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Ken DammenColumbia/Harvard Combo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2010

Ken Dammen

Climbed Harvard first starting at 3:30 am. Summited Harvard the did the rabbit ear ridge traverse to Columbia. That was Colorado 14er 28 and 29. Nice day, a little rain at the end.
Posted Jul 30, 2010 12:16 pm

BLongTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010


Had a fun hike up Harvard > Columbia. Apparently spending 5 weeks in Phoenix (near sea level) and then driving up to the mountains and immediately climbing two 14ers is not proper acclimatization. In the end it made the trip a bit more challenging, which was great!
Posted Jul 19, 2010 2:15 am

seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2010


University Pass-level scree. Yuck. Trip report
Posted Jun 7, 2010 7:26 pm

theREALCarpeDMThree Elk Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009


Saw very few people. Great to be mostly off-trail! One of my favorite Sawatch hikes. Got weathered off an attempt the previous year.
Posted Apr 8, 2010 6:46 pm

shknbkeWinter ascent-s.w. slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2010


Winter ascent of Columbia from our high camp near treeline in Horn Fork Basin at 11600 ft. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to follow the standard scree slog up the steep trail to the south ridge. 4 hrs RT from our camp. A rare bluebird day in Jan!

10/2/04-First ascent was up the standard sw slopes and down the east ridge. The east ridge is LONG!
Posted Jan 6, 2010 12:12 am

SarahThompsonSummer & Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2004


8/22/04 - Climbed Harvard and then Columbia via the standard loop from Horn Fork Basin. Took a bad line down from Columbia - very loose and steep. Long day.

1/3/10 - Backpacked 7 miles to Horn Fork Basin. Climbed Harvard the next day and then Columbia the following day before packing out. Took more or less the standard route; it was extremely windscoured. Just under 2.5 hours from camp to summit on a sunny, windless winter day!
Posted Jan 3, 2010 10:32 pm

SenadRcombo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009


This was my first time climbing Columbia. I climbed Harvard first, and then did the traverse.
Posted Nov 24, 2009 12:54 am

strudolyubovHarvard-Columbia Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009


Traversed from Harvard. Quickly descended west slopes route as the storms were rolling in. Nice views from the summit, nasty wet scree/dirt on the descent.
Posted Sep 21, 2009 12:54 pm

lanagordonNo. 22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2009


scree fielded it all the way down.
Posted Aug 23, 2009 10:18 pm

weeds19Happy to see the downhill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009


After the traverse from Harvard, I was pretty happy to see the downhill. Though I dreaded the scree and loose rocks, it went better than expected. Trekking poles a big help!
Posted Jul 26, 2009 5:30 pm

Woodie HopperTraverse from Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2009

Woodie Hopper

Traversed from Harvard. Trudged through a few snow-fields en route while trying to lose as little altitude as possible. Three marmots greeted me on top. Descended the West Slopes (aka scree from Hell)- not recommended.
Posted Jul 12, 2009 11:25 pm

Liba KopeckovaNorth Cottonwood Creek  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

A lot of loose scree, was not sure if followed the right trail. Took nice photos of marmots. My dog again very happy.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 3:57 am

mattpayne11Successful Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009


Long day!
Posted Jun 25, 2009 12:04 am

DudeThatMustHurtBeat the storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009


Very high winds at the summit but a good day overall, went down the south slope back to the main trail which made the decent quite interesting to avoid the storm rolling in.
Posted Jun 13, 2009 8:05 pm

awillsonColumbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007


Very steep and loose!
Posted Mar 29, 2009 12:13 am

MattKWith Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008


Wife, dog and I. Traversed from Harvard and threw in UN 13,374.
Posted Oct 13, 2008 6:19 pm

canicholRoute Climbed: SE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 1994


Neared the top as a storm moved in, and three guys bounded off down the west slopes. Felt the hair on my head stand up and the rocks around me started buzzing, so I hit the ground. Seconds later a huge boom overhead, and I knew I had time to run to the top and without waiting I was headed down after those three guys. Never stopped to look back, and happy to be back alive. There's excitement well worth the price in pushing to the limits.
Posted Sep 29, 2008 12:06 am

RenardoCombo with Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


Hope to never have to go through that descent again!
Posted Aug 31, 2008 11:16 pm

GahugafugaFrenchman Creek Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


Climbed from the NE then bagged UN 13374 on the way back. Aside from the horrific mosquitoes in the forests near the creek, this was quite a pleasant way to climb Columbia. My Sawatch 14er finisher!
Posted Jun 30, 2008 5:52 pm

peakrat76Harvard - Columbia Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 1984


Good climb - nasty descent.
Posted Apr 27, 2008 11:41 am

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