Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  05/25/2009
Date Climbed:   05/23/2009
Author:  wesley_j
 Not so ‘standard‘ on Sherman and some summit football  

This is my first TR which is a bit sad to say considering I am a daily visitor to this site and have appreciated the amazing people who share their experiences on the mountains.

At any rate Dan, Aaron (Smitty), and I headed out to tackle Mt. Sherman on a cloudy, overcast Saturday. Rain was persistent all the way until we hit Kenosha Pass. We arrived in Fairplay and headed up Fourmile Creek, finally reaching a good spot just below the gate.

The weather was really interesting. For any viewer of our pix, it would appear that this was a cold, 'battle the elements' type of day. However, it was quite the contrary. Super warm, humid, and pretty soon we were shedding some threads...

As we headed up the 'standard route' (so we thought), we most definitely encountered some serious postholing. Made me remember the postholing pictures thread that was being thrown around on the site. Nothing that some solid gaiters and ice axe can't handle.

Due to little visibility, we apparently branched far from the standard route which passes by the Hilltop Mine and found ourselves making our own tracks at the base of the South Slope..

A look down (a lot steeper than the picture gives credit)

We eventaully gained the's a look.

Success on Sherman!

Football anyone? Due to my lack of jumping skills, I missed the throw and it hit another successful summiter in the head (thanks for being a good sport about it). The ball went tumbling over the side but we were able to retrieve. 'Wilson!'

Departing shot of the beautiful Fourmile Creek. This was a nice hike to get the legs ready for Snowmass next weekend....

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

07/13/2009 02:15
Did you guys park and start at the gate at 12,000 ft - summer start location?


05/26/2009 15:16

Yeah we were able to make it to the summer gate at 12k. The road conditions consisted of mostly slushy snow but there were many dry spots as well. We had an SUV but even an AWD vehicle would do just fine.


Thanks for the beta!
07/13/2009 02:15
This will be my 1st 14er (attempt) after breaking my leg in Feb - am excited to get back out there.

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