Date: July 8, 2010
Who: Mark and Todd Rottmann
Time: 2:40 to the Summitt. 35 minutes on top. 1:45 on descent.
Distance: Approx. 5 miles
My brother and I had flown into Denver on the July 6 with the plan of climbing Mt. Bierstadt. We were successful in doing that on July 7. We climbed down in a nasty hail and lightning storm. We had kicked around the idea of possibly doing a 2nd 14er the next day assuming we felt up to it. After the storm and the hasty retreat from the mountain, we both felt like we weren't going to be feeling well enough to climb the next day (rookie - flatlanders). We both were exhausted. Our original plan was to go see the Rockies play the next day and maybe hook up with Oman for a drink.
That evening - around 10 pm, after resting some and eating, we both felt rejuvenated and decided to go for it. I cancelled our plans with Oman - still feel bad about that. We got our gear and stuff together and hit the hay for another early morning start. We were staying in Bailey, CO on US 285, about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Four Mile Creek Trailhead for Mt. Sherman.
After an easy early morning drive, we pushed our rented Impala to the brink to get to the 12K trailhead and the gate.
The beginning of the Mt. Sherman hike
We started climbing at around 7 am. A beautiful morning with amazing blue skies. The old mine ruins were quite interesting along the way.
Hilltop Mine Ruins
As usual we took our time and took in the scenery.
View down the trail
Did have to cross a snow field inorder to gain the ridge. Snow was fairly soft and no real problems crossing.
Todd on Snowfield
Trail was well marked before you knew it we were close to the summit on a fairly narrow ridge. I was surprised that I really wasn't that uncomfortable. I'm usually not too keen on heights.
Todd on the narrow ridge.
After just a little further we were on the summit. A great feeling for both of us. Don't think we ever really expected to be able to climb 14ers on consectutive days. Nice accomplishment for us both.
Once on top we met up with John Aplin and Jim McCarthy. In another small world moment, they are both from Indiana and Indiana University. (And me without my IU flag). Had a similar experience on Mt. Elbert last year. They were both extremely nice and John was able to point out the many other 14ers you can see from Sherman. Pretty amazing. Weather was still very nice at the top and the views were outstanding.
Mark and Todd on summitt of Mt. Sherman
On the summitt of Mt. Sherman
Mark, John and Jim - IU guys
I even remembered to enjoy a beverage on the summitt this time. Sweet nectar.
Dale's Pale Ale and me
Views of some of the other 14ers
Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive
At about 10:15 we decided it was time to start heading down. Storms were starting to build again.
The climb down was uneventful and luckily the the storms stayed away from Mt. Sherman.
Dem-Cam-Lin-Bro -- Our next targets
Me on the way down
That's where we were - Mt. Sherman
Very rewarding day for both of us. Mt. Sherman may not get a lot of respect, but it does have the interesting old mines and amazing views of many other 14ers.
My 3rd 14er and Todd's 5th.
A fixer upper on the way down.
After the climb we enjoyed some pizza and beer in Fairplay. Nice way to end the day's adventure. The following morning, we hit the airport and returned home to our respective families in IN and GA. That is until our next 14er adventure over Labor Day. Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross (maybe) are next on our list. Can't wait.