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Ted EliasonA heap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2008

Ted Eliason

A never ending heap of talus best hiked in firm snow. Took 2 tries to summit out of the sheer monotony of the long east ridge.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 2:50 pm

pacojgarzaAlone on Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2011


I went up Columbia after summitting Harvard and Princeton the two previous days and made it to the summit in 3 hrs & 40 min from N. Cottonwood, the weather turned cloudy, chilly and blustery as I hit the summit ridge. I never saw anyone else on Columbia that day. The descent was very fast on the steep slopes.
Posted Aug 29, 2011 4:38 pm

JustinShapiroLast Sawatch 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011


This was my last 14er to climb in the Sawatch. It was a nice, long hike which was worth while.
Posted Aug 15, 2011 1:17 am

vbeckman74Ass Kicker  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006


I did Columbia with Harvard. The snow, scree, and talus was an ass kicker. Start early if you're going to do both. I did it in 9 1/2 hours, which is a little faster than usual.
Posted Aug 4, 2011 11:05 am

Jeremy HakesUp and down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2004

Jeremy Hakes

Not my favorite.
Posted Apr 23, 2011 4:35 pm

KieferSW Couloir/Ridge combo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011


Climbed as part of a 14ers.com winter gathering alongside Stephanie and Fletch and about 15+ other people. EXCEPTIONALLY windy on the ridge but calm on the summit. Saw a herd of elk of maybe 40-50 animals crossing drainages to the east.
This was a very enjoyable day with great people!!
Posted Mar 23, 2011 12:30 pm

StephanieLynnwindy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011


2nd time up Columbia in calendar winter. 1st time got to summit right at sunrise, 2nd time with a bunch of 14ers.com people. Good day despite the winds.
Posted Mar 22, 2011 6:20 pm

centrifugeharvard/columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


was a long day and didnt bring enough water
Posted Jan 12, 2011 10:46 pm

tomlaurenHarvard - Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010


Climbed Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead after a beautiful camp at 11,440 feet in Horn Fork Basin. This was my second ascent of Mount Columbia. My first ascent was in September of 2004 during/after a snow storm.
Posted Jan 2, 2011 11:45 am

Panthera unciaTraverse from Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009

Panthera uncia

Hiked this after climbing Harvard. The scree was nasty.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 5:49 pm

thatnissanguyHarvard to Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2010


Threaded the needle during a succession of violent thunderstorms. Took the low traverse which was miserably loose, as was the descent to the main trail. Would be a better snow climb.
Posted Dec 18, 2010 9:24 pm

Vagabond ManifestoSoutheast Ridge, from Colorado Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2010

Vagabond Manifesto

Very windy day. Great route for solitude--no one else (and no trail) on this side of the mountain. Herd of mountain goats above treeline, right on the ridge. Pay attention on the way down, it's easy to end up off-route.
Posted Sep 24, 2010 8:30 pm

I like it on topNorth Cottonwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

I like it on top

Steep climb up scree slope, very high winds on ridges, another safe and successful 14'er, so overall a great day.
Posted Sep 5, 2010 11:12 pm

CWFryWest Ridges  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2010


Great day, love the approach. Fairly bad erosion and scree-skiing on the way down.
Posted Aug 23, 2010 4:33 pm

metal4lyfwith Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010


Traversed the boulder field at 12900'
Posted Aug 8, 2010 1:22 pm

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

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