Hiking Mt. Sherman (14,036 ft)
My friend Dennis, who's only here for a year, has been bugging me for almost 9 months now to go hiking in the mountains...so finally, after the snow melted enough, I yielded. I chose Mt. Sherman, as it's relatively close to Denver and it's an easy 14er to tackle, especially this early in the season. We had a wonderfully clear day (albeit a tad windy) with a quick descent made by glissading a portion of the trail.
Brian and Lisa gear up Dennis points at the wrong mountain (White Ridge) Starting up the trail Hilltop Mine and Mt. Sherman in the distance Brian, taking the photo Hilltop mine Lisa, Mt. Sherman in the background Lisa hikes near the Hilltop mine Dennis People hiking up the snow field to the ridge Kings Crown Could this be "the hatch"? Note: we found no numbers engraved on the side... Dennis Looking up the ridge towards the summit Iowa Gulch, down the western side of Sherman Dennis, looking mountainous... Brian, ascending below some form of heavenly light Brian and Dennis Dennis and Lisa Brian, Dennis, and Lisa on the summit The Sawatch range is in the background - Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado is just left of Brian"s head - Mt. Massive (the second highest) to the right of Lisa"s head. A panorama of the summit The Maroon Bells peek just above South Massive Peak and Pt. 13,630. The steep western flanks of Mt. Sherman Lisa Dennis and Lisa On the ridge, looking down at our glissade path Dennis glissading down The snowfield allowed us to drop about 230 feet of altitude in matter of seconds Dennis finishing out his glissade Lisa and Dennis watch others on the drop A wider view of the basin below Sherman (on the right) A cabin near Hilltop mine Inside the old cabin Dennis, outside his vicarage house... An old oven Dennis, contemplating his accomplishment Lisa Horseshoe Basin below Mt. Sherman Just outside the old town of Leavick