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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

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: June 19 2002  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Attempted to climb Harvard and Columbia, but your right in your home page description it was a very long day and a deceiving amount of travel/work. Turned back on the summit of Harvard as conditioning/weather made the call.
Posted Oct 8, 2003 12:32 pm

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


Left the N. Cottonwood TH around 3:30am and made the summit around 6:30am. No snow, partly clear skies and fierce winds. Taking the wind and lenticulars into consierations I opted not to do the ridge traverse to Columbia. Around 7:30 I arrived at 11,600 and the start for Columbia's West Slopes. The weather had cleared and I decided to do the link-up the hard way. I climbed Columbia and made it back to the TH around 11:15am. Best guess is 7100 vertical and 16 miles. What a day.
Posted Sep 18, 2003 9:11 pm

dpRoute Climbed: south slopes Date Climbed: August 19, 2002  Sucess!


This one was a "must climb" for me (former HMS fellow and faculty). Great climb and fun scrambling to the summit. It is interesting how the view from treeline is so deceptive, appearing as if Harvard is the lower summit. of the peaks in the basin.
Posted Aug 20, 2003 9:28 pm

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Cottonwood TH (standard) Date Climbed: 7/12/03  Sucess!

Bryan W

Made a high camp the night before at 11,300'. Time to get a filter, because lugging up 3 gallons of water to camp wore me out. Anyway, started up from camp at 6:45 and made the summit around 10:00. It was a great day for a hike and the trail was easy to follow. Had to make one rock climbing move with exposure about 30' below the summit. No big deal and it was a nice change of pace. Harvard is a fun mountain, but I can't say the same about Columbia.
Posted Jul 16, 2003 12:28 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: from Horn Fork Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2003


Nice hike up from high camp in the basin. Felt pretty good but that was because I did not realize how much Columbia was going to suck. :)
Posted Jul 11, 2003 6:47 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Frenchman Creek Date Climbed: June 28, 2003  Sucess!


What a wonderful mountain. Wish I hadn't waited so long to climb it. The Frenchman Creek approach is a great way to climb it as it is the shortest route. We had great weather and had fun getting some beginners up their first 14er!
Posted Jul 9, 2003 11:35 am

shannarae2kRoute Climbed: Frenchman's Creek Date Climbed: 6/28/03  Sucess!


This was my first 14er and second summit. Hard and strenuous climb!
Posted Jun 30, 2003 8:51 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!


Hiked up into Horn Fork Basin on Friday night; camped at treeline. The hike from here was beautiful. While in the basin, you're surrounded by gorgeous views in every direction. The scrambling from 13,200+ is a bit strenuous but I actually thought the last part of it was pretty fun. On the way down, I stopped at Bear Lake for some R&R. Then back to camp, and up Columbia on Sunday.
Posted Jun 24, 2003 11:19 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: standard South Slopes Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


I liked Harvard. Good Views of the Pine Creek Drainage. I also thought Horn Fork Basin was a cool place to camp. I enjoyed Harvard and Columbia more than Elbert or Massive, Yale,La Plata, Belford, Oxford,Shavano.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:34 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: S Ridge Date Climbed: 25 September, 1999  Sucess!


Having wanted to summit Harvard after Columbia 2 weeks earlier, I wussed out after deciding that I didn't have enough time. The next time I made sure to do Harvard first, and then took Rabbit Ridge over to Columbia. Ascent from N Cottonwood Creek TH took 3:14, another 2:26 to get to Columbia, and finally 3:43 going down Columbia's SE Ridge to the CO/Main Range & Harvard Lakes TH. Quite a full day, but fun!
Posted Apr 17, 2003 6:20 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: July 29, 2002  Sucess!


We went with a 2:30 AM start on this one in anticipation of a very long day. Perfect weather and fantastic views from the top. We stayed two hours up there and then headed towards Columbia.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 2:59 am

steve simmonsRoute Climbed: dropped down to eastern basin just above treeline from columbia Date Climbed: august 23, 2002  Sucess!

steve simmons

Summated harvard around 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. under cloudy skies during the '02 nolan's '14 endurance event.


Climbing with mahoney, we climbed the eastern slopes to the summit ridge and had come upon 3 people from nolan's who couldn't locate the summit and were having some trouble negotiating the summit ridge in the dark. They continued on with us and all 5 of us summated in a group.

GOD bless! Praise JESUS!!!!
Posted Dec 10, 2002 4:16 pm

chef007Route Climbed: standard rout Date Climbed: october 5 2002  Sucess!


the valley fills up with snow making this a tough

peak to climb in the winter/fall. there are a lot of good camp sights along the way. I think the trip would be easyier if you summited columbia then harvard but I am not sure. The veiw from the summit is amazing but the last 50 feet or so gets icy so be carful

Posted Oct 21, 2002 11:03 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: May 26 2001  Sucess!


Long day. Post holed the entire route except for the first mile. Weather held for late May.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 1:47 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: North Cottonwood Trailhead - South Slopes (+Columbia) Date Climbed: June 13, 2002  Sucess!

Ed F

A difficult climb to Harvard. The traverse to Columbia 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 11:31 am

xskier77Route Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: July 13, 2002  Sucess!


Great weather and clear skies were nice to see after being surrounded by haze in the San Juans the week before. Made the summit before noon and had a nice relaxing lunch at 14,420 :) What a kind elevation. Harvard on it's own probably isn't that long of a day but when you add Columbia (which we did) it becomes a pretty tough day.
Posted Jul 15, 2002 3:01 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: July 22, 1998  Sucess!


I backpacked to timberline along a fine trail. Camped in the trees along a stream. It was great. Started for the summit at daybreak. Summited just before noon. This was my 28th fourteener.

Posted Jun 28, 2002 2:18 am

mr_gRoute Climbed: Frenchman's Creek Date Climbed: June 21, 2002  Sucess!


Started from 4WD parking, which is at 10,600 - not 10,800 as the Roach guide says. Made summit under 4 hours under a hazy sky due to wildfires.

Did not find a summit log, although there was a string of prayer flags attached on top. Saw lots of goats and marmots too. Nice day on a nice route.
Posted Jun 24, 2002 5:10 am

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