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dacuntoRoute Climbed: Blank Cabin TH Date Climbed: 16 July 2005  Sucess!
Trailfinding can be an issue throughout. Very rocky tracks can be lost when underbrush opens out on lower slopes.

If you climb to the saddle before turning toward the summit, be aware that there is a prominent track visible on the left and if you follow that, as we did, you will have some balance climbing before the summit. I suggest you turn toward the visible summit about 200 meters before the saddle and just scramble up from there. This both shorter and easier than going all the way to the saddle.
Posted Jul 25, 2005 1:33 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Jennings Creek Date Climbed: June 7, 2003  Sucess!


WE climbed Shavano via the Jennings creek trailhead. Shavano was a relatively difficult mountain, though one of the more spectacular in the Sawatch the Angel was in full flutter during our hike.

Hiking Party:

Michael Booker

Jennifer Booker

Don Nalley


Billy Boy

Posted Jul 24, 2005 1:20 pm

HelgaRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: July 17th, 2005  Sucess!


Solo, VERY early so to be able to take my time. Summited Mt.Shavano early enough ( 9:50) to procede to Tabeguache with not a cloud in the sky! Too much time consuming talus, but not as bad as La Plata, I thought.. Took many photos of all the different kinds of pretty flowers I'll need to look up their names...Will try to post them. This was a long hot day without sunglasses, nor sunscreen....so much for starting out in the dark! Evident haze still in the horizon from the recent forest fires. Great, great day!
Posted Jul 18, 2005 11:34 pm

scvanmRoute Climbed: East Slopes from Blank Gulch Date Climbed: July 15th 2005  Sucess!


#12..... Saw Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep. Great day!!!!
Posted Jul 17, 2005 9:37 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: July, 1 2004  Sucess!


18th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 2:47 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch / East Slopes Date Climbed: July 4, 2005  Sucess!


Did this with Mike and Marella. Beautiful day to be out in the mountains, and a great way to spend the 4th! Traversed over to Tabeguache and and back... that 2nd time up Shavano sure hurt.

By the way, the Angel is essentially completely melted out, and not worth doing anymore...
Posted Jul 5, 2005 6:36 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: June 28, 2005  Sucess!

Ed F

Went over Shavano on the way to Tabeguache. I glissaded the Angel (what was left of it) on the way down for a quick descent. Some storms caused many of us that day to run off the summit.
Posted Jun 29, 2005 4:07 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: May 2005  Sucess!


A great snow climb with an even better slide down.
Posted Jun 26, 2005 5:34 pm

jhansen007Route Climbed: Blanks Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: June 18, 2005  Sucess!


Perfect day for a climb. Left trailhead around 630am. Summitted Shavano, then hiked the saddle to Tabeguache. Met Mark and Myron (see below) on the summit. Spent lots of time on top Tabeguache waiting for the rest of our group to summit. Awesome weather to take a nap on top of a 14er...very warm and virtually no wind while we were up there. Glissade down the angel was great too.
Posted Jun 19, 2005 2:56 pm

mrkgrysngrRoute Climbed: Shavano / Tabaguache Trail Date Climbed: 6/18/2005  Sucess!
Hey saw Myron on the trip! also MoJo the big beautiful golden Lab w/ owner. The glissade down the Angel was Wild!
Posted Jun 19, 2005 10:31 am

myroneRoute Climbed: From Blank's Gulch Date Climbed: Saturday June 18, 2005  Sucess!


Started up at 7:04AM on an excellent trail, just a very little snow coming out of timber line, high winds at the saddle, reached summit at 10:00AM after losing the trail and scambling some. Rested 25 mins. then over to Tabeguache in about 45 mins. Rested about another 30 mins then retraced my steps down and glissaded down a snow field on Tabeguache and another much larger one on Shavano, way fun!! Back to the car at 2:36, my 10th & 11th 14'ers and another beautiful day in Colorado, sweet!!
Posted Jun 19, 2005 8:49 am

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

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