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Ed FRoute Climbed: North Cottonwood Trailhead - via Harvard Date Climbed: June 13, 2002  Sucess!

Ed F

The traverse to Columbia from Harvard was terribly difficult. I never did find the route described by Roach in his book. I dropped to nearly 11,500 ft. and climbed Columbia via a scree filled draw. A terrible route. Additionally, the descent from Columbia back to the NC trailhead was a 2,500 ft. scree slope. Made it back to my car much later than I intended to. I would have been in deep trouble had a storm rolled in.

If you do this route, do some careful research. Roach calls it "arduous," and it certainly is. If I could go back I would do the peaks separately, and probably do Columbia via it's East slope. Remember that once you make the decision to do Columbia, you can't back out. It's between you and your car!
Posted Sep 14, 2002 8:47 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Harvard Combination Date Climbed: July 13, 2002  Sucess!


Climbed Columbia from Harvard and got a little of route but made the summit none the less. It was a beautiful day and luckily not a typical thunderstorm afternoon. We were on the summit around 4pm and didn't get rained on at all luckily. Descended the west slopes and was able to find some nice scree in sections to ski down which made for a fairly quick descent. However the descent was difficult in areas and I wouldn't want to climb up it.
Posted Jul 15, 2002 3:38 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Frenchmen Creek Date Climbed: July 10, 1995  Sucess!


I climbed Columbia by accident. I was trying to climb Harvard. When I left the Colorado Trail, the book said to go due west along the trail. I took out my compass and went due west. "I didn't see no stinking trail". I figured I'd go up hill instead of down and ended up high on Columbia's east ridge. I couldn't negotiate the steep snow so I went down some and traversed until I could find a way to the ridge. I followed the ridge to the summit and there I saw the first human of the day. Signed the register and proceeded to go down the north face. It was a rather easy off trail descent. When I found the trail I followed it to the Colorado Trail and back to the Wilderness boundary where the trailhead is located. I was only 10 feet off the trail. Had I gone down hill instead of up hill I would have found the trail immediately, and climbed Harvard.
Posted Jun 25, 2002 10:16 pm

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: N. Cottonwood - West Slopes Date Climbed: 8/9/01  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Rather steep if you are climbing Columbia by itself, stick to the trail on the descent.
Posted Aug 16, 2001 12:46 pm

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