(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′)
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 🙂 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 😀
We got a spectactular view of the aptly named Horseshoe on the road.
The area is full of mining ruins. No shortage of them around!
Here’s the big ol’ Mount Sherman! Doesn’t look like much of a 14er does it?
The ridge was kind of fun though! We hit it on a perfect day! Sunny, great views, and little wind!
I love being on top of 14ers! What a view!
The best way to view other 14ers is from the top of another 14er 🙂
Closer view of Mt Massive.
Gray’s and Torrey’s
Frank on the summit.
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:
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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