Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Date Posted:  10/01/2019
Date Climbed:   09/29/2019
Author:  mkdenver1
 Quite the windy day on Shavano   

My wife and I did our annual 14er climb this past weekend.

After a great night stay at a motel in Salida, we made it to the Shavano Tabeguache trailhead at 6:45am.


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Really nice sign and parking area at the trailhead. Little rough road on the way in, but most vehicles should make it just fine.


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Wife next to the sign at the trailhead

We knew it was going to be a windy day. We just didn't know how windy.

The hike started off with just some light winds and low clouds in the nearby valley. We love doing hikes at this time of year. Gives us the opportunity to see the changing aspen trees and add another mountain to our checklist. Here are some at-peak aspens early in the hike:


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At-peak Aspen trees about 1/2 mile into the mission

Still looking great as we get higher up close to 11,000 feet.


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Looking south at a viewpoint just before making a big turn to go north. Unsure which peaks these are.


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Overlooking the City of Salida. Smoke from the Decker Fire can be seen in the distance.


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Aspen trees looking amazing!

At the 13,000 foot level, the wind got atrociously strong. It was a tolerable breeze up to that point, but at the saddle, which is around 13,400, it was easily 40mph sustained winds with 50+ gusts. Because of this, we quickly got a summit pic, decided against Tabeguache, and headed back down.


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See? It's ok to edit the pic and put your digital sign later on! The wind had calmed down for just a quick moment to allow for us to get a quick picture taken by a fellow hiker.

We were only on the summit for a couple minutes. The sun was out in full force, and it was a beautiful day, but that wind. Man that wind was a buzz kill. We usually hang out on top of a summit for a while, but not this day.

We arrived back at the trailhead a couple hours later to the same breezy conditions.


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Caption Here

We actually might give Shavano another chance because we really wanted to head over to Tabeguache. Maybe next time!




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Comments or Questions
huffy13

Mt. Ouray and Chipeta Mountain
10/01/2019 06:13
That's the two peaks in your fourth picture, to the due south of Shavano. I highly recommend hiking Mt. Ouray from the Gray's Creek TH. Gorgeous hike with amazing views from it's summit, one of my favorite hikes thus far. Looks like the colors are changing. And I experienced the same horrible winds when I bagged Shavano several years ago...good job grinding through it.


teamdonkey
was up there on Sunday also
10/02/2019 08:08
you're not wrong about the wind. It felt malevolent at times. I ended up hitting Tabeguache also, and it made for a long tough day.

Great pictures! The difference between conditions at the bottom (sunny, peaceful, beautiful) and the top was incredible.


arianna2
Wind
10/02/2019 15:45
Must be a really windy place in general. My husband and I had to hold on to each other sometimes when we did that one. We did the two anyway and were wiped out by the end so probably smart you came back down. Will be fun to go back.



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