Peak(s):  Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
Post Date:  07/26/2009
Date Climbed:   07/23/2009
Posted By:  4HClimber

 First and Last Time on Columbia   

First and Last Trip up Columbia

West Ridge

4HClimber - Solo Trip

6:30 a.m. - Depart Trailhead
11:00 a.m. - Summit
11:30 a.m. - Depart Summit
2:30 p.m. - Return to Trailhead

After I left the trail to Harvard, I did not see another soul until I reached the summit. I lost the trail and was actually about 1/4 mile south of the trail on my assent up the west slope. I did not find the trail until about 500 feet from the SW summit ridge.

I was on the summit by myself when I shot this picture of some guy needing a shave.

And here is a shot of Harvard to the north. I was there 7 days earlier.

And a look off the summit to the west and the valley below.

And a look back down the SW summit ridge from where I came.

And the flag shot taken by Top Pin from Littleton who showed up on the summit from the Harvard traverse with Chazman just before I left the summit.

The view of the summit of columbia from Harvard-taken the previous week.

The hike down the scree-filled west slope was not fun. I was kind of glad that I got off-trail (accidentally) on the way up. Like many who have filed trip reports about Columbia--I don't plan on making a return trip to this mountain--at least on the west slope route. I'd recommend trying the Three Elk Creek Route from the East if I were to have a need back to the summit of Columbia.

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  • Comments or Questions
Doug Shaw

7 days?     02/05/2011 00:22
"And here is a shot of Harvard to the north. I was there 7 days earlier."

That‘s got to be the slowest time ever recorded for the traverse!

The southeast ridge of Columbia is actually a pleasant, straightforward route. I highly recommend it to people over the nightmare that is the standard route.

top pin

Right On!     07/27/2009 20:13
4HClimber. Great meeting you on Columbia. Keep up the strong effort! Did your wife send-out SAR since you didn‘t have your SPOT? Peace.

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