Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  06/25/2008
Date Climbed:   06/22/2008
Author:  kickintalus

 Lesson Learned  

I‘m not going to bore you with the whole round trip. Here are the important points: there is still quite a bit of snow on the trail the last 500 feet or so below the tree line. Once above the tree line, you do not have to go through any snow if you don‘t want to. The Angel is fading fast. With all of the warm weather, the snow is very slippery, and we did a lot of post-holing and sliding. We had to climb the talus up Tab because we didn‘t want to posthole up the snow field that‘s still very large up the main route. On our way back, we made the very bad decision to try to cut across from the saddle between Tab and Shavano to the saddle that at the other side of Shavano. A word of advice: If you are ever tempted to do this, DON‘T!!!!! It‘s a lot farther than it looks and the entire route is a combination of loose dirt, small rocks, talus and boulders. We were lucky to not sprain an ankle or worse. Also, it made the trip back at least an hour longer than it would have been to go back over Shavano. Other than that, it would have been a great hike, in spite of getting snowed on at the top of Shavano. Sorry, no pics b/c my camera suddenly started making all pics blurry.

 Comments or Questions

Tab Snowy Ridge
06/26/2008 15:27
Sorry to hear you had to scramble over the loose talus! When we hit the ridge, admittedly late in the day, the snow was still in pretty good, compacted condition which made ascending the ridge fairly easy! Great glissade on the way down too.

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