| Columbia in Winter
I mainly just wanted to do a quick TR to give an idea of snow conditions on Harvard & Columbia for those looking to get out in the upcoming weeks. In an effort to get in a long 14er day in preparation for our upcoming Everest climb, my wife, Kristine, good friend, J, and dog, Kona, & I hit up Columbia last Saturday. After a cowboy camp at the winter TH around perhaps 9,000' (3.8 miles from the summer TH of N. Cottonwood), we hit the trail around 7am. Kristine & I on snowshoes and J on his plastic mtneering boot/AT setup we had used on Denali years ago. There was a decent broken trail all the way to treeline which was extremely helpful.
Kona crossing the 1st bridge after the summer TH:
It was definitely a slog to Horn Fork Basin, but was a nice day. We broke trail over to the west rib of Columbia and made our way up. Kona with Columbia behind:
J & Kristine making their way up Columbia's west rib:
Yale's Silver Creek Cirque:
Kristine making her way to Columbia's south ridge:
Southern Sawatch (Princeton, Yale, etc):
We gained the south ridge and headed north to Columbia's summit:;
Me, Kristine, & Kona on Columbia's summit around 2pm (7 hrs after we started)...a new 14er for Kristine & Kona:
Looking west on the descent:
Looking back at Columbia's west rib from Horn Fork Basin:
J was the smart one and got down quick on his skis. Kristine and I and Kona got back to the truck at 7pm. All in all, a great day and good training climb (18 miles RT, approx. 5,000', and 12 hrs RT).
Thanks for reading.
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