Winter Mountaineering Perfection

By: Brian Lewis

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Given it's relative proximity to Denver and 12,000-foot summer trailhead, Mt. Sherman is a popular and easy Colorado 14er during the warmer months. But in winter, things are a bit different. When temperatures drop and snow blocks access roads, crowds seem to dissipate, trails get a whole lot longer and conditions can go from gorgeous to "holy crap, let's get out of here" in mere minutes.

Despite the near constant gale-force winds on the summit ridge and carelessly leaving all my GoPro mounts at home (I blame the 3:30am alarm), this day on Sherman was winter mountaineering perfection, needing to be captured on camera. Flawlessly bluebird skies, a bull moose greeting us at the trailhead, not another human all day. And the relentless winter wind even magically died for a few minutes of basking in high altitude sun at 14,036 feet.

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