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 Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
 Post Date:  07/23/2005
 Date Climbed:   07/22/2005
 Posted By:  jbart52

 July 22, 2005 S and T   

My dads birthday was July 21 so naturally we went out to dinner and did all the regualr festivities. It was great except for the fact that as the rest of the family was headed to bed, I realized I still had to finish packing to head up to Shavano the next morning. Well long story short I finally hopped into bed around 12ish and had my alarm set for 3:15... It was a rough get up. After the three hour drive out, I finally started up the trail at about 7:15.

I was somewhat suprised with the hike out of the trees. It was beautiful but a little longer than I had imagined. After walking along the trail I hit a ridge and could finally see Tabeguache. I was luckily accompanied by a heard of big horn rams. One walked about 100 vert. feet within about 20 feet of me. I summited Shavano and as there was no apparent signs of weather I grabbed a quick bite and headed to Tabequache. The hike down the saddle isnt bad but about 50 feet on my ascent to the summit my lack of sleep hit me. At this point it was more mental but I would have given anything to go pitch a tent and sleep the afternoon away so of course I pushed on. I summitted Tabequache and hustled down to the saddle where I took about a 35 minute nap. After the quick rest the slog back up Shavano was no fun but after resummitting, The decent was pretty easy, just long. My car never looked so good when I reached the trailhead. It was a great climb, no weather, no snow drifts to cross, and the views from both peaks are incredible. (Get started early as it ended up being about a 7-8 hour day) ENJOY!!!!!!

jimmy

 


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