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mountainmotaRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: March 2003  Sucess!


Nice easy snow climb!
Posted Jun 15, 2004 7:18 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: June 02, 2004  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

A gorgeous day and a wonderful climb. The glissade down was fast and fun. The only way to climb Shavano in my opinion. Didn't need crampons, but they would have made things easier
Posted Jun 3, 2004 2:42 pm

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch/Angel Descent Date Climbed: 5/29/04  Sucess!

Bryan W

Turned into a long day with steady 25 mph winds, gusting to 50, driving snow/ice, and post holing once above 12,800'. Could not see Tabeguache from the summit. TR to come.
Posted Jun 1, 2004 6:31 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: east ridge Date Climbed: june 01  Sucess!


the angel was but a strip. camped just below it. windy as hell, but a nice day for 2 peaks, and finishing the sawatch range.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:24 pm

leukemicRoute Climbed: Angel Date Climbed: May 19,2004  Sucess!
Perfect weather and snow conditions. 1800 ft glissade from summit to base of Angel. Snowshoes helpful on bushwack descent.
Posted May 21, 2004 1:58 am

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!


This hike was even better than I thought it would be. A thunderstrom came in and made us run down the mountain faster than we would have liked, but that's Colorado in the summer for ya! Great views of the Arkansas and San Luis valleys.
Posted May 12, 2004 3:04 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: Angel Of Shavano Trailhead Date Climbed: September/03  Sucess!


Good hike. Perfect weather.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:51 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch route Date Climbed: May 9, 2002  Sucess!


The first of many 14er summits for Erin and I during extraordinarily dry 2002. I took a nice scounting drive the weekend before, and being more or less a mountain newbie, I asked a local in Poncha Springs where Shavano was because I couldn't see anything that looked like the Angel on a nearby peak. The local laughed at me and said that it had been mostly melted out for over a month. We encountered no snow either above or below treeline during our hike. On the windy summit, we considered the traverse to Tabeguache, but we were out of shape, and wimped out. We bagged Tab a few weeks later.
Posted Apr 9, 2004 12:28 pm

carloselbrusRoute Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: Jun 11 2000  Sucess!


With Mike and Do.
Posted Mar 2, 2004 11:17 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: Angel Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


The angel was nearly dry in early June 2001 ... wait for a good snow year.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 6:57 pm

EcoRacerRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: October 17, 2003  Sucess!
My first 14er! Being a flatlander from the midwest I was at a bit of a disadvantage.....luckily I had spent the previous week in Moab mountain biking so I was somewhat acclimated to altitude. I huffed & puffed my way to the summit.....what a view!! Well worth the effort. I decided to save Tabeguache for another day and am glad I did since I ran out of water just a few hundred feet down from the summit. 100 ozs of aqua gone in just 5 hours! Round trip was 8 hours.....5 up and 3 down. Looking forward to returning and bagging Tabeguache the next time!
Posted Dec 16, 2003 3:23 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Jennings Creek Date Climbed: June 28 1997  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Climbed Shavano first than traversed to Tabeguache then back. Long day with a steep descent.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 11:42 am

jrfRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: July 4th, 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful way to spend the 4th of July. Steep but manageable hike with a great view in every direction. I didn't go over to Tabaguache this day, all the more reason to come back though. I'd be interested in doing this with the Angel in better shape. It looks like it would be a fun climb.
Posted Oct 5, 2003 8:18 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: The Blank Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: July 25, 2004  Sucess!


Great 2 banger to end 7 days of 14ers.
Posted Jul 30, 2003 7:18 pm

charmsRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 20, 2003  Sucess!


We started out on the wrong trailhead, the Angel of Shavano, but decided to go ahead and start from there anyway. The next mistake we made was larger, but made for a more enjoyable climb. We began by hiking north on the Colorado Trail to meet up with the Mount Shavano Trail, but we turned west to soon onto a jeep trail that led to a mining area. Thinking that this was the Mount Shavano Trail, and thinking that it was apparenty rarely used, we bushwacked our way out of the trees onto the southeast ridge of Shavano. As soon as we reached the tree line, we noticed the Mount Shavano Trail on the south face of the ridge to our north. We continued our climb up the ridge to Espirit Point then crossed north towards the Shavano saddle. Moving quickly because a 10:00 am thunderstorm was brewing. We got caught in the hail/snow storm just above the Shavano saddle and sat out the storm under a rain poncho. We then climbed the last 800 ft to Shavano. With another line of showers approaching we opted to skip Tabeguache and headed down the Shavano Trail.
Posted Jun 21, 2003 8:11 pm

big_gMt Shavano Trail up / Angle down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2003


Climbed up the Mt Shavano Trail and glissaded the snowfield. Awesome 1,000 ft glissade! The snow was almost too soft but it made the slide very comfortable. :)
Posted Jun 1, 2003 6:15 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Standard east slopes from Blank Gulch Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


Shavano is a steep hike with a ton of vertical. If I were ever to comeback to this mountain I would really be up for an ascent up the Angel of Shavano route.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:04 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: September 2, 2002  Sucess!


We got a 3:30 AM start on this one and managed to pick up a solo climber in the parking lot. It worked out well because my usual climbing partner is too cheap or too lazy to buy his own headlamp. We now had two lights in our group! A perfect day that included two separate hours on the summit and a trip over to Tabeguache in between.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 4:32 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Angle of the Shavano TH -9,180' Date Climbed: June 30, 2001  Sucess!


It started out on the Colorado Trail for two miles and I would recommend this part for anyone. It was one of the most beautiful sections of a trail that I’ve ever been on. Of course the time of the year makes a big difference. Everything was green and it was peaceful through there. After the first two miles I ran into another parking lot. I guess I didn’t read my book well enough because this was the main trailhead parking lot – oh well. So up to Shavano I went. There were a lot of people on their way up also. I was really moving today passing about a dozen people. The trail up to Shavano’s Saddle wasn’t that steep but after that was the last 800 vertical feet up to the summit which was the steepest and hardest part of the day.

At the summit there were about 10 people and the clouds to the west were building. I was a little tired so I opted not to do Tabeguache. I sat for about 20 minutes and then I went down. The hike back to the car was very long, and there was some thunder going on to the south so I couldn’t wait to get back to camp.

All in all Shavano was a pretty hike and not to steep except for the last 800 vertical feet to the summit. If you want to glissade down the angle you will have to go before I went since one of the arms was already melted and the body looked like it was down to its last week before it would be gone also. This time of the year in the mountains is a great time to go because all of the flowers are in full bloom and everything is so green.

Posted Jan 17, 2003 12:57 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: September 7,2002  Sucess!
We got to the trailhead at about 0730, the weather was good, except for a few clouds building near the summit. We started up the trail. The aspens were just turning and were beautiful. Near the summit the sky was very gray. We got to the summit at about 1145. We saw a total of two groups of people on the moutain. We were the only ones on the summit. We had lunch, and I proposed to my girlfriend. She said yes, we were happy. The weather was getting a little scary so we decided not to do Tabeguache. As we hit treeline on our way down we started hearing thunder, then we got rain and hail. We got back to the car at about 1425. We drove back to Bailey got some dinner, and then soaked for a while at the Mt Princeton hot springs. Overall one of the best days of hiking I have had.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 10:41 pm

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