Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

2013 14er Trip – Day Three

From our home-base in Leadville, day three was a bit of a haul. We decided to head further south in an attempt to get out of the rainy weather. Shavano and Tabeguache were on the menu today. Our usual 4:30 wakeup got us down near the trailhead in time for another spectacular sunrise.

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The trail rolls for a short while before becoming yet another steep grunt up through the trees. As many times as I do these hikes, I still shake my head at the size and steepness of these mountains sometimes. Soon we passed through a massive area of blown-down trees. I remembered reading about it a few years ago, and it was impressive to see up close.

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Once we passed treeline, the trail became a straightforward ascent up to a small pass.

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From the pass it was a few hundred vertical feet to the summit.

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From the summit of Shavano we dropped to another saddle and made the climb up to Tabeguache. Took shots of the ‘summit monkeys’

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and then a couple more…

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On the hike back to Shavano, a photo opportunity presented itself. The ensuing exchange highlighted the difference between my son just wanting a quick snapshot, and me planning the cover shoot of Outside magazine or something. Hey, I carried that big camera over all these mountains – I might as well get some good use out of it!

MB: Dad, will you take a picture of me up on those rocks?
CB: Sure! Let’s see, I should get over there for the best light, maybe up a little higher for the horizon, you should stand there, look like this, and …, and …
MB: Well, it doesn’t have to be awesome. Err, at least not up to your level of awesome!

Hey, I’m cool with semi-awesome if you are.

I gotta say, Malcolm was a great sport with all of my picture taking during our hikes.

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The nice weather allowed us to linger for a while when we returned back to the Shavano summit. Much to the delight of some curious marmots.

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This ninja-squirrel demonstrated some cool moves.

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Then it was all about getting back to the car.

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A huge dumper of a thunderstorm unloaded on us with about a mile to go. All of a sudden the tired-leg plodding pace at the end of a long hike turned into an all-out run back to shelter. It was a great way to finish.