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

DerekFreed

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

xpda

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

chicagotransplant

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

Spindle

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

Scott

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

pacojgarza

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

vbeckman74Butt Kicking Madness  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006

vbeckman74

This is a long day with Columbia. Start early. This was the hardest day of 14ers in my 31.
Posted Aug 5, 2011 12:04 am

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

JustinShapiro

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

sevenvii

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

KieferSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011

Kiefer

Climbed with Fletch and Stephanie and about 15 other 14er.com members as part of a winter gathering. As Steph said, windy at the top with just enough ice on the rocks to make things interesting.
Surprisingly hard in winter...not a 'gimmie' as I initially thought.
Posted Mar 23, 2011 12:26 pm

StephanieLynnnice day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011

StephanieLynn

A little windy near the summit. Fun day with lots of people from 14ers.com.
Posted Mar 22, 2011 6:18 pm

Jeremy Hakes2nd time.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

Jeremy Hakes

Nice hike.
Posted Jan 16, 2011 2:52 pm

centrifugeHarvard Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

centrifuge

shoulda brought more water
Posted Jan 12, 2011 10:44 pm

tomlaurenHarvard - Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

tomlauren

Climbed Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead after a beautiful camp at 11,440 feet in Horn Fork Basin.
Posted Jan 2, 2011 11:40 am

Panthera unciaDouble Dip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009

Panthera uncia

Hiked Harvard then traversed over to Columbia.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 5:47 pm

thatnissanguyHarvard to Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2010

thatnissanguy

Threaded the needle during a succession of passing thunderstorms. Harvard had a beautiful trail and interesting scrambling sequence to the summit. Loved it!
Posted Dec 18, 2010 9:22 pm

Dangers PopNorth Cottonwood TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

Dangers Pop

Beautiful hike. Made the trip with HM and Hootie. Sucking wind a little after going from sea level to 14k in less than a day. All in all a great hike with fantastic views.
Posted Sep 28, 2010 11:12 pm

Vagabond ManifestoHorn Fork Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2010

Vagabond Manifesto

This is one of the most beautiful fourteener hikes. Views of Columbia, Yale, and Princeton on the way up. It seems like more effort should be required to reach the 4th-highest peak in the Lower 48. Climbed Columbia the previous day.
Posted Sep 24, 2010 8:36 pm

HostilejimNot a single cloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2010

Hostilejim

Climbed Mount Harvard from Horn Fork Basin. It was windy at the top, but there was not a single cloud in the sky. not a one, the whole day.
Posted Sep 19, 2010 11:09 pm

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