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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

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. Solo
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

LivingColoradoFirst of the Collegiates!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012
My first 14er in the Collegiate Peaks! We camped up in Horn Fork Basin the nights before and after this trek, which made for a very enjoyable trip, as it's absolutely beautiful up there. I'd highly recommend to anyone.
Posted Jun 20, 2012 3:16 am

Matt LemkeSolo via standard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2012

Matt Lemke

Great morning for a 14er. Nice and warm and not too much wind. The snow around treeline was a pain as well as the hundreds of downed trees but it wasn't too bad. 3.5 hours up and 3 hours down.
Posted May 18, 2012 4:51 pm

DerekFreedvia Frenchman Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009


A very enjoyable route!! Love the upper basin area, plan to return this way to collect Columbia someday...
Posted Mar 30, 2012 3:47 pm

xpdaHarvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 1995


Mike and I played sousa on the sousaphones on top. Tony and Fullerton flew a kite.
Posted Oct 29, 2011 12:20 pm

chicagotransplantFrenchman Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011


Second ascent, this time solo from Frenchman Creek with PT 13374 and Columbia. First time I was up Harvard (2006) was in a snowstorm with zero visibility, it was nice to finally enjoy the summit view after all these years!
Posted Oct 23, 2011 6:17 pm

Ted EliasonHarvard Columbia Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

Ted Eliason

Starting to get antsy to just finish the 14ers. Harvard was OK. I can't believe I talused over the top of Columbia again. The connecting 4th class ridge is unremarkable.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 7:27 pm

Spindlefrom North Cottonwood TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2011


Long, satisfying, beautiful climb. Didn't go over to Columbia because of snow. Next time.
Posted Sep 24, 2011 4:27 pm

ScottHarvard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011


March 18

I decided to make a winter ascent of Mount Harvard and Columbia with the 14ers.com group. It was the end of the winter season and I really needed to get another 14er in. I got a later start than I wanted and most people were already gone when I reached the trailhead, but two others were there trying to drive the road in the snow. We both tried to drive farther, but I got pretty stuck.

After digging out and packing up I headed up the mountain. Because of the late start I was moving very quickly (for me at least) and arrived at camp at about 11,400 feet in 2.5 hours. I had a nice chat with everyone before heading to bed.

March 19

It was a very long night and I didn’t get much sleep at all. I thought about (especially) my wife and kids a lot throughout the night and it was hard to sleep. The moon was bright and beautiful during the night.

My heart just wasn’t into the climb in the morning and I had a lot on my mind. We had a large group, but I kept mostly to myself and I was dragging pretty slow. The views of the surrounding crags were beautiful and the weather was pretty good, but it was a bit breezy (and a bit cool in the wind).

It was a long, but not difficult climb and I reached the top alone. Everyone else had either headed back down or left late and was still coming up. I took some photos and ate on top (it was fairly chilly) before heading back down. I expected to have a pretty good glissade on the way down, but the snow wasn’t as good as I expected and the glissades were pretty mediocre at best.

After arriving at camp I contemplated whether or not to spend the night. On one hand I didn’t want to have to come back and finish Mt. Columbia, but on the other hand, I really missed my wife. Sunday is the day that I usually cook her breakfast in bed and I knew I would feel sad if I missed it. I had called her from the top and she told me to have a good time and to not worry about her, but I still missed her much.

I stayed and talked with the group about various things just over an hour before deciding to head back down. After packing up camp, it was already 6:09 PM, so I headed down the mountain quickly and after getting off track once (false trail) I reached the vehicle at about 8:20 PM. It was a long drive home and I finally walked in the door at 1 AM.
Posted Sep 9, 2011 1:43 pm

pacojgarza2nd time around  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011


Did my first repeat 14er exactly a year after the first summit. The trail was really wet and muddy around timberline; I used a snow bridge to cross the swollen creek then went slightly off trail a few times to avoid large snow fields below the summit. It was a 7.5 hr. roundtrip from North Cottonwood creek trailhead.
Posted Aug 29, 2011 9:54 am

JustinShapiroHarvard - yes! Columbia?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2011


We went on a day with 50% percip looking to do both Harvard and Columbia. We made it to Harvard - no problem, but we go lost on the way to Columbia (we stayed high on the ridge instead of hiking below it and ended up on some class 4 stuff) and once we realized our mistake it started raining and we B-lined it down. We'll have to do Columbia another day...
Posted Jul 25, 2011 1:26 am

sevenviiNo summit
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011


Failed attempt on a pretty good day, albeit pretty windy. Tried to sneak in another peak before the change from Winter to Spring, but it wasn't in the cards. Had a great time with a lot of folks from 14ers.com though.
Posted Apr 3, 2011 11:48 am

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