Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  09/08/2008
Modified:  09/11/2008
Date Climbed:   09/03/2008
Author:  Summit Assassin

 Shavano/Tabeguache with TerryLiv  

Route: Standard
TH Start: 6:20am
Shavano: 10:14am
Tabeguache: 11:53am
TH Finish: 3:58pm
Summary: Grueling, VERY windy, and educational.

I had the pleasure to climb this combo with a very special man. Terryliv took interest in my posting about climbing Shav/Tab, planned on it, then got up around 1am the morning of, drove four hours to the TH, waited on me because I was 20 minutes late (whoever said you can reach the TH from Salida in 30 minutes was dead wrong), educated me all the way up and down these beautiful mountains, kept the pace all the way up and down, then turned around and drove four hours home. TerryLiv is 66. If you aren't inspired then something is wrong with you. This man is amazing. Real Life Marion Morrison type stuff.

Each day for a month prior I would daydream of the hike. I got so excited about it that I was nervous the night before. I prepared as much as I could, until the funds ran out. This website was vital in taking an ordinary solo climb and turning it into an amazing memorable event at which I learned so many new things:

- Proper treking pole technique
- Talus and Scree are not the same thing
- Bouldering, when properly practiced, can become art
- 100oz of water isn't enough
- Bring TP and baby wipes even if you go at the TH
- Gloves, gloves, and gloves

The weather forecast was 10% chance of precipitation, but the day started out cloudy and cold. We started up the standard route which began fairly easy, then quickly transitioned to rocky uphill hiking. This picture is what most of the trail looks like as you approach treeline.


After about two hours of steady elevation gain on rock/forest floor, we broke tree line and began the long western haul along the face. Picture looking back towards tree line:


Picture looking up at the summit of Shavano:


Another hour later and we arrived at the big, fat saddle.


Shortly thereafter it began blowing, and I mean BLOWING! The first gust almost blew us of the mountain. The only thing that kept me from going down was my trekking poles. Snot was rolling out my ice-cold nostrils and shooting horizontally like a missile. It was at this point where I got genuinely afraid that I wasn't going to make it to the top, and asked myself "What the heck were you thinking?"

This is when I realized that I had forgotten my gloves. Terryliv and I glided under a large boulder and he ripped into my pack, pulling out an extra pair of socks that I had just in case. I promptly slid them over my frozen hands and we started making our way to the top.

At this point the trail was hit or miss. Some of the boulders were fairly large so keeping track of the trail became difficult. As we climbed we headed to the east side of the mountain to get out of the relentless western wind. Nevertheless, we made it to the top of Shavano and took about ten minutes doing the usual.

Nice jeans..
Image Never heard of it.

We ran into a younger guy who was coming back from Tabeguache after his first successful summit in four tries! Whoever you were, congratulations again!

The trip down the northwest side of Shavano was difficult simply because you know you are going to have to summit it again. All of the posts and blogs and forums say it, but I will say it again for good measure. This is a very grueling climb. Come prepared for a long hard day.

The following picture was taken from the summit of Antero two days after this climb. That TR is coming, but this picture looks South at Shavano and Tabeguache, and diagrams the extended run down Shavano to the ridge and up Tabeguache. Keep in mind that we ventured off the trail at times to avoid the fierce wind.


After an extended break at the bottom of the ridge between Shavano and Tabeguache (see Bring TP and baby wipes comment above), we endured more wind and climbed up Tabeguache. Outside of one false summit, it was fairly uneventful. The wind died down and the sun began to shine, about the same time I realized we were only half way.

Looking North at Antero from Tabeguache. Note the clearing skies and sunshine.

View North and down.

View Southeast at Shavano summit and ridge.

A friendly rocket scientist from Houston blazed up behind us and took this victory picture.

The climb down was long in duration and shorter on communication. We were exhausted. You have to downclimb Tabeguache, climb back up Shavano, downclimb Shavano, then slowly make your way down even further. Here is a picture from near the Shavano summit looking down at the remaining path.


TerryLiv still had a four hour drive! The man was a machine! If you ever get the pleasure to climb with him, don't hesitate.

Thank-you community!

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