Hike time 8:35
4500 ft ascent
Today's report in 4 acts (think Ira Glass)
Act 1: Sherman "sure man"
Act 2: White out on white ridge
Act 3: My horoscope said to stay away from Gemini’s today
Act 4: Oh to be young again.
Act 1: Sherman “sure man”Lot of guys and gals wanted to tackle Sherman and her surrounding little sisters. 5 met at the trail head and 1 was already on the trail.
Steve (Marmot72) and Aaron, Nkan02 and Lynn. Adam was already on the trail. Started at 6:15 and quickly said goodbye to Steve and Aaron who were heading up to peerless first. We followed 4 Mile road to hillside mine.
Hiking up fourmile rd
Hillside mine at the end of fourmile rd
looking back ot fourmile rd from under hillside mine
There was a great snow face below the saddle of Sheridan Sherman so I put on the microspikes got the axe out and headed up it. This shaved off a lot of time, and it’s a great way to test your maximum heart beats per minute. Man I was out of breath after that.
snowface route in lieu of climbing up switchback south of here
looking back down snow face hilltop mine in background
looking at sherman's southface
The route up the ridge from the Sheridan Sherman Saddle got super windy. The last I saw of the girls there were coming up the snow face. I planned on getting to Gemini and hopefully meeting them back around Sherman somewhere.
Sherman summit take 1
Act 2: White out on White Ridge. Visibility had gotten pretty bad so I headed off to Gemini (or so I thought) The moment I pulled out the GPS to make sure I had the proper summit of Gemini and realized I was actually on White Ridge was a somewhat deflating moment for me. I will blame the visibility but truth be told my compass and I need to get reacquainted.
Act 3: My horoscope said to stay away to Gemini’s today.
Since I am more stubborn than prudent I decided right then and there in a white out that I will go back to Sherman get my bearing and head north until I reach Gemini. I saw Adam on the summit of Sherman but I had not seen him since, when I told him I was heading to Gemini and proceeded to walk to white ridge, he probably thought I was crazy. I would not see anybody on my Journey to Gemini. But at the summit the skies opened up for a bit as if to reward me for my stubbornness. Actually I thought Gemini was a really cool mountain with great views and a respectable scramble to her summit.
Act 4: Oh to be young again.
From Gemini I decided to descend the way I came up: down the ridge from the Sheridan - Sherman Saddle. I Left Gemini and went back to Sherman. After seeing Sherman’s summit for the third time today I decided I never wanted to see it again. I saw Steve and Aaron on the summit of Sherman (my 3rd time), they were going to finish their loop by going down Sherman’s southeast side. I had a date with a snowfield that I had been looking forward to all day. I knew after going up the snow face below the Sherman Sheridan saddle that I must glissade down it. It was spectacular. After a couple of trial stops I realized I should be ok and let it go. It felt like being a kid again. A fantastic glissade all the way down the face, and I’m still smiling from it.
From there it is pretty much just 4mile road so I put on the tunes and sang out loud because for once there was nobody around to complain about my singing.
can you spot the 2 white flightless birds???