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Mt. Sherman 3/11 2007
I wanted to get Sherman out of the way early this season, my first attempt being in December, from Little Sacramento Gulch.
Se anything you like? This is a windy peak, and the clouds were racing up there. Most storms won't even stick until the temps rise in the spring.
I was not expecting any winter maintenance, so I brought my old sled to recover the distance over patchy roads. It was not really needed, because the road was dry to a mile and a half below Leavick, but creature comforts . . . I left about 2:30 pm Mountain Standard Time, and choked the sled at a pull out just above Leavick, seeing the potential for continuous snow. I charged up the road, passed the mine shacks, and followed a very steep skin track to the southwest ridge. I walked the windy ridge over to the summit. The wind was tolerable that evening.
The sun sank behind thin clouds off to the west. This was about the time of day Halbakken and I were standing over on Elbert. The temp dropped noticeably.
I made the adjustments, and let the wind push me along the traverse from the summit ridge, following old tracks, then continue cutting to the right, trying to get more of a face run. It is windblown pow on compacted strugi,. Not much to worry about here aside from a very mild rollover. My sluff uncovered no clues, but thin patches lurked under the new snow. I worked left to get to the deeper snow in the gully, and came to a screeching halt on a pile of dirt. My old Voile is like the last car in a demolition derby, clinging to the margin of function. The damage had been done long before this; now it is deliberate, and hilarious.
A nice succession of loaded gullies delivered me to the road. There was a trap gully just above the road that I had to skate above and around.
I whistled across the road to the creek, and was able to keep my speed for some low angled cruising in Fourmile Creek. I stopped at what I assumed to be private property, just before a cabin at the levy: 11,5. I had to skin back up the valley to the sled again, since I had descended below it. It was blue light from here out, and dark at the TH.
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