Jeremy and Dave, starting out the hike up to camp
Freshely downed enormous tree
First sight of Mt Harvard
Fallen trees littered the trail for a good stretch
Shots around the campsite
Dinner and Breakfast of champions!
Dave getting ready for the big haul, 6:00am
Daylight on Mt. Harvard
Horn Fork Basin is amazing
Jeremy and Dave hiking away
stopping for some photo ops
where the dirt trail ends and the rock hopping begins!
Hey marmot, pose for the camera!
Starting the hike up
Looking over at Columbia, our 2nd destination of the day
Closer look at Columbia
That steep ridge on the right, that's our way down...1,800' down in .75 miles
Looking out on the other side of the ridge up to Harvard
nice green lake with a sandy beach
Jeremy walking through a well traveled snowfield
Back at Horn Fork Basin
Steep ascent up
Columbia on the left, treeline (campsite) on the right
Fun, Steep climb to the summit of Harvard
Me, Jeremy and Dave. Mt Harvard, 14,421' (fourth highest mountain in the Contiguous United States)
Views from the Summit
Looking back where we hiked up from
Starting the hike to Columbia (peak on the right)
We were suppose to follow the ridgeline, but managed to drop below too fast. The adventure really began...
Hiking towards the ridge
Taking a break, eating a delicious sub. Mmm, proteins and carbs
This is where we should not be going....
The ridge we should be on
Dropping down fast...
Very very steep couloir (not on our map)
Jeremy is in the middle, I'm about 3/4 way up...not moving so rocks don't fall
Our new route takes us through most of these snowfields (Columbia is the high peak in the middle of the photo)
crossing some steep snowfields on the mountain side
Traversing the side of the mountain
Regrouped, and heading towards the Columbia summit
Looking up towards Columbia. We did manage to stay on this ridgeline all the way up!
Dave and Jeremy hiking up the steep trail
Not a lot of room for error on this route
Making the final push to the summit
Looking back at the ridge hike we just came up
High Park fire, just west of Ft. Collins
Summit of Mt. Columbia (14,073'). This was my 25th different 14er (28 overall)
Beyond that edge is the decent hike from hell (~50% grade or 45 degree slope)
the trees are our desitinaton
Not many pictures were taken from here. It took all I had to stand upright and keep from falling
looking back up at where we came from. Jeremy is the black dot in the middle of the picture
Still a ways to go
Finally on a dirt trail, looking back and being glad that there is no more skree!
Back at the campsite, packing up and going back to the truck. 14 hours later, we've finally finished hiking.
Back at the truck, there was a huge porcupine jammed up under my truck, with only his legs on the ground. It took about 10 rocks thrown towars him before he finally came out and waddled away.