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Ski/snowshoe to Mount Colden
March 17, 2014 - Morgan Ryan
Got out for one last winter high peak on Sunday with Paul and Ed. It was a cold and windy day, but nothing like the record lows we saw later that night and this morning.
We started from the South Meadow parking area and skied out to Marcy Dam.
When we got to the Avalanche Camp intersection, there was no one there as we strapped on snowshoes and stashed our skis.
Right when we were about to take off, this energetic group of college kids rolled in fresh off a snowshoe to Avalanche Pass.
The 1.5-mile climb to Lake Arnold was pretty steady, but it got much steeper as we turned to climb the mountain. After about a mile we were into the alpine zone.
The north summit came first, and man was it windy and cold up there. We weren’t there for much longer than it took for me to fish out my camera and snap a couple photos.
From the north summit we could see what we had left to climb the actual summit. It looked like a lot.
It wasn’t as bad as it seemed, and soon we were on top posing for our summit photo.
Here’s a look back at the north summit and our return trip back to Lake Arnold.
Of course, the clouds parted and eventually disappeared as we were on our way back to the car. This is a good look at Colden and its two summits from Marcy Dam.
We were back at the car by 6:15 and at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery with a cold beer by about 6:30.
I figure the total trip was about 15 miles. It took us almost exactly eight hours.
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