Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  06/20/2010
Date Climbed:   06/20/2010
Author:  Mtn_Topper

 Fathers` Day on Shavano and Tabegauche  

When the family goes out of town and leaves you at home for Fathers' Day, the only thing to do is head into the mountain. Departing eastern Denver at 3:15 AM, I headed for Mt. Shavano and Tabeguache Peak, arriving at the Blank Gulch trailhead just after 6 AM. I got onto the trail at about 6:15 AM and started making my way up a rather busy trail. Apart for a bit of wind above tree line, the weather was ideal for climbing the peaks. The trail is rocky but was in pretty good shape. The right arm of the Angel is pretty well melted out so I had clear trail all the way. The trail easy to follow until I got to the final pitch up Shavano, just past the saddle between Shavano's summit and "Esprit Point". Due to efforts to escape the wind, the route taken to the summit by the folks I saw were pretty inconsistent. I reached the summit of Mt. Shavano at 8:40 AM, rested for 15 minutes and then started the traverse of the ridge towards Tabegauche. The wind abated along the traverse and the hiking was quite pleasant. There was no discernible trail up Tabegauche but it was actually pretty easy making it up the talus slope to the summit, reaching the summit at 9:55 AM. I liked the summit of Tabeguache very much (better than Shavano) and spent half and hour eating lunch and enjoying the views. At 10:30 AM, I descended Tabegauche and began the seemingly endless traverse back up Shanavano, reaching the summit again at 11:10 AM. The summit of Shavano was very crowded by this time so I beat a hasty retreat down the trail toward the trailhead. I was glad to have trekking poles on the way down because I needed them a number of times to catch myself after rolling ankles on the rocky trail. I made it back to the parking lot at 12:50 PM. A lovely day on two great peaks.

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 Comments or Questions

Shavano Double
06/21/2010 20:52
Congrats on your climb. Tabegauche is a really cool peak. I was suprised at how exhausting the climb between Shavano and Tabegauche (and back) was for a standard non-technical route. It seemed like all talus in between when I climbed it last summer. I thought the Decalibron + Bross was much easier.

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