Mount Harvard Climber's Log

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Colonelpyat

Colonelpyat - Feb 28, 2003 2:59 am

Route Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: July 29, 2002  Sucess!

We went with a 2:30 AM start on this one in anticipation of a very long day. Perfect weather and fantastic views from the top. We stayed two hours up there and then headed towards Columbia.

steve simmons

steve simmons - Dec 10, 2002 4:16 pm

Route Climbed: dropped down to eastern basin just above treeline from columbia Date Climbed: august 23, 2002  Sucess!

Summated harvard around 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. under cloudy skies during the '02 nolan's '14 endurance event.



http://mattmahoney.net/nolans14/index.html



Climbing with mahoney, we climbed the eastern slopes to the summit ridge and had come upon 3 people from nolan's who couldn't locate the summit and were having some trouble negotiating the summit ridge in the dark. They continued on with us and all 5 of us summated in a group.



GOD bless! Praise JESUS!!!!

chef007

chef007 - Oct 21, 2002 11:03 pm

Route Climbed: standard rout Date Climbed: october 5 2002  Sucess!

the valley fills up with snow making this a tough

peak to climb in the winter/fall. there are a lot of good camp sights along the way. I think the trip would be easyier if you summited columbia then harvard but I am not sure. The veiw from the summit is amazing but the last 50 feet or so gets icy so be carful

rmjwinters

rmjwinters - Oct 6, 2002 1:47 pm

Route Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: May 26 2001  Sucess!

Long day. Post holed the entire route except for the first mile. Weather held for late May.

Ed F

Ed F - Sep 14, 2002 11:31 am

Route Climbed: North Cottonwood Trailhead - South Slopes (+Columbia) Date Climbed: June 13, 2002  Sucess!

A difficult climb to Harvard. The traverse to Columbia was terribly difficult. I never did find the route described by Roach in his book. I dropped to nearly 11,500 ft. and climbed Columbia via a scree filled draw. A terrible route. Additionally, the descent from Columbia back to the NC trailhead was a 2,500 ft. scree slope. Made it back to my car much later than I intended to. I would have been in deep trouble had a storm rolled in.



If you do this route, do some careful research. Roach calls it "arduous," and it certainly is. If I could go back I would do the peaks separately, and probably do Columbia via it's East slope. Remember that once you make the decision to do Columbia, you can't back out. It's between you and your car!

xskier77

xskier77 - Jul 15, 2002 3:01 am

Route Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: July 13, 2002  Sucess!

Great weather and clear skies were nice to see after being surrounded by haze in the San Juans the week before. Made the summit before noon and had a nice relaxing lunch at 14,420 :) What a kind elevation. Harvard on it's own probably isn't that long of a day but when you add Columbia (which we did) it becomes a pretty tough day.

wayneaflick

wayneaflick - Jun 28, 2002 2:18 am

Route Climbed: North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: July 22, 1998  Sucess!

I backpacked to timberline along a fine trail. Camped in the trees along a stream. It was great. Started for the summit at daybreak. Summited just before noon. This was my 28th fourteener.

mr_g

mr_g - Jun 24, 2002 5:10 am

Route Climbed: Frenchman's Creek Date Climbed: June 21, 2002  Sucess!

Started from 4WD parking, which is at 10,600 - not 10,800 as the Roach guide says. Made summit under 4 hours under a hazy sky due to wildfires.

Did not find a summit log, although there was a string of prayer flags attached on top. Saw lots of goats and marmots too. Nice day on a nice route.

ctruscot - Jun 17, 2002 2:36 pm

Route Climbed: Pine Creek Date Climbed: JUne 17, 2000  Sucess!

My husband and I and our 2 dogs backpacked in on a Friday and had the place to oursleves. I did

a solo ascent of Harvard the next morning and (my husband does not like to climb) was back at base camp in time to enjoy the dogs playing in the creek. Never found trail on way up - just beelined where I thought I had to go.

coloradoclimber

coloradoclimber - May 28, 2002 4:50 pm

Route Climbed: 14.1 South Slopes Date Climbed: 7-31-99  Sucess!

Harvard being at 14,420 i had to celebrate the summit with one good spliff.

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - May 17, 2002 5:23 pm

Route Climbed: NW ridge Date Climbed: Aug 17 2001  Sucess!

8th summit of Nolan's 14. I had never explored this little used route from Bedrock Falls, but it was pretty straighforward up tundra slopes once you had bushwacked your way above treeline. Summitted about 10 PM, no moon but the stars were beautiful. I can see why they build observatories on mountains. An hour later a giant fireball lit the sky to the south, and a couple minutes later I heard a faint sonic boom. I don't think they ever found the meteorite that fell 80 miles to the south, and I doubt anyone else saw it from 14,000 ft. On to Columbia.

nader

nader - Dec 26, 2001 4:31 pm

Route Climbed: Pine Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: June 1995

Too much snow, too little gear...turned back 1 mile past Little Johns Cabin

Zeke

Zeke - Nov 28, 2001 11:58 am

Route Climbed: Cottonwood Date Climbed: Aug 2001  Sucess!

Great day, went w/a buddy andhad a good time. Weathered off so ive gotta run back for Columbia. Very nice trail and straight forward. Just prepare for a long day and try for Columbia if your up to it. Turned my damn ankle on that trip. Saw all these funky crickets, fat as prunes!

Peter Eliassen

Peter Eliassen - Aug 16, 2001 11:24 am

Route Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: 7/19/99  Sucess!

Beautiful hike up into the Basin below Harvard...

climbcolorado

climbcolorado - Jul 17, 2001 7:49 pm

Route Climbed: South Slopes  Sucess!

Another easy hike but a long day check weather and time before trying Harvard to Columbia combination.

Josh

Josh - Jun 18, 2001 10:43 am

Route Climbed: Cottonwood Creek Date Climbed: June 16th  Sucess!

The trail is still a little wet, but the snow is cleared. You will not need snowshoes or crampons. Excellent climb!

jratk

jratk - Jun 5, 2001 11:36 pm

Route Climbed: Cottonwood creek trail Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!

Took my friend up Harvard, my 6th, his first. We were going to cross the ridge over to Columbia but had to abandon because of weather. Nice hike in.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Apr 27, 2001 7:51 pm

Route Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: September 19, 2000  Sucess!

In two consecutive days my friend Duane and I summitted the two peaks we needed to have climbed the 5 highest mountains in the 48 states. We had climbed Mt. Whitney together in 1992 and Mt. Elbert in 1994. The day before we climbed Harvard, we climbed Mt. Massive. Mt. Harvard is the 4th highest. Number 5 is Mt. Rainier which we had both climbed, but not together. There was much jubilation on the summit that day, but it was tempered by our disappoinment at not giving ourselves enough time to traverse over to Mt. Columbia and getting the two peaks in the same day.

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