A great snow climb with an even better slide down.
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.
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!!
Did this mountain as well as Espirit Point and Tabequache. Saw some mountain goats on the saddle and a few marmots at the top.
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
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.
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. :-)
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 =)
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.