Ascent of Mount Columbia on 2014-10-26

Climber: Mark Van Lenten

Date:Sunday, October 26, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Columbia
    Elevation:14073 ft / 4289 m

Ascent Trip Report

backpack trip into Horn Fork Basin for an early morning start (6 am) up the South slope route thru multiple snow fields to summit, then stayed close (dropped (-1800 +/-) further into east basin to avoid talus/snow) to the standard route traverse over to Mount columbia for summit then down the loose west slope route to camp. woke up to a fresh coating of snow before packing up and out to Cottonwood trailhead
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 548 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2147 ft / 654 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy
sustained 25 mph with 50+ gusts
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:1800 ft / 548 m
    Loss on way in:2147 ft / 654 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:traverse from Harvard down east basin
    Start Trailhead:harvard summit   14420 ft / 4395 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Oct 2014 Collegiate Peaks (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Harvard2014-10-264600 ft / 1402 m
2Mount Columbia2014-10-261800 ft / 549 m
Total Trip Gain: 6400 ft / 1951 m    Total Trip Loss: 2147 ft / 654 m

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