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ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: June 19, 1989  Sucess!


Climbed both Belford and Oxford from Missouri Gulch camp. On return we left the NW ridge and glissaded down the NW couloir. It wasn't the best glissade I've had, due to the snow being slanted from left to right, not straight down the fall-line. Maybe earlier in the year this would be filled with snow?
Posted Feb 3, 2005 12:27 pm

RichratRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Trail Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!


I climbed Belford and Oxford. The weather made it a little difficult to reach Oxford. It was very steep coming back towards Belford.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 8:36 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Missouri Basin Date Climbed: August 12, 2004  Sucess!


Had a great hike summiting both Mt. Oxford and Mt. Belford on a beautiful sunny day. The views to the south from both peaks and the airy saddle between them is awesome, especially the views of Mt. Harvard, Iowa Peak , Emerald Peak and Missouri Mountain.
Posted Oct 31, 2004 9:39 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: West Slope / Ridge Date Climbed: July 14, 2000  Sucess!


Hiked up the 2.5 miles to the foot of Belford to camp overnight. The next morning, we ascended Belford and then did the traverse to Oxford. Very nice views from the top of both peaks.

Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:11 am

scvanmRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: Sept 12th 2004  Sucess!


The Aspen trees were awesome...great climb.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 11:00 pm

bdganttRoute Climbed: Missouri to Belford to Oxford Date Climbed: September 11, 2004  Sucess!
Climbed all three in 9 hours. Left the Elkhead Pass trail too early, so missed the maintained trail up to Missouri's ridge. Hiking up Missouri's grass slopes cost me extra effort, and probably an extra 100 feet of elevation gain. Hiked to Elkhead Pass after descending Missouri. Extra distance was worth not having to go up Belfords steep west shoulder. To and from Oxford was easy. Descent of Belford to trailhead was relentless, but quick. Great trails, beautiful weather.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 2:24 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: west ridge, Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: August 1993  Sucess!

Larry V

Climbed with Ron, Ryan, and Kristen. Did Oxford as well. Three years later, climbed Belford again, this time on its southwest slopes, after doing Missouri Mtn. We were blessed with good weather both times.
Posted Aug 25, 2004 11:47 pm

F BombRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: August 7, 2004  Sucess!

F Bomb

Weather was coming so we only did Belford. This is a steep mountain and I became exhausted on the way down. Knees hurt for a couple days. Good climb.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 12:18 pm

volda2000Route Climbed: From Oxford via Pine Creek Date Climbed: August 14, 2004  Sucess!


Great day, perfect weather! This was our second 14er of the day. We started from Pine Creek and hiked up the South ridge of Oxford. From Oxford to Belford and then down to Elkhead pass and back down to Pine Creek. This is a great loop if you have the time and weather.
Posted Aug 17, 2004 10:06 am

dk77Route Climbed: M. Gulch Date Climbed: 8/1/04  Sucess!


Don't let the short distance of this climb fool you...it is a steep climb,but well worth it. Beautiful views.
Posted Aug 2, 2004 12:49 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September, 1994  Sucess!


Climbed this as part of a two day affair, including Oxford and Missouri Mountain. Belford and Oxford were combined on day two; blowing snow, temps in the 20's and steady winds around 50 mph meant not a whole lot of lounging around the summits. Climbed with Aaron Johnson. Aaron hates the wind. Memorable couple days!
Posted Jul 27, 2004 11:09 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 09/12/03  Sucess!


Kind of a long day but we met some new people as usual! REALLY REALLY windy and getting late so we didn't head over to Oxford, especially since we had reports of crummy conditions on the ridge (not that we couldn't tell that!). In case anyone reads this...DO THE COMBOS!! Don't be lazy! Going back to get the seconds is a royal pain!
Posted Jul 16, 2004 8:57 pm

TexasClimberRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 3, 2004  Sucess!


Knocked out Belford on Saturday, July 3, 2004. Didn't go to Oxford but was thinking about it. The wind picked up and the clouds started barrelling in as usual. Was on a couples trip at the time. 3 out of the 4 of us made it. Blisters and bruised toe victimized the 4th! Awesome nap and lunch at the top!
Posted Jul 8, 2004 6:34 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: Northwest Flank Date Climbed: August, 2002  Sucess!


I don't remember too much about this one: another Sawatch lump that most impressed me for whatever count of the 14ers it represented for me than anything intrinsically Belford-ian about it. Geez, I was jaded, that summer: too much teaching and too much climbing, too fast, and too solo.

I took the quick jaunt to Oxford too. I remember that the ridge walk was windy as all get out and there was a rather attractive view to the south, though over what, I can't recall now. Returned over Elkhead Pass between Belford and Missouri--that area was quite pretty, and I remember looking at the rather rugged-looking ridge up to Missouri and thinking, "someday."
Posted Jun 22, 2004 8:19 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Standard CFI Date Climbed: May 16, 2004  Sucess!

Ed F

Nice, easy snow climb. Windy Day.
Posted May 21, 2004 12:11 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: from elk head basin Date Climbed: june 98  Sucess!


belford was cake, but lightning quelled hopes of oxford till another day.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:08 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: West Shoulder Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


After getting off of Missouri, we headed right up the very uneventful shoulder of Belford to the top. Alex and I decided to go for Oxford and get the hat-trick for the day...
Posted May 12, 2004 6:19 pm

petersbikeRoute Climbed: MG to Elkhead pass to Mt Belford. Date Climbed: 5-7-04  Sucess!


1st CO 14er. Hiked from Missouri Gulch TH, missed trail and continued on to Elkhead Pass, knowing I was off course. Up to summit. Awesome views everywhere,especially at the pass. Postholing, even with snowshoes, from the 2nd creek crossing to the basin.
Posted May 8, 2004 4:30 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: From Elkhead Pass Date Climbed: September 21, 2002  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

The worst part was reascending from Oxford after hitting Miz, Iowa and Emerald as well. Neat summit made up for it. Sitting on top of Belford at 4:30 PM in the fall all alone was a unique and humbling experience.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:33 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 7/01/03  Sucess!


Hard Hike, pretty wilderness
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:34 pm

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