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Thunder and fun

 

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.23460°N / 106.1681°W

Object Title: Thunder and fun

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 16, 2003

 

Page By: bernardhohman

Created/Edited: Aug 18, 2003 /

Object ID: 169038

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This was one crowded day on Mt. Sherman. I took a friend up a first 14er and I planned to run over to Gemini Peak. The clouds were hanging low but were not much of a concern. We headed off Sherman as soon as the summit log was signed. There was an entry stating it was the person's seventh summit of Sherman. Why?

We hiked fairly quickly over to Gemini Peak and as we summited, I noticed the clouds were quick a bit thicker and darker. As we descended Gemini, we heard our first thunder. The storm was west of us, but not far enough away to suit me. I noticed up on the Sherman summit many, many people just hanging out. I am not sure why they were volunteering to be lightning rods.

Also, many people were making their way to Gemini. I would not have chosen that course of action with the storm so near.

We raced up and over Sherman and down the ridge. By then, the clouds had moved away and sun hit us. There were 30-40 people either at the Sheridan Saddle, on Sherman's ridge, or on the summit. A very busy day on an easy fourteener.


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