The first obstacle to our Marble climb was getting to our high camp via the very rough South Colony Road.
Andy and Barry take a break along the trail. As the snow got deeper, it became necessary to put on snowshoes.
Alan and Barry continue along the trail. Barry struggles in the deep snow. He elected to forego snowshoes, and he was paying the price. Photo by Andy Leach.
Alan is almost out of treeline. The sun kept coming out for brief periods of time, but that would soon change and conditions would quickly get worse. Photo by Andy Leach.
Immediately above treeline the wind increased. Here, Andy fights the fierce wind and cold while on the northeast ridge.
Barry and Andy on the northeast ridge of Marble Mountain. Humboldt Peak, a fourteener, looms in the background.
Alan continues to climb the northeast ridge. The southern end of the Sangre de Cristo range is in the background. Photo by Andy Leach.
Alan opts to take off his snowshoes for the rocky ascent to the final summit push. Photo by Andy Leach.
Barry and Alan approach the summit with the entire northeast ridge below them. By this time, strength and energy are ebbing and everyone is ready to get to the top. Photo by Andy Leach.
On the summit!
Notice how the clouds have moved in. The temperature was about 20 degrees and the wind was blowing about 40 mph. It was now time to get off this rock! Photo by Andy Leach.
This climb was difficult, but fun, and highly recommended for a safe winter mountain. Thanks to Andy and Barry for the use of their photos. See more pics of this climb on Andy's website at www.leachfam.com