Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Post Date:  06/13/2011
Modified:  06/14/2011
Date Climbed:   06/12/2011
Posted By:  4HClimber

 Sliding down the Angel   

My second trip up Shavano (to get to Tabeguache) found me out of gas about 500 vertical feet from the summit. My climbing partner went on up and tagged the Shavano summit and then we proceeded to make a quick descent by way of a glissade down the angel.

Looking South to Mt. Ouray.

The peaks just west of Shavano,

We started the slide just below the saddle on the southern arm. It was about 10:45 a.m. when we started the escape. The snow was soft and we probably averaged about 5-7 mph on the slide. The softness of the snow made for a very safe and controlled glissade. There was also an existing butt track from top to the bottom of the run that made it a very easy slide.

Long distance view of the angel.

As we are climbing up, here is a close up view of the angel.

Zoom in on the same shot and you can see a party of 4 on the northern arm for perspective.

This shot shows the entire run from top to bottom.

My estimate is that we descended about 1500 vertical feet with a run of about 1/2 mile in distance. It was a great way to come down the mountain and it made the unsuccessful attempt to Tab worthwhile.

From about 1/2 way up the final summit pitch, here is a look from above the top of the angel.

Same shot but zoomed in to see the climbers on the saddle for perspective. The snowfield on the upper part of the photo is where we started from.

After the glissade, we had no problem following the faint trail that eventually reconnected with the main trail. Be sure to bare to the left (north side) of the drainage to reconnect with the main trail.

If conditions are right, this is a great way to get down the mountain.

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  • Comments or Questions

Angel of Shavano route     06/14/2011 03:53
Good stuff, I was up there this day as well! Also, if you hike up the Angel route, snow can be avoided completely. It is steeper and loose rock for part of the ascent though, but it cut the length of the climb off for us by probably an hour. We made the summit starting at 6:15 am by 10:30 am, and glissadeing would cut approx. 45 min or more rather than hiking down the East slopes trail.

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