|Peak:||Mt. Sherman (14er)|
|Route:||Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek|
|Date of Information:||01/18/2013|
TH conditions are the same from the last report. Made within 200 yards of the summer TH gate. Big ice sheet blocks the rest of the way.
Climbed Sherman via standard route today. It‘s still a safe option. There wasn‘t much snow, less than 6", before the last 200-300 ft. push up to gain the ridge. Snow was knee deep but I stayed on top pretty well. I varied from the standard route slightly so I could take the safest route up and over the cornice. The cornice is still pretty small. After I gained the ridge the climbing was cake besides the wind. 30-40 constant with 50+ gusts. Blew me over a few times. I used microspikes going up until I gained the ridge then just booted it up to the summit. No traction aid on the way down. Not sure I could have climbed it much faster in the summer. Flew in from 1k feet yesterday.
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