| sherman-south face, fourmile creek
Sherman is a shorter easier fourteener, with a trail beginning above treeline. Its the kind of 14er that you don't need to start at 4:00 a.m. for. I would reccomend a 7:30 a.m. start.
I was sick when I climbed. I had the nasty stomach bug that went around in 08, but I still climbed since it was my first fourteener. Sherman is a good first fourteener because of the short trail, from fourmile creek.
There was lots of neat old mining equipment. It's unbelievable that people went up there every day.
The trail is very wide up to when you start moving towards sheridan (a nearby 13er, which you can also climb) and begin walking along the ridge. There were some familys taking little day hikes around the base, and what a great place to do so. You don‘t have to summit, you can just take some young kids, and hike up to a certain spot, and turn around once the kids want to. Who knows, maybe you‘ll summit. It‘s a great place to interest kids around ages 5-9 in hiking.
We hiked up seeing lots of little ponds filled with perfectely blue water. We took a break near the south face, which doesn't have a trail, but we climbed up an area that was pretty obvious due to erosion. It was hands and knees class 3 climbing, but most people take the ridge which started to the west. Once we got to the ridge we walked along it. It was a thin trail, but not to steep. There were lots of false summits, so don't be surprised. They probably won‘t fool an expirienced mtn. climber, but on my second mtn., and first fourteener, I fell for it over and over, until I started to lose faith. I was sick and tired, and not sure i could make it until about 13,600 ft, when I began feeling great, and moved to the front of the pack. My confidence shot up, and I started to gain faith. Then, minutes later, I was there. The summit is obvious though because there isn't any more space to walk, you would just go off a cliff. There were also one of those capsules for everyone who to write there name in. There were people from all over. But no one else on the list was from massachusetts. I was the lone person from boston.
There were AMAZING views. I felt 100% better at the top. I was super excited. My first 14er, and i did it with a stomach bug. With my disposabal camera, I took great picures, which i would put up if I had a digital camera, but i don‘t. Guess you‘ll have to see it for yourself.
You could see lots of other 14ers, such as the collegiate peaks, pikes, oxford, belford, missouri, and huron, and elbert massive. You could also look down into the beautiful valley below, home to fairplay colorado, one of my favorite small towns.
It was quite the trip, and I think anyone considering it should give it a shot. It wasn‘t to hard, and it had rewarding views. It was a great trip, and I will remember it for my whole life.