Sarah and I decided to make a backcountry ski trip out of Humboldt Peak. The long slog up South Colony Lakes road required an early 3:00 A.M. start. Fifteen minutes after leaving the car, however, we were rudely awakened by a barefoot crossing of an impassable stream. I'll never forget the feeling of stepping out of the icy current onto the snow bank on the opposite side and having the snow instantly freeze to my wet feet.
Four hours later, the sunrise views of Broken Hand Peak and Crestone Needle helped warm our numb feet.
The views of the Crestones from high on Humboldt were unforgettable.
This was the first time that we donned crampons (outside of our living room, that is).
Sarah and Nina pose on the summit of Humboldt while the Crestones loom eerily behind them.
all smiles from Sarah