Peak:  Mt. Columbia (14er)
 Route:  Southeast Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  SnowAlien
 Date of Info:  02/07/2013
 Date Posted:  02/08/2013

There was a trench to the tree line that was a few days old, which helped a lot. We did have to break trail in the deadfall area just above the tree line, but after that the ridge was mostly windblown all the way to the summit. We stashed snowshoes at about 12.2k. SW couloir looks good, filled almost all the way to the ridge. The SE ridge is long and close to 5k elevation gain, expect a long day. No tracks in the Horn Fork basin en route to Harvard as far as we could see from the ridge.

Image 1 SE ridge
Image 2 Final section of the ridge
Image 3 Harvard-Columbia traverse
Image 4 Frenchman Creek approach

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

02/08/2013 16:44
I second the comments made by my climbing partner yesterday, the mad Russian! It was a long haul, but made easier since we trench poached. Even if there is a few more inches of fresh snow, the trench through the trees should still be in pretty good shape. The deadfall area, however, appears to accumulate snow pretty quickly. It was the only area that I needed snowshoes.


I thought you were hard at work?!?!
04/02/2015 19:45
It was fun to get out with you once again. You should show me the gorilla tricks next time we hike ;)


Nice work.
02/08/2013 18:22
Glad you guys enjoyed our trench.


Ramfan24 Thanks!
02/08/2013 21:09
We mentioned several times that we wouldn't have made summit without the trench. Owe you a brewski! --jim (proud trench poacher)

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