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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

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

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

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