14er TBT: Cream Cheese Incident on Mount Sherman (11 Mar 2007)

(Last Updated On: February 14, 2015)

This is part of an ongoing series re-telling Brittany’s fourteener-skiing story. Look for the reports every Thursday, as part of a Throwback Thursday theme.

Mount Sherman was my thirteenth fourteener to ski. After having the longest fourteener ski I’d ever had before that point just the previous weekend, I was ready for something simpler. Sherman fit the bill. I was joined by Frank. Below is a slightly modified version of my original trip report.

Mt. Sherman (14,036′)
3-11-2007

After a BIG day in on Crestone the previous weekend and a week of taking students hiking/camping around in Moab, I was ready for something mellow. Frank was doing Crestone Needle the next day, so he didn’t mind πŸ™‚ Thus, Sherman was looking pretty good. Typically windblown and practically devoid of snow, we took advantage of the weekend’s storm that came with little wind and just enough heavy snow to make a difference.

We were able to drive to the town of Leavick. There, we threw on our skins and packs to head up the road at a nice early start of 11:20 am πŸ˜€
Getting ready for backcountry skiin on Mount Sherman.

Backcountry skiing on Mount Sherman.

We got a spectactular view of the aptly named Horseshoe on the road.
Horseshoe near Mount Sherman.

The area is full of mining ruins. No shortage of them around!
Mining ruins on Mount Sherman.

Mining ruins on Mount Sherman.

Mining Ruins on Mount Sherman.

Mining ruins on Mount Sherman.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Mount Sherman.

Here’s the big ol’ Mount Sherman! Doesn’t look like much of a 14er does it?
Mount Sherman in winter.

The ridge was kind of fun though! We hit it on a perfect day! Sunny, great views, and little wind!
Frank Konsella climbing to go backcountry skiing on Mount Sherman.

Frank Konsella climbing to go backcountry skiing on Mount Sherman.

Brittany Walker Konsella climbing to go backcountry skiing on Mount Sherman.

I love being on top of 14ers! What a view!
Brittany Walker Konsella on the summit of Mount Massive.

Views from summit of Mount Sherman.

The best way to view other 14ers is from the top of another 14er πŸ™‚
Views from summit of Mount Sherman.

Closer view of Mt Massive.
Mount Massive seen from Mount Sherman.

Holy Cross
Mount Holy Cross seen from Mount Sherman.

Gray’s and Torrey’s
Grays and Torreys seen from Mount Sherman.

Frank on the summit.
Frank Konsella on summit of Mount Sherman.

The ski down was pretty good for something like Sherman! Cream Cheese Pow all the way down to the bottom! Unfortunately, the ski shots didn’t turn out so well. The settings on our cameras were such that our shots were overexposed. It looks like we are skiing in a sunny white-out. Hence, this TR is more of a climbing TR than a skiing TR. Oh well!

A coyote enjoyed watching us ski down from a knoll on the hillside. As we reached the road, we could hear him howling. He probably wished he had skis:D

In less than 5 hours from when we started we were back at the car! Simple, easy, fun day on another 14er!

Here’s a map of our route:
Map of Mount Sherman backcountry skiing route.

Looking back, while Mount Sherman was not among the most spectacular of the fourteeners, I do remember it being a fun day. It was the first fourteener I completed where I could ski all the way back to the car. Still, I knew that this was just the beginning of the fourteeners for me that season. Spring was just around the corner, and it was time to get ready for more!


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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate πŸ™‚ Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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