Peak:  Mt. Shavano (14er)
 Route:  Angel of Shavano
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  jeremy27
 Date of Info:  05/05/2013
 Date Posted:  05/06/2013

My partners and I climbed the Angel yesterday, 5/5. Nice firm snow almost the entire way from the base of the Angel to the summit. A summit ski might be in but I suspect you will be billy-goating in a couple places between the saddle on the ridge and the summit. We ascended the left arm (climber’s right) and descended/glissaded the head which I recommend for beginners. This was my wife’s first snow climb and she was able to handle it with just snowshoes and an axe. There were a couple hard/icy spots on the arm but the head was much softer when we descended. The head was almost too low angle and soft to get a good glissade until the bottom where it is steeper. As far as the trail is concerned the main trail has been well cleared of trees and is easy to follow. The left turn to get to the Angel is not obvious and there are multiple trails through the tree and across the drainage. Its easy to pick you way through without too much hassle. Just get to the south side of the drainage as best you can and from there you should have smooth hiking/skinning. Snowshoes highly recommended for ascending from the main trail to the base of the Angel and back from the base of the Angel to a good bit back down the main trail as it softens up. Good luck.

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