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pchernikColumbia/Harvard traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2015
On Sat Jan 17 we hiked up from Buena Vista to Horn Fork Basin via North Cottonwood (parked around 8500 as we didn't have chains and our 4WD had trouble going up the snow). Snowshoes are a must from North Cottonwood trailhead to the base. By our campsite there was nearly 3 ft of snow. Camped around 11500. Sunday, we went up Mount Columbia via West Slopes. Traverse from Columbia to Harvard was difficult, with much snow. The trail would be very hard to follow without GPS (cairns weren't easy to spot - we saw only a couple the entire way). We got to Mount Harvard by sunset and went down via South Slopes. We went up in microspikes, but I'd probably go with crampons if I had to do it over.
Posted Jan 20, 2015 11:18 pm

telemarkdudeFrom Horn Fork Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2014


Hiked up the south ridge from Horn Fork Basin. Nice and casual route.
Posted Jul 27, 2014 7:29 pm

yadahzoemtnIn Combination w/ Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2014


Started at Cottonwood with Greg and Colette. Summited Columbia first and across the ridge to Harvard. Strenuous day. This combo is not to be underestimated.
Posted Jul 4, 2014 11:12 am

iceaxe5summitted  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1998


Posted Jun 23, 2014 11:32 am

ericd...a lot of snow this winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2014


Underestimated this climb from Cottonwood Creek to the top of Mt Harvard due to all the soft snow. Left the beautiful basin without snowshoes and was back down 10hrs later. Although a leg burner, still well worth the Collegiate view on top of the haystack of rocks at 14,420, actually the weather was perfect considering no wind. Traverse was right there and tempting but simply out of time due to the efficiency loss of post-holing up to our thighs!
Posted Jun 2, 2014 1:43 pm

MissHLove it when the weather reports are WRONG!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2014


North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, South Slopes Route. Mother nature proved the weather models WRONG! Bluebird sky in the morning of summit day, no wind all day. Gray clouds building up were a bluff. However, the evening before gave us rain, thunder, and snow before we made camp at Horn Fork Basin near treeline. Still tons of snow, but patches started about 0.5 mile in and with warmer temps, we postholed much of the way (even well-above treeline). Rascally rabbits nibbled the handle of one of my trekking poles (before I brought it in the tent) and one of the tent stake loops (really?! Hope Big Agnes covers that under warranty). And they kept me up nearly all night with their partying. Not so cute anymore are they? - left car at 1:15 pm, found camp site by 5:15 pm. Left tent for summit 7:30 am, summited by 1:30 pm, back to camp by 5:00 pm, back to car by 8:15 pm. The snow slogs certainly complicated our adventure, but today's gorgeous weather made up for it.
Posted May 27, 2014 2:16 am

DanielLBig Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008


Climbed Harvard and Columbia (17 miles RT) in beautiful late summer conditions - big, big day!
Posted Oct 4, 2013 11:49 pm

cdevenney84Combo - bad trail and sore feet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2013


Harvard was a pleasure, the traverse was fun, but the "trail" coming down Columbia sucked. Worst trail I've seen on a 14er by far - I can't believe it's the standard route. There were people all over the side of the mountain looking for it, and once we did find it, it was thin and steep with bad erosion. Expect to fall on your ass half a dozen times. Honestly, do Harvard and skip Columbia unless you are determined to do all the 14ers.
Posted Sep 22, 2013 6:25 pm

rockymountaindivaWith my hubby  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2011


Perfect day, wanted to do traverse to Columbia but the other half wasn't up to it.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 3:20 pm

PeakbugFirst 14er- July 2003  Sucess!


Climbed Mt. Harvard with a group of friends for my first 14,000 ft peak
Posted Jul 7, 2013 4:41 pm

lapotkagreat hike  Sucess!


second of many 14ers.
Posted Apr 23, 2013 4:42 pm

relicLong time ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1981


Date is a guess, from the few years I lived in Colorado.
Posted Feb 23, 2013 1:16 pm

Fletch14ers.com Gathering  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011


I met a bunch of folks I shouldn't have. HA!
Posted Dec 28, 2012 1:28 pm

ajberryNormal route and on to Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


With Katie and Megan, both 11. Camped in Horn Fork Basin. Great conditions -- and always nice to climb a mtn named after your employer....
Posted Oct 27, 2012 5:01 pm

milanCollegiate first  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008
Had a tent near Harvard/Columbia trail fork and this one was a great Mountain, storm almost chased us from the summit.
Posted Oct 18, 2012 5:47 pm

Clark_GriswoldCan't get much better  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012


September has got to be the best time of year to hike in Colorado. Today was the nicest weather I have ever had on any mountain at this altitude. Pretty much, as Sarah says.
Posted Sep 16, 2012 9:31 pm

Sarah SimonNorth Cottonwood TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

Sarah Simon

Ack!!! I love September in Colorado!!!! What a beautiful day. Azure sky, yellow willow and aspen, orange tundra... Enjoyed Tuaca with lunch on the summit. Chilled out for dinner at Eddyline, drinking their heavenly Inner Glow Red Chili Porter. Hell yeah!!!
Posted Sep 16, 2012 6:48 pm

scvanm22nd  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012


Made it to Harvard, had to give up trying for Columbia too. I just can't camp at 11,500 when driving in from Omaha.
Posted Sep 4, 2012 7:21 pm

Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2012


did harvard first, then columbia as a twofer.
4th 14er this year.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 11:24 am

mountainloverCOHarvard Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012


Backpacked up to Hork Forn Basin and enjoyed a night of camping before heading up to Harvard around 5:45. Summited at 8:15 and enjoyed the summit for 1/2 hour, arrived back at the car by 1:15. Beautiful area, great trail, and the little scramble at the top was a lot of fun!
Posted Jul 15, 2012 9:48 pm

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