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Ascent of Mount Columbia on 1983-08-14

Climber: Larry Versaw

Others in Party:Dad
Date:Sunday, August 14, 1983
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Columbia
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14073 ft / 4289 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Mount Harvard, Dad and I dropped down the east side of the ridge connecting Harvard and Columbia, but not far enough. We tried to contour at a high elevation and ran into difficult terrain. We wasted a lot of time, compared to dropping down further and walking over to Columbia. I lost a jacket and gloves, part of which were Dad's. We got to the summit pretty late, and by the time we got down off the moutain, it was getting dark. Ron was quite worried about us and came up the train to find us. He was very relieved when he finally found us coming down.

Compounding the misery, the weather turned cold and wet on the way down. We were a cold and miserable bunch when we got back to the car. A warm spaghetti supper in Buena Vista made us feel much better.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1547 ft / 471 m
    Elevation Loss:5373 ft / 1637 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining
cold and wet
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1547 ft / 471 m
    Extra Loss:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:Mount Harvard  14420 ft / 4395 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4173 ft / 1272 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Trailhead:9900 ft / 3017 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Harvard, Columbia (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Harvard1983-08-14
2Mount Columbia1983-08-14



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