Colorado Rocky Mountains - Our Mt. Sherman Hike
My Friend Phil Ladden Hikes His First 14er In 30+ Years; Our Photos On June 24, 2010
My good friend Phil Ladden is vacationing in Colorado this week.
All year, Phil had stated that he would like to climb a Colorado 14er after a 30-year-long hiatus.
Although he has climbed Pikes Peak many times as
a teenager, his last 14er ascent happened in 1979!
Phil is a Colorado Native and has lived in our state for 40+ years, but three years ago,
he moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
This man is no slouch, but he ruefully admitted he hasn't exercised as well as he should and
his desk job does no service to his 51-year-old body. This set the stage for today's challenge:
Get Phil back on the summit of a 14er!
Among the many options for comparatively "easy" 14ers, we chose Mount Sherman,
located in the Mosquito Range near the towns of Leadville, Alma and
(I have already hiked this mountain in 2004, 2007 and
Below are three videos and 27 photos of our day. Enjoy the Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery!
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|Our Climb - Mt. Sherman (elevation 14,036 feet)
Above is the view of Mt. Sheridan (left) and Mt. Sherman (right) as we
drove on Park County Road 18, which is sometimes referred to as Fourmile Road.
The standard route, which begins near the Leavick Ghost Town site,
has an elevation of 12,000 feet at the road's gate, meaning we only needed to ascend 2,000 more feet.
Videos On Mt. Sherman
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|It was quite nippy at 7:15 a.m. at the start of our hike.
Phil was constantly looking at his Droid phone,
as he posted messages on his Facebook and Twitter pages. My efforts to convince him to turn it off were fruitless.
Phil is a blogger with a personal blog (www.philladden.com) and another
with his expertise about cruise vacations (www.cruise-snapshot.com).
||We were already above timberline at the start of our hike. Many old and abandoned
mining structures remain in this area.
||A spectacular view of Mt. Sherman.
||Phil rested behind me. As we climbed, the Colorado Rocky
Mountain scenery got better and better!
||We approached a snowy field on the side of the mountain's southern ridge.
I love these photos of snow in the summer.
On Facebook, I have a photo album titled "Snow At Ridiculous Times Of The Year."
It is always my intention to shock my hot weather friends in places
Florida and elsewhere! :)
Remember this snowfield, for more photos are below with a story coming. :)
||We reached the saddle of the mountain.
Now it was only a matter of climbing Mt. Sherman's southern ridge.
|At this point, Phil was hiking extremely slow. I tried
to stick around as much as I could, but my speed was much quicker.
Thankfully, Phil didn't seem to mind and I did kept an eye on him.
As I hiked upward, I was continually tempted to snap photos of the stunning Rocky
Mountain views unfolding. In the third photo, the large peak (right) is Mt. Sheridan (alt. 13,748 feet).
My other pages from this particular region:
Hoosier Pass (Summer)
Hoosier Pass (Winter)
Two Points in Park County
||Mt. Sherman is a broad ridged mountain. The summit is the pointed knob left of center.
||On The Summit
Phil and I made it. A nice picture of us with grand mountain scenery behind us.
|The westerly view.
Top: The view of Iowa Gulch with
Mt. Massive, Turquoise Lake and the
town of Leadville in the background.
Second: I zoomed-in for a better view of Turquoise Lake and Leadville.
The rounded peak on the far right is Galena Mountain (alt. 12,985).
||Facing northwest with Dyer Mountain (alt. 13,855 feet) left of center.
||Facing north. In the immediate foreground is Gemini Peak (alt. 13,951 feet)
with 14ers Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Bross and
Quandary Peak behind.
||Facing east. White Ridge (alt. 13,684 feet),
located in the foreground on the right, is a mountain that piques my interest for another possible climb.
Also note that way out there on the left is Pikes Peak, approximately 100 miles to the east.
||One photo of myself in a huge snowfield. Snow rocks the house!
Some of my better 14er hikes:
La Plata Peak
||We met so many friendly people at the summit.
A group of Colorado University (Boulder) students arrived after us. This guy was
drinking a beer at the summit to celebrate ...
gotta love that! :)
||On the way down, Phil rested and ate blackberries near the Hilltop Mine area.
|Extra Mountain Scenery
Look at beautiful Horseshoe Mountain (elevation 13,898 feet),
located south of Mt. Sherman. That circular cliff makes it a unique one. So pretty!
|On the way toward Fairplay,
we stopped for one last photo. We thought the view of Sheep Mountain
(alt. 12,818 feet) and Lamb Mountain (alt. 12,438 feet) was worthy to pull out our cameras.
So many mountains, so little time. You just can't beat living in Colorado's Rocky Mountains!
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