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Solo ascent/descent of Mt Sherman on splitboard

Saturday May 2nd, 2015

I tried to get some partners for this idea, but none of my regular crew seemed to be interested. I weighed the pros and cons of going solo, and decided to give it a go.

Had to get out of bed really early on a Saturday morning and try to beat the forecasted weather (including rain and high wind) that was forecast for this day

The approach is a long hike up a snow covered road, not sure of the distance, maybe 2-3 miles, give or take ??

Started out just hiking with the board on back in split configuration to avoid the sail effect from the stiff headwind, eventually put the split skis on once it was time to leave the road and start the actual climb.


On the climb, I used ski crampons after about mid-way since it got progressively steeper. I stupidly thought I could ascend straight up the face all the way to the summit from the way it looked from where I was and went off-route and got stuck on a 40 degree face where I started slipping, even with ski crampons on.

I had to take off the split skis and put them on the pack and tried to boot-kick steps up on even steeper terrain, but eventually ran into a layer of ice about an inch under the surface that would not allow my boots to kick any steps and allowed no traction at all (I need boot crampons but have been procrastinating to see which ones would work well with better splitboard boots I need to find/buy). With no boot crampons and only a whippet as a lifeline, I decided to down-climb and traverse to a rock outcrop to get to “safety”. I could use a second whippet or a real ice axe, but my pack is already too heavy.

I eventually (after much more sketchy climbing while exhausted) made the summit (elevation: 14,036 feet). Pretty cool up there in full-winter conditions

I did start the splitboard descent from the summit- it was snowing very lightly, but the winds were pretty strong. This video was not from the very top because it was flat light up there and the snow was a hard breakable crust. This vid captures at least the bottom 2/3 of the main face of the descent

I had to wait for a small hole in the cloud-cover in order to wait for the sun to see anything but a solid featureless mass of white.

The footprints you can see after about mid-way down are those of some hikers who were on the route before me. When I went off-route, they stayed on route and were able to summit and descend quite a long ways before I was able to extract myself from that sketchy spot on the face (this spot was on rider’s right of the line you see, but is above the elevation where the vid starts). Also, near the bottom, there was a gully on the right that looked like the obvious choice, but it was clogged with old mining debris and cables that I saw on the way up- not to mention a large cornice that looked like it could fall on you- obvious terrain trap.

Will add pics later.


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Great job

Haha, that made me smile... of course you chose the straight up ascent - bundle of energy . Is there no height making you breathless and at least a little bit tired?

Bummer that nobody wanted to join - I would have loved to be part! Such a sweet long descent... so worth every step climbing up.

BTW: check Deeluxe boots, they hold crampons very well abd their stiff soles are very comfy for hiking. I'm very happy with my Spark XV, used them also for ice climbing.

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Great job

Haha, that made me smile... of course you chose the straight up ascent - bundle of energy . Is there no height making you breathless and at least a little bit tired?

Bummer that nobody wanted to join - I would have loved to be part! Such a sweet long descent... so worth every step climbing up.

BTW: check Deeluxe boots, they hold crampons very well abd their stiff soles are very comfy for hiking. I'm very happy with my Spark XV, used them also for ice climbing.
Neni,

This would have been a great one to take you and your husband on (assuming favorable avalanche conditions). There was a much easier ascent route that I should have taken, it would have cut probably 45 minutes off my time. To be honest, I was exhausted after the whole "being stranded on steep icy face" experience, lot of adrenaline at high altitude with heavy pack.

This decent was longer than what my video shows (both above and below). Much longer than anything we did at Berthoud Pass.

It's not Alaska, but it's within 1.5 hour drive from my house, so that works..

And the Deeluxe boots: yes, I want some !! they were raffling a free pair off at Silverton Splitfest and I so wanted to be the one who won them, but someone else got 'em. I think I will get some maybe at the beginning of next season. I have read about them online after seeing yours and some people have a few complaints about them, maybe the company will see this and correct the issues? Anyway, I will get something in time. Need boot crampons as well. and maybe another Whippet, and a helicopter..

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Yeah, I can imagine how this stranded on steep ice experience got you an adrenaline rush. Been there - not nice.

I'll keep an eye on the dates for the next year's splitfest - to figure out if it fits as stopover for the next trip. So we may hike some turns together again

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Ok, here are some pics. I did not take many

looking up at the open face, standard winter route follows the gully on the right, I went (or tried to go) straight up, thinking it wasn't as steep as it really was. You lose the true angle when trying to asses when looking at all that white


this is from about half way up where it's still mellow, looking down the route


after much delay, I made the summit, this is looking north, there was a large cornice on the right that I didn't get in the picture. It almost blocked my way near the very top


looking west to Leadville & the Sawatch Range


my gear on summit


looking southeast into South Park (land of Cartman, etal..)


ready for a hard-earned run..
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That snow in the last pic looked nice! Not slushy corn. Was it quite cold or have you been up there very early?

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That snow in the last pic looked nice! Not slushy corn. Was it quite cold or have you been up there very early?
That snow looks a lot nicer I think because, believe it or not, it was snowing very hard a few minutes before I took this pic...

but just below, it was a hard breakable crust for a few hundred vertical feet, then it finally started to soften up...

I think I summited right around 12:00 or so... ?

when I was on the face, the ice layer was about an inch under the snow surface, so you don't see it.

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Looks like I'll be at it again this Saturday. My wife wants to do an easy 14er via snowshoes and ski down it. I will be carrying her skis for her while she snowshoes up and will probably have to carry the snowshoes for her on the way down. No big deal.. It will be pretty mellow. I will stay on-route this time..
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Looks like I'll be at it again this Saturday. My wife wants to do an easy 14er via snowshoes and ski down it. I will be carrying her skis for her while she snowshoes up and will probably have to carry the snowshoes for her on the way down. No big deal.. It will be pretty mellow. I will stay on-route this time..
What is this system? haha I see numbers with er all the time.
Well not all the time, barely ever.

Is that some sort of hiking terminology?

Honestly, I don't think I know?

Unless ?


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nice dude, I've done Sherman only in summer of course, way to get after it alone! Careful! Sherman is pretty mellow though.

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