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Bryan WRoute Climbed: Rabbit Ridge Traverse from Harvard Date Climbed: 7/12/03  Sucess!

Bryan W

After making Harvard in just over 3 hours, I was feeling pretty good and wanted to go for Columbia. We started out by following 3 groups. As it turned out, it was like the blind following the blind. The trail was pretty good as it traversed the rabbit ridge. However, a little over half way there the trail ended. You could either start rock climbing the ridge or drop down the scree. We dropped down the steep scree and then had to do some serious boulder hopping. I mean some of these were the size of a car. From there we could head back up the boulders and snow fields, but we chose to head east and intercept the Frenchman Creek route. Not much of a trail there, but we did make the summit some 5 hours after leaving Harvard. Spent just a few minutes on the summit and started heading for the descent route into the Horn Fork basin. The west slopes on Columbia are terrible steep scree and there is no avoiding it. So, I followed the ridge to about 13,700' and then scree surfed all the way to about 12,000'. What a terrible route, I would do Columbia from any other route than this one. Finally, made it back to camp 12 hours later. No packing out tonight....decided to spend one more night at camp.
Posted Jul 16, 2003 1:06 pm

big_glow traverse from Harvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2003


I traversed over from Harvard. Well, traverse is the wrong word. I climbed down into the upper basin and climbed Columbia from there. I bit lower than I wanted to go at 12,500. Eventually, I made the summit. The hike back down into Horn Fork Basin was terrible loose dirt and scree. Not recommended. If you want to bag Harvard and Columbia I suggest doing them from Frenchman Creek.
Posted Jul 11, 2003 6:51 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Frenchman Creek Date Climbed: June 29, 2003  Sucess!


I loved Columbia - it climbed quickly and we saw no people on the route we hiked nor on the summit. We got there pretty early (around 10:30 am I think) so others climbing up the other side probably hadn't arrived yet. I would definitely climb this mountain again.

Posted Jul 9, 2003 11:38 am

KaneRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


I thought the traverse to Columbia from Harvard was nice. There is a pretty marshy area on the backside of Columbia along this route that I found memorable. I also enjoyed the scree skiing down Columbia's West Slopes Route.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:39 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: SE Ridge, Rabbit Ridge from Mt. Harvard Date Climbed: 12, 25 September, 1999  Sucess!


The first time I summited (via the SE Ridge), I didn't have enough time to do Harvard also. Greatly desiring to do both in a day, I made sure that this was accomplished the next time, as I 'rode the Rabbit (Ridge),' traversing across after first climbing Harvard. This day was great fun overall, with the exception of getting sick (perhaps from the altitude, but I'd already summited Harvard (!), so I'm not sure...), and it being really windy. Despite needing to take a break for awhile halfway through, still managed the traverse in 2:26. Took 3:43 to get back to the CO/Main Range & Harvard Lakes TH, via the SE Ridge.
Posted Apr 17, 2003 6:11 pm

steve simmonsRoute Climbed: eastern ridge Date Climbed: august 23, 2002  Sucess!

steve simmons

Summated mt. columbia around 6 p.m. during the '02 nolan's '14 endurance event. Very intense and memorable hale, ice and thunderstorm storm on the summit.

GOD bless! Praise JESUS!!!!!!!

Posted Dec 10, 2002 4:04 pm

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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