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.
Hiked this after climbing Harvard. The scree was nasty.
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.
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.
Steep climb up scree slope, very high winds on ridges, another safe and successful 14'er, so overall a great day.
Great day, love the approach. Fairly bad erosion and scree-skiing on the way down.
Traversed the boulder field at 12900'
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.
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!
University Pass-level scree. Yuck. Trip report
Saw very few people. Great to be mostly off-trail! One of my favorite Sawatch hikes. Got weathered off an attempt the previous year.
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!
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!
This was my first time climbing Columbia. I climbed Harvard first, and then did the traverse.
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.
scree fielded it all the way down.
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!
Traversed from Harvard. Trudged through a few snow-fields en route while trying to lose as little altitude as possible. Three marmots greeted me on top. Descended the West Slopes (aka scree from Hell)- not recommended.
A lot of loose scree, was not sure if followed the right trail. Took nice photos of marmots. My dog again very happy.