Mt Colden, Adirondack High Peaks, NY
It looks colder than it was; or maybe I was just overheated from the climb. But everything was coated in snow and rimed with frost when I stopped to gaze at Mount Marcy, just beyond the trail sign demarcating the alpine zone. Here, above tree line, the stunted plants are more delicate, and it is prohibited to camp this high to preserve the flora. With a few hundred feet of elevation left, I soon returned to my task, summiting Mount Colden.