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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

RyanSRoute Climbed: Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: May 16, 2002  Sucess!


I was sick for my 'weekend', but I didn't want to miss out on a climb, since Erin and I had been successful on Shavano the week before. This time, we chose Harvard, which would be a new altitude PR for me. We started very early in the morning, and we didn't see first light until we were well into Horn Fork Basin. This led to a mistake because we never saw Harvard during the approach. Instead we mistakenly identified UN 13,580 C (a lovely soft-ranked peak that lords over Bear Lake) as Mount Harvard. We climbed much of this 13er, reaching a saddle between it and UR 13,598. Once at this saddle we could peer around the west side of the ridge, and could now see Harvard still more than 1000' above us. We took a sketchy third-class traverse on the east face of UR 13,598 to finally reach Harvard's south ridge. We grunted up the mountain, and we were surprised by the large blocks that compose Harvard's summit. We were wiped, and the traverse to Columbia wasn't even an option. During our descent, we enjoyed the well-built CFI trail back down to Horn Fork Basin.
Posted Apr 9, 2004 1:00 pm

attila_dobaiRoute Climbed: Frenchman's Creek Date Climbed: 28Jun2003  Sucess!


I was a smoker then who didn't really prepare for this - my first 14er, thus I found it to be an extremely difficult yet rewarding hike. It is now almost a year later and I can say without a doubt that finishing that hike changed my life. I have since quit smoking and gained a new found respect for myself. I found it was easier to quit smoking than it was to finish that hike. Any time I find something in life that I think I cannot get past I think back to when I was sitting at 14,420 feet. I now know that I can conquer anything.

I recommend that every living soul complete a 14er, though in retrospect I probably wouldn't recommend Mt Harvard as a first.

I would especially like to thank Jim and Aaron for pushing me up that mountain.

I would especially like to thank Jim and Aaron for pushing me up that mountain.

Posted Apr 4, 2004 4:07 am

esugiRoute Climbed: South Side Standard Route Date Climbed: October 27, 2003  Sucess!


Started from Cottonwood trailhead at around 3am. It took 5 hours for our team to summit. Late in the year so it was pretty cold and windy. Otherwise, a good hike (not really a climb). Some rock scramble (easy) at the top.

Posted Jan 19, 2004 11:34 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: South slopes Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!


Climbed together with Columbia - the pair make for a long day. Opted to descend into drainage rather than travers the connecting ridge between Harvard and Columbia - not a particularily good idea.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 7:19 pm

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