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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  05/09/2011
 Date Climbed:   05/07/2011
 Posted By:  Bean

 Ski/Paw Descent of Mt. Sherman    

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
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As always, this TR is also available on my personal site (here).

I’d been hoping to tick this one off quite a bit earlier in the season, but the weather just hasn’t been cooperating (and by that, I mean it’s been snowing non-stop all spring). Along for the ride were Lauren (skiing her first 14er) and Scout (there for her third summit of Mt. Sherman). After an absurdly early wake-up call (11:30pm, pushed back from 10:30), we made the drive and were on-trail at 3:30am.



We made decent time, covering the mile and a half snow-closure and then some in less than an hour. We continued along at a good pace, making it to 13,000′ before 6am.



Part of the reason for the early start was forecasted high temperatures, including lows barely below freezing even high up. This forecast was not terribly accurate, as we found a pretty hard freeze above treeline.



Scout’s a natural at this, and handled the icy crust better than Lauren and I did (except when she ran downhill and couldn’t stop). This is about where we threw our skis on our packs and started booting, because of a total lack of traction. I’m glad I brought a whippet.



Sunrise hit, and I was concerned about a skiable line off the top, really not wanting to have to ski down the standard hiking route.



Scout mostly stuck tight to my side, but occasionally jumped off to find a better view.



The winds were pretty strong at this point, and gave Lauren some trouble – nothing she couldn’t handle though, especially with the beautiful scenery all around us.



We quickly gained the summit ridge, where the winds were even worse. It was here though that I spotted a continuous-enough line down directly from the top, and was relieved.



I’m thoroughly convinced that Scout appreciates the aesthetics of the mountains.



Here’s Lauren battling the worst of the day’s winds, as Scout looks on.



The wind does beautiful things to the snow, but I’m incredibly happy to not have had to ski down on this particular section.



We were just about there, just having to cover the last few hundred feet of the flat summit ridge.



Scout and I ran ahead and prepared for the descent. A moment later, Lauren was on the summit ridge.



And then she had made it to the top for her first 14er ski descent.



It can be difficult to get Scout to pose for photos, but I managed.



Not wanting to stick around in the winds for very long, we transitioned and took off.



Scout was having a blast running alongside us as we skied.





Lauren got a pretty good introduction to skiing 14ers – including walking over patches of rocks.



Scout got tired as we got lower, but still kept a pretty good pace.



A few minutes later we were back at the car, thinking about breakfast (it was only about 9am at that point). Scout got a bunch of food and water, Lauren and I packed up, and we hit the road. Normally Scout will stay awake on car rides, because they’re just so exciting. She really tried her best.



But today was just too much for her, and she was out pretty soon.


 


  • Comments or Questions
dwoods15


Nice TR     2011-05-09 22:37:46
I liked your trip report. I want to snowshoe Sherman this weekend. I'm guessing pretty hard packed snow in the morning that turned to slush? We climbed Grizzly Peak on this day. The wind was howling...

Great TR.


otherbrotherdarryl

Awww     2011-05-10 11:04:31
Nice TR, Scout looks like a great dog!


LIV


Good Dog!     2011-05-10 16:55:12
Looks like you had a fun day, and your dog is a trooper!!


KansasBoarder


Awesome!     2011-05-10 21:20:32
Congrats on your first 14er, girl! The first of many challenging, satisfying, and FUN days in the peaks. Great to see you guys on Sunday as well. Let's get out before the snow melts!


Carl


Congrats on your first 14er ski descent!     2011-05-11 12:34:42
Way to go Lauren! Glad to see you got it. I can't believe Bean made you get up at 11:30pm though. When you want to start at a more reasonable hour you can ditch him and join me.

Scout sleeping on your skis in the backseat of your Suby reminds me of YC.



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