I am in at least to camp and party.

If anyone else is obscenely slow and wants a buddy I would LOVE to climb as well. I would like to tackle the Angel if we can get there safely but just dont know what my lungs will say.

That said, thanks a ton for putting this together Jeff and we need to snowball Keith for falling behind on it =D>
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Re: New Spring Gathering Location & Thread - SHAV/TAB

Postby GregMiller » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:00 pm

Having skied the Angel, but not gotten either summit, I'm definitely in.

Anyone up for a stupid early (read: 4 AM) start on Saturday? I'd like to get both summits but still be able to get decent (read: not going to die in an avalanche) skiing in the Angel. If nothing else, we'd get back that much earlier for Saturday night's shenanigans :-)

EDIT - I want an earlier start because my pace would be charitably described as 'medium' and steady


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