Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Date Posted:  05/27/2013
Date Climbed:   05/25/2013
Author:  COHokie
 Perfect day for a hike up and ride down.  

Saturday I hiked up the Angel of Shavano route and through the saddle over to Tabeguache. Left the car at 8:05AM, summited just past 11AM. Perfect May day; cloudless skies, warm sunshine, it was a great hike in and up! Probably about 40 other people summiting this day.

Snow was avoidable until the base of the Angel. Wearing hiking shoes (Merrell Continuum; 4th pair, love these shoes!), I was easily able to step up the angel (people in front of me in boots kicking steps did make it easier, but I made some of my own trail as well). Packed up snowboard boots and board; rather heavy summit pack for a perfect May day...
Snow on the sides of the angel was soft when I reached the base (about 9:30) although the middle was still solid.

Did a quick jaunt over to Tabaguache leaving board at summit of Shavano. Peak of Shavano to saddle is rock hopping (snow mostly avoidable) and going up Tab was just walking on top of the snow (sinking ~2 inches maybe). Coming back down Tab was big bounding steps (board would have been fun here).

Looking around for avalanche activity, only a few small slides were visible on much steeper slopes than I was using.

Boarding down was great; beautiful mashed potatoes until the last ~200 yards of the angel body; snow became inconsistent - frozen and soft. I was able to unstrap and walk to snow patches to keep riding well into tree line. When I finally hit a lightly covered rock, I walked down from there.

I don't know why so many trees are knocked down, but there are A LOT of them!! Made trail finding and hiking in and out a bit of a challenge; nothing a little patience and careful selection couldn't fix. But certainly not a straight walk out!

 Comments or Questions

Why so many downed trees?
06/10/2013 01:14
Trees knocked down due to windstorm, micro bursts. November 17th, 2012.

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