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djilkRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!
A crystal clear day, we could make out Pike's Peak to the east, Snowmass and the Maroon Bells to the west, Uncompahgre to the southwest, and Grays & Torreys to the northeast. What an amazing summit! From south slopes, the final summit pitch is scrambling (class 2+ or 3), don't let Gerry Roach fool you...
Posted Jul 12, 2005 9:16 pm

Brian KaletRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: October 10, 2004  Sucess!

Brian Kalet

Beautiful weather!
Posted Apr 6, 2005 5:48 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: June 19 2003  Sucess!

alpine master

This was a great trail. Encountered some electricity on the summit. Scared the crap out of me. Got down very quickly. Thunder rocked the valley the entire way down.
Posted Apr 3, 2005 11:10 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: South Slopes traverse to Columbia Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

I was able to summit both of these peaks in a day. The hike toward bear lake was gorgeous and I did see a bearprint on the trail. The traverse to Columbia is much farther than it looks. However, it is a lot of fun! The scrambling up to Columbia's Summit was boulder-riffic!
Posted Mar 28, 2005 8:48 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: Rabbit Ridge from Mount Columbia Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!

Ratballs

This was fun--running the rotten Rabbits from Columbia. I stayed on the ridge crest for as long as possible, until I was stymied by the ears (I think). Not prepared to solo even low-5th class, I detoured under the ears down some slabs into the basin to the west. Atop Harvard, I met a friendly gentleman on top who was cresting middle-age into senior-dom, and who was wearing sneakers, cotton shorts, cotton T-shirt, and floppy canvas bookbag. Turns out he had decided at 4am in Boulder to run up Harvard, and was using the climb as part of his training for Kangchenjunga. Appearances, schmearances--I'm just glad I kept my initial impressions to myself.
Posted Feb 21, 2005 9:17 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: September 5, 1981  Sucess!

ColoradoScott

On a quick break from college, a friend and I drove from eastern Kansas and ended up backpacking into a camp east of Bear Lake. We summited the next morning, broke camp and headed back out. Another 500+ mile drive and we were back at school.
Posted Feb 1, 2005 11:37 am

RichratRoute Climbed: North Cottonwood Trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

Richrat

I got caught in a thunderstorm on the way down. The storm stopped any attempt of Mt. Columbia.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 6:33 pm

CBakwinDate Climbed: 1975  Sucess!

CBakwin

I climbed Mount Harvard with a couple of friends in High School, we climbed several other 14'ers that year but it remains a blur to me. My friend had to remind me and even produced pictures before I became convinced that I had climbed it.
Posted Jan 2, 2005 8:03 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: Harvar-Columbia combo Hornfork Basin Date Climbed: July 4, 2004  Sucess!

Natasha

Had a great day. The hike to Harvard was the easy part, the ridge to Columbia provided a bit more of a challenge in route finding and class 3 moves, but it was well worth it. Surprisingly, we didn't run into that many people doing Harvard, especially for a holiday weekend. We didn't see anyone on Columbia...very peaceful.
Posted Oct 14, 2004 11:38 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: close to the normal route as we could figure Date Climbed: winter/spring '97  Sucess!

Andinistaloco

Great snow climb! If you've got a couple of days, that is. Nice campsites along Columbia; glissade down Harvard was one of the best I've experienced.
Posted Sep 25, 2004 5:24 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

We started at the North Cottonwood Creek TH in light snow at 5:15AM and summited in near white out conditions with really strong winds. It was pretty frustrating to watch the late groups enjoy the weather that the early crowd usually earns. Bill, Sharisa, Kara and I summited with our Samoyeds Denali and Yukon.
Posted Sep 5, 2004 10:40 pm

KChikerRoute Climbed: Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: July 26th 2003  Sucess!

KChiker

Hiked Harvard the morning after hiking Yale. A full day (especially on sore knees). Didn't make the traverse to Columbia due to our lack of energy and the weather that came in. Very pretty hike.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 4:31 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: August 14, 2004  Sucess!

bdewoody

Summited Mount Columbia and then descended to 12,800 ft before heading back up Harvard's east ridge. While I lost a lot of elevation doing this, it was much quicker than taking the ridge between Columbia and Harvard.
Posted Aug 21, 2004 12:30 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: Horn Fork Basin, Harvard-Columbia combination Date Climbed: Aug 1983, July 1998  Sucess!

Larry V

This is a beautiful climb, even on a cloudy day. Climbed with Dad in 1983, one of only three mountains I climbed in the 80's (living in Texas then).
Posted Aug 14, 2004 6:43 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Horn Fork Date Climbed: August, 199?; July, 1997  Sucess!

Saintgrizzly

I've done this mountain twice, the first time with Aaron Johnson, the second time with Elizabeth. On the ascent with Aaron, not far from the summit we were hit by a bad hail/snow-storm, and spent 30 or 45 minutes huddled under a rock the size of a small house, eating lunch and being thankful we always drag enough clothing along with us to keep warm! We then continued to the summit through a few inches of icy slush, but under a rapidly clearing sky.

Elizabeth and I took the same route, and had an "interesting" experience when she banged her head on a large rock outcropping hard enough to make it bleed, and it wouldn't stop. Amazingly enough, a hiker immediately behind us was a doctor, took a look at the problem, and we completed the last short bit to the summit without further incident--but believe me, it was a substantial relief to hear those words, "I'm a doctor..."!

Harvard's still one of my favorite Colorado Peaks!

Posted Aug 4, 2004 3:48 pm

awillsonRoute Climbed: Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: June 17, 2004  Sucess!

awillson

Snow still covered significant parts of the trail. The view from the top was amazing. I was in awe at the splendor of God's creation!
Posted Jun 29, 2004 9:37 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: from horn fork Date Climbed: june 99  Sucess!

DaveC

CFI was out building monster cairns, but also doing nice rock work on the trail. one steep bit at the very top, but otherwise easy for the 3rd highest with a rep. tiny summit.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:48 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: traverse from Columbia Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

sbkelley

All was going well and good until that thunderstorm decided to greet us on top and the entire mountain started buzzing...but other than that, the Horn Fork basin below the mountain would make for some really good camping.
Posted May 12, 2004 3:38 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

The Horn Fork Basin was beautiful. A regal peak. An unfortunately windy day but bright beautiful blue skies helped out.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:57 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July/03  Sucess!

f360driver

Long Day.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:43 pm

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