Solo sunrise snowfield ascent
Three and a half hours up in bluebird weather. Two couples passed me on the ascent, but only the female halves of the couples stayed ahead of me. Then over to Tabby.
My girlfriend (Mia) and I climbed Shavano from the west side, not via the standard route. There was a trail, but we lost it at some point and climbed up a steep slope with loose rock. It was hairy climbing for a good 30 minutes. Mia said the F-word a few times. She didn't like the improvised route at all. I didn't like it either, but I had been on much worse slopes. We made it to the summit at 3:10 PM. The weather was good to us.
I wanted to make the traverse across the knife-edge ridge to Tabeguache Peak, but it was too late. As it was, we didn't get off of Shavano until it was nearly too dark to see. I hadn't packed a headlamp, but I always do now. You never know when you might get delayed and end up descending in the dark.
Started around 6:45AM. Trail is mostly dry below treeline with a few chunk of snow along trail. Still large sections of snow above treeline. Did not use crampons or other traction since steps were left in snow already. LOTS of wind. Climbed Tabeguache as well. Back at car around 1:30PM.
07/03/16: Signe, Dave, Brent and Michael
06/16/17: Shavano twice today to get Tabeguache
Really nice. No snow, great temps.
Started out about 6am, but that only made me the fifth person on the trail today. Icy winds approaching the saddle really brought the wind chill down.
#1 & #2 7-3-16 From Blank Gulch w/ Signe, Lana, Brent and Dave. 4+16 to top. Then over to Tabeguache and back and down. A storm seemingly materialized out of wispy clouds inside of 15 minutes just above treeline. Later a gigantic hailstorm nearly covered the ground and heavy rain turned the lower portions of the trail into a small creek. I hoped that the many hikers behind us were somehow safe. The watch word to start down early (we started down at 11:00) is always worth the early get up. #3 & #4 6-16-17 From Blank Gulch W/ Yadahzoe. To Tabeguache and then back over Shavano. Windy but nice. Marmots all over the summit.
up the angel
It rained on us below 12k in both directions.
With Megan Berry. And on to Tabeguache.
Speed was necessitated by encroaching bad weather.
Windy at the saddle.
Wow, what a day. After attempting these two 14ers twice this year and failing both times, I came back today with a vengeance and soloed both mountains! My first summits this year! That makes 23 14ers climbed so far. It's been awhile since I've made a new ascent. Reminds me why I moved out here in the first place!
I set off from the Blank Gulch Trailhead around 05:45 AM with intentions of taking the East Slopes route up and over 14,229 ft. Mount Shavano. I arrived at treeline by 8:00 AM, only saw about 10 other climbers and some casual hikers along the way, but I sped past all of them. Once above the "Angel of Shavano" snowfield (Where I failed last time) I lost the trail for a bit and then picked it back up on Shavano's South Ridge. Boy, was it windy. My hat flew off my head a few times but I ran and was able to apprehend it without further incident. I am estimating wind gusts of about 60 mph, strong enough to knock me down a few times. I picked up the Shavano trail and made the summit around 10:00 AM. Pretty tired but confident, I then proceeded down to the col between Mount Shavano and 14,155 ft. Tabeguache Peak. The way down had no marked trail and was mostly a scramble in 60 mph winds. No one else attempted to go over to Tabeguache, just me for today. At least it was blue skies all day... I descended about 500 ft. down and made the mile journey over to Tabeguache. Once you start climbing down Shavano towards Tabeguache, it is a commitment. There is no escape or bail route. The only practical way back to safety is to re-summit Shavano. What a chore. I climbed up snow to the summit of Tabeguache and made the summit around 11:00 AM. Knowing I had to make it back over Shavano, I didn't stay long. I took out my ice ax and slid down the snow back to the col between the peaks. I regained Shavano by 12:15, drank all my water and made my way back down to treeline by 1:00 PM. From here, it was still a few miles back through the woods to the trail head with no water... I made it back to my vehicle around 2:30 PM.
All in all, two 14ers summited, 5,600 ft. of elevation gained over 11.25 miles in about 8 and 1/2 hours. Glad to be done with them.
Skied from the summit to just below tree line. A fantastic day.
Fun Hike, met some fun people. Clouds started gathering so did not make the traverse to Tabeguache. Was pouring by the time I got back to the trailhead.
Made it to the top
From the east side.
This was a very nice, scenic outing compared to the roads and boulder field of Princeton the day before. Thought weather might be moving in (Summit at 10:45) so we chose to just do Shavano and wisely because rain and hail hit by 1 p.m. and we were below 11k by than.
High winds on saddle. Weather head faked us so we opted against Tabaguache.