Columbia February 20-21

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Columbia February 20-21

Post by Scott P » Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:43 am

Does anyone want to climb Columbia on February 20-21? It should be more interesting in winter than summer. Route to be determined, depending on conditions. If there is a big storm that weekend, I'd move the dates as well.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by geg86 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:42 am

I would be interested if you take the SE ridge. Send me a PM as it gets closer if that’s your plan.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by Scott P » Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:40 am

geg86 wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:42 am
I would be interested if you take the SE ridge. Send me a PM as it gets closer if that’s your plan.
SE Ridge would definitely be my preferred route as well since I have already been in Horn Fork several times and the route is supposed to be really interesting.

Route would depend on the wind forecast and whether there are enough people to share trail breaking duties though.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:46 pm

Scott, I'd be interested in joining if you wouldn't mind a young punk (not that much of a punk) in the group. I have a few friends I've been chatting to about doing Columbia this winter that might be interested in as well.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by Scott P » Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:14 pm

9patrickmurphy wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:46 pm
Scott, I'd be interested in joining if you wouldn't mind a young punk (not that much of a punk) in the group. I have a few friends I've been chatting to about doing Columbia this winter that might be interested in as well.
Sounds good. Need all the young punks we can get to help break trail. :-D
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by Carl_Healy » Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:31 pm

Could potentially be interested as well.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:38 am

It seems to me that the biggest issue with Columbia is going to be the trailhead. From what I can tell, the road only gets plowed to the private driveways where parking isn't allowed, after that it's just cowboy your way through the snow. I haven't been keeping an eye on snowfall in the Sawatch. Not too excited about driving all the way there to get turned away, might just have to wait for another conditions report to pop up or confirmation that it's been dry leading up to our attempt.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by greenonion » Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:09 am

9patrickmurphy wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:38 am
It seems to me that the biggest issue with Columbia is going to be the trailhead. From what I can tell, the road only gets plowed to the private driveways where parking isn't allowed, after that it's just cowboy your way through the snow. I haven't been keeping an eye on snowfall in the Sawatch. Not too excited about driving all the way there to get turned away, might just have to wait for another conditions report to pop up or confirmation that it's been dry leading up to our attempt.
If they do the SE ridge you won't have to drive as far up the road to the standard TH. Should be much closer and easier to access the Colorado Trail/SE ridge "TH" (Harvard Lakes). https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=c ... .+Columbia
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:05 am

Correct but the recent TH reports of Harvard Lakes talk about a lot of snow and not being able to drive closer than a mile or so from the TH with winter tires and chains
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by greenonion » Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:53 am

9patrickmurphy wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:05 am
Correct but the recent TH reports of Harvard Lakes talk about a lot of snow and not being able to drive closer than a mile or so from the TH with winter tires and chains
Aha. My bad. Hadn’t seen those.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by Scott P » Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:05 am

I have been up there three times in winter and have never had a problem finding a place to park.
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Re: Columbia February 6-7

Post by daway8 » Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:05 pm

greenonion wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:53 am
9patrickmurphy wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:05 am
Correct but the recent TH reports of Harvard Lakes talk about a lot of snow and not being able to drive closer than a mile or so from the TH with winter tires and chains
Aha. My bad. Hadn’t seen those.
Yes, pretty snowy last week but I noticed since posting my TH conditions report that the tread on my KO2's is getting rather low - might have done better with fresh tires. There's room for several vehicles to pull off on that area off to the right of the road at 1.13mi from the trailhead. Depending on how much new snow there's been since last week and how good your tires are you may or may not get past that point...
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