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mlathamNort Cottonwood Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007


My wife, Marella, and I encountered *very* little snow on the way up Horn Fork Basin. Camped near the fork heading up to Columbia, beautiful warm June night. Hike up and down was a bit tedious and snow free. All in all a good day in the high country.
Posted Jun 18, 2007 12:58 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: West Slopes via North Cottonwood TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2007


I was the only sole on the peak the entire day that I could tell? It was a challenging day as much snow remained in Horn Fork Basin, the trail kind of dissappeared and I found myself bushwacking to the summit. Lost the snow overed trail on the descent and spent an hour & a half offtrail ("LOST") in H.ForkBasin. A GREAT ballbust..
Posted Jun 3, 2007 12:35 pm

Peak_BaggerBoth of em  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2002


Gotta love CO and days when you can climb two peaks.
Posted May 15, 2007 7:29 pm

chicagotransplantThree Elk Circle Tour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2007


My Sawatch finisher! hiked up the East Ridge via Three Elk Creek and traversed around and down the Southeast Ridge. Nice circle tour, but a strenuous "early" season hike, over 4800' of vertical takes its toll when you haven't been climbing with regularity!
Posted May 13, 2007 7:33 pm

Anya JingleHiked over from Mt. Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2003

Anya Jingle

We survived a major thunderstorm on route from Harvard to Columbia. Made the summit of Columbia as well after all. What a day! I didn't enjoy the descent off Columbia. The route was just so loose. The rest of the hike was great. Our photos are here: Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia as a day hike
Posted Jan 19, 2007 4:15 am

boisedocoff route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2000


lots of sidehilling as I got off route. Did Harvard seperately
Posted Dec 17, 2006 5:00 pm

royswkrDay hike in iffy weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 1987
Hailstorm began just after leaving summit so took shelter. Eventually decided not to wait for it to quit which was just as well as it was still hailing back at parking lot.
Posted Sep 14, 2006 5:03 pm

bjd5578Harvard and Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


Climbed Harvard and Columbia together in one day (then camped below treeline). Harvard was fun - Columbia, not so much. 3 hours to summit Harvard, 5 hours to get from Harvard to Columbia. My advice: do this one separately!
Posted Sep 14, 2006 3:07 am

Ryan KowalskiEast Ridge from Three Elk TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

Ryan Kowalski

A gorgeous day where we climbed the ridge and were suspended above the clouds. Didn't see a soul all day on a 14er on Labor Day Weekend?!?!?! Unheard of.
Posted Sep 9, 2006 8:29 pm

belexesNorth Cottonwood TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006


Hoo Boy. Lots of character-building on this one. The weather was lousy pretty much all day long, and I was not prepared for it. We had a few episodes of steady rain on the way up, but then a storm rolled in as we were coming down. The wind really picked up, and we had some pelletized snow. That was not pleasant at all. There were a few crashes of very loud thunder as well. The sky did clear up as we arrived back at treeline.
Posted Sep 1, 2006 12:15 am

cftbqBypassed the Rabbits  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1976


14er #5; same day as Harvard. Tried the connecting ridge, but had to bail into Frenchman Creek drainage. Summitted from the NE about 6 pm. My first twofer.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 9:46 pm

Brad SniderFrom Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006

Brad Snider

Loose tedious traverse b/c I stuck w/ middle of the slopes which was not much fun. Descent from Columbia on steep rotten trail not much fun either.
Posted Aug 9, 2006 3:06 am

seth@LOKInice camping and smooth ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 1999


Posted Jul 26, 2006 8:12 pm

lindasyhNorth Cottonwood TH, Ascend Harvard S Slopes to Columbia N Slopes, Descend Columbia W Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2003


Did the double but it was tough. Absolutely ran out of steam.
Posted Jul 24, 2006 10:24 pm

slowpokeHarvard to Columbia - Ridge Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006


Camped in Horn Fork. Bad mosquitos. Summited Harvard the following morning in under 3 hours. Followed the entire ridge over to Columbia. Rapped once down 30 feet or so of some real exposed technical stuff. Went unroped over 3rd, 4th and some low 5th the rest of the way. Didn't get to climb the rabbit :(

Ascending the west slopes of Columbia will go down as probably my most unpleasant experience in the mountains to date.
Posted Jul 24, 2006 4:57 pm

kylerlottVery hot and clear day. Great views all around, tricky and interesting connecting ridge. Mosquitoes weren't afraid to tag along for the ride below tree line to and from camp at North Cottonwood TH.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006


Very hot and clear day. Great views all around, tricky and interesting connecting ridge. Mosquitoes weren't afraid to tag along for the ride below tree line to and from camp at North Cottonwood TH.
Posted Jul 17, 2006 9:28 pm

ElliottDavisHarvard to Columbia via "Rabbits" Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006


Tip for heading South on the connecting ridge: the trail hugs the ridge and heads for the sketchy towers called the Rabbits. If you don't want to do them, leave the ridge early. There is a long slash of a ridge heading down into Frenchman Creek basin, and it will block your way, offering you unpleasant rocky footing and steep, loose scree. You can't see this ridge from the Harvard side till you're on it. If you want to avoid it, head down the grassy slopes, which will feel early.
Posted Jun 26, 2006 3:08 am

Michael HoytNorth Cottonwood TH, Ascend Harvard S Slopes to Columbia N Slopes, Descend Columbia W Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2003

Michael Hoyt

This double is a long hard hike, especially doing Harvard first. The descent from Columbia is a down climb on braided trails of skree. If I ever do this again it will be an ascent of Columbia and a descent on the "stairs" from Harvard. Someone has done some "serious" work on the Harvard trail. It's great!
Posted Jun 19, 2006 12:13 am

crzyjtNorth Cottonwood Creek TH with traverse from Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2006


A lot of snow still on the upper slopes below the ridge. Downclimbing this mountain sucks. Lots of loose scree. Found a snow chute to glissade though, which was nice. Would recommend this when its still somewhat snow covered to avoid the scree. 14er #20.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 4:10 pm

ClearSkiesAheadFrom North Cottonwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2003


One of my first 14'er climbs, Loved every minute of it.
Posted Apr 27, 2006 9:47 pm

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