|Peak:||Mt. Columbia (14er)|
|Route:||standard and part of southwest coulior|
|Date of Information:||06/09/2013|
The standard route up to Columbia is opened for business. No snowshoes required. There are some good dry camping spots about 3.3 miles from the trailhead. There was some snow on the main trail but it has been packed down. The southwest couloir is fading fast. We packed crampons to do the SW couloir but the warm conditions made us leery of the conditions. We did the majority of our climb up the standard route then slid over to the couloir at 13,200 and climbed the couloir to the ridge. The conditions of the upper part of the couloir at 8 AM were pretty good. I‘m not too sure about the lower part of the couloir.
I‘m hoping to post some pictures shortly, send me a PM if you want more info! Happy to help.
Photo 1: West Slope (standard up Columbia)
Photo 2: Lower section of SW coulior
photo 3: Ridge to Harvard and Horn Fork Basin
photo 4: ridge at 13,600 loooking at Columbia Summit
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