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awillsonColumbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007


Very steep and loose!
Posted Mar 29, 2009 12:13 am

MattKWith Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008


Wife, dog and I. Traversed from Harvard and threw in UN 13,374.
Posted Oct 13, 2008 6:19 pm

canicholRoute Climbed: SE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 1994


Neared the top as a storm moved in, and three guys bounded off down the west slopes. Felt the hair on my head stand up and the rocks around me started buzzing, so I hit the ground. Seconds later a huge boom overhead, and I knew I had time to run to the top and without waiting I was headed down after those three guys. Never stopped to look back, and happy to be back alive. There's excitement well worth the price in pushing to the limits.
Posted Sep 29, 2008 12:06 am

RenardoCombo with Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


Hope to never have to go through that descent again!
Posted Aug 31, 2008 11:16 pm

GahugafugaFrenchman Creek Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


Climbed from the NE then bagged UN 13374 on the way back. Aside from the horrific mosquitoes in the forests near the creek, this was quite a pleasant way to climb Columbia. My Sawatch 14er finisher!
Posted Jun 30, 2008 5:52 pm

peakrat76Harvard - Columbia Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 1984


Good climb - nasty descent.
Posted Apr 27, 2008 11:41 am

MountainHikerCOSE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


This was my third time climbing Columbia. We did it via the SE ridge. The weather didn't look good enough to go for Harvard. We descended Three Elk Creek. We saw half of a baby deer. We figure a mountain lion was near by.
Posted Feb 6, 2008 9:12 pm

MountainHikerCOWith Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1989


This was my first time climbing Columbia. I climbed Harvard first, and then did the traverse.
Posted Feb 6, 2008 9:09 pm

spannring29Beautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007


Great day with nice views of the Sawatch.
Posted Oct 21, 2007 11:40 am

HylianHero#22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2005


Our second attempt on Columbia, we had gotten snowed off the first time. We climbed from Frenchman's Creek, a great alternative to the main route. We didn't see anyone until near the summit. It was definitely a rocky climb.
Posted Sep 17, 2007 9:27 pm

Eric HolleFinnaly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Eric Holle

3rd time's the charm. After being turned away by and EARLY morning storm, and then a sick partner, I finnaly got her done. I saw 18 Mountain Goats on the summit!
Posted Sep 11, 2007 1:08 pm

dr_gonzyup  Sucess!


made it
Posted Sep 5, 2007 1:51 pm

davebobk47Ouch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


A really rough trail from Harvard as well as the descent. Not to mention the clouds started rolling in at 1000. The high point was 17 mountain goats with their bright white coats.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 9:34 pm

shanrickvTraverse from Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007


A trip report on 14ers.com recently referred to Columbia as an "evil mountain" that "sucks beyond belief." How very true! While Harvard is tall and beautiful, Columbia is basically a mound of talus and scree. Still, it is checked off and I don't have to go back! Climbing this hill makes me really look forward to going to the Crestones next week.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 10:19 am

Mots010Harvard to Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


We stayed high on the traverse, keeping the climb at sustained exposed 4th class with a 2-3 5th class moves sprinked in. Rock was a bit loose, but a very enjoyable climb. Back at the car at 12:35. Descent off Columbia was not bad at all, especially after the traverse.
Posted Jul 15, 2007 9:17 pm

heather14Harvard & Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


A very long day! Got caught on the traverse by some storms which didn't help, but we got both peaks!
Posted Jul 8, 2007 3:34 am

csmcgranahanSuccessful Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


The climb up Harvard was quite scenic and very enjoyable on a great trail. The descent below the saddle (12,700') with Columbia was pretty good but the low point and the first part of the ascent up to Columbia was pretty rough with lots of boulders, medium snow fields, lots of zig zagging, etc. If I had to do this again I would go even lower to avoid this mess. A minor system with thunder just to the east resulted in us spending just a minute or so on the summit of Columbia. We even had a little snow for about 30 minutes. The descent down Columbia was pretty rough but I didn't think it was as bad as advertised as long as you find the loose trail and don't go down the scree. Overall a long but scenic day!
Posted Jul 1, 2007 11:05 am

cftbqDid the twofer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2007


Did the "traverse" from Harvard, leaving the ridge well before the Rabbits. A very long day, didn't reach Columbia's summit until after 4 pm. Cold and windy by then. Still, a great combo. 14er #26 for trishapajean.
Posted Jun 27, 2007 12:42 pm

Scott RogersFrenchman Creek  Sucess!

Scott Rogers

Did this one several years ago. Tried for Harvard on this trip but was denied via lightning.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 8:30 pm

pittbrownieColumbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2007


*cough, cough* Great way to spend a sick day. Thought about heading over to Harvard but the weather was kinda sketchy.
Posted Jun 22, 2007 9:24 pm

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