Mount Harvard Climber's Log

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MissH

MissH - May 27, 2014 2:16 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2014

Love it when the weather reports are WRONG!  Sucess!

North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, South Slopes Route. Mother nature proved the weather models WRONG! Bluebird sky in the morning of summit day, no wind all day. Gray clouds building up were a bluff. However, the evening before gave us rain, thunder, and snow before we made camp at Horn Fork Basin near treeline. Still tons of snow, but patches started about 0.5 mile in and with warmer temps, we postholed much of the way (even well-above treeline). Rascally rabbits nibbled the handle of one of my trekking poles (before I brought it in the tent) and one of the tent stake loops (really?! Hope Big Agnes covers that under warranty). And they kept me up nearly all night with their partying. Not so cute anymore are they? - left car at 1:15 pm, found camp site by 5:15 pm. Left tent for summit 7:30 am, summited by 1:30 pm, back to camp by 5:00 pm, back to car by 8:15 pm. The snow slogs certainly complicated our adventure, but today's gorgeous weather made up for it.

DanielL

DanielL - Oct 4, 2013 11:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008

Big Day  Sucess!

Climbed Harvard and Columbia (17 miles RT) in beautiful late summer conditions - big, big day!

cdevenney84

cdevenney84 - Sep 22, 2013 6:25 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2013

Combo - bad trail and sore feet  Sucess!

Harvard was a pleasure, the traverse was fun, but the "trail" coming down Columbia sucked. Worst trail I've seen on a 14er by far - I can't believe it's the standard route. There were people all over the side of the mountain looking for it, and once we did find it, it was thin and steep with bad erosion. Expect to fall on your ass half a dozen times. Honestly, do Harvard and skip Columbia unless you are determined to do all the 14ers.

rockymountaindiva

rockymountaindiva - Jul 26, 2013 3:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2011

With my hubby  Sucess!

Perfect day, wanted to do traverse to Columbia but the other half wasn't up to it.

Peakbug

Peakbug - Jul 7, 2013 4:41 pm

First 14er- July 2003  Sucess!

Climbed Mt. Harvard with a group of friends for my first 14,000 ft peak

lapotka

lapotka - Apr 23, 2013 4:42 pm

great hike  Sucess!

second of many 14ers.

relic

relic - Feb 23, 2013 1:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1981

Long time ago  Sucess!

Date is a guess, from the few years I lived in Colorado.

Fletch

Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 1:28 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011

14ers.com Gathering  Sucess!

I met a bunch of folks I shouldn't have. HA!

ajberry

ajberry - Oct 27, 2012 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

Normal route and on to Columbia  Sucess!

With Katie and Megan, both 11. Camped in Horn Fork Basin. Great conditions -- and always nice to climb a mtn named after your employer....

milan - Oct 18, 2012 5:47 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

Collegiate first  Sucess!

Had a tent near Harvard/Columbia trail fork and this one was a great Mountain, storm almost chased us from the summit.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Sep 16, 2012 6:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

North Cottonwood TH  Sucess!

Ack!!! I love September in Colorado!!!! What a beautiful day. Azure sky, yellow willow and aspen, orange tundra... Enjoyed Tuaca with lunch on the summit. Chilled out for dinner at Eddyline, drinking their heavenly Inner Glow Red Chili Porter. Hell yeah!!!

scvanm

scvanm - Sep 4, 2012 7:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

22nd  Sucess!

Made it to Harvard, had to give up trying for Columbia too. I just can't camp at 11,500 when driving in from Omaha. Solo

bighornmonkey

bighornmonkey - Aug 2, 2012 11:24 am Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2012

twofer

did harvard first, then columbia as a twofer.
4th 14er this year.

mountainloverCO

mountainloverCO - Jul 15, 2012 9:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

Harvard Standard Route  Sucess!

Backpacked up to Hork Forn Basin and enjoyed a night of camping before heading up to Harvard around 5:45. Summited at 8:15 and enjoyed the summit for 1/2 hour, arrived back at the car by 1:15. Beautiful area, great trail, and the little scramble at the top was a lot of fun!

LivingColorado - Jun 20, 2012 3:16 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012

First of the Collegiates!  Sucess!

My first 14er in the Collegiate Peaks! We camped up in Horn Fork Basin the nights before and after this trek, which made for a very enjoyable trip, as it's absolutely beautiful up there. I'd highly recommend to anyone.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - May 18, 2012 4:51 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2012

Solo via standard route  Sucess!

Great morning for a 14er. Nice and warm and not too much wind. The snow around treeline was a pain as well as the hundreds of downed trees but it wasn't too bad. 3.5 hours up and 3 hours down.

DerekFreed

DerekFreed - Mar 30, 2012 3:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009

via Frenchman Creek  Sucess!

A very enjoyable route!! Love the upper basin area, plan to return this way to collect Columbia someday...

xpda

xpda - Oct 29, 2011 12:20 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 1995

Harvard  Sucess!

Mike and I played sousa on the sousaphones on top. Tony and Fullerton flew a kite.

chicagotransplant

chicagotransplant - Oct 23, 2011 6:17 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011

Frenchman Creek  Sucess!

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!

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Oct 13, 2011 7:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

Harvard Columbia Traverse  Sucess!

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.

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