Mount Harvard

Mount Harvard Trip Report (#2816)

This was my very first experience doing any backpacking of any sort and I was only 16 at the time. We took up a group of about 20 people from the Adventure Unlimited Senior Camp. Talk about some great scenery! The snow hadn't completely melted off and the air was so fresh and crisp. There's nothing like waking up in a sleeping bag in the middle of nowhere to the sounds of nature. We did have some interesting experiences along the way including the food we packed in, forgetting three of our four tents, having to cross something to the extent of a small river and being up to our waists in ice-cold water, just what I had passed my swimming test in the freezing Colorado waters for, and when we reached the summit, we were unable to actually climb to the very peak due to a rather unusual and fast-moving lightening/snow storm. The sky literally turned black and close lightening strikes forced us into a valley. My most memorable moment was down by Rainbow Lake, I believe it is, where the pools of water, undisturbed by anything, were so crystal clear and slightly colored bluish green. It was absolutely breathtaking and if I had the opportunity to do it again, I would most certainly go back. Carolyn

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