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chef007Route Climbed: South East Slope a.k.a Purgatory gulch Date Climbed: June 16 2005  Sucess!


Did this mountain as well as Espirit Point and Tabequache. Saw some mountain goats on the saddle and a few marmots at the top.
Posted Jun 17, 2005 12:57 pm

James CRoute Climbed: the angel Date Climbed: May 28 2005  Sucess!

James C

The Angel was totally awesome...better than hiking on talus, it made the climb a whole lot better, especially when glissading, the summit is nice too
Posted Jun 11, 2005 1:44 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: 4 Jun 2005  Sucess!


Left at 5:45 in the morning and stayed on the trail until about 11,000' where we put on crampons. Above here everything was covered in fresh snow, but just a little covering the firm snow underneath. Took the first arm of the angel up until it ended then headed straight for the summit on tundra & rock. Reached the summit after four hours in very strong winds and cold. My partner went down and I traversed over to Tabeguache and back in 1hr 45min. By then the snow had already melted and I made my way back to the trailhead from Shavano in two hours.
Posted Jun 8, 2005 6:10 pm

Foxy Long BottomsRoute Climbed: Pack Trail with a descent of the Angel Date Climbed: June 06, 2005  Sucess!

Foxy Long Bottoms

Fun mellow 14'er. The glissade down the angel was a blast. Don't feed the marmot on the summit. He'll beg for your food and practically crawl into your lap but be strong. :-)
Posted Jun 8, 2005 2:51 pm

NathanRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: June 3rd, 2005  Sucess!


I sprinted the last 20 feet to the summit amidst buzzing boulders and snow, and just barely touched the top before sprinting down.
Posted Jun 7, 2005 12:01 am

AsphazellRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano (Blank Gulch TH) Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!


Started on the TH around 6:30 am, reached the Angel around 7:45-8ish. Snow was already getting mushy, by the time we reached the neck & arms I was starting to posthole. Gorgeous views up top! Storms all around us, but none over us =)
Posted Jun 2, 2005 12:20 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: East slopes Date Climbed: Aug 21 2003  Sucess!

alpine master

I drove up Wed. night to camp out at the TH. I started hiking about 5:30am. The trail started out rocky and went up some washes. It was hard to find in the dark. It was pretty steep the whole way. When I got up in the gully SE of the peak I could see it but didn’t realize I was that close. I started to cut trail to save some time. The trail went out of the way to the south. I summited at about 9:45am. I left at 10:00am and headed towards “T”. I left my pack at the saddle and summited the second peak at 11:00am. Instead of returning over the summit I skirted around and went down the east saddle and met the trail. I think I saved quite a bit of time and distance. The tree huggers wouldn’t have like this. On the way down it started to pour. It rained and thundered most of the way down. I got back to the truck at 3:00pm.
Posted Apr 4, 2005 12:04 am

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: September 2004  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Solo Trip - As most people, I hiked Shavano and Tabeguache together. Weather was great and the aspens were changing. From the summit, the aspens looked like rivers of gold pouring off the mountain. A great time to hike these peaks.
Posted Mar 31, 2005 8:53 am

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Couloir Date Climbed: June 11, 1994  Sucess!


Before reaching the first major switchback in the trail leading up the east ridge, I angled back down into the drainage and bushwhacked thru a not-too-dense section of forest before reaching the snowfield. I then strapped on my crampons, hoisted my axe and kicked upward on the hard snow for an hour and fifteen minutes. Any cornice or continuation of the snow to the saddle had already melted that year, and the arms were almost gone as well, so it was a huff and puff up the talus to the summit. On the descent, I glissaded the Angel, from top to bottom in less than 15 minutes, but my ice axe was mandatory due to the firmness of the snow.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 12:34 pm

RichratRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Trail Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!


Weather was great. I saw a lot of wildlife.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 8:05 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: August, 2003  Sucess!


This was a great but steep and fairly long (like most Sawatch peaks) hike. This was the only fourteener I summit in 2003.
Posted Oct 31, 2004 9:46 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: Shavano-Tabeguache Blank Gulch Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!


Great day, weather held out nicely, especially since we got a bit of a late start, but not too bad.
Posted Oct 14, 2004 11:45 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: August 14, 1999  Sucess!


Camped the night before at Blank Gulch, and ascended the Angel Coulier to the ridge. Very windy once we hit the ridge, and climbed to talus to the summit.

We were going to traverse to Tabeguache, but we developed blisters so we opted to skip it this trip.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:18 am

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Blank Cabin Trailhead Date Climbed: August 15, 2004  Sucess!


The day started out quite nice but once we got above treeline the clouds were boiling up. We pushed on for the summit and stayed very briefly while we descended in a hail storm. We booked back to treeline, unable to squeeze Tab in on the same day.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 10:32 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Angel route Date Climbed: September, 1998  Sucess!


Climbed with Aaron and Jim Lierman, just a couple days after doing Tabaguache. Interesting, because we'd done Tabaguache in a snowstorm, but the weather on Shavano was quite nice. Nice mountain. Wonderful aspen grove to start, and finish, with.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 8:57 pm

Adria MoersenRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: July 29th  Sucess!
Left the car at 4:30 a.m.; most vertical I had ever done in a single day. Tried to complete Tabegauche but the weather chase us off.
Posted Jul 31, 2004 9:21 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: July 29, 2004  Sucess!


Great early morning start and summit. Very busy for a weekday. Met some Oklahoma guys working on their first 14er. Storms chased us away from Tabegauche, though.
Posted Jul 30, 2004 8:31 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: 05/29/04  Sucess!


Climbed up a decent trail hoping to glissade the Angel. Interesting day. It's supposed to be the first weekend of the summer and we couldn't even see our hands in front of our faces!! Snow! What a riot. And the WIND! WHOOEY! It was a doozy! The weather was so nasty that we didn't do Tabaguache, which is a REAL kick in the shorts...there's no way to get up there without going over Shavano first, unless you go for miles and miles into Brown's Creek, but that's a story for another day...
Posted Jul 15, 2004 11:58 pm

awillsonRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: June 15, 2004  Sucess!


I climbed the Angel snowfield with my brother Brent. It snowed on us for 15 minutes on the way down. The Angel makes for a great glissade.
Posted Jul 8, 2004 9:57 am

RatballsRoute Climbed: from Blank Gulch trailhead via Angel Snowfield. Date Climbed: Mid-October, 2000  Sucess!


This was a cold, windy one in hunting season. An interesting (to me) momentary intersection of three lives happened on my descent, about which more here.
Posted Jun 23, 2004 6:10 pm

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