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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  03/11/2009
 Date Climbed:   03/11/2007
 Posted By:  Easy Rider

 South Face   

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Comments or Questions
CO Native


Nice     2009-03-11 19:57:34
Looks like it was a great trip with a great sunset. That was a pretty late start. I love that you called it the South Face.



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