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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  01/26/2009 Modified: 01/28/2009
 Date Climbed:   01/24/2009
 Posted By:  edlins

 Wintry skiing on Mt Sherman   

On Saturday, a group of eight intrepid mountaineers met at the snow closure on Fourmile Creek Rd to attempt the "snow route" (route #3 on 14ers.com) at 6:30am. After some vehicle trouble, six snowshoers, a rando skier, and a tele skier were making their way up the road by 7:10am.

Morning sun lit clouds over Horseshoe:
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Jerilyn (tele) and I (rando) skinned up together to the point where we left the road, just beyond the nasty lower gully that makes the snow route between Sherman and White. We skinned up about 400 ft to where we entered the middle gully. From here we skinned the gully to 13,400 ft where we ran out of snow and stashed our skis. Then it was bootpacking to the summit which we reached around 12:40pm in whiteout conditions.

Hiking near the summit:
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I radioed to the group of snowshoers gathered below and asked them to blow their whistle so we could navigate to them. The conditions and lack of features on the summit ridge made this very disorienting and potentially dangerous. After regrouping, we hiked back down to our skis and were able to slide out all the way back to our car, thanks to several inches of fresh powder that had fallen over the last 24 hours.

Jerilyn skiing the upper gully:


Jerilyn skiing the middle gully:


Props to Jerilyn on summiting and skiing her first fourteener! Also, props to Bill for posting outstanding beta for the snow route on Sherman. His pics, description, and map are all spot on and do make for the best snow route on that side of the mountain.

For more pics and vids, check out my gallery album at:
http://edlin.us/index.php?option=com_gallery2&Itemid=27&g2_itemId=16528

Also check out KeithK‘s outstanding report of the same trip at:
http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=5626&cpgm=tripmain



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
KeithK


Off the hook...     2009-01-26 14:55:20
I guess I don‘t need to write a TR after all! You pretty much summed it up, and the videos are way cool! Jerilyn kicked ass.


edlins


no way!     2009-01-26 15:03:10
I didn‘t get any of the details which you are so good at writing up, so please feel free to write up your own. Yes, Jerilyn is a much better skier than me, and that‘s why there are no vids of me!


smoove


Wow     2009-01-26 17:05:29
Great meeting you the other day. Those are some incredible pics and videos. That one of Jerilyn fighting near the summit is just amazing. Lot more great stuff on your website as well.

Mike


Tempelton


Nice report!     2009-01-26 19:54:26
How far in was Fourmile Creek Road plowed?


edlins


Fourmile Creek Rd     2009-01-27 10:23:43
was plowed to a private drive between mile markers 9 and 10 around 11,000 ft. There was no obvious snow berm, but the snow got deeper and became sketchy even for four wheel drive. Be careful turning around here - we had a truck get stuck and spent ~15 minutes shoveling and pushing to free it. There was adequate space to park at least three vehicles.



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