Shavano/Angel conditions

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Shavano/Angel conditions

Postby Shawnee Bob » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:28 pm

Heading up to CO on Monday. Me and a climbing partner are anxious to try a snow climb. So I was wondering if anyone knew what the condition of the Angel is like on Shavano right now. We're also considering Missouri Mountain; however, there are some aspects of that one, plus the recent weather, that may be a bit much for our skill level. So I'm looking at options. We have crampons/axe/helmets. Any beta or advice would be helpful. Heck, we'd even enjoy a little company!
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Re: Shavano/Angel conditions

Postby clemsonmtneer » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:35 pm

I climbed the Angel Couloir on Shavano last Sunday and it's still in great condition. Just make sure you get an early start since it's east facing and will soften up quickly....unless you happen to get unusually cold weather like we did (23 degrees when we summited at 11:30!).
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Re: Shavano/Angel conditions

Postby Shawnee Bob » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:44 pm

Man, that would be ideal. May be the way to go for us. Thanks for the info.
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Re: Shavano/Angel conditions

Postby PeakMasterFlex » Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:58 pm

I was up there today, and from my limited backcountry skiing experience I'd say the Angel looked fair.
I have a picture, although it isn't that detailed.
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Conditions today though were crazy. Upon summiting Tab the wind and snow picked up to the point where you couldn't see a whole lot. If you have questions let me know.
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Re: Shavano/Angel conditions

Postby shine » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:45 pm

I climbed shavano on wednesday, conditions are great for a snow climb. Take the right arm in the above picture and you can ascend a full 2,ooo feet of snow from the bottom of the angel to near the summit. I was able to ski from the summit to 11,950ft (minus a 50ft. rock section near the summit and a short traverse across a boulder field at the bottom of the angel). Bring some warm gloves (and skis) and be ready for some possible cold weather. It has been a cold spring and I arrived at the summit with below freezing temperatures and it started snowing pretty hard...
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Re: Shavano/Angel conditions

Postby Shawnee Bob » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:46 am

Sweet! We'll be there early next week, probably climb it Tuesday or Wednesday.
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