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 Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
 Post Date:  05/12/2005
 Date Climbed:   05/10/2005
 Posted By:  Tommy Dorr

 Angel of Shavano 5/10/05   

What's up all,

This is the trip report for the Angel of Shavano Couloir from the Blank Cabin Trail Head on 5/10/05. This trip had three members: Myself, my brother, and Jamie (14ers.com screen name – Shanahan96). The road getting to Blank Cabin Trailhead was easily accessible. I have an '85 Subaru Wagon 4x4 that I use for such occasions and I was able to haul ass with ease. A regular passenger car with normal clearance should be able to make it, but you may need to drive slowly in a couple spots. The directions given by 14ers.com are very accurate (thanks Bill).

We were on the trail just before eight… pretty late for our taste. But we drove from Colorado Springs and we knew that the weather was going to be decent. The trailhead is at 9800ft. and we hit snow at about 10,300ft. Even at eight in the morning, the snow was pretty soft and mushy. Plus, it was a couple of feet deep so snowshoes were a must! We used the previous tracks to find our way, which was close to the actual route. When we got to the Angel we determined that crampons would be more useful than snowshoes, though only one of us had crampons. The accent of the Angel is a little rough, but the quick elevation gain is worth it. Once you reach the Angels head, the summit is visible and close.

We had a tough time glissading back down the Angel's head and upper body due to the snow's wetness. However, once we hit the breast area the steepness kicked in and the glissade race began. Over a thousand feet, non-stop in under two minutes. Not bad for just snow pants as a sled. By the afternoon, the snow condition was horrible. Even with full-size snowshoes, there was a good amount of post holing. Someday I'll do the same route again when I hit Tabeguache, but never again in May.

 


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