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 Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
 Post Date:  07/05/2009 Modified: 07/06/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/16/2009
 Posted By:  globreal

 Shav/Tab in June   

Mt. Shavano: 14,229' Route: East Slopes (Standard)
Tabeguache Peak: 14,155' Route: Via Mt. Shavano (Standard)
Climb date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Start Time: 5:00am
End Time: 4:00pm
Total Time: 11.0 hours (lots of rest time!)
Trip Length: 11.25 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,600 feet

The day started way to early....12:30am! Tyler and I needed to drive from Colorado Springs to meet Robert at his motel in Salida and then drive out to the trail head.

There were 3 of us on this climb. Robert (left) from Missouri, whom I met for the first time on this hike, as a friend called me and asked if I could lead a friend of his of a 14er; Tyler (right) from North Dakota who is spending much of the summer here in Colorado, and me (center) from Colorado. And of course my yellow lab, "Jack." We left the TH at 5am.
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Robert and me on the trail shortly after day break.
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photo by Robert Kramer

The 3 of entered into an engaging conversation about "faith" and the time just flew by....2-3 hours went by lickity-split!

This is the view back toward Salida and just below (behind us) the snow slope called "the angel."
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photo by Robert Kramer

Robert and Tyler at the lower body of "the angel."
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Robert wanted to try crampons on snow for the first time. So we went up the angel.
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Robert enjoying the day and his first time doing a snow climb.
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This was all that's left of the upper "right wing" (if you were looking at the angel from the valley floor.)
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Tyler next to the upper right wing.
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Robert giving the ultimate "happy summit" pose on Shavano!
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Robert (left), Tyler (center), Me (right) and of course Jack. It was a beautiful day to be on a 14er.
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Looking north from the summit toward Antero. We had a morning with high wispy thin cirrus clouds, which keep the puffy cumulus clouds from really forming and doing much.
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Looking out over the Arkansas River Valley.
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photo by Robert Kramer

The Salida Valley...looking south-east.
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photo by Robert Kramer

While sitting on Shavano, Tabeguache looked sooo far away. I wasn't sure I had it in me to go that much further with over another 1000 feet of elevation to climb. However, Tyler and I decided to go for it since the clouds weren't forming much and we had all day ahead of us.

Robert decided to stay on Shavano with Jack. I decided to leave him as Jack wasn't acting his typical perky self. As Tyler and I descended Shavano's north-west ridge for Tabeguache...Jack was NOT happy that I would leave him. This is him wondering where I went, and asking, WHY I would leave him?!
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photo by Robert Kramer

Robert took a photo of me and Tyler on the summit of Tabeguache. If you blow it up, you can actually see us....over a mile away!
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photo by Robert Kramer

Tyler and met on our 2nd summit of the day--Tabeguache Peak.
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I took a picture of Robert back on the summit of Shavano.
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You can actually see Robert raising his hands to the sky!
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On our way back from Tabeguache, This is a view up Shavano, part way back up from the saddle.
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Our round trip from Shavano-Tabeguache-Shavano resummit, took right at 2 hours to do round trip. I'll say, it's a lot of extra work and climbing in snow! I was plumb tuckered out!

Tyler during a rest stop back to re-summit Shavano.
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A look from the valley floor back up to what we had just climbed…Mt. Shavano sitting there close to 7,000 ft. above us now. An extremely gratifying day to get 2 peaks today.
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As a side note, it's easy to loose the trail in the trees. On our return we lost it twice and ended up in rough terrain. Once crossing a boulder field, and then again coming down a steep hillside with lots of downed trees that were a pain to keep climbing over. Advice....use a GPS below treeline!



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  • Comments or Questions
lodidodi


thanks     2009-07-06 09:05:56
thanks for the report, i plan on doing these soon



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