Peak:  Mt. Columbia (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  gprandall
 Date of Info:  06/11/2011
 Date Posted:  06/12/2011

I climbed Mount Columbia on Saturday, June 11. Aside from the low-angle lower portion of the gully on the west face, the west face itself is snow-free. You could avoid the really ugly scree/gravel portion of the gully by climbing the snow-field to the left (north) but you would probably want crampons and an ice ax if you were there early in the morning. There are several small snowfields along the summit ridge, but there's no need for crampons and an ice ax up there. The bottom line is that there is no necessity for crampons or an ice ax at this point to do the standard route on Columbia.

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