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Ascent of Mount Columbia on 2012-08-18

Climber: Whiley Hall

Others in Party:Rolland Boller
Date:Saturday, August 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Columbia
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14073 ft / 4289 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first impromptu free solo climb. I don’t think it would have ended so well if I hadn’t been naive and unaware of how difficult the ridge proper climbing gets by doing the Harvard > Columbia ridge traverse.
To do these two in the same day make sure to drop far down below the ridge crest!
Doing the Harvard to Columbia traverse loop should only be C2 max starting from the N. Cottonwood Creek TH (38.87057° N, -106.2658° W) (rough 2wd to reach).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6100 ft / 1859 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1927 ft / 587 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6100 ft / 1859 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4173 ft / 1272 m; Extra: 1927 ft / 587m
    Loss on way in:1927 ft / 587 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Start Trailhead:9900 ft / 3017 m
Descent Statistics



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