Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  06/03/2009
Date Climbed:   05/31/2009
Author:  zClipped
 East Slopes and Mt. Tabaguache via Mt. Shavano  

Spent the night at the Blank Gulch trail head. Woke up at 4:50am and started hiking by 5:50am after a quick breakfast and packing up camp.There were about 5 other people in front of us and the skies were completely clear. The first section (below treeline) of the hike was very straight forward. Reached treeline at approximately 7:30am. Minimal snow on trail until you reach the ridge of Shavano. I would highly recommend bringing trekking poles for the snow sections. The other two people I was hiking with used yak tracks and seemed more stable on the snow but are not necessary. Crampons would be very excessive for this hike unless you are planning on ascending the angel. We reached the summit at 9:40am and were keeping a pace similar to the other hikers.

Me at the summit of Shavano

At this point it was clear that the weather was deteriorating. We decided to continue to Tabeguache despite the weather. The summit of Tabegauche looked very far away from the summit of Shavano but the ridge of Shavano was very straight forward. We soon reached the summit of Tabegauche.

Me at the summit of Tabeguache with Shavano in the background

We were able to glissade a good portion of the way down Tabeguache, making course adjustments every once and awhile to avoid rocks. Two of us just used trekking poles to slow ourselves down and it did the trick quite well, but I still prefer an ice axe. We went back up the ridge of Shavano and reached the summit again at 11:40am. At this point we heard some thunder and quickly moved to our descent. We made it back down to the saddle with a little scrambling and glissading. We hiked on the south side of the angel (appeared to have the most snow) and glissaded down. Only had to stop once to avoid some rocks. I would suspect you could continue to glissade the angel for a few more weeks. At the bottom of the angel we were probably a good 500‘ below the trail we came up. So we decided to continue down the valley until it intersected the trail. The intersection was found by following a stream (appears literally from no where) a ways down the valley that eventually intersected the trail we came up on. Noticed some hail that must have fallen at the lower section of the trail while we were higher up. We got back to the car around 2pm.

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 Comments or Questions

06/04/2009 14:55
Did you manage to take any pictures of the mountains other than yourself. People use these trip reports for beta on the current conditions of the mountain. Like a pic of Tabeguache from Shavano would be great, Or the North Face of Taylor?

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