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

RyanS

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!

attila_dobai

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!

esugi

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!

hhsilleck

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!

miztflip

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!

dp

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

SpeedyRoute Climbed: South Slopes from Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!

Speedy

Whew! This was my 8th (followed somewhat quickly by my 9th) fourteener, and it was quite nice. We hiked in the night before and camped at treeline, which was fun, and made today MUCH shorter than it could have been, though it was QUITE a long day when we added Columbia in. I really liked Harvard, though. The last 50 feet were a lot of fun clambering over big boulders to get to the summit!
Posted Jul 23, 2003 12:31 am

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

big_g

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!

mtnhiker13

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!

shannarae2k

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!

mmoerk

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!

Kane

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!

Diggler

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

GrantRoute Climbed: N Cottonwood Creek - 9,420 Date Climbed: Oct. 10, 2001  Sucess!

Grant

I ended up adding an additional two miles to the day and about another 500 feet. The first six and half miles were really pretty easy and at about 13,000 feet the trail starts its climb up to the peak. I didn’t recall reading that it was 1,400 feet in about three-quarters of a mile which caused me to stop allot and catch my breath I met a couple of guys and a dog from Colorado Springs on the last 600 feet or so. They weren’t prepared for this particular hike and they had already run out of water. I told them that I had another bottle and I knew that I had about half of my water pouch left.

The last 100 feet to the summit requires a little scrambling over some very large boulders and rock formations. I didn’t think that the dog would make it and the owner ended up caring her over the last rock. It was pretty cold on top and I hovered behind a large rock. We sat at the summit for about twenty minutes.

Posted Mar 14, 2003 8:21 pm

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

Colonelpyat

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.



http://mattmahoney.net/nolans14/index.html



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!

chef007

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!

rmjwinters

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

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