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Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby zdero1 » Fri May 03, 2013 7:42 pm

Hey all- I'm looking to go up Columbia's standard route this weekend. I was wondering if anyone had beta on N Cottonwood Creek TH approach, Hike in to Horn Fork Basin, and the west slopes of Columbia. Most of the avy concerns pertain to NW to NE slopes. Looking for input here as I'm on the fence about attempting this on Sunday. Your help is most appreciated. Stay safe this weekend!

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Re: Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby zdero1 » Wed May 08, 2013 9:24 pm

bumparooski.

Any info about the ridge route would be appreciated as well.

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Re: Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby dehrlich101 » Wed May 08, 2013 11:03 pm

Mike,

Sorry I have no clue what the conditions are up there.. but I would recommend doing the Southeast ridge, I am guessing there will be a lot of snow in the trees but once on the ridge you should be good. The Southeast ridge is an awesome route for Columbia, if you have any questions about the route feel free to pm me.

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Re: Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby Colorado29 » Thu May 09, 2013 8:24 am

If you do this please let me know how it is as I may do it next Saturday/Sunday.... deciding on Columbia or Princeton. Thanks and good luck!

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Re: Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby GeezerClimber » Thu May 09, 2013 10:34 am

There is a lot of new snow in the area. It is still snowing heavily in Buena Vista today. For Columbia, I would definitely go the SE ridge route. Horn Fork will be full of deep, soft snow and there could be avy danger on the standard route. For Princeton, I would follow the ridge over "Tigger" to avoid the steep snow chutes on the north face which could be tricky to cross after this week's snows.

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Re: Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby metalmountain » Thu May 09, 2013 10:58 am

Anyone know if the road is still blocked off down below the Harvard Lakes TH?
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Re: Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby zdero1 » Thu May 09, 2013 8:02 pm

Thx Dave and Dan for the advice. I agree 100%. I'd like to do the ridge route but I'd be solo and concerned with navigation through the forest when going in the dark. I ended up taking a Saturday shift at work and will try and head for a peak on my short list May 23-24. I usually post a conditions report for any peak that I've done. Have fun and be safe for anyone heading for the hills this weekend.

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Re: Columbia West Slopes Conditions

Postby zdero1 » Wed May 22, 2013 6:52 pm

Bumping this again as I'd like to make an attempt this Friday. If anyone has a conditions update on Columbia's SE ridge or West Slopes route please let me know. My plan as of now is to camp just prior to Horn Fork Basin off the standard route, get an early start and try for the summit.

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