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|2015-05-24||Route: South Slope
Info: Members kylepb, phantomchameleon, and I met up on Sunday to ski/snowshoe Sherman. I know, I know...another CR on Sherman. Yes, this is possibly redundant but two things I thought should be mentioned: 1) The snow there continues to be off the chart right now and the skiing is unreal. 2) This is my first ski video. (MoneyMike: you are a badass and a motivator) Hopefully this encourages others. Being from AZ, snow wasn‘t really an option and I actually only played in snow once at 15 y.o. in Flagstaff. I learned to ski in Jan. 2014 at 39 y.o. when I took my first lesson at Loveland. I continued to ski last season and this one approximately 25 times. I think I picked it up quickly? In December ‘14 I took the Avy 1 course which required an AT setup, I rented a few times to practice and confirm I liked it, and I bought my AT set up this April. I have attempted 8 summits and only 4 were skied from. Given the lack of bluebird skies recently, not bad for a complete newbie! (I won‘t quit the day job for moving making either, haha) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJe_SgmT0SE BTW, best rookie error so far: Forgetting to turn the brake on while removing skins and having one ski take off (and almost lost) 300‘ down the wrong side of the mountain! yikes, that was scary...and a great lesson learned.
|2015-05-18||Route: South Slope
Info: I was able to sneak in a ski of Sherman this morning with my sister, before the next heavy snowstorm started (it‘s supposed to last through tomorrow). Sherman! Normally, it‘s not much to look at, but right now Sherman is a thing of beauty. We drove to about a mile from Leavick and got continuous snow from there to the top. The ski down wasn‘t much fun at first - visibility deteriorated to the point where we couldn‘t see beyond 40 feet, and the beautifully thorough snow coverage and dense cloud/fog made everything look white except one‘s ski partner. We got a bit lost, but were able to traverse our way to the White Ridge face (above the drainage)...from there, we were able to see the drainage enough to find our way back down. After that, it was smooth sailing! So, go get Sherman while it‘s good, bring a GPS or avoid bad weather, and wear sunscreen! (even if you‘re in a cloud almost all morning, the sun can still figure out a way to burn you, as I am painfully realizing now!) Photos: 1) Sheridan coverage 2) Approaching the "crux" slope with the best view of Sherman we got all morning 3) Much snowy prettiness (from 13,600-ish) 4) Topping the "crux" with a brief moment of sun, got a little bit off-route due to poor visibility and ended up bootpacking steeper terrain to the summit ridge 5) Last summit push - another brief moment where clouds lifted 6) Fluffy! One more rare moment with visibility on Sherman‘s summit before the ski
|2015-05-16||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Skied the south face today. got up early and had a splitter day and the mountain completely to myself. There was not any wind and no clouds until around 8:30. I got back to my car around 9:30 at which point the clouds starting looking meaty. Coverage was phenomenal. The snowpack was very stable and made for an easy skin right to the summit.
|2015-05-07||Route: South Slope
Info: Skied the south slopes route on Sherman today and found a LOT of snow on that mountain. We parked at the normal winter closure (~10,900‘) and were able to skin the road to 12,000‘ before turning right and heading up the south slopes. The snowpack was stable and there was little evidence of avalanche activity in the area. The gully leading to the summit had good snow with a few rocks poking through but all could be avoided on the descent. Here are some photos...
|2015-05-02||Route: South Slope
Info: Skinned up and skied down on great snow. Essentially, 3:30 up and 50 mins down. Just started to soften up on the way down but was firm on the way up. Here are a few shots of coverage as of today. GPS: 9.83 mile RT and just over 3K in gain from the truck. (parked at 10,900)
|2015-04-11||Route: South Slope
Info: Not to duplicate the info in the previous report, as it gives you all the ski beta. Snow is nicely consolidated on the south slope and it is perfect for any beginners looking to do a snow climb. Towards the top of the drainage the snow is starting to turn into ice from the freeze thaw cycles and traction is highly recommended. If you go early enough the snow will still be frozen and no flotation is required. County Road 18 is completely dry until about a mile below the Leavick site where it turns into 2 feet of snow. All and all beauty day in the mountains. Had the summit all to my self. Car to summit to car took 3hr 58min.
|2015-04-10||Route: South Slope
Info: Skied from the summit, but there‘s a band of rocks about 700‘ from the summit. Was able to keep our skis on for most of the road, sneaking through thin sections on the side, but there were a handful of big dirt patches where we took our skis off. A little bit of snow fell the night before and was blown into the gully, making for some pretty good turns between the rock band and the road
|2015-03-28||Route: South Slope
Info: The road can be driven until one mile below leavick mine which sounds like standard winter closure (and same condition as was posted 3/25). There was evidence of vehicles attempting to drive past this point and apparently becoming stuck (holes in snow with sticks for traction). There were a handful of groups on variations of the south slopes today. Groups favored the eastern side of the south slopes which has lower slope angles and less snow than the middle of the south face. We did not observe any evidence of unstable wind slabs which had been mentioned in CAIC reports for several days this week. There is a small cornice in saddle between Sherman and Sheridan, and it was warm enough today that wet slides should be a consideration. We found a ski-able line from Sherman‘s summit to the car with some tight spots between exposed rocks on the eastern side of south slopes and two very brief sections of walking (rocks on upper middle portion of south slopes and bare ground near 12,000‘). Snow coverage on the road below treeline is thin in places and appears to be melting quickly.
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|2015-03-25||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Road up four mile creek was in good condition. Some snow, but a 2wd car could make it to about a mile below leavick. From there, used snowshoes until I had to turn around. Made great time as the snow was in good condition, however it quickly turned into a whiteout about 200ft below hilltop mine. Had to turn around because of conditions and time, as I had places to be. Could have made it if I had more time on my hands, but since I was pressed for time I couldn‘t wait out the storm. Couldn‘t see the ridge at all, but I heard it had a large cornice the day before and the slope looked very loaded (at least the small bit I could see). Recommend crampons, ice axe, and snowshoes/skis. Good luck, will be trying again soon!
|2015-02-14||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Road is fine for passenger cars up to the normal winter closure site. Snowshoes were a big help on the approach, though you could make it without them. Road was mostly snow-free after that and can easily be navigated, though microspikes/yaktrax help. The standard route goes toward the ridge after the Hilltop Mine, but it‘s covered in snow and overhung with cornices. Instead, you can go NW up the face and re-join the standard route at the flat area on top. There were snow fields up the face and along the ridge to the top, but nothing that would have required crampons. The ridge to ~14000 feet was extremely windy, but was fine at the summit.
|2015-01-21||Route: South Slope
Info: I climbed today via the SW Ridge and skied the South slopes. The ascent is as expected. I had to take the skis off twice to cross bare spots and I used crampons and an ax to get up on the ridge. The top 1000 ft of skiing was horrible. The slope is completely wind hammered. I had to down climb 200 ft. To get by rocks. I was incredibly lucky with the weather. Although it snowed a lot in Fairplay it didn‘t start snowing on the route till after 2pm.
|2015-01-17||Route: South Slope
Info: Did the South Slope with asarsam yesterday, it was sunny, cold and windy. Sherman got 5-7 inches of fresh snow the night before, deep powder about 12,500 feet. Sherman shows some great ski from summit to about 12,000 feet. We broke trail from winter closure to all the way to the summit, but about 11,500 feet the blowing snow covered all our tracks. We used snowshoes going up and just micro-spikes coming down. Driving with my Subaru Outback to the winter closure TH was not a problem, some snow and icy spots here and there.
|2015-01-02||Route: South Slope
Info: Snow was continuous from the road to the summit. We used snowshoes for the entire ascent and I rode from the summit back down to the road. We also used snowshoes along the road though the snow was a little light in a few places. The trailhead was just as noted on 12/31. Vehicle tracks, partially snowed in, went up to the traditional winter closure. I parked my stock Tacoma with average tires maybe 1.5 miles back from that spot. A couple other high-clearance vehicles parked alongside me.
|2014-12-07||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: My hike started from the winter trail head at 11,000. The total trip was 10.2 miles and 3500 feet. Snowshoes are not necessary. I used microspikes from 13,700 to the summit. They were very useful and I‘m glad I had them. The route is in great condition from bottom to top and very doable. Just watch out for a couple of ice patches between the summer trailhead and the closed gate. Once the sun is on them they are treacherous.
|2014-11-09||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: You can avoid snow to the saddle. After that it is firmly packed to the summit.
|2014-10-25||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Some snow, mainly higher up. Some care might be needed gaining the saddle and a few spots on the ridge. Recommend poles. We used our MicroSpikes on the way down, but not on the way up.
|2014-10-18||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Snow here and there on the trail...deeper snow before the summit but nothing crazy. Neither snowshoes nor microspikes really required, even to get down
|2014-10-11||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Drove all the way to gate. We started hiking around 7:30 and had limited visibility so we had to keep looking for route, which was also covered in snow. You can get an idea where the road/trail is but still a little tricky. The wind really picked up once you gained the ridge, which made it more difficult to see. Postholed a lot is an understatement since i think we were the first ones to gain summit. Some drifts were quite deep, especially on ridge. We made summit and then started to descend only to find that our tracks had already been covered by the wind. As we got closer to the saddle visibility started to open up and we could see all the way down.
|2014-10-05||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Some snow once on the ridge but it isn‘t too bad. I was in trail runners and never wished I had anything heavier. Never felt the need for gaiters or traction either.
|2014-09-14||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: The road and trail were completely clear of any snow; in fact there was no evidence of any of the recent snowfall anywhere on the mountain. The ridgeline from the saddle up to the summit was INSANELY windy...like I‘ve never experienced before on a 14er before; but the summit itself was pleasant and just a tad breezy.