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f360driverRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: 7/4/04  Sucess!

f360driver

Was up for 30 hours by the time I climbed Columbia after climbing Harvard. Extreme fatigue, but a worthwhile day.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:37 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: August 19, 2002  Sucess!

RyanS

This is my least favorite route on a 14er. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 12:09 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: off route from Harvard Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

hhsilleck

Climbed Harvard and decided the connecting ridge looked unpleasant to traverse solo, so I decided to descend into the Three Elk Creek drainage. This made for a long day (7000+ vertical feet) - bring lots of water.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:17 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

Grant

Alan Ellis, had an idea of having the first annual SP campout at the Twin Lakes CG. I decided to go and nine of the Sp members went to it including me. It was a lot of fun and I met some excellent people. The group was going to hike Elbert and Massive during the event, but I have already done both of them and passed on Elbert for Columbia and La Plata for Massive. I attempted this peak last year and didn’t make it due to my dog, Amanda. So I knew the route and the steepness involved on getting to the top. After hiking up the very steep 1,800 foot slope I reached the ridge at 13,600 feet. From here it was a fun ridge walk to the summit. Columbia has surprisingly good views from its summit, some of the best of the Sawatch Range, although I never want to do it again from this route.
Posted Dec 18, 2003 12:58 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: November 2001  Sucess!

JonBradford

I have trouble saying I made this summits as I neared the final 20 feet a lightining bolt cracked to the west. I ran downhill with my dog Sopris. I don't know if I can take credit fo summiting. I was aweful close. Whatever the case I will probably go back to linger where I had previously ran away.

Jon
Posted Dec 13, 2003 8:04 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: South facing slopes (standard?) Date Climbed: September, 1995  Sucess!

Nelson

A perfect fall day. I don't remeber the loose talus that other log entries discuss. Seems to me like it was mostly a nice tundra walk, with many rocks to step on, leave no trace. But don't rely on my memory! We did not do Harvard that day.
Posted Oct 20, 2003 8:29 am

miztflipRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: September 17, 2003  Sucess!

miztflip

Ugh!! Climbed this in conjunction with Harvard the "Hard Way". Left N. Cottonwood TH at 3:30am. Due to the weather I did not do the traverse after Harvard, instead I returned to 11600ft in Horn Fork and climbed Columbia's West Slopes. This added over 3 miles and 1100ft to the normal link-up. I thought is would be fun to continue straight up which was a big mistake. I found myself and rotten 3rd and 4th class rock near the ridge. Winds were gusting to 60mph making the ridge traverse to the summit tough. Made it back to the car at 11:15am.
Posted Sep 18, 2003 9:16 pm

dpRoute Climbed: W slopes via N Cottonwood trailhead Date Climbed: July 21, 2002  Sucess!

dp

A long scree-laden trek from just above treeline to the summit ridge. Not nearly as much fun as Harvard (perhaps that goes for the universities as well!) It is easy to lose the route and end up on lots of loose scree and talus on the way up; we found the trail easier to follow on the descent. Although the ascent route that we took worked out just fine we found that the trail to the south of our ascent route appeared easier.
Posted Aug 31, 2003 1:08 am

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Rabbit Ridge from Harvard Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!

Speedy

Yikes. Everything Bryan said below is true. It was a lot longer than we thought! I'm always proud of us, though, and how we stick it out. I guess we didn't have a LOT of a choice, though. We could either make it to Columbia and head back down or go BACK to Harvard, which would be as hard, if not harder. So we kept on truckin! I thought the ride down from Columbia was pretty crummy, but I didn't think it was ridiculous. I kind of like sliding down scree. I know I would NOT want to go UP that route! There was a guy with his dog going down with us. The poor dog was NOT happy and his owner had to carry him down half the scree. I felt bad for both of them! I guess I learned that if I bring a dog up a mountain, I should avoid scree-filled slopes! We were hoping to hike out that night but it was getting really late, and it was fun to camp there again anyhow! Can't wait til our next trip to CO so I can add on to my 9 fourteeners!
Posted Jul 23, 2003 12:44 am

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

big_g

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!

mtnhiker13

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

mmoerkRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: June 22, 2003  Sucess!

mmoerk

Hiked up into Horn Fork Basin on Friday night. Camped at treeline and climbed Harvard on Saturday and Columbia on Sunday. The scramble up the west slope to the ridge was long & tedious, just like Roach says. Once on the ridge, it's a nice hike, and the summit was quite pleasant. We even got joined on the summit by a marmot. The view back down and across to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc is awesome.
Posted Jun 25, 2003 12:03 am

KaneRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!

Kane

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!

Diggler

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

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: From Harvard Date Climbed: July 29, 2002  Sucess!

Colonelpyat

As alluded to below, the traverse from Harvard is nasty! Descend earlier and further than you think you need to or stick to the ridge top. The talus that lies between is a nightmare and a genuine hazard. The scree descent off of the West Face is no fun either. When I go back I'll try this one from Three Elk Creek
Posted Feb 28, 2003 3:13 am

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!!!!!!!



http://mattmahoney.net/nolans14/index.html
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!

xskier77

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!

wayneaflick

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

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