Peak:  Mt. Harvard (14er)
 Route:  Harvard and Columbia Traverse
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  alpinenut
 Date of Info:  09/15/2013
 Date Posted:  09/16/2013

Spent the weekend in the Horn Fork Basin. Sat was beautiful. Sat was the ideal climbing day. There were a few rain showers in the afternoon (with thunder up high). Summits were covered in clouds during that time. Sat night was nice.

Sunday the coulds rolled in around 8am at about 13k. This made navigating the traverse very difficult. As another poster said make sure you follow the route. We were really happy to have a GPS. Precip started around 10. Rain and snow mix. Snow level was about 13k. The snow was only sticking above 13,800. Of course the rocks were slippery and trail was muddy. Probably snowed about 1.5-2 inches between 3 and 5. It cleared for a awhile but it seemed like more storms were moving up the valley as we hiked out (storms moved in from the E).

Wind was no greater than about 15mph at the summit of Harvard. BTW, the trail for the South Slopes route on Harvard was really nice. Especially between 13k and 14k. If anyone reading this worked on that trail. Thank you!! Great job!!

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