Mount Columbia Climber's Log

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Kiefer - Mar 23, 2011 12:30 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011

SW Couloir/Ridge combo  Sucess!

Climbed as part of a winter gathering alongside Stephanie and Fletch and about 15+ other people. EXCEPTIONALLY windy on the ridge but calm on the summit. Saw a herd of elk of maybe 40-50 animals crossing drainages to the east.
This was a very enjoyable day with great people!!


StephanieLynn - Mar 22, 2011 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011

windy  Sucess!

2nd time up Columbia in calendar winter. 1st time got to summit right at sunrise, 2nd time with a bunch of people. Good day despite the winds.


centrifuge - Jan 12, 2011 10:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

harvard/columbia  Sucess!

was a long day and didnt bring enough water


tomlauren - Jan 2, 2011 11:45 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

Harvard - Columbia  Sucess!

Climbed Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead after a beautiful camp at 11,440 feet in Horn Fork Basin. This was my second ascent of Mount Columbia. My first ascent was in September of 2004 during/after a snow storm.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Dec 22, 2010 5:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009

Traverse from Harvard  Sucess!

Hiked this after climbing Harvard. The scree was nasty.


thatnissanguy - Dec 18, 2010 9:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2010

Harvard to Columbia  Sucess!

Threaded the needle during a succession of violent thunderstorms. Took the low traverse which was miserably loose, as was the descent to the main trail. Would be a better snow climb.

Vagabond Manifesto

Vagabond Manifesto - Sep 24, 2010 8:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2010

Southeast Ridge, from Colorado Trail  Sucess!

Very windy day. Great route for solitude--no one else (and no trail) on this side of the mountain. Herd of mountain goats above treeline, right on the ridge. Pay attention on the way down, it's easy to end up off-route.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Sep 5, 2010 11:12 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

North Cottonwood  Sucess!

Steep climb up scree slope, very high winds on ridges, another safe and successful 14'er, so overall a great day.


CWFry - Aug 23, 2010 4:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2010

West Ridges  Sucess!

Great day, love the approach. Fairly bad erosion and scree-skiing on the way down.


metal4lyf - Aug 8, 2010 1:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010

with Harvard  Sucess!

Traversed the boulder field at 12900'

Ken Dammen

Ken Dammen - Jul 30, 2010 12:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2010

Columbia/Harvard Combo  Sucess!

Climbed Harvard first starting at 3:30 am. Summited Harvard the did the rabbit ear ridge traverse to Columbia. That was Colorado 14er 28 and 29. Nice day, a little rain at the end.


BLong - Jul 19, 2010 2:15 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

Traverse  Sucess!

Had a fun hike up Harvard > Columbia. Apparently spending 5 weeks in Phoenix (near sea level) and then driving up to the mountains and immediately climbing two 14ers is not proper acclimatization. In the end it made the trip a bit more challenging, which was great!


seano - Jun 7, 2010 7:26 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2010

Standard route  Sucess!

University Pass-level scree. Yuck. Trip report


theREALCarpeDM - Apr 8, 2010 6:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009

Three Elk Creek  Sucess!

Saw very few people. Great to be mostly off-trail! One of my favorite Sawatch hikes. Got weathered off an attempt the previous year.


shknbke - Jan 6, 2010 12:12 am Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2010

Winter ascent-s.w. slopes  Sucess!

Winter ascent of Columbia from our high camp near treeline in Horn Fork Basin at 11600 ft. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to follow the standard scree slog up the steep trail to the south ridge. 4 hrs RT from our camp. A rare bluebird day in Jan!

10/2/04-First ascent was up the standard sw slopes and down the east ridge. The east ridge is LONG!


SarahThompson - Jan 3, 2010 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2004

Summer & Winter  Sucess!

8/22/04 - Climbed Harvard and then Columbia via the standard loop from Horn Fork Basin. Took a bad line down from Columbia - very loose and steep. Long day.

1/3/10 - Backpacked 7 miles to Horn Fork Basin. Climbed Harvard the next day and then Columbia the following day before packing out. Took more or less the standard route; it was extremely windscoured. Just under 2.5 hours from camp to summit on a sunny, windless winter day!

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Nov 24, 2009 12:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009

combo  Sucess!

This was my first time climbing Columbia. I climbed Harvard first, and then did the traverse.


strudolyubov - Sep 21, 2009 12:54 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009

Harvard-Columbia Traverse  Sucess!

Traversed from Harvard. Quickly descended west slopes route as the storms were rolling in. Nice views from the summit, nasty wet scree/dirt on the descent.


lanagordon - Aug 23, 2009 10:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2009

No. 22  Sucess!

scree fielded it all the way down.


weeds19 - Jul 26, 2009 5:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009

Happy to see the downhill  Sucess!

After the traverse from Harvard, I was pretty happy to see the downhill. Though I dreaded the scree and loose rocks, it went better than expected. Trekking poles a big help!

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