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colintRoute Climbed: Oh, Elk Creek? Date Climbed: July 2005  Sucess!


The mountain of rolling ridges surrounded by rolling ridges and valleys yet connected to Harvard by a serrated edge. Pseudo storms rolled in on Columbia and I decided to descend. Of course by treeline they'd cleared. The real climbers would've turned around and climbed back over to Harvard. Alas, I chose a creekside nap.
Posted Dec 31, 2005 12:18 am

charles97Route Climbed: Horn Fork Basin to Columbia then Harvard Date Climbed: Sept. 6, 2005  Sucess!


A grueling 12 hour day covering 16 miles and over 6,000 feet of elevation gain. It was all worth it though because I made it to the top of both peaks in the same day. The day started with rain and sleet, but eventually became just cloudy. Very lucky that I was able to spend all day out there without the threat of storms.

Met only 2 other hikers on Columbia, and I had Harvard all to myself. I descended into the basin northeast of Columbia and then climbed up Harvard's SE ridgeline. Left trailhead at 6:30 am (late), summited Columbia around 11:30 am, left for Harvard around noon, and summited Harvard around 3:30 pm and returned to the trailhead around 6:30 pm.

Saw a whole herd of mountain goats in Horn Fork Basin above Bear Lake. At least 30 of them.
Posted Sep 16, 2005 7:53 pm

jhansen007Route Climbed: Harvard/Columbia Ridge Date Climbed: Sept 4, 2005  Sucess!


Summited w/ sp'er ahansen54 and our father. Set up high camp at 11,600 in Horn Fork Basin. Summitted Harvard early in the morning -- foggy morning so not much for views. Then followed the long long ridge to Columbia. I recommend dropping all the way down to the marsh at 12,500 (Roach's book says 12,800) if loose rock isn't your thang. From there you'll be able to stroll up the grassy slopes until you hit the section of rock near the summit. The standard trail down columbia is full of scree. Surfs up dude!
Posted Sep 8, 2005 5:59 pm

Brian KaletRoute Climbed: East Ridge/Three Elk Creek Date Climbed: September 5, 2005  Sucess!

Brian Kalet

5.6 hours roundtrip.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 12:53 pm

ahansen54Route Climbed: Harvard-Columbia Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!


Ended up dropping down into the basin rather than trying to find a route below the ridgeline. The trail down from Columbia was pretty hellish. Summitted with SP'er jhansen007.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 7:31 pm

ktiffany22Route Climbed: Harvard and Columbia combination Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!


After summiting Harvard, we headed DOWN 2,000 feet into the basin on the flipside of Horn Creek basin (to 12,500) then started the boulder/scree hop to the top of Columbia- lots of work, but worth it and fun:-) The climb off of Columbia was interesting- 2,500 vertical feet of scree where every step you took you "took the mountain down with you" ...seriously. A good fun day in all!
Posted Sep 4, 2005 11:54 pm

myroneRoute Climbed: From Horn Fork Basin via Mt Harvard summit Date Climbed: Saturday August 27, 2005  Sucess!


I climbed back down from Mt Harvard summit back to tree line, found the trail and then proceeded to climb to the Mt Columbia summit while storms raged all-around yet Mt Columbia stayed clear. I reached the summit at 12:41PM stayed about 15 mins and then back down to the TH by 3:22 completing my 11 hour "marathon",. My 19th & 20th 14'ers and and awesome day. Sweet!!
Posted Aug 29, 2005 10:00 pm

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

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

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