Sherman Gathering 2012 (minus the Sherman)
Mountains: Dyer Mountain - 13,855 ft. and Gemini Peak - 13,951 ft.
Trailhead: Iowa Gulch
Date Climbed: December 1, 2012
14ers.com Participants: Ben (BenfromtheEast), Bill (wildlobo71), Dan (dmccool), Darrin (kansas), Dillon (dillonsarnelli), James (Fletch), Nick (mongoose), Ryan (kushrocks)
Distance: ~ 5 miles
The crew at the TH (left to right - Dillon, Bob, Ryan, Dan, James, Ben, Nick, Darrin, Bill)
It's not everyday you get a fine group of gentlemen like this together on the fly. The 8th Rule of Sherman: When you do, you must write a TR (even if it is only Mt. Sherman and you didn't even climb Mt. Sherman). If I told you Rules 1 thru 7, I would be banned from the board. I could tell you Rule 6, but I think Tyler's mom may read this someday.
How the Gathering unfolded...
Take I - Dillon and Jeff will climb Sherman
Take II (a few weeks later) - Dillon, Jeff, Darrin, Ryan, James, Bill, Nick, and Ben will climb Sherman
Take III (morning of) – same as II, add Dan
Take IV – same as III, subtract Jeff
Take V (2 minutes after III) – same as IV, subtract Sherman, add Gemini and Dyer
And there you have it, just like that... The Sherman Gathering 2012 (minus the Sherman)
With an approximate start time of 9:30 and the wind swirling, we decided to head for Dyer first. From there we would ride the ridgeline over to Gemini, making Sherman a game time decision from the summit of Gemini.
and we're off...
some perspective - Alti mits are HUUUUUUGE
Break #1 of maybe 75? Bill is a little slow...
We were on the summit of Dyer at about 11 AM. Other than the brutal wind, it was a fantastic day in December.
Ben, look at yourself
Summit of Dyer Mountain - Elevation 13,855 - December 1, 2012
The trek over to Gemini is short, a little more than a half of a mile. We took our time and stayed together for the most part. The wind was still pounding us.
Ryan heads towards Gemini (top)
taking it all in
a look back at Dyer and the gang as they head toward Gemini
another look back at Dyer
At about noon, an hour after summitting Dyer, we were all on the summit of Gemini.
Summit of Gemini Peak - Elevation 13,951 - December 1, 2012
D even made it home in time for dinner... 9th Rule of Sherman, keep Katie happy!
After some collaboration, frostbite, a breather, and a few pictures, the group consensus was Sherman is BEAT. Most of us headed back the way we came. Ryan and Nick were troopers and completed the Sherman loop.
time to go home fellas
Image #21 (not yet uploaded)
Good work boys. Thanks for playing.
DISCLAIMER - Sherman, Gemini and Dyer are not this spectacular. My new camera is superawesome.
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