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coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: From Vicksburg Via Belford Date Climbed: July 4,2001  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

This out and back route proved to be a real burly climb at just under 6,000 feet of elevation gain with a round trip distance of 9.5 miles! Zach, Erica and I knocked these two off in just over 7 hours
Posted Apr 10, 2004 4:42 pm

Bill562Route Climbed: Pine Creek to Elk Head Pass Date Climbed: July 23, 2003

Bill562

Summit almost too close to touch from Belford summit, bad weather drove me back down. Better safe than sorry.
Posted Feb 16, 2004 11:10 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: West ridge from Belford Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

hhsilleck

It's a long slog over the ridge and back - make sure you leave early enough to avoid thunderstorms.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:11 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Montgomery Reservoir Date Climbed: August, 2002  Sucess!

bdewoody

Might as well climb all four.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:39 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 9/14/2003  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

Climbed after Belford. Was a quick traverse and back. Some snow on the downclimb from Belford to watch out for, it was getting pretty icy.



We had a wonderdul day for weather- very clear and crisp with very little wind. A great climb.
Posted Sep 15, 2003 10:27 am

odysseusRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch TH via Mt. Belford Date Climbed: July 31, 2003  Sucess!

odysseus

Climbed along with Mt. Belford. 4th 14er over 4 days. We got caught by a fast moving storm while on the summit. Passed through thunder, hail, and high winds while coming back over the saddle and Belford. Fortunately, no lightning. Pretty scary!
Posted Aug 7, 2003 9:02 am

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 22, 2003  Sucess!

rob_runkle

Belford, Oxford, Missouri, Emerald and Iowa. 5 peaks, 16.5 miles, 8180 feet.
Posted Jul 30, 2003 7:09 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: West Ridge from Missouri Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 23, 2003  Sucess!

kilimanjaro1

A good climb in conjunction with Belford. We started about an hour before sunrise (4:45 AM) and hit Belford Summit about 8:45 AM. Storms started brewing overhead earlier than usual ( about 9:30 AM) so as we approached Oxford we just ran up to touch the top of Oxford, take the picture, and get the heck outta there. We hit Oxford summit about 10 AM . Since we were in a vulnerable position on the ridge and a ways to go back to the Belford summit we hoofed it as fast as we could back to Belford and back down to lower, safer places. We got back to Belford summit at 11:30 AM just as the rains and winds began to really unleash. It was a good reminder why we carry rain gear and gloves even when it is warm and clear at the trailhead.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 7:25 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: West Ridge via Belford Date Climbed: August 10, 2002  Sucess!

bernardhohman

Nice day, but people started filling in the connecting ridge from Belford. So much for solitude.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 12:57 am

RyanSRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: May 16, 2003  Sucess!

RyanS

Great conditions from Belford to Oxford. Our report is available here.
Posted Jun 9, 2003 11:10 am

KaneRoute Climbed: Soth Slopes Date Climbed: 1997  Sucess!

Kane

I have to disagree with kilimanjaro1, I don't think Oxford is a "wonderful" mountain. It seems as though everybody is miserable by the time they summit this pile of talus. It's not the mountains fault that it is surrounded by steep tree laden huge talus. Plus any route to its summit is unpractical unless you come from Belford.
Posted May 29, 2003 7:25 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 14 April 2003  Sucess!

chef007

I climbed this one with Belford.............that was a loooooooooooooong day.
Posted Apr 16, 2003 3:23 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: West Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2002

big_g

Watch out for the marmots in Elkhead Basin! They can be relentless and there is no place to hang food.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 4:19 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch - 9,640' Date Climbed: July 14, 2001  Sucess!

Grant

I made it to Belfords summit spent about one minute on top and headed for Oxford. The weather was heading in fast and was already cloudy, but it didn’t look like thunderstorms yet. The hike over to Oxford was pleasant and was an easy hike. Oxford has a huge summit it's a large mound with alpine grasses all over

The 700 feet back to Belfords ridge was the hardest part of the day and it was very steep. Once back on the ridge I didn’t want to make the trek back to Belfords summit so I headed to Elkhead pass. This is the saddle between Belford and Missouri Mtn.
Posted Jan 20, 2003 12:47 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Traverse from Belford Date Climbed: June 11 2000  Sucess!

rmjwinters

Made traverse...extremely windy and cold.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 10:06 pm

charles97Route Climbed: From Mount Belford via Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!

charles97

Steady 40-50 mph wind the whole time I was above tree line! Unbelievable. Had to lean into the wind, and I was still getting blown off my feet at places. Climbing Oxford and back to Belford in this wind was something else!



Started at sunrise (6:45 am) and reached Belford summit at 10 am. Reached Oxford summit at 11 am. I tried to get Missouri too, but got stormed off. Oh well, it'll be there.



Tenth of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #18 overall.
Posted Sep 17, 2002 4:05 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: From Belford Date Climbed: September 1, 2002  Sucess!

xskier77

After reaching this summit it was quite a relief because we had gotten Belford and Missouri previous to it that day. Heading back to Belford was a grueling 700 vertical ft but it was another relief making it back to Belford. Then the fun downclimb began which did wonders for my knees. This was my first day bagging three 14ers in one day :) and a long day it was...about 13 hours.
Posted Sep 7, 2002 8:13 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Elk Head Pass from Missouri Basin Trailhead Date Climbed: August 8, 1997  Sucess!

wayneaflick

When we climbed Belford we didn't climb Oxford because of a summit storm. I climbed Oxford by walking all the way to Elk Head Pass. It's long but easy. Climbing Oxford from Elk Head Pass is just a matter of following Belford's South Ridge to the Oxford-Belford saddle and crossing over. Except for the distance its quite easy. On the down climb I did cross over Belford and followed the standard route down. I was hallucinating on the way. I saw a dinosaur (a large rock), a panther (a small aspen tree), and several skunks ( small rocks).
Posted Jun 25, 2002 8:14 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch around backside of Belford Date Climbed: September 9 2000  Sucess!
I love the valley of Missouri Gulch. Dusting of snow that day and winds that never stopped.
Posted Jun 17, 2002 10:49 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Belford saddle Date Climbed: Aug 17 2002  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

7th summit of Nolan's 14. Only 45 minutes from Belford. Descended off trail south of the saddle down to an avalanche chute above the Bedrock Falls aid station on the Pine Creek trail. It is getting dark. On to Harvard.
Posted May 17, 2002 5:12 pm

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