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Harvard & Columbia 8/7/10

 
Harvard & Columbia 8/7/10

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Object Title: Harvard & Columbia 8/7/10

Image Type(s): Bouldering, Hiking, Wildlife, Flora, Topo/Diagram, Informational, Scenery, Water

 

Page By: metal4lyf

Created/Edited: Aug 8, 2010 / Aug 8, 2010

Object ID: 646989

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When NOAA says 70% chance of rain, just start earlier

I planned to start at 2 am but couldn't sleep, so I left the Frenchman Creek trailhead a bit earlier at 1:45 am. Spent 20 minutes backtracking to find the trail where it had been washed out by a torrential slurry. Route-finding on the tundra in the dark was a challenge as the trail was non-existent and I couldn't see the ridge. Fought my way through the willows and located the fun class-3 rib, which I followed to the summit ridge. Reached the prickly summit of Harvard at 5:30, still before sunrise. It was too cold to loiter so I started on the traverse at 5:45. An incredibly loose but thankfully shallow gully yielded entrance to the boulder-field at 12900'. After some boulder-hopping I contoured to Columbia's northwest ridge and climbed the class-3/4 rock to summit at 8:15. Started the descent at 8:30. My tired legs enjoyed much talus on the way down to the trail. I returned to the trailhead at 10:30. My goal was 10 hours, so I was pretty happy with 8:45.

Images


Shadows retreat

Shadows retreat

Cairn

Cairn

Mt. Harvard

Mt. Harvard

Mt. Columbia

Mt. Columbia

Sunrise

Sunrise

The ridge

The ridge

Mt. Harvard

Mt. Harvard

Mt. Princeton

Mt. Princeton

Horn Fork Basin

Horn Fork Basin

Burning horizon

Burning horizon

Dawn

Dawn

Scramble

Scramble

Frenchman Creek drainage

Frenchman Creek drainage

Mt. Yale

Mt. Yale

Frenchman Creek

Frenchman Creek


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cftbqfabulous photos

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You made great time; thanks for posting this.
Posted Aug 9, 2010 1:42 pm

metal4lyfRe: fabulous photos

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Thanks for looking!
Posted Aug 9, 2010 4:36 pm

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