Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  06/24/2020
Date Climbed:   06/20/2020
Author:  samfarmer789
 Shav/Tab Combo on a Windy Day   

My friends and I left Denver around 11pm and got to the trailhead around 2am. We set up our tent and finally got to sleep between 3-330am. We definitely should've left earlier so we could have gotten more sleep. It was pretty cold and when we got up our tent had frosted. We got up at 530am but sat in the car with the heater on for about 45 min haha and didn't get started until around 7am. We got a pretty slow start as a member of our group was struggling, but they turned around at the tree line and we were much faster after that.

View of the trail around 10,000 ish
Another view of the trail with a fallen tree

View almost at the tree line

Leaving tree line, the trail is well-defined

After the tree line, the trail is steep and sandy up through the valley. Once you get to the ridge of Shavano, there is some scrambling but it is pretty fun and the rocks were solid for the most part. We didn't stay too long on Shavano as we wanted to get to Tabeguache and still have some energy. It was also pretty windy at the summit of Shavano. We summited around 11am.


starting down the ridge of Shav to make the traverse

We did the trek from Shav to Tab and it was around 0.6 mi according to my GPS. It was not too bad, elevation drop & gain-wise, but the way back up Shav was a struggle. Once you come down Tab, you have to climb 600' to the top of Shav again and there are about 3 false summits that really put a damper on our declining spirits.

Summit of Tabeguache

some scrambling to get up Tab

We finally made it back up Shav around 1pm and then went down the rocks and sandy trail where the wind really picked up. It was gusting pretty hard, we all got wind-burnt. We didn't get down until around 4pm, but I think this double could be done in 6-7 hours. We stopped a LOT and got a very slow start. We also spent around 40 min on the summit of Tab because the weather was nice up there. These were #24 and #25 for me!

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Comments or Questions

Hard core!
06/25/2020 06:27
After little sleep in a tent, i think you guys killed it lol

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