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 Peak:  Mt. Harvard (14er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  metalmountain
 Date of Information:  04/22/2012
 Date Posted:  04/24/2012
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We climbed up to about 11,100 feet on Saturday afternoon. The trail is a mix of snow and dry/muddy trail until the bridge at which point it is almost continuous snow. Snowshoes would have been beneficial. We made it up to were we camped without them, but it was a giant pain. Every couple steps you would post hole up to your knee or higher. There is also tons of downed trees in the area, which are often times buried under the snow. The next morning I ascended the standard route up Harvard and was on the summit by 9:30 using microspikes. The snow was very solid on the way up, but when I started descending from the summit about 10:00 the snow had already started softening and I had a few post hole incidents on my way back to camp. The hike out was much the same as the day before. If you can stay as true to the trail as possible it will make life a little easier since there is less dead fall on the trail proper, but it still requires numerous tree climbing adventures to pass them. Either that or you have to slog through the snow to get around them. I have some pics that I haven't uploaded yet but I will try to do so tonight. If anyone needs more info hit me up!


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