Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,230 feet
Date Posted:  03/13/2010
Modified:  06/07/2016
Date Climbed:   03/13/2010
Author:  SchralpTheGnar
 Shav and Tab in the Slogwatch   

Older TR, I just realized I never posted.
climb2ski and I had an epic day in the Slogwatch this past Saturday. We climbed and skied Shavano and Tabegauche from the Angel of Shavano trailhead. Total stats were 6,300 vertical over the course of about 15 miles. The debacle took us 15 hours mainly because of the horrific snow conditions encountered on the descent, but I hold gravity partially accountable.

The snow encountered in the trees below the Angel snowfield was the worst snow I've ever encountered. I liken it to trying to steer two wooden planks through a massive bowl of cottage cheese while someone is simulataneously smashing you in the shin with a 2 inch block of ice. Regardless of the heinous ski the climb was fantastic and we were able to ski directly off the summit of two fourteeners.

The day started at 5:30 at the famous Angel of Shava campground. I'd like to say thanks to our unofficial sponsors Fritschi and Salomon without whom climbing and skiing in the mountains would be appreciably more difficult.

The eastern glow bathes the aspen groves in a serene scene.

You know the drill, you climb up. The weather was great all morning long, making the Clif bars even that much more enjoyable.

climb2ski getting into the gnar on the ups, living up to his moniker.

Upon reaching the summit of Shavano at 1pm, we decided to head over to Tabeguache. It looked so far away and we were so tired but we decided to go on anyways. We dropped down to the saddle that connects these two peaks then made it over to the summit of Tab. The ridge was fun to climb.

On the summit of Tabeguache high clouds were turning into low clouds, obscuring the sun.

Happy brothers on the second summit of the day.

Time to ski. We were able to ski right off the summit of Tab down the north ridge.

Here are some pictures of tracks that show the route. Where there are no tracks the snow was impermeable sastrugi.

Back to the saddle we had to reclimb Shavano and made it back around 4pm to the summit. Snow started falling and the clouds were starting to envelope us, we gritted our teeth and greeted the fierceness.

We were able to ski directly off the summit of Shavano, through some gnar down to the Angel.

climb2ski in the sickter

I've been waiting for this all year long.

There was about a 500 foot section where the snow wasn't too bad, so climb2ski decided to make some turns on it.

After this point in the day conditions turned much worse, a storm rolled in dropping visibility to 100 feet or less. The snow turned crustier and crustier, it was manageable in the Angel but once we entered the trees it was an accident waiting to happen. We actually walked down about 1,000 vertical feet, as it was dark and we couldn't see where we were going and there were trees all around and we were tired. Once we made it back to the flat section we came upon a clearing where the stars distracted us from our lot and Orion guided us back to the trailhead. At 8:30 we made it to the car, drank some water and then fell asleep in the trees.

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