Peak(s):  Mt. Harvard  -  14,420 feet
Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
Date Posted:  01/06/2010
Date Climbed:   01/02/2010
Author:  Kevin Baker
 Harvard & Columbia Winter Ascents  

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 Comments or Questions
emcee smith

Great photos and trip report
02/05/2011 00:22
Thanks for posting


Great report.
06/02/2011 14:57
I really enjoyed reading this. The pictures were excellent too. As for what to do in the tent to pass time, I believe one dude on this site watched part of movie on his approach to Capitol. Also, where is a good place to have pizza in Buena Vista? Great job on your work here.


Awesome Job!
01/07/2010 15:10
Excellent trip report and photos

Kevin Baker

Pizza Works
01/07/2010 15:12
Pizza Works is the name of the pizza place in BV. You can‘t go wrong with a hearty post-hike calorie consumption fest there. It‘s on the north end of town.


01/07/2010 15:13
What a great group and successful pair of summits! Really love ”Yale drawfs the gang” photo. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


06/02/2011 14:57
Noted. I am a pizza freak. That is my post-hike destination on my next Sawatch endeavor.


Using those mountains.......
11/30/2010 17:28
Cool to see 14er climbing re-defined. Pack in to Horn Fork basin and climb Harvard one day and Columbia the next. Just as the original guidebooks (Borneman and Lambert) suggested. One change: It's January 1st instead of July 1st. That's one way to minimize impact!

Looks like a fun experience. Do you find every snow camping day adds new knowledge? I've camped hundreds of days in summer/fall and only 15 or so winter days on colorado 14ers. I‘ve got so much to learn!

Congratulations guys!

Kevin Baker

winter camping
01/07/2010 23:32

Yeah, I learn a lot of stuff everytime I camp on snow. This was only the 4th and 5th nights that I‘ve camped in calendar winter, so I still have a lot to learn. It still have a lot of inefficiency and pack weight to cut!


Thanks for the ...
01/07/2010 23:52
snow trench! Planning on heading up to Columbia this weekend for my Sawatch finisher, looks like you all had a fun trip! I second Pizza Works, very good pizza! They will also bring out a fresh cup of garlic if you are a garlic feen like me


Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery for Pizza
01/09/2010 23:11
Just wanted to throw out Eddyline for another pizza choice. Follow Main street to the end and turn right onto South Main. Follow it down to the square. Whether you‘re peakin‘ or creekin‘!


Thanks, Sarah!
01/10/2010 15:38
Thanks for the info on the trip -- two of us hit it last Tuesday, didn‘t summit. I went back yesterday -solo- got it.
Gorgeous day, no wind - beautiful this time of year.

I was salivating over the photos and thought to myself it‘s just not fair that some people would be willing to haul in a nice SLR, series of lenses, and tripod, in addition to all that winter gear. How do you guys carry all that? But it‘s worth it for these shots you got! ... Then I see it‘s a P&S. OMG, how are you getting that filter effect! I can see some post-sharpening, but these are still incredibly sharp for handheld. Or did you bring the tripod?

Yog -- if you‘re not already on your way, I busted out the upper Horn Fork yesterday, and there was no wind, so you should be good to go!

Thanks guys, beautiful TR!


The good life
11/30/2010 17:28
I like that photo "looking back at our descent from 13598." I've seen 13598 when dry before. Stared at it long and hard when we climbed Harvard in early October. It looked nothing like the mountain in your photo. All that snow and mist makes it look unreal, unrelenting, massive, like a snowy 6000m peak in a far off land. I've never climbed a big mountain in those conditions before but strangely, I looking forward to trying it someday. Excellent trip report, thx.

Kevin Baker

01/12/2010 21:39

Image stabilization goes a long ways with a Canon. I don‘t have a tripod or any special lens. I do crop and sharpen in Picasa, but that‘s it. Our Columbia hike was a nice, crisp, clear winter day. It was hard to go wrong with any pics. Glad you made it up the second time!


Canon= 2 thumbs up!
01/13/2010 14:00
The Canon‘s are incredible cameras!


08/10/2010 22:14
love the photos

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