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mmoerkRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: June 22, 2003  Sucess!


Hiked up into Horn Fork Basin on Friday night. Camped at treeline and climbed Harvard on Saturday and Columbia on Sunday. The scramble up the west slope to the ridge was long & tedious, just like Roach says. Once on the ridge, it's a nice hike, and the summit was quite pleasant. We even got joined on the summit by a marmot. The view back down and across to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc is awesome.
Posted Jun 25, 2003 12:03 am

KaneRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


I thought the traverse to Columbia from Harvard was nice. There is a pretty marshy area on the backside of Columbia along this route that I found memorable. I also enjoyed the scree skiing down Columbia's West Slopes Route.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:39 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: SE Ridge, Rabbit Ridge from Mt. Harvard Date Climbed: 12, 25 September, 1999  Sucess!


The first time I summited (via the SE Ridge), I didn't have enough time to do Harvard also. Greatly desiring to do both in a day, I made sure that this was accomplished the next time, as I 'rode the Rabbit (Ridge),' traversing across after first climbing Harvard. This day was great fun overall, with the exception of getting sick (perhaps from the altitude, but I'd already summited Harvard (!), so I'm not sure...), and it being really windy. Despite needing to take a break for awhile halfway through, still managed the traverse in 2:26. Took 3:43 to get back to the CO/Main Range & Harvard Lakes TH, via the SE Ridge.
Posted Apr 17, 2003 6:11 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: From Harvard Date Climbed: July 29, 2002  Sucess!


As alluded to below, the traverse from Harvard is nasty! Descend earlier and further than you think you need to or stick to the ridge top. The talus that lies between is a nightmare and a genuine hazard. The scree descent off of the West Face is no fun either. When I go back I'll try this one from Three Elk Creek
Posted Feb 28, 2003 3:13 am

steve simmonsRoute Climbed: eastern ridge Date Climbed: august 23, 2002  Sucess!

steve simmons

Summated mt. columbia around 6 p.m. during the '02 nolan's '14 endurance event. Very intense and memorable hale, ice and thunderstorm storm on the summit.

GOD bless! Praise JESUS!!!!!!!

Posted Dec 10, 2002 4:04 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: North Cottonwood Trailhead - via Harvard Date Climbed: June 13, 2002  Sucess!

Ed F

The traverse to Columbia from Harvard was terribly difficult. I never did find the route described by Roach in his book. I dropped to nearly 11,500 ft. and climbed Columbia via a scree filled draw. A terrible route. Additionally, the descent from Columbia back to the NC trailhead was a 2,500 ft. scree slope. Made it back to my car much later than I intended to. I would have been in deep trouble had a storm rolled in.

If you do this route, do some careful research. Roach calls it "arduous," and it certainly is. If I could go back I would do the peaks separately, and probably do Columbia via it's East slope. Remember that once you make the decision to do Columbia, you can't back out. It's between you and your car!
Posted Sep 14, 2002 8:47 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Harvard Combination Date Climbed: July 13, 2002  Sucess!


Climbed Columbia from Harvard and got a little of route but made the summit none the less. It was a beautiful day and luckily not a typical thunderstorm afternoon. We were on the summit around 4pm and didn't get rained on at all luckily. Descended the west slopes and was able to find some nice scree in sections to ski down which made for a fairly quick descent. However the descent was difficult in areas and I wouldn't want to climb up it.
Posted Jul 15, 2002 3:38 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Frenchmen Creek Date Climbed: July 10, 1995  Sucess!


I climbed Columbia by accident. I was trying to climb Harvard. When I left the Colorado Trail, the book said to go due west along the trail. I took out my compass and went due west. "I didn't see no stinking trail". I figured I'd go up hill instead of down and ended up high on Columbia's east ridge. I couldn't negotiate the steep snow so I went down some and traversed until I could find a way to the ridge. I followed the ridge to the summit and there I saw the first human of the day. Signed the register and proceeded to go down the north face. It was a rather easy off trail descent. When I found the trail I followed it to the Colorado Trail and back to the Wilderness boundary where the trailhead is located. I was only 10 feet off the trail. Had I gone down hill instead of up hill I would have found the trail immediately, and climbed Harvard.
Posted Jun 25, 2002 10:16 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Standarad I think Date Climbed: June 1, 2002  Sucess!
My first 14er for summer of 2002. This time another solo ascent as it is getting harder to find climbing partners. I suffered on this one - lots of scree - guess I did not want to be alone either. Climbed on a Saturday and there is no snow this year. Despite this, I saw noone until I had summited and had come back down to treeline. There I saw one other hiker and we hiked out together.
Posted Jun 17, 2002 2:41 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Frenchman Creek basin from Harvard Date Climbed: Aug 18 2001  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

9th summit of Nolan's 14. Reached the summit at 3 AM after getting lost on a horrible 5 hour traverse from Harvard, crossing boulders and climbing dangerously steep loose rocks with a flashlight in my teeth. It is easy to follow the route in daylight, but not when you can't see beyond the 100 ft. range of your flashlight with no moon. Did not sleep. Descended steep S ridge. Tricky in the dark with many diverging ridges that lead into steep ravines. Fortunately it was getting light by the time I reached treeline and had to bushwack off-trail. On to Yale.
Posted May 17, 2002 5:34 pm

thepluggerRoute Climbed: East side Date Climbed: 7/2/91  Sucess!


Climbed it from the Frenchman Creek Trailhead. A relatively easy walk up on a gorgeous summer day.
Posted Aug 29, 2001 9:30 pm

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: West Slopes  Sucess!


Steep scree climbed with my small dog Sneakers.
Posted Aug 16, 2001 8:08 pm

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: N. Cottonwood - West Slopes Date Climbed: 8/9/01  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Rather steep if you are climbing Columbia by itself, stick to the trail on the descent.
Posted Aug 16, 2001 12:46 pm

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