Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,230 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,158 feet
Date Posted:  01/19/2015
Date Climbed:   01/18/2015
Author:  Yikes
Additional Members:   brerrabbit, MarkMadness
 Mt Shavano - it's about time   

"Yes Mom, I'll try to find someone to hike with."

Another nice January weekend, I shouldn't sit on the couch. Shavano and Tabeguache have been staring me down for years whenever I am hanging in Salida. I have been up Shavano 6 times in the summer (not including two other times to the saddle), but a Winter ascent had eluded me. I had broken trail to treeline several times but those were just conditioning hikes. I figured I would post a "suckers wanted" on 14ers.com and see what would happen (you often get a lot of no-shows on Winter hikes). As it turned out, it was a pretty good group. Only problem was the kids were so fast, old man Yaich was feeling his age.

Blah, blah, blah. On to the pictures.

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Making our way through the forest

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Snow was a little deeper near treeline

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Switching snow for talus

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Um, where's the trail?

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You can see the curvature of the earth from here

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The first of 7 false summits on the east ridge of Shavano

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A rare sighting of a mountain cow

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Who needs a trail?

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Bump #23 on the ridge

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Seeking shelter from the wind on the Shavano summit (unsuccessfully)

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Everyone's favorite winter mountaineer

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The 23 mile long ridge to Tabeguache

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Bunching up on The Hillary Step

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Final stretch to the Tabeguache summit

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And Mark is happy

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And Cynthia is happy. You be the judge.

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We weren't posing for a group shot, we were huddling for warmth

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Mad snow skillz

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Getting off Tabeguache

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The long ridge back to Shavano's summit

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Let's get off this mountain



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Comments or Questions
Jay521
User
Fun read!
01/20/2015 04:14
And nice pics!


RockCaCO3
User
First line
01/20/2015 18:25
Love the first line. Pretty funny (and probably true for alot of us!)


SurfNTurf
User
Trench–poacher alert
01/20/2015 18:46
Thanks for sharing, Jim! You might have just inspired me to try these peaks this weekend...


rsering
Access
01/22/2015 22:17
Hey, it sounds great, I might give it a shot myself in the next few weeks. How is the road access? Can you get to the trailhead by 4Wd?



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