My wife and I drove up to Mt. Sherman on Sunday from the Texas panhandle. We truck-camped and got up early ready for our day 1 acclimatization hike.
Drove up to the 12k elevation starting point and set off at 6:38 a.m. The skies were partly cloudy and the NOAA weather report had said a 30% chance of snow showers.
Looking back down the valley
There was a good freeze that night and the snow was nice and firm. About 40 minutes into the hike, we noticed that the day was turning cloudy. The sun was still peaking out now and again and it didn't look like any thunderheads were forming.
40 minutes into hike
By the time we got to the saddle, footprints of previous hikers were nowhere to be found. We blazed a fresh set all the way up to the peak. We found our micro-spikes really helped us on the firm snow on the way up.
Making our way over lots of snow to the peak
The summit was completely shrouded in clouds dropping snow. We kept our eyes and ears alert for any lightning or thunder but heard none the whole way up and down.
my 4th summit shot
Lori's 5th summit shot
There wasn't much of a view from up top except some occasional good looks down the valley. Although the snow was mostly firm, we post-holed quite a few times attaining the summit.
looking over the valley coming down
On the way down, we both did a short and wimpy glissade down close to the saddle. Then we prepared ourselves for the plunge down the famous Sherman glissading paths. We both were surprised how steep they were, but I took the plunge anyway. Lori was a bit chicken at first, but she followed suit and was very happy she did! That was a blast.
We summited at 8:37 and arrived back at the truck at 10:13... right before the snow really started coming down hard. This was our first snow climb and first time glissading. We had a great time despite the conditions. Thanks to all those who have posted trip reports here. This site has been a very valuable resource!
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