Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  08/25/2007
Date Climbed:   07/14/2007
Author:  summitseeker

 Shav-Tab Combo  

Went down to the Standard TH the night before. Got there around 1am and did some car camping. Ambitious plans to wake up at 4 turned into a 530 wake-up call from Mr. Sun. Whoops!


After hauling A#@ to make up some time, and passing many friendly flatlanders, I made it up to tree line. Always a welcomed sight.


This was your standard Sawatch climb- nothing too extraordinary, but certainly satisfying. The flowers were out, but the Angel of Shavano was on summer vacation.

Looking up towards the saddle

Looking up towards the summit block

The hike is relatively easy going until you hit the summit block. Then the gradient kicks up a notch and the sweat finally started to pour. Made the summit in less than 3 hours hiking at a good clip.

From Shavano summit looking north towards Mt. Antero

Next stop Tabaguache!

From Shavano summit looking towards Tabaguache

The descent to the saddle is pretty standard and did not require too much trail-finding. It did offer some spectacular views of the surrounding area though.

From the Shav-Tab saddle looking up at Tab

Unfortunately, there aren't any well marked trails up to the summit from there, so you just have to make your own way. Just keep heading up and you can't go wrong ;) The traverse to Tab took slightly less than an hour.

From Tabagauche summit looking back at Shavano

Looking west from the summit

Homage to Mr. Middlebrook

Hiking back to Shavano, the marmots made their presence known. Ah, the life of a marmot: sunbathing, getting fat for the winter, summiting 14ers



Back on the summit of Shavano, I finally caught up with the crowds. The weather was holding and it was only 1130 so I decided to relax for a bit.

Looking back towards Tab after checking it off the list

On the way down looking at the Angel of Shavano trail from the saddle Image

Just another day on your standard Sawatch 14er. Always a pleasure!

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 Comments or Questions

11/30/2010 17:20
So, you managed to move Mt. Antero around so that it's now south of Mt. Shavano? I'd love to know how to do this; it would make some climbs much more convenient!


05/13/2008 03:19

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