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Multi-pitch Ice

The Sherman Climb

Nestled into the northern San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the Sherman Climb beckons to those climbers who are up to the task. A beautiful approach through aspens leads you to the base of the route. Above, deep blue waterfall ice cascades several hundred feet down the northeast flank of Half Peak. Follow your guide up four pitches of pristine ice in this wild setting. Descend the route via rappel, or if conditions allow, continue up the gully to the summit! This route offers a little bit of everything including lower angle slabs, snowfields, and a steep pillar at the top.  Whether you are a first time multi-pitch ice climber or a seasoned veteran, Apex Mountain School’s professional guides will make this an outing to remember. We place a strong emphasis on client care and attention to our guest’s security and safety. Additionally, we are always very excited to work with you on any goals and ambitions you may have. Give us a call for help planning this memorable and unique ice climb.

Prerequisites: Prior ice climbing experience necessary.



What to bring:

  • Beacon (rental available)
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Mid layer top and bottom
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Winter jacket
  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Food

You may also want to consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Thermos of hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera

APEX Provides:

  • Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmet
  • Harness (42”/44” max)