Peak:  Mt. Shavano (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  SnowAlien
 Date of Information:  03/16/2014
 Date Posted:  03/16/2014
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Isothermal snowpack, aka spring snow conditions. Not much snow above 12k . After solid overnight freeze (19 F at the TH in the morning) the suncrust supported my weight on the way up for the most part, with only occasional punch through. Not so much in the evening, given warm temps. So I ended up installing the snowshoe track on the way down, kind of interesting. Route: East Slopes up (standard summer), glissaded Angel down. One can possibly piece together a summit ski descent (only right arm is somewhat connects to the upper slopes), but be prepared for many rocks and thin conditions.

1. Angel from East Slopes
2. Tab as seen from UN13,712
3. Ridge to Shavano (mostly dry)
4. Angel after glissading down



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  • Comments or Questions
Vincopotamus


Access?
03/18/2014 17:19
How close were you able to drive to the Blank Gulch trailhead?


SnowAlien


ha-ha
04/02/2015 19:45
Not too close to Blank Gulch. There are still huge snowdrifts even before the usual ”big” snowdrift about 3+ miles away. Instead, I parked at Angel of Shavano TH and hoofed it from there. Added 3+ miles to the summer RT, not too bad.


Vincopotamus


Thanks
03/18/2014 19:15
Haha, I didn't think Blank Gulch would be accessible yet, and forgot about the Angel of Shavano TH. Thanks!



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