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Climbing JackThe scree wasn't that bad.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Climbing Jack

Via the west slope
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:12 pm

yadahzoemtnIn Combination w/ Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2014

yadahzoemtn

Loved this mountain but Greg, Colette and I had summited Columbia first and come across the ridge to Harvard. The combination of the two is demanding, to put it lightly. Next time I think I will do them separately and enjoy them both a little more.
Posted Jul 4, 2014 11:17 am

MissHGraduation!! (SE Ridge)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

MissH

Closed out the Collegiates (and Sawatch range 14ers) with a successful ascent/descent of Colubmia via the steep SE ridge. Interesting way to go, especially if you don't require the security of a marked trail. Scattered cairns provide confirmation that someone else was there before you, but do little to keep you on the "trail." If you decide to go this way, just aim for the ridge and negotiate each "obstacle" as it comes up - as long as you're on the ridge, you can't go wrong! GPS claimed we did 11.8m miles and 6100 ft elev gain (not sure how reliable it is). Clear, sunny skies but quite windy - beautiful day overall.
Posted Jun 30, 2014 2:09 pm

ericdA ridgeline assault  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

ericd

Started at Harvard Lakes trailhead to grab the SE ridgeline trail (no snow) all the way up. A 5.5hr ascent and 3.5hr descent on solid-rock (no scree). Sky on both sides of trail with the occasional skirting around high rock piles. Summit was nicer than expected, out of wind, and with aerial view of Harvard's basin.
Posted Jun 29, 2014 5:02 pm

DanielLHarvard to Columbia traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008

DanielL

Climbed Harvard's standard from Horn Fork Basin, and then traversed to Columbia (17 miles RT), which was a fun route. The early evening descent down the ultra-loose face into the basin was definitely not fun, but it was a rewarding day nonetheless.
Posted Oct 9, 2013 12:22 am

cdevenney84Combo. West Slopes trail = terrible  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013

cdevenney84

Harvard was a pleasure, the traverse was fun, but the West Slopes "trail" coming down Columbia sucked. Worst trail I've seen on a 14er by far - I can't believe it's the standard route. There were people all over the side of the mountain looking for it, and once we did find it, it was thin and steep with bad erosion. Expect to fall on your ass half a dozen times. Honestly, do Harvard and skip Columbia unless you are determined to do all the 14ers.
Posted Sep 22, 2013 6:30 pm

rockymountaindivaTalus and scree  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011

rockymountaindiva

After Harvard the prior day, Columbia seemed like a job. Won't be going back any time soon.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 3:56 pm

FletchBig glissade  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011

Fletch

probably shouldn't have... lessons learned...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 1:29 pm

pyergerColumbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012

pyerger

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

telemarkdude

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

ajberry

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

PeakLizard

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

bighornmonkey

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

Hostilejim

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

chicagotransplant

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

pavellush

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

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