Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  07/15/2011
Date Climbed:   07/13/2011
Author:  rmichelson
 Tackled Sherman  

Well, my buddy, Kyle, and I finally summited Sherman. We actually had been blown off the mountain nearly two years ago on 7/28/09 when we attempted to climb it with his sister-in-law. We literally could not stand. This day was beastly cold in patches after we successfully ascended the snowfield, and is characteristic with Kyle, he had little gear. I felt ok in my layers, raincoat, stocking cap, hood, hat and gloves, but Kyle did not complain of cold. Koda, his Shiba-Inu accompanied us this time, and he was a favorite of little and adult hikers because of his perfect temperament and soft fur.

I don't really like Sherman though. I know that it's supposed to be the easiest 14er, but I think that conditions must vary markedly and there is some exposure and loose shale that makes one feel somewhat unsteady. When we tried before, and could not stand after completing from the Campground to about 12.600, we turned back disheartened. Although we did summit on Wed, it was not without some unsteady footing and quite high gusts. These in the Mosquito and 10-Mile Ranges seem to never be without at least some snow and high winds. I'm glad that I've summited all of them now. It was odd that snow and winds were opposite what they were nearly two years ago. I needed lots of reassurance from hikers of all ages who would tell us where the wind was worse and where it calmed. That was one of the pluses though--people were anxious to encourage us and tell us where the windbreaks where.

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 Comments or Questions

07/15/2011 22:28
Good Job. What time of day were you experiencing these gusts of wind?


Response to comment on wind gusts
07/16/2011 00:12
Thank you. Originally (back in 2009) it was about 9:30. These strong winds were around 11 this time.

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