Most Overhyped Sections of Peaks?

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Re: Most Overhyped Sections of Peaks?

Post by Jay521 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:07 am

Scott P wrote:
For some silly reason, I thought that the angel of shavano would be steeper and scarier.
Same here. It was also a lot shorter (the snow climb part) than I thought it would be too. It's barely steep enough to glissade. I was disappointed with the route.
I agree that the climb was easier/shorter than I thought it would be, but the approach was a bit of a bear the day we did it. But I thought it was one of the best glissades I ever had. Again, the day we did it, we got up a lot of speed and enjoyed it a lot.
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Re: Most Overhyped Sections of Peaks?

Post by mountaingoat-G » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:11 am

This is a great example: I did the Angel last May in winds that were super brutal ... It made it one of the most risky times I had in the mountains. The wind-chill was bad enough that having your hands out of the gloves for more than maybe 30 seconds would get them too cold to operate. Everything done when going into or out of the pack had to be done super carefully so nothing would blow away. Partner and I could not communicate at all.
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Re: Most Overhyped Sections of Peaks?

Post by Scott P » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:35 pm

I agree that the climb was easier/shorter than I thought it would be, but the approach was a bit of a bear the day we did it.
Same here. The approach was challenging, but not the fun kind of challenging. We made the mistake of ditching our snowshoes and it was waist deep potholing in boulders and trees. The Angel itself was more fun, but not challenging. Too bad the Angel doesn't extend farther down the mountain.

The Angel is still worth doing, but I was expecting it to be a bit longer and steeper.
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Re: Most Overhyped Sections of Peaks?

Post by Shawnee Bob » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:32 pm

Overrated: Knife edge on Kelso Ridge.

Underrated: Traversing the white rock just past the knife edge on Kelso Ridge.

Overrated: The Catwalk on Eolus (still very cool though).

Underrated: The ridge direct route on Eolus (not the ledges of the standard route), particularly an airy move not too far below the summit.

All that's based on comparably limited experience.
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Re: Most Overhyped Sections of Peaks?

Post by justiner » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:15 pm

I LOVED the angel! You can see it from town building anticipation, great camping at the trailhead, the mystery of getting off the main trail using the photos on this site to find the right turnoff, battling with all those down trees until... there it is! Right in front of you!

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