Ascent of Mount Columbia on 2014-06-28

Climber: Hannah Wilner

Date:Saturday, June 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Columbia
    Elevation:14073 ft / 4289 m

Ascent Trip Report

Closed out the Collegiates (and Sawatch range 14ers) with a successful ascent/descent of Colubmia. Interesting and steep way to go, especially if you don‘t require the security of a marked trail. Scattered cairns provide confirmation that someone else was there once but do little to keep you on the "trail." If you decide to go this way, simply aim for the middle of ridge, negotiating each "obstacle" as they come up - as long as you‘re on the ridge and aim for the summit you really can‘t go wrong! GPS claims we hiked 11.8m miles (guess we found a shortcut) and 6100 ft elev gain (not sure how reliable that is, it felt like less than 5000 ft). Clear, sunny skies but quite windy above treeline - beautiful day overall. 5.5 hrs up, 3.5 hrs down - with breaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5473 ft / 1667 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Trailhead:Harvard Lakes  9400 ft / 2865 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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