Basic Alpine Climb – Mt. Sherman South Slope - Winter(ish) Ascent / Cold Shoulder Season

Mt. Sherman South Slope - Winter(ish) Ascent / Cold Shoulder Season

  • Sat, Nov 26, 2022
  • CMC State
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Intermediate
  • Adults
  • Difficult C
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 14,046 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph flats, 1.5 uphill

Carpool: Morrison Park N Ride at 5 AM.

No carpool: Meet at Four Mile Creek TH at 7 AM.

Leader car and License Plate will be shared in a trip email.


Since a lot of folks are still working out getting CMC course and skill badges on the new site I did not set prereqs on the trip, but there are some.

1. Alpine Climbing School or equivalent required.

2.  Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) or preferably AIARE Level 1 or higher.

This route requires careful negotiation to avoid avalanche prone slopes. Staying with the group and making informed terrain choices is critical to maintain safety.

The peak objective may be changed based on avalanche conditions closer to the trip. It would still be 8-12 miles and 3-4000 ft. elevation gain.  

To register: email the Leader,, with snow travel trip experience and approx. dates when the required courses or their equivalent (e.g. a 3-5 day mountaineering course with a guide company or a similar course with a mountain club like the Seattle Mountaineers) were completed. 

Example: I completed Alpine Climbing school in 2022. I took AIARE Level 1 in 2021. I summited Quandary last December. I snowshoe or backcountry ski most weekends in the winter.  In the last 2-3 months I have done a handful of hikes/scrambles above 12,000 ft. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Mountaineering boots or at the minimum waterproof insulated winter boots  Microspikes, Snowshoes. Maybe crampons and ice axe.  

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