Mount Columbia Climber's Log

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mattpayne11

mattpayne11 - Jun 25, 2009 12:04 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009

Successful Traverse  Sucess!

Long day!

DudeThatMustHurt

DudeThatMustHurt - Jun 13, 2009 8:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009

Beat the storm  Sucess!

Very high winds at the summit but a good day overall, went down the south slope back to the main trail which made the decent quite interesting to avoid the storm rolling in.

awillson

awillson - Mar 29, 2009 12:13 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007

Columbia  Sucess!

Very steep and loose!

MattK

MattK - Oct 13, 2008 6:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

With Harvard  Sucess!

Wife, dog and I. Traversed from Harvard and threw in UN 13,374.

canichol

canichol - Sep 29, 2008 12:06 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 1994

Route Climbed: SE Ridge  Sucess!

Neared the top as a storm moved in, and three guys bounded off down the west slopes. Felt the hair on my head stand up and the rocks around me started buzzing, so I hit the ground. Seconds later a huge boom overhead, and I knew I had time to run to the top and without waiting I was headed down after those three guys. Never stopped to look back, and happy to be back alive. There's excitement well worth the price in pushing to the limits.

Renardo

Renardo - Aug 31, 2008 11:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Combo with Harvard  Sucess!

Hope to never have to go through that descent again!

Gahugafuga

Gahugafuga - Jun 30, 2008 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

Frenchman Creek Loop  Sucess!

Climbed from the NE then bagged UN 13374 on the way back. Aside from the horrific mosquitoes in the forests near the creek, this was quite a pleasant way to climb Columbia. My Sawatch 14er finisher!

peakrat76

peakrat76 - Apr 27, 2008 11:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 1984

Harvard - Columbia Traverse  Sucess!

Good climb - nasty descent.

MountainHikerCO

MountainHikerCO - Feb 6, 2008 9:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006

SE Ridge  Sucess!

This was my third time climbing Columbia. We did it via the SE ridge. The weather didn't look good enough to go for Harvard. We descended Three Elk Creek. We saw half of a baby deer. We figure a mountain lion was near by.

MountainHikerCO

MountainHikerCO - Feb 6, 2008 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1989

With Harvard  Sucess!

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

spannring29

spannring29 - Oct 21, 2007 11:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007

Beautiful day  Sucess!

Great day with nice views of the Sawatch.

HylianHero

HylianHero - Sep 17, 2007 9:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2005

#22  Sucess!

Our second attempt on Columbia, we had gotten snowed off the first time. We climbed from Frenchman's Creek, a great alternative to the main route. We didn't see anyone until near the summit. It was definitely a rocky climb.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Sep 11, 2007 1:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Finnaly  Sucess!

3rd time's the charm. After being turned away by and EARLY morning storm, and then a sick partner, I finnaly got her done. I saw 18 Mountain Goats on the summit!

dr_gonz

dr_gonz - Sep 5, 2007 1:51 pm

yup  Sucess!

made it

davebobk47

davebobk47 - Sep 1, 2007 9:34 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007

Ouch  Sucess!

A really rough trail from Harvard as well as the descent. Not to mention the clouds started rolling in at 1000. The high point was 17 mountain goats with their bright white coats.

shanrickv

shanrickv - Jul 16, 2007 10:19 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007

Traverse from Harvard  Sucess!

A trip report on 14ers.com recently referred to Columbia as an "evil mountain" that "sucks beyond belief." How very true! While Harvard is tall and beautiful, Columbia is basically a mound of talus and scree. Still, it is checked off and I don't have to go back! Climbing this hill makes me really look forward to going to the Crestones next week.

Mots010

Mots010 - Jul 15, 2007 9:17 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007

Harvard to Columbia  Sucess!

We stayed high on the traverse, keeping the climb at sustained exposed 4th class with a 2-3 5th class moves sprinked in. Rock was a bit loose, but a very enjoyable climb. Back at the car at 12:35. Descent off Columbia was not bad at all, especially after the traverse.

heather14

heather14 - Jul 8, 2007 3:34 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Harvard & Columbia  Sucess!

A very long day! Got caught on the traverse by some storms which didn't help, but we got both peaks!

csmcgranahan

csmcgranahan - Jul 1, 2007 11:05 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

Successful Traverse  Sucess!

The climb up Harvard was quite scenic and very enjoyable on a great trail. The descent below the saddle (12,700') with Columbia was pretty good but the low point and the first part of the ascent up to Columbia was pretty rough with lots of boulders, medium snow fields, lots of zig zagging, etc. If I had to do this again I would go even lower to avoid this mess. A minor system with thunder just to the east resulted in us spending just a minute or so on the summit of Columbia. We even had a little snow for about 30 minutes. The descent down Columbia was pretty rough but I didn't think it was as bad as advertised as long as you find the loose trail and don't go down the scree. Overall a long but scenic day!

cftbq

cftbq - Jun 27, 2007 12:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2007

Did the twofer  Sucess!

Did the "traverse" from Harvard, leaving the ridge well before the Rabbits. A very long day, didn't reach Columbia's summit until after 4 pm. Cold and windy by then. Still, a great combo. 14er #26 for trishapajean.

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