1st 14r w/ CP0915 with great views and met an awesome family w/ a wired haired pup that was rad!
Took a newbie climber with me today up Mt Sherman. We knew the weather wouldn't be the greatest today, as lightning storms pelted the mountains during our trip to Fairplay from Col Springs before dawn. Made the gate at 6:45AM and the trail was clear and the night rain had just quit (the lightning stopped at 6AM -- phew!). Turns out snow fell on the higher elevations the night before! We weren't 100% prepared for snow but pressed anyway at 7:30. Met the snow at about 12,700ft, and was amazed at the mining buildings still standing. We had virgin snow all the way to the summit, which we made at 9:15AM amongst snow clouds which were wanting to burst at the seems. Sat around and waited for the second group to join us, then we started down. Almost immediately the snow and wind kicked up, and realized that the virgin snow was quickly being pressed into ice by the other climbers. Good thing we were first on the summit! Anyway, around 13,500ft, the snow turned to a rain/snow/hail mix (harder than groppel) and pelted us til we got back to the mining buildings. Ironically, the trail head was nice and sunny, and made it down before 11AM. Not a bad first 14er for my young friend, and this made my 8th. So, let's recap: lightning, rain, snow, virgin snow, fog, snow/rain/hail mix, hard rain, sunny.
So, remember the storm that pelted us on the way down? We made it to Fairplay an hour later and sat at my favorite American/Chinese restaurant (anyone eat there?) and that storm had gotten very very angry. For about 15 minutes while we ate, the restaurant was host to a torrential downpour. Made it back to Colorado Springs, and I swear the same storm pelted my house with lightning and hard rain for another 20-30 minutes 4 hours later.
Great climb today!
Nice hike through the clouds. Wanted to head over to Gemini, but wasn't sure what the weather was going to do.
Easy warm-up for Capitol Pk dayhike the next day. Met a nice family with a couple dogs on the summit.
This was my niece and nephew's first 14er. Sophia is 8 and Kyler is 10 and they did great, no complaints and a lot of smiles. My wife Cinda and I, along with the kid's parents, Hege and Craig, had a nice morning's walk to the summit from Four Mile Creek.
Left the car at 11,200 or so and made the summit in 2.5 hrs. Had the top to ourselves around 7am with a cold Dales Pale.
Tried to get my dad to summit on this one but he turned back at around 13K'. Went to the top then ran up Sheridan before the weather moved in.
good acess trained for Denali wit hZSheridan and Gemini. Need to go back for the Horseshoe.
Another one in the bag!
Fifth fourteener. Went from the Iowa Gulch trailhead...not too crowded until the trail merged with Fourmile Creek. Enjoyable hike, but was just as busy as Saturday trips to Bierstadt and Quandary.
Second time up Sherman. Climbed via Sheridan en route to Gemini, almost went up Dyer too (would've been ascent #2 on that) but decided to call it a day.
Climbed with my 12 year old son for his second 14er. It was my second time on top of Sherman after climbing it in early season snow last fall. Went and tagged Mt. Sheridan while JP waited for me in the saddle below.
An Elk bugled when I stepped onto the trail in the morning. An elk bugled in the afternoon when I stepped off the trail and back onto the road. Never saw anyone that day; just heard the elk. Thanks.
(See trip report) Had strong winds and snow move in and it made the hike a lot more eventful. Watching the weather was incredible! The winds almost blew me off the ridge.
Lame in every way. Did this one on tired legs from the previous day's Tour de Massive. The winds were probably gusting to 60 mph making it difficult to stand up let alone walk. Not a fun hike, more of a mission to not be defeated by the wind.
Pretty nice hike especially through the wild flowers near the trail head. We met a bunch of boy scouts - whining on the way up, having fun on the way down - being encouraged by their leaders, who, I might add, were doing the "real" suffering!
Winds were blowing hard and that made it slightly harder, but it wasn't too bad. We had an awesome glissade on the large snowfield between Mount Sherman and Mount Sheridan.
Probably the easiest 14er ... but a nice hike.
I live near Four Mile Crick right here in Butler Co. Ohio, but it's nothing to write home about.
First summit with the family.