It was 90% snow travel from 10,000 feet to the top of Belford, with about 500 feet (10,800-11,300) of some nasty, deep snow. I sank up to the waist even with my snowshoes on more than a few times. The ridge up Belford was good. I did it with boots and trekking poles. Going over to Oxford looked like it would be easy. Be real careful if you do Missouri from this side. The east side of the ridge that runs north from Missouri is loaded with snow. I counted twelve recent loose slides (one crossing the standard route) and two slab avalanches on my way up this morning and then witnessed a loose slide drop about 800 feet to the valley floor as I was breaking camp at 11:30 AM.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."