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Alternate Shavano route

Postby ajd2352 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:05 pm

So I'm planning on doing a peak this Sunday but having a hard time choosing one. I'm heavily leaning on Shavano from the Angel of Shavano trail to reduce avy danger. However, looking at the trail on Google earth I'm a little concerned with the part of the trail in the "body of the angel." The trail itself is below the recommended 30 degree slope but it's in the middle of a "chute" where both sides are well above 30 degrees - I'm a little worried about getting buried by a slide coming from the side and not so much by starting one. So I was wondering if I could follow the ridge from the east instead of going by the standard route or through the Angel's body. I know that's officially off trail but on paper it appears safer. What your thoughts?

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Re: Alternate Shavano route

Postby Yikes » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:45 pm

I have been up these three alternate routes in various snow conditions. I've been thinking about Blue for a winter attempt since it usually has much less snow cover. Orange probably has more snow around treeline. Red has a slope near treeline that made me a bit nervous.
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Not that any of these are necessarily "safe", but I probably wouldn't head up the Angel mid-winter if the conditions were questionable.

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Re: Alternate Shavano route

Postby ajd2352 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:57 pm

Yikes wrote:I have been up these three alternate routes in various snow conditions. I've been thinking about Blue for a winter attempt since it usually has much less snow cover. Orange probably has more snow around treeline. Red has a slope near treeline that made me a bit nervous.
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Not that any of these are necessarily "safe", but I probably wouldn't head up the Angel mid-winter if the conditions were questionable.


How/where do you start the blue and orange possibilities?

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Re: Alternate Shavano route

Postby Yikes » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:21 pm

ajd2352 wrote:How/where do you start the blue and orange possibilities?


Angel of Shavano TH, bushwhack straight up from the parking lot.

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Re: Alternate Shavano route

Postby TakeMeToYourSummit » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:32 pm

On a recent trip up Esp/Shav/Tab I had noted that the East Ridge (orange) route up Esprit looked very doable... Have fun, be safe!
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Re: Alternate Shavano route

Postby justiner » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:52 pm

I'm a little curious why you would take the Angel this time of year - there's a lot of unconsolidated snow at the moment - this could mean a huge slog in the Angel itself, or a potential to trigger an avalanche while in it. I'd be a little worried by it, seeing how things are here in Breck. The standard route still crosses it, as a potentially dangerous slope.

Here's a little more description of the, "Orange" (i think?) route:

http://www.summitpost.org/southeast-ridge-via-espirit-point/158242


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Re: Alternate Shavano route

Postby ajd2352 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:21 pm

If I do this peak I will not be taking the standard route, it will be along one of the routes given by "yikes" above for the very reasons you mentioned. The "blue" route is the one I'm leaning towards.

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Re: Alternate Shavano route

Postby I Man » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:19 am

Last winter I parked at the Angel of Shavano TH and went up over "Espirit Point" then to Shavano, Tab and back. This avoided all avy danger and didn't even require snowshoes. The route is very steep with no trail and took most of a day. This route is a safe solo outing in poor snow conditions.

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