Peak(s):  Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  10/23/2011
Modified:  05/10/2012
Date Climbed:   10/22/2011
Author:  RJansen77
Additional Members:   ChrisinAZ, sevenvii, SurfNTurf, BenfromtheEast, Johnson, 4HClimber, unclegar
 A Mini Gathering on Tab  

First off, many thanks to Scott P for organizing this fun gathering - it was great to meet some new climbers and share the mountain with so many great people. Avoiding the eroded sections of the old route and climbing the west ridge proper certainly made this a memorable climb, and this route seems to be much more sustainable than the old one appears to have been.

Benfromtheeast, Paige and myself drove out of Denver Friday evening in an attempt to make it close to the trailhead and camp. After about a mile of dirt, CR 240 gets somewhat loose and rough, so we opted to pull off to the side of the road and camp in a nice pine grove with Scott P and his son Kessler. We awoke Saturday morning, hopped into the Chevy Avalanche with SurfNTurf, ChrisInAZ and Breanna, and made our way up the remaining ~4 miles of road to the trailhead.

There isn't anywhere to camp in the vicinity of the trailhead, but the cars of other climbers easily gave it away. Parking is also limited, but we managed to grab a spot just up the road, and set off at the leisurely hour of 8:15am.

The trail climbs easily from the road and breaks treeline quickly. Instead of heading up the slopes of Tab shortly after, as the old route seemed to do, this one meanders through the basin, slowly gaining elevation as it approaches the Tab / Carbonate saddle.

The trail weaves up through the basin

Jeff and Brianna leading the way

Some nice peaks to the south

Climbing towards the was chilly and windy!

The group takes a break just below the saddle

Once we gained the ridge, we followed interspersed trail segments through the scree and talus toward the first false summit (PT 13,935?). Sometimes we were able to follow a loosely defined trail, while at other points it was easier just to walk over the loose rock.

Looking up the ridge toward Tab from the saddle

Sevenvii, Kessler and ChrisInAZ heading up from the saddle

Looking down the ridgeline

The summit finally appears, but not before a number of ups and downs along the ridge

The gang coming up the summit ridge

ChrisInAZ along the summit ridge

While traversing the ridge, we met Johnson, Unclegar and 4HClimber coming down. Guys, it was great meeting you!

There is some cool exposure along the north side of the ridge

We reached the summit around noon after a relaxing and beautiful climb. While it had been quite windy for most of the ascent, it was actually pretty calm on the summit.

Scott P taking in the view from the top

Ben and Paige on the descent

SurfNTurf recounting something funny here, but in my altitude fatigued state I have forgotten what it was

On the way up, ChrisInAZ pointed out that you can see every range from the Tab summit, in addition to all three ultra prominent peaks. This was pretty sweet to see...the San Juans looked so close!

Shavano and the Northern Sangres

Mount Ouray to the south

Looking back along the ridge

Yours truly beginning the ridge descent

Antero and Princeton from the ridge - we could see a person on top of Antero from here, very cool!

ChrisInAZ heading down the ridge

Kessler talking about Capitol, climbing Everest, climbing with dislocated fingers or MarioKart...all in a days work!

Once reaching the saddle, it is a short scree slide and then and easy stroll out to the cars

Looking back toward the saddle

Scott P and company descending the drainage

On the descent, we enjoyed talking to Kessler (Scott P's son) about the other 14ers he's climbed, his mountaineering goals for the future, and his thoughts on video games along with a plethora of other things. It was great to climb with such a big crew, and nice to meet some new faces. Hoping to see everyone out in the hills again soon.

Oh, and thanks again to Scott P for getting this climb started!

If anyone has questions about the climb or this route, feel free to PM me.


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 Comments or Questions

10/23/2011 19:40
Thanks for putting this together. With the wind and cold I don't think anyone in our group took too many pictures so I'm glad you captured the day.


Perfect day for...
10/23/2011 22:34
Shorts! Nice meeting you up there and nice report.

We had planned on this two weeks ago but bailed because of the cold and wind forecast... sure glad we waited till yesterday! For me, this trip was two years in the making. Glad so many had success! It was a nice route. Thanks to Keith K and Neil for giving a bit of motivation and instruction to me.


Nice write-up
10/23/2011 23:34
Hey Rob, it was great meeting you and the others on Tab yesterday. Even though it wasn't my happiest day in the mountains, good company and beautiful weather certainly helped keep the day from being horrible. Shav will be there next year, and the Angel remains probably my favorite climb in the Sawatch thus far, so I think you'll like it!

Looking forward to doing some more wintry climbs with you in the future...


Great Day
10/23/2011 23:50
It was like a min-fall gathering. Great to meet new people and see some familiar faces.


How did I miss you ?
10/24/2011 02:30
Trying to figure out how I missed you all along the ridge somewhere. I stopped to talk to Scott and Kessler, but don't remember seeing you guys. Perhaps I was tired of getting tossed around by the wind to stop and chat.....sorry about that !


Hey mtgirl,
10/24/2011 03:48
Not sure how we missed you either! I was looking around for people all along the ridge that I knew were going to be up there, but we must have been out of sight when we passed you. I'll concur though, I had my hood tied tight and was pretty much staring at my feet during the ascent because of the wind. Anyhow, hope to see you on a climb soon!


That was us on Antero
10/24/2011 14:00
I climbed Antero with a friend and my wife. We had perfect weather and saw more mountain goats (5) than people (2) - and the people didn't venture above 11k feet. We actually chose Antero because of your recent trip report RJansen77. Thanks.


10/24/2011 16:23
Really glad I made it out to this since I missed the actual Fall Gathering. It was a great crew and a beautiful day -- minus the wind! Oh well, wind is a fact of winter so I guess we might as well start getting used to it, haha. Nice TR Rob, see you Saturday on Quandary.


Maybe not
10/24/2011 18:23
After a closer read it appears you guys climbed saturday and not sunday - the dates are wrong on the header. That wasnt us. Sorry you had such a tough time with the wind. Almost wind-free on Sunday.


Kessler's been climbing a long time!!!
10/25/2011 20:39
That coat almost fits now!

Scott P

Nice report
10/29/2012 19:40
Thanks for the report. Good memories.

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