Mount Harvard Climber's Log

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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 - 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 - 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 - Apr 23, 2013 4:42 pm

great hike  Sucess!

second of many 14ers.


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 - Dec 28, 2012 1:28 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011 Gathering  Sucess!

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


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


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


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 - 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 - 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 - 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.


Spindle - Sep 24, 2011 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2011

from North Cottonwood TH  Sucess!

Long, satisfying, beautiful climb. Didn't go over to Columbia because of snow. Next time.


Scott - Sep 9, 2011 1:43 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011

Harvard  Sucess!

March 18

I decided to make a winter ascent of Mount Harvard and Columbia with the group. It was the end of the winter season and I really needed to get another 14er in. I got a later start than I wanted and most people were already gone when I reached the trailhead, but two others were there trying to drive the road in the snow. We both tried to drive farther, but I got pretty stuck.

After digging out and packing up I headed up the mountain. Because of the late start I was moving very quickly (for me at least) and arrived at camp at about 11,400 feet in 2.5 hours. I had a nice chat with everyone before heading to bed.

March 19

It was a very long night and I didn’t get much sleep at all. I thought about (especially) my wife and kids a lot throughout the night and it was hard to sleep. The moon was bright and beautiful during the night.

My heart just wasn’t into the climb in the morning and I had a lot on my mind. We had a large group, but I kept mostly to myself and I was dragging pretty slow. The views of the surrounding crags were beautiful and the weather was pretty good, but it was a bit breezy (and a bit cool in the wind).

It was a long, but not difficult climb and I reached the top alone. Everyone else had either headed back down or left late and was still coming up. I took some photos and ate on top (it was fairly chilly) before heading back down. I expected to have a pretty good glissade on the way down, but the snow wasn’t as good as I expected and the glissades were pretty mediocre at best.

After arriving at camp I contemplated whether or not to spend the night. On one hand I didn’t want to have to come back and finish Mt. Columbia, but on the other hand, I really missed my wife. Sunday is the day that I usually cook her breakfast in bed and I knew I would feel sad if I missed it. I had called her from the top and she told me to have a good time and to not worry about her, but I still missed her much.

I stayed and talked with the group about various things just over an hour before deciding to head back down. After packing up camp, it was already 6:09 PM, so I headed down the mountain quickly and after getting off track once (false trail) I reached the vehicle at about 8:20 PM. It was a long drive home and I finally walked in the door at 1 AM.

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