Harvard_Columbia Traverse

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Mandatory sign shot. I don 't know why I think it's necessary to take pictures of them, but they sure are cool looking
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Approaching Mt. Harvard at sunrise
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Near the summit of Harvard
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Looking towards Columbia and the connecting ridge, our route
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On the summit of Harvard
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Beginning the ridge
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Me with Columbia, a long way off...
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The connecting ridge between Harvard and Columbia is a quality route. Only on rappel was necessary, about 25 feet. The rest we soloed
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Alpine garden on the ridge. That is Mt. Yale in the background
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The first 1/3 of the route is easy walking
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Collegiate Peaks
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Mt. Yale
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Things are starting to look more interesting from here
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The ridge becomes more defined about half way through
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Typical 4th class ledge traverse on the ridge
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Surprisingly solid rock. This was right after the only rappel, and just before the "Rabbits"
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Approaching the "Rabbits." We traversed them on the right, in spite of guidebook suggestions to do it on the left. It was very easy, and avoided the snow in the gully on the left
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The Rabbits
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Only the summit ridge to Columbia remains
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On the summit of Columbia
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Beginning the tedious descent off Columbia. Luckily we found a gully that was still full of snow, and glissaded nearly the whole way down
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This lichen was huge!
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A massive avy chute coming off of Mt. Yale