Buying Gear?  Click Here
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Mt. Harvard  -  14,420 feet
Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
 Post Date:  06/10/2012 Modified: 07/12/2012
 Date Climbed:   06/10/2012
 Posted By:  dillonsarnelli

 I'm tired...   

I'm Tired


Mount Shavano & Tabeguache Peak:

Date - June 9, 2012
Distance - 11.25 miles
Elevation Gain - 5,600 ft

Mount Harvard & Mount Columbia:

Date - June 10, 2012
Distance - 15 miles
Elevation Gain - 6,100 ft




I'm writing this now because I may sleep all day tomorrow. I saw that the weather forecast looked solid and made a weekend out of it. Technically a solo mission, but I met a lot of great people (wish I could remember names)....

I realized this weekend that one year ago tommorrow I climbed Bierstadt, my 1st 14er, and finishing the day off today with Columbia marked completing exactly half of CO's 14ers. (I blame some of the insane people i climb these peaks with for that ridiculous stat). Still a newbie to all of this in my mind...

This report is more about the pictures to give you an idea about the trail conditions than anything else.



Shavano & Tabeguache:

Off to a later than anticiapted start on Saturday. The plan - Shavano from the standard east route with the traverse over to Tabeguache. A lot of people will tell you it was pretty windy this weekend in the Sawatch. These people weren't in the San Juans over Memorial Day weekend. It will never be windy again. Also, there was no snow to be found anywhere on this Shavano/Tab route.


Image
Shavano TH

Image
The trees have been cleared by the forest service, but you can get a good sense of what it must have looked like.

Image
looking back after leaving treeline

Image
view of Shavano from the saddle, very windy up here, but not so much on the summits

Image
Summit of Mount Shavano - June 9, 2012

Image
Summit of Mount Shavano - June 9, 2012

Image
a look at the traverse over to Tab, again no snow, and if you were looking for a weather window, you had all day.

Image
I finally met Noel. Thanks for the cookie! Noel and Mandy got an early start and we passed on the traverse.

Image
This is Casey and Rigby approaching the summit of Tab. I lied - there was 8 sq feet of snow on this route.

Image
Summit of Tabeguache Peak - June 9, 2012

Image
pure evil





Image
condo camping in Frisco - thanks Snee




Harvard & Columbia:

After a good nights sleep I got back in the jeep at about 4 AM and headed back to BV. The plan... Harvard from the standard route with the traverse over to Columbia and down the SW slope. Still a little windy, but the weather was great.


Image
N. Cottonwood Creek TH - early start

Image
my kind of sign

Image
someone should send the Forest service to Harvard. Its a mess below treeline, lots of side trails to get around the trees.

Image
I put this up because there is no sign here. I went straight, right will take you to the trail that comes down off Columbia.

Image
at this point you get a solid idea of how huge the Harvard/Columbia traverse really is

Image
the trail winds through the valley until you get to the rock cropping below Harvard.

Image
Summit of Mount Harvard - June 10, 2012

Image
Summit of Mount Harvard - June 10, 2012

Image
Image
a look at the traverse to Columbia, there are still some snow fields on the far side when you drop down.

Image
Brian? (I'm sorry man, I just can't remember your name, It was great hiking up the summit of Harvard with you) takes a closer look at the trav

Image
Image
the last snowfield before the saddle below Columbia

Image
the final scramble to the summit (you can see 2 hikers off to the right)

Image
Summit of Mount Columbia - June 10, 2012

Image
summit shot - (sorry guys, need help on the names again) - thanks for leading the way off the summit to scree hell, much appreciated.

Image
tread lightly went out the window pretty fast on this trek down, sorry forest. This scree decent is something pretty bad, but it is quick. Be careful.

Image
good night



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
Fisching


One Word     2012-09-24 09:44:25
Beastly!!!


SurfNTurf


You know what they say     2012-06-10 23:54:15
Easy day(s) for a lady


RJansen77


What does this mean?     2012-06-11 07:37:02
”I blame some of the insane people i climb these peaks with for that ridiculous stat”


Brian Thomas


don't fear the checklist     2012-06-11 09:37:40
”I blame some of the insane people i climb these peaks with for that ridiculous stat”

The checklist is your friend. Learn the checklist. Love the checklist. Live the checklist...


dillonsarnelli


Be the checklist...     2012-06-11 09:48:32
i learn from the best... Thanks - i actually have to do some planning when I'm out there without you guys!


Cookiehiker


Nice job!     2012-06-11 11:58:56
Pleasure to meet you on Shavano....glad you enjoyed the cookie!


FireOnTheMountain


Awesome     2012-06-11 15:15:57
way to bang em out like that! Always nice to get your moneys worth in gas when going up to the hills.


dmccool


”The Trav”     2012-06-11 15:24:47
I think you may have coined a new term (photo #23). I love it. Solid work, Dillon


wildlobo71


You looked so calm     2012-06-11 20:14:50
and composed and enjoying your beers Friday at Amato's... scruffy even, then - this! Nice job Dillon!


zephyr_pelicante


Hi!     2012-06-11 21:43:29
Nice TR! We met on Harvard, I took that picture of you on the rock.

We saw you ascending Columbia but you were gone by the time we got up. Hope the wind didn't get you too bad, agreed that it wasn't worse than memorial weekend (I was on Decalibron and Sherman that weekend)

Congrats on the 1/2 way point. I'm shy at 13. It's possibly we'll meet again.

-Colby


Craig Cook


Beast-Mode     2012-06-12 00:12:37
Makes me sore just thinking about attempting all four of those in two days! Way to go, Dillon.


dillonsarnelli


thanks crew     2012-06-12 08:29:52
it was quite a haul, but a lot of fun at the same time. trav - i like it too dan! glad i could make a contribution to the demise of the english language. bill, i hadn't shaved since pre-Wilsons, i was itchy. fireonthemountain - yep, especially in a wrangler, solo! colby - thanks for commenting - good to meet you man. Thanks for the picture and congrats on a big weekend as well. noel - in the real world you run into people on the street, in CO you pass on the summit of a 14K mtn...

PS - we all know the only beast among us in these comments is Jansen. Hopefully see you all soon.


ChrisSLee1


wind on memorial day wknd     2012-07-02 21:51:42
I laughed about the comment ”It will never be windy again”...

Got turned back on San Luis Peak on Memorial Day at the ridge, later found out several confirmed gusts in the area over 100mph. Nuts.

Congrats on the stats!


nstevens2012

nice work!     2012-07-08 22:34:08
i'd like to do both Shav and Tab within the next couple weeks. If i were to do both in 1 say what would be the best route? fastest as well? i have a 6 month old pup that i dont want to take a 8 hour hike. Not until she grows up a little more! Any advice?


dillonsarnelli


sorry for the delay!     2012-07-16 14:24:41
nstevens2012 - sent you a PM
ChrisSLee1 - thanks! 100 mph sounds about right



   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.