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VetEx Snowshoe Meet-Up 2 Mt.Yale

VetEx and Team Rubicon Snowshoe Group

VetEx will climb Mt.Yale (14,420) feet Saturday the 2nd of February. This will be our second snowshoe of the season.  The Mt.Yale snowshoe will be intermediate in difficulty and any bad weather will make the summit an even greater challenge. If you have never climbed a Colorado 14er before, this snowshoe is not for you. If you have been working up to this and think you are almost there, then come on out.      Snowshoes sponsored by Kahtoola.

What:  VetEx Meet-Up Snowshoe Intermediate in difficulty, Mt. Yale, Buena Vista Colorado.  Please reserve your slot with nick@vetexpeditions.com.

When:  Saturday February 2nd 2013  at 6: 45 am at the CITY MARKET 438 Us Highway 24 N Buena Vista CO 81211 .  Leaving City Market at 7am for the Mt. Yale Trailhead.

Where do we all Meet Up:  CITY MARKET 438 Us Highway 24 N Buena Vista CO 81211 , CO  at 6:45 am.

What Gear Do I Need:

Day pack items required by each individual to provide and have with them:

-Day pack
-64 oz of water/ 2 liters/ 2 Nalgenes (enough water for all day in the mountains)
-Raincoat/parka mountain weight
-Warm jacket / heavy weight fleece / down sweater / pile jacket
-Winter hat
-Warm gloves
-Long sleeve shirt / long-john style non-cotton
-Short sleeve shirt non cotton
-Headlamp (we may walk many miles in the dark)
-Hiking boots (Waterproof is key as there will be snow) The warmest, driest boots you have!
-Lunch, snacks, lots of them

Snow Pants, Down Jacket or Winter Coat will make your day warmer!


All technical snow/ice gear with be provided by Kahtoola (snowshoes/microspikes)

This is a minimal list.  Any Gear questions or Gear needs to nick@vetexpeditions.com

Photo by Gina Fasciani

VetEx Veterans Day 2012 ReCap

Benson’s Tavern in Salida CO Photo by Scott Ostrom                                                         

VetEx Veterans Day 2012 meet-up was held in Salida Colorado, Veterans Expeditions new home.  Our crew met at Benson’s Tavern in Salida Saturday evening to talk gear, frigid weather conditions, and enjoy some food together.  We got caught up on each others lives, and were introduced to those veterans and non-veterans we had not met. We enjoyed our evening and then met at the gear room to make sure everyone had what they needed given the frigid forecast for Sundays hike.  Thank you Benson’s for treating this group of Veterans so well at our pre-Veterans Day dinner and social.

The next morning was Veterans Day.  We met at Cafe Dawn in Salida for coffee and baked goods.  Veterans received a free cup of coffee on Cafe Dawn.  Thank you to the Cafe Dawn staff for being so good to us.  After Coffee it was time to pass out the gear

VetEx at Cafe Dawn Photo by Scott Ostrom

sponsored by Keen, Nalgene, FITS Socks, and Kahtoola.  All the veterans received new Keen boots, Keen Duffel Bags and t-shirts, FITS Socks, and a Nalgene Water Bottle.  Kahtoola provided us with Microspikes for the traction needed on this snowy Veterans Day.  Thank you sponsors for making this Veterans Day more like Christmas!

Geared up and caffeinated, we set out for the Mt. Shavano trailhead   We assembled, talked hazards for the day, and headed out for the high country.  It was cold.  Around zero degree Fahrenheit at the trailhead  and well below zero above trealine.  Great conversation was had by the group as we walked.  Tales of service continued from the evenings social as well as new stories of what Veterans Day means to this group of vets.

Approaching Tree Line Photo by Scott Ostrom

Conversations on the VA, G.I. Bill, school, work, and opportunities for veterans were heard as we hiked higher and the weather got worse.  The group was settling in nicely as we put on more clothes, ate some snacks, and prepared for the deteriorating weather above treeline.

As we left the safety and security of the trees, the conditions got even worse. We were now hiking into the teeth of a very consistent and angry wind.  We put our heads down and took the abuse like veterans know how to.  When we reached the saddle below the summit, we pulled out the colors of this great Nation and we held on to it with all we had.  The winds were 90 mph and gusting higher.  We took photos and a short video of our moment and then we retreated to fight another day.  Mt. Shavano won the day, but something tells me this group of veterans will be back for more.

We got back into the safety of the trees where folks picked up their conversations as we walked happily back down the mountain.  We were a little battered, and everyone survived in good spirits.  As we reached the trailhead, there was talk of the next VetEx trip.  Talk of snowshoe jouneys, vets trying ice-climbing for the first time, and the desire to spend more time outside with other veterans, friends, and family.

VetEx Raises the Flag for All Those Who Served Photo by Scott Ostrom
Whiteout on Mt. Shavano Photo By Scott Ostrom