Peak:  Mt. Harvard (14er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  DanielL
 Date of Info:  11/02/2013
 Date Posted:  11/03/2013

Climbed the standard South route up Mt. Harvard yesterday from Horn Fork Basin. There has definitely been some snowfall since the last report a week ago - most of the trail through the trees was covered in a thin layer of ice under a few inches of fresh snow, and from treeline to the top of the talus slope (12,900) above Bear Lake, the snow was a bit deeper and the trail was completely hidden in a few places.

Looking up from 12,900 (actually, the whole hike from treeline), the final 1,400 vertical to the summit appeared to be a lot drier, but the angle was deceptive - it actually held deeper snow with a few more postholing sections - quite often, rocks hidden under the fresh snow were slick and added to the challenge. We considered taking the traverse to Columbia, which looked drier than Harvard, but decided not to in the end.

As far as gear, gaiters and hiking poles were very helpful, and we brought microspikes but didnt need them.

All in all, it was a great November day and Im looking forward to more of the same!

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