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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  08/05/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/25/2011
 Posted By:  droidly

 Mount Sherman: The Accidental Summit   

I left Los Angeles on Sunday and flew to Denver, then drove up to the Lodge at Breckenridge. I had planned on going to the Sherman trailhead Monday morning and spend some time hanging in order to acclimatize. I got to the end of Four Mile Creek around 10:40 and started hiking up the trail with a nice couple from Oklahoma.

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The road in was in great shape...


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That's me..the foolish one...


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Part of the old mining operation..


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Starting to think about it..


Turns out...I made it to the saddle approach in about 35minutes...so..despite discouragement from the descending hikers..the weather apparently looked dicey from the top.. I decided to head up.

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Now i'm sure i'll go for the summit...


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looking up the saddle..soft snow..no problem..


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At the saddle..now seeing the weather situation..it DID look dicey...


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Thought I had a chance..


I could see a storm east of Sheridan, but the wind was steady to the NE, so I continued up...keeping my eye on it. It was drenching the valley near Hartsel(?)..but wasn't moving my way...

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Just beyond this point I passed the last two hikers coming down..they suggested I turn around..


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Making a run for it..


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Photo from the top!


Made it up and back in 3:30..did not see any lightning but heard a little thunder from a storm north of Gemini. Couldn't believe I got up there that late in the day..yet..as i was coming down there was a group of three going up from the other side. And I thought I was crazy...



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