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!
Packed in and camped at the Horn Fork primitive sites. 6am start from camp - muddy trail early on - saw no one until on the summit around 10am. Great day!
Hiked up Harvard, then continued on to Columbia (some time in the late 90s).
Great trip in the Sawatch on a Bluebird, clear as hell day! Uncompaghre Peak was visible in the San Juans. Light winds, pleasant temps. Trail was very icy going up, turned slushy on the way down. We were gonna do Columbia as well, but decided we wanted Chinese food in Leadville instead!
There was an attack marmot on top of this peak and it stole my day pack! I had to chase it for about 30 feet before it dropped it and ran away.
We were likely the first group to summit the 5th highest peak in the lower 48 in the new decade! It was "easier" than expected as the trailbreaking to our camp at treeline wasn't back with a broken track to beyond the Kroenke Lake junction. Got blasted by spindrift and low vis for the last couple hundred vertical to the summit. The scrambling is a bit tricky with snow as there are fewer options. Hung around for Columbia the next day.
5/21/04-First ascent was as a dayhike, and it was an epic! Endless postholing on the way down, ran out of water, was hallucinating near the end. Glad I've gained some experience since then!
Had to do this to complete the 5 highest in the U.S. Why, I don't know, it seemed like a good idea!
Very long hike, we started around 4:45am made to Harvard around 8:30, but traverse to Columbia was somewhat long and painfull, but somehow we made it, beating thunderstorms and rain.
2/5/17- summited harvard via the east ridge as an overnight climb w/ryan. fair of trailbreaking and lots of wind up high!
9/26/09-hiked up the south slopes through beautiful horn fork basin. the fall colors are near their peak with 2-4 inches of snow extremely high up. looks good for a possible winter climb....
Climbed Harvard starting at 5:30am from North Cottonwood TH (second summit since 2001). Excellent trail all the way to the summit. After summiting Harvard did traverse to Columbia. Back to the car at ~2:45pm. Nice weather, incredible views!
18th Fourteener!!! We did Harvard on a magnificent, relatively warm, non-monsoonal early August day. Although the hike was a wee bit long, I thought it was easy as far as 14ers go.
With a 5 am start and a 2 pm return to the car I was tired of walking. Great views from top as expected!
a good day with great weather after an unsuccessful attempt up Yale.
Started early ~3:15am to help ensure safely traversing over to Columbia afterwards. Rained until treeline, but nice afterwards. The trail to Harvard is great- thanks to whoever is responsible for keeping it in such great shape- ?CFI, ?rangers.
A lot of snow, glissading on the way back. Duchess kept me a great company as always.
Three day hike. Last bivy was at around 12500ft. 14 hours on the last day took us to the top and back down. Gotta love 14ers in the deep of winter.
Long day - successful traverse.
Great climb, wonderful views from the top. I'm pretty sure we climbed this in conjunction with either Columbia or Yale, I just can't remember which.
Good Climb. Recommend Rabbits next, if capable.