With weather looking favorable, decided to try and tag Democrat Friday afternoon prior to going for Shavano and Tabagauche Saturday.
Base car camp below Democrat. What a luxury to drive to 12,000 ft instead of hiking up there. Sleeping at that altitude was a challenge for me.
Heading out. We did not see a single person from the time we left TH until we returned which was astonishing given the weather up there……
Summit time….behind Leila is the entire Collegiate Peaks range and I think you can see the whole Nolan 14 route.
Looking at the very headwaters of the Arkansa river below us.
We wondered why this rock Ptarmigan was so upset as we walked by….I only just notice now that there is a chick sitting right there (I think).
Time for sleep.
Saturday was another great weather day.
Looking up towards Shavano.
At the summit looking down the ridge line towards Tabaguache. Notice the cornice…
From Tabagauche looking back towards Shavano.
Scrambled through scree on the way up to avoid the snow only to find it was a better way to get back down.
What a great anniversary weekend.