Elevation: Shavano: 14,229 feet / Tabeguache: 14,155 Feet
Elevation Gain: ~5,600 Feet
Distance: ~9.75 Miles
Gear: Avy Gear, snowshoes, crampons (overkill)
Saturday we woke up at 1am to make the ~3 hour drive to the Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead. Our plan was to climb the Angel of Shavano (easy snow climb up to 35°) to the summit of Shavano, then traverse over to the summit of Tabeguache and back again.
We figured it would be a relatively quick day but instead it ended up being very tiring. 5,600 ft of elevation gain is a lot. This was the most elevation gain we’ve done in a day since moving to Colorado last September. Climbing back up to the summit of Mount Shavano on the way back from Tabeguache was definitely the biggest challenge.
So far, our training for Bolivia seems to be going really well and we plan on continuing to climb some more 14ers over the next 4 weeks as we get closer to the trip.