|Peak:||Mt. Sherman (14er)|
|Route:||Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek|
|Date of Info:||11/27/2010|
Reached Leavick using 4WD. Some slick, slushy, and drifted spots on the road but nothing too serious. A high clearance vehicle is not required. Snow covers the road past Leavick. The brave or multiple vehicles could push further. We were satisfied with Leavick and parked there.
We hiked up the road on packed snow. The wind became a constant companion once we reached the gate. We followed the summer route up to the Hilltop Mine bunkhouse. The upper basin is wind scoured and the snow hard packed. The snow reached ankle deep in just a few spots. The well-known cornice on the saddle between Mount Sheridan and Mount Sherman is forming. We had no interest crossing the loaded slope below it. We stayed to the right of the wind-loaded slopes, ascending short shallow snow fields and loose scree. We were hit with the full-brunt of the wind once we reached the Southwest Ridge. It made the ridge walk super exciting!
We passsed over the Sherman summit without stopping. We continued over easy shallow snow fields to Gemini Peak where the climate was much more hospitable. From Gemini we hiked over White Ridge, following the ridge down to our vehicle at Leavick. The last few hundred feet of our downclimb from the ridge was loose and exciting.
A great late autumn trip with a little bit of everything to keep it interesting.
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