Peak(s):  Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Date Posted:  06/07/2011
Date Climbed:   06/04/2011
Author:  JTalarovich17

 Tab & Shav  

With as often as I utilize TR's that other members post...I'm a little ashamed to say with now 22 14er's under my belt, this is my first TR. But hey...better late than never right? I plan on reporting the rest of our climbs this year.

TH: Jennings Creek
Start: 5:10 am
13,000' Ridge: 7:00 am
Tabeguache Summit: 9:45 am
Shavano Summit: 11:00 am
Elevation Gain: ~ 4700'
RT: ~ 8 miles

It would have been a little tricky to find the TH in the dark but with the help of google earth and the new 14ers app on the droid we were spot on. There's not much of an approach with 2500' of gain in the first mile. Image
Starting out from the old TH.

We avoided the errosion areas on the trail by staying to the far left as best as possible and caught our first small glimpse of the Tabeguache summit. Image
13,180' on the SW ridge.

On the traverse up to the saddle we decided to use crampons to cross about 50 yards of a snowfield as it was frozen and pretty slick. Didn't want the hassle of putting them on for that short of a distance but why carry useful equipment if you don't use it. The saddle was the most wind of the whole trip (more so on the descent) at 20-25 mph max. Image
13,800' on the saddle of the west ridge.


Just before 9:30 we rounded the last point and saw that there was already someone on summit.Image

Half way across the final South ridge.

The wife slipping through the parted rock section. There was some more exposure on this ridge than what we expected. Still fun nonetheless. Image

There was some fun rock hoping to get to the summit of Mt. Shavano. Image
Mt. Shavano Summit.

Had some company on the "retraverse" back to Tabeguache with 2 fellas from Colorado Springs for what I believe was their first 14er of the year. Hope you guys had a good trip out.

Looking back at our route to the west saddle.

Getting back to tree line. Image

We couldn't have asked for a better day. And for being "easier" 14ers, we were still pretty beat by the time it was all said and done.

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 Comments or Questions

much snow
06/07/2011 14:52
in the trees? the pic at treeline is looking pretty dry.


No Snow
06/07/2011 16:34
We only had to cross all of about 30 yards of snow while coming up through the trees.


06/09/2011 12:29
How was the road to the TR and was the TR easily identifiable?


06/09/2011 20:16
Road is good. A little bumpy and slow going but dry all the way. I clocked it at 7.6 miles when you turn off of highway 50. The road gets slightly wider at the TH but only enough room to reasonably park maybe 2 cars. It's pretty wet off the right side of the road right there and there is a large (~12' tall boulder) immediately after the TH.


06/11/2011 15:52
Thanks for the beta. I plan on taking this route next weekend.

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