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.
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.
Weather was great. I saw a lot of wildlife.
This was a great but steep and fairly long (like most Sawatch peaks) hike. This was the only fourteener I summit in 2003.
Great day, weather held out nicely, especially since we got a bit of a late start, but not too bad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Nice easy snow climb!
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
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.
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.
Perfect weather and snow conditions. 1800 ft glissade from summit to base of Angel. Snowshoes helpful on bushwack descent.
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.
Good hike. Perfect weather.
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.