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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  04/05/2008 Modified: 05/27/2014
 Date Climbed:   04/04/2008
 Posted By:  BillMiddlebrook

 Another Sherman SKI Report    

Mt. Sherman - South Slope Climb/Ski

Topo of the route (yellow=sled, red=hike, blue=ski):

It had been over a week since I climbed a 14er, so it was time to get out and brave the winds! I've been waiting for a storm to dump enough snow on Sherman to get back to the South Slopes route for some decent turns. The snowfall from a storm Wednesday night started to taper off, so Thursday I figured I would fire up the sled and zip up to 12,900' near the Hill Top Mine to view snow conditions on the South Slopes. Plenty of fresh snow had fallen and the route looked pretty good with the exception of one rocky section below the White Ridge-Sherman saddle.

The forecast for Friday called for highs winds, but sunny. Well, I guess I would have to brave the wind to take advantage of the powder before the snow becomes wind-blown and crusted (getting a bit tired of those conditions). Near 8:00am I returned to my parking spot between the two campgrounds, strapped the skis to the sled, and blasted up to 12,000', just below the gate. I know, I khow… "Bill, using your sled is cheating!" Hey, I like to climb and ski, not skin 3 miles up a road into 25mph winds. Anyway, it's hard to turn down an easy, 10 minute ride up to 12k. At least I didn't ride all the way up to the Hill Top Mine like I did the day before!

Time to skin:

Looking back down on Fourmile Creek after skinning up just a couple hundred feet (can you spot my "cheatmobile"?):

Ascending to and up the drainage leading up to the South Slopes:

Taken during the ski descent, the next two photos show the route out of the basin and up the South Slopes:

The rocky area that forced me to removed my skis on both the ascent and descent:

Friggin' rocks:

Looking down the slope from approx. 13,500':

The next pitch (before the summit ridge is visible) was wind-blown and solid. I really had to take care not to let the skis slip in this area and took them off for a brief section where it was icy:

Near 13,800', looking over at White Ridge – the route comes up from the right:

Approaching the summit (took this photo during my descent):


How were the ski conditions? Varied, with powder that was just starting to firm up on the surface. I only had to walk through the rocks for about 100' below the saddle, and the rest was smooth sailing. I didn't follow the entire ascent route as I was looking for small bowls of powder - here are a couple more shots of ski terrain between 12,900' and 12,400':

If anyone is curious about the snow conditions near the Sheridan-Sherman saddle, on the standard hiking route, here are a couple of photos :


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