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Mike McRoute Climbed: Harvard and Columbia Combination Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!

Mike Mc

Is there a trail between Harvard and Columbia? If there is, I sure had trouble finding it.
Posted Aug 29, 2005 12:35 am

shanahan96summer and a windy winter  Sucess!


12/22/12- winter 2012 kickoff, a rough snowshoe to treeline, then a nice cruise to 13,000'. up high the wind was pounding me all the way to the summit. 12.5 hrs RT.

7/1/03- 1st 14er! car broke down in Buena Vista the night before so we decided to climb "that mountain there". started from town at 4am, couldn't find a trailhead on foot so we decided to climb straight up the mountain. an interesting way to start nonetheless.

Posted Aug 14, 2005 4:08 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: South slopes Date Climbed: Oct. 5th 2004  Sucess!

alpine master

Climbed in combo with Harvard.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 5:33 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: Oct. 9th 2003  Sucess!

alpine master

Cool back country hike.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 5:20 pm

jnoffsingerRoute Climbed: North Cottonwood Trailhead Date Climbed: June 21, 2005  Sucess!


Couldn't find trail up to South ridge. Blazed trail through scrub brush from Horn Fork Basin. Steep ascent, but found grassy slopes to be forgiving. Used hiking sticks for the first time. They were great. Reached the summit of 14er number 9 on my list for a brief moment before the storms arrived.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 11:11 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Traverse via Harvard Date Climbed: July, 21 2004  Sucess!


26th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:09 pm

mdavenport2Route Climbed: Frenchman Creek Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!


Perfect day, great solitude on the Frenchman Creek route. Shared the summit with 5 others. This is a very nice route with little scree.
Posted Jul 11, 2005 6:55 pm

Foxy Long BottomsRoute Climbed: Horn Fork w/descent on West Face Snow Fields Date Climbed: 6/26/05  Sucess!

Foxy Long Bottoms

Nice hike. Lots of wind. No one else on the summit. ahhhhhh!
Posted Jun 27, 2005 11:07 am

eggheadsherpaRoute Climbed: Three Elk Creek TH Date Climbed: 08/09/03  Sucess!


Long hike from Three Elk Creek TH, lost the trail shortly after leaving the car. Pretty desolated trail...didn't see anyone except at the summit.
Posted Jun 9, 2005 1:46 am

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: Harvard and Columbia Traverse Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

I was able to summit both of these peaks in a day. The hike toward bear lake was gorgeous and I did see a bearprint on the trail. A nice hike to the summit of Harvard. The traverse to Columbia is much farther than it looks. However, it is a lot of fun! The scrambling up to Columbia's Summit was boulder-riffic!
Posted Mar 28, 2005 8:50 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: from North Cottonwood Creek trailhead via West Flank. Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!


A slog up a scree gulley, a quick nap alone on top, then a fun run along the rotten Rabbits to Harvard.
Posted Feb 21, 2005 9:22 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: September 14, 1985  Sucess!


It is a beautiful trail hike into Horn Fork Basin; well worth it for the fun, even without the climb. After reaching timberline in the basin we angled up to the northeast, encountering much scree on this route. Two steps forward, one step back. It felt like 6,000 ft elevation gain, probably because it was. Once the south ridge is attained, it's a simple hike to the true summit. This was another memorable climb from the standpoint of seeing no one else all day. Try that on a nice weekend now! I guess there will still be solitude on 13ers though...alas.
Posted Feb 4, 2005 11:54 am

NatashaRoute Climbed: Harvard-Columbia via Hornfork Basin Date Climbed: July 4, 2004  Sucess!


Had a great day, first time spending this much time on a class 3 section...it was tough, but we really enjoyed it. The scree coming down from Columbia leaves MUCH to be desired and seemed endless. Some unsolicited advice, bring ankle gaitors. Surprisingly, we didn't run into that many people doing Harvard, especially for a holiday weekend. We didn't see anyone on Columbia...very peaceful.
Posted Oct 14, 2004 11:18 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: June 23, 2001  Sucess!


A short climb, relatively speaking, although it was steep until we reached the ridge. Trekking poles came in handy for this one.

Posted Oct 12, 2004 8:52 am

jrfRoute Climbed: East Slopes / Three Elk Creek Date Climbed: September 11, 2004  Sucess!


After what I've heard about the standard route I decided to give this route a shot. This route is long and feels even longer once you get down. The bonus is that this hike is gorgeous and you likely won't see anyone else until the summit.

The false summits on the ridge get kind of depressing but if you tough it out you'll get there. You can't even see the actual summit until about 10 feet from it.

The skeleton forest to get up to the ridge crest is awesome.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 8:16 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2004  Sucess!


Great day, blue skies and a wonderful and easy climb with good friends. took us 9 hours car to car and we took our time, and also enjoyed the summit for about 30mins.
Posted Sep 4, 2004 11:58 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: West slope Date Climbed: August 14, 2004  Sucess!


After searching around for trails that looked like they may head to the summit I found what was most likely an animal trail. It went straight up the large scree gully on the west slope. I stuck to the larger rocks as much as possible and made the summit in good time.
Posted Aug 21, 2004 12:28 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: Harvrd-Columbia combination from Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: Aug 1983, July 1998  Sucess!

Larry V

Climbed with Dad the first time, Aaron and Luke the second time. Got wet both times. Descended in the dark and the rain the first time, after wasting precious time off route. Encoutered the buzzing of electricity in the air near the summit, following hail on Harvard.
Posted Aug 14, 2004 6:52 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Frenchman Creek Date Climbed: Summer, 199?  Sucess!


Columbia is one of the easier of the Sawatch, and in many respects one of the most rewarding. I climbed it by myself, on a beautiful day, and was quite taken with the terrain gradually unfolding during the trek upward. For some reason, maybe the gentle tundra leading up to the summit, maybe the lack of any kind of "extreme" steepness on the route, or possibly just the nice weather, the word that kept running through my mind then, and--years later--now, is "gentle." I think Columbia a quite personable, gentle mountain. (Beautiful view of Harvard, too, and--if one so chooses--the traverse between.) On this almost perfect day Columbia combined all the elements to offer one of the best of reasons we go into the mountains. I like it's personality!

Then, a unique thing happened on the way down: there was a pack of coyotes in the brush on the other side of the canyon, and when they all started yapping and howling at once, the noise by itself would have been impressive, but that, coupled with the echoing across the canyon, gave an impression of a substantial number of the critters on the loose. Never saw hide nor hair of even a single coyote, but their caterwauling and carrying on gave me goose bumps, it did--just the mountains and the sound of animals gleefully doing their thing. A very nice day!

Posted Jul 31, 2004 4:36 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: se slopes Date Climbed: june 99  Sucess!


i didn't think this was nearly as bad a route as its reputation. had to run for it, though, as clouds were rolling. camped in horn fork basin.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:21 pm

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