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pyergerColumbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012


Nice day out! upper part of the Standard route was not very pleseant
Posted Dec 10, 2012 4:02 pm

telemarkdudeEast RIdge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 1999


Was planning on continuing on to Harvard. Columbia's east ridge took a little longer than anticipated and I ran out of time.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 11:33 pm

ajberryFrom Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


With Katie and Megan, both 11. Camped in Horn Fork Basin. Great conditions.
Posted Oct 27, 2012 5:03 pm

milanLong day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008
This was a long day of hiking after Harvard the day before. Scree slope was relentles. Again, a storm formed at around the time we were about to leave the summit.
Posted Oct 18, 2012 5:50 pm

Sarah SimonSoutheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

Sarah Simon

Oh, holy shit, the southeast ridge is a beautiful route! Descent mileage (over 12 miles) and lotsa ups and downs made for a pretty long day. Beautiful weather, incredibly aesthetic route!
Posted Sep 30, 2012 10:33 pm

PeakLizardThree Elk Creek - Full Crest Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012


Beautiful hike day originating from the trail along the still gushing Three Elk Creek (East approach). Third summit of Mt. Columbia and this time hiked the entire crest of the bowl - NE to Summit and around to SE (no trail after you pass the Cottonwood Creek trail connection (SW side). Big horn, marmots and coyote sighted. Long and challenging, but gorgeous tour, rare to see other hikers - no one on a Summer Saturday!
Posted Aug 19, 2012 11:19 am

bighornmonkeyTwofer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2012


did harvard first, then columbia as a twofer.
5th 14er this year.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 11:23 am

Matt LemkeSE ridge in winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2012

Matt Lemke

What a long ridge! Lots of breaking trail as well.
14 hours car-to-car from the Harvard Lakes TH
Posted Feb 5, 2012 1:10 pm

HostilejimHard Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2011


Just Climbed Columbia from North Cottonwood Creek. Steep climb up to the summit. on the way down, took a nasty fall, but was okay. Several Storms missed us and rained to our south.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 10:13 am

chicagotransplantvia Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011


Second ascent, solo via Frenchman Creek with PT 13374 and Harvard. Snow covered boulders below the "rabbits" were a bit tedious, but otherwise not a bad tour of the Frenchman Creek drainage on a nice fall day.
Posted Oct 23, 2011 6:18 pm

pavellushMt Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2011


Mt Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead
Posted Oct 14, 2011 4:24 am

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

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