Trip Details

Elevation: 17,700 Feet

Elevation Gain: 1300 Feet

Distance: N/A Miles

Gear: Trekking poles

Officially summited our highest peak so far! We had to park at 16,400 due to the snow and hiked approximately 1300 feet of gain in an hour and a half. Overall car to car took ~2 hours. Not bad for 5400 meters! Despite being a little sick we both felt great and did not experience any issues with altitude.
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Horseshoe Mountain: Boudoir Couloir

Trip Details

Elevation: 13,898 Feet

Elevation Gain: ~2,100 Feet

Distance: ~11 Miles

Gear: Ice axe, crampons, helmet

We’ve been waiting for the snowpack to stabilize so that we could get out and try some couloir routes. The weather finally cooperated so we drove down to 4 Mile Creek road Saturday afternoon after finishing Grays/Torreys. We camped in the car at the parking area so that we could get an early start.

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Grays and Torreys: Standard Route

Trip Details

Elevation: 14,278 Feet

Elevation Gain: ~5100 Feet

Distance: 14 Miles

Gear: Trekking poles

We finally got a chance to get out and see Grays and Torreys up close. The weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms after 12pm so we left the trailhead around 4:00 am. The road was still snow covered so we parked right off the I-70 which adds an extra 6 miles of road hiking.

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Mount Shavano: Angel of Shavano (+ Tabeguache)

Trip Details

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.

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