This was my first time climbing Harvard. I then did the traverse to Columbia. That made for a long day.
A buddy and I did this on a day-hike in June 2003, we started at 9,880 at the North Cottonwood Trailhead. It was beautiful and challenging all at the same time. This mountain made me fall in love with the Collegiate Peaks--the view up top is hard to rival.
Great Day/Weather. #12
Not a cloud in the sky and had the whole area to myself. I camped in the basin, which made for a nice, short day.
Backpacked into Pine Creek and climbed Harvard from the north. We didn't see anyone until the summit. A very steep, but a great route. I highly recommend it. One of my hardest so far.
Gorgeous place. Lots of rain and some crazy clouds up high.
Camped at 11,200ft, started at 0500 and got some amazing views of the basin. A really great climb.
This was a solo re-ascent for me after FAILING to take the summit with the 14ers.com group the day before; we were hit by a massive blizzard and I turned back when the water in my Camelbak froze at about 13,200 ft.
I met 2 people up there. On our way down, I gave my spare gloves to this lady and she cried thanking me. Her husband was grateful too. They looked cold and unprepared and I hoped they managed to summit this amazingly beautiful peak. NO ONE TOLD ME THAT THE LAST 50 FEET WERE THE TOUGHEST! Hahaha!! :D
Thanks to kilimanjaro1, I bagged my first 14er. It's a long hike, but Horn Fork Basin is beautiful.
Slept in the truck at the trailhead. Started for Harvard at 5a and was on top about 9a. Excellent, well-defined trail throughout. I was impressed. Got a little nausea and dizziness during the final 1000ft of vertical. Slowed down to aclimate and it worked out fine. Drink lots of water on this one that is 13+ miles. It is long, though not difficult.
Yet another EASY CLASS 2 hike! My 38th 14er and one of the last walk-ups I have left :)
Beautiful climb up Horn Fork Basin to a spectacular summit before painful traverse over to Columbia. Had the pleasure to summit with climbing partners Robert and Alan.
Left the Harvard trailhead at 3:10am. I personally summited 6:30. My 3-lung'd partners summited between 10-20 minutes earlier. We stayed high on the traverse, keeping the climb at sustained exposed 4th class with a 2-3 5th class moves sprinked in. Rock was a bit loose, but a very enjoyable climb. Back at the car at 12:35.
A very long day! Got caught on the traverse by some storms which didn't help, but we got both peaks!
I started at 6:30 AM, reached the top at 10:15, and got back to the car at 2PM. I pushed myself pretty hard on this one. The weather was great, there was a cool breeze at the summit, but it was not at all unpleasant. There were a couple of friendly marmots wandering around the summit, no doubt looking for handouts. Great views all around. Missouri Basin is really spectacular.
Camped at treeline after a long slog up the 4wd road. Made the summit in three hours at 7am - great sunrise in the morning and more wildflowers than I have ever seen. Columbines everywhere.
The climb up Harvard was quite scenic and very enjoyable on a great trail. The descent below the saddle (12,700') with Columbia was pretty good but the low point and the first part of the ascent up to Columbia was pretty rough with lots of boulders, medium snow fields, lots of zig zagging, etc. If I had to do this again I would go even lower to avoid this mess. A minor system with thunder just to the east resulted in us spending just a minute or so on the summit of Columbia. We even had a little snow for about 30 minutes. The descent down Columbia was pretty rough but I didn't think it was as bad as advertised as long as you find the loose trail and don't go down the scree. Overall a long but scenic day!
Climbed from the standard N. Cottonwood TH with trishapajean. Got to Harvard's summit under clear, sunny skies. 14er #25 for her, a loong-anticipated repeat for me. Also did Columbia--that's what made the day so long.
Made it up for a sunrise summit. 6.5 hrs round trip from the TH