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!
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.
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.
A very enjoyable route!! Love the upper basin area, plan to return this way to collect Columbia someday...
Mike and I played sousa on the sousaphones on top. Tony and Fullerton flew a kite.
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!
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.
Long, satisfying, beautiful climb. Didn't go over to Columbia because of snow. Next time.
I decided to make a winter ascent of Mount Harvard and Columbia with the 14ers.com 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.
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.
Did my first repeat 14er exactly a year after the first summit. The trail was really wet and muddy around timberline; I used a snow bridge to cross the swollen creek then went slightly off trail a few times to avoid large snow fields below the summit. It was a 7.5 hr. roundtrip from North Cottonwood creek trailhead.
We went on a day with 50% percip looking to do both Harvard and Columbia. We made it to Harvard - no problem, but we go lost on the way to Columbia (we stayed high on the ridge instead of hiking below it and ended up on some class 4 stuff) and once we realized our mistake it started raining and we B-lined it down. We'll have to do Columbia another day...
Failed attempt on a pretty good day, albeit pretty windy. Tried to sneak in another peak before the change from Winter to Spring, but it wasn't in the cards. Had a great time with a lot of folks from 14ers.com though.
Climbed with Fletch and Stephanie and about 15 other 14er.com members as part of a winter gathering. As Steph said, windy at the top with just enough ice on the rocks to make things interesting.
Surprisingly hard in winter...not a 'gimmie' as I initially thought.
A little windy near the summit. Fun day with lots of people from 14ers.com.
shoulda brought more water
Climbed Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead after a beautiful camp at 11,440 feet in Horn Fork Basin.
Hiked Harvard then traversed over to Columbia.
Threaded the needle during a succession of passing thunderstorms. Harvard had a beautiful trail and interesting scrambling sequence to the summit. Loved it!
Beautiful hike. Made the trip with HM and Hootie. Sucking wind a little after going from sea level to 14k in less than a day. All in all a great hike with fantastic views.