Mount Shavano June 29th 2008

Those of you who were able to read my rusty German on Friday will no doubt have been expecting my review of The Lives of Others! Sorry! That will be coming, but when I wrote the blog I had forgotten that I would have photos to post of our Sunday climb of Mt. Shavano.

Mount Shavano, with an altitude of 14,229 feet (4,337 meters), is one of the fourteeners of the U.S. State of Colorado. It is the 17th highest peak in Colorado and a near-neighbor to Tabegauche Peak. It lies just east of the Continal Divide and just west of the Arkansas River and the town of Salida. Mount Shavano lies in the south-central part of the Sawatch Range. For more information on the 14ers visit http://www.14ers.com/

This was my first 14er and it was an amazing experience. The weather was perfect for me, carrying a pretty heavy backpack! We started off at 6.40 a.m in a cool mist and emerged from the treeline into a still fairly cool but beautiful sunshine. Crossing the saddle was a bit cold and very windy but it was clear and bright with a phenomenal view, a precursor to the summit 1/4 mile away. It was a bit breezy at the summit and I felt a little nausea from the altitude. What a fantastic view though! I think I can quite literally say it was AWESOME. We arrived at the summit at 11.15 a.m. which was not bad because I was stopping to take pictures and we all had to add and discard items of clothing at different points! We were at the summit for about an hour and 15 mins in all. We waited for the rest of our party, ate lunch, took photos and chatted with other climbers before heading back down at 12.30 p.m. We reached the parking lot at the trail head at 3.15 p.m. happy and excited to have achieved this but also thoroughly exhausted. The thunder started as soon as we were down and the then the downpour happened just as we celebrated in the parking lot! Great timing.

I’m looking forward to my next one! Here are some photos of the climb and the scenery.

The group at the trail head 6.35 a.m.

John approaching the treeline

Me at the summit

View from the top

John and Me during the first stretch

The ladies at the summit

Stream along the way

Storm cloud coming in

John through the tree

Scenery

The misty morning

flower on the tundra

On top of the world

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