Ascent of Tabeguache Peak on 2017-09-16

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, September 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Tabeguache Peak
    Elevation:14155 ft / 4314 m

Ascent Trip Report

...........from TR of Shavano continued............

Chad and I were now in a fast hike wanting to get back to his friends left behind and wanting to get back to see the Gator game. On the way up the second peak I hit high gear and I noticed that Chad was not able to stay with me. Perhaps I could summit both peaks and not be passed by anyone all day. Making the Summit of Tabegauche, Chad came up behind me winded. I was thrilled to have met such a good hiking partner whose stamina and hiking style as so well matched to mine. Plus he was a Gator. We high fived each other. It was still very windy but a beautiful day on the second peak. When I complimented his fast ascent and said we were very comparable he said man you are more fit than me......and I said no were the only person on the entire mountain earlier that I could not catch. He said...well tha's because when I saw you coming, I sped up as fast as I could cuz I am competitive and did not want you to pass me. But then he was tiring he sat down and pretended like he sat to wait on his buds below. I laughed, dude you got me! I thought you stopped for your friends and I was like damn I cant catch him......but truth was he was spent and I was able to summit both 14ers ahead of him.

But we were cut from the same mold. Chad was simply half my age, but we had a lot in common. Turns out he had an engineering degree from Florida just like me; had researched the routes like me, had moved from FL like me and wanted to push himself up the mountain and not have people pass him. He turned out to be a great climbing companion and about as perfectly matched in fitness level as any one I have hiked with.

It was now sunny and windy and not as cold and the graupel was starting to melt. We had the peak to ourselves as all of the other hikers gave up on the graupel storm earlier. Now the only thing left was to get all the way back in time to see the game and Chad invited me to join him and his buds in the town of Salida to watch it. Heck yes I was in. You have to love the world of mountaineering and the type of people you meet along the way. So we made the sports bar in Salida in time to catch the Gators play University of Tennessee. The Gator's Defense was outstanding but the offense was way off. The Gators led all day but the Vols came back and had the game won as the Defense was exhausted from being on the field so long. With one more play left and all the momentum gone we watched the UF freshman quarterback throw a hail Mary 67 yards and hit the receiver in stride for a game winning touchdown with no time left!

Crazy fun day. Only hours ago, the weather was so bad I questioned whether I would get even one 14er in. Then I met Chad and we ended up slugging out both 14ers in crazy windy weather where everyone else turned back, got to a bar in time to watch our alum have the game of the week - play of the week victory!

Great weekend

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1005 ft / 305 m
    Total Elevation Loss:570 ft / 173 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Grade/Class:2 and 2+
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
45 to 50F windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:435 ft / 132 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:eastern ridge
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  13720 ft / 4181 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:570 ft / 173 m
    Gain on way out:570 ft / 173 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Shavano-Tabegauche ridge to trail
    End Trailhead:parking  
Ascent Part of Trip: Shavano

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Shavano2017-09-16 a4509 ft / 1374 m
2Tabeguache Peak2017-09-16 b1005 ft / 306 m
Total Trip Gain: 5514 ft / 1680 m    Total Trip Loss: 1159 ft / 354 m

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