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SpeedyRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch/Elkhead Basin Date Climbed: 07/02/04  Sucess!


Whew, what a day. Glad I made it. I really had my doubts at some times. I have to take more time to acclimate myself here. We did Belford last year and didn't have the time nor the inclination to do Oxford. I'm kicking myself now that we didn't! Camped in the night before to around 12,000 (first night out in CO from 598' in IL). Thought I was going to die once or twice (just feeling sorry for myself!)--it makes the summit all the more rewarding when you have to overcome the obstacles of bad attitude and the like, doesn't it?
Posted Jul 16, 2004 12:08 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch/Elk Head Basin Date Climbed: 7/2/04  Sucess!

Bryan W

A long hike up the Missouri Gulch and then around the Elk Head Basin. We took the more senic route since we tagged Belford last Sept.. The ridge traverse was a little more of an undertaking than I had thought. It is a steep descent off of Belford on good rock and then a long shallow climb back up Oxford. The Oxford summit is the middle peak as you approach the three Oxford peaks. A fun, but long day.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 11:16 am

RatballsRoute Climbed: From Belford 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 Oxfonian about it. Geez, I was jaded, that summer: too much teaching and too much climbing, too fast, and too solo.

I took a quick jaunt to Oxford from Belford. I remember that the ridge walk was long, as windy as all get out, and that there was a rather attractive view to the south, though over what, I can't recall now. I also remember not being able to find the summit--kinda disappointing on a mountain in clear weather. I returned over Elkhead Pass between Belford and Missouri--that area was quite pretty, and I remember looking at the rather rugged-ridge (say that three time fast!) up to Missouri and thinking, "someday."
Posted Jun 22, 2004 8:51 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: bushwhacked from pine creek Date Climbed: june 99  Sucess!


lightning kept me off the first time, so made my own route from the south. thick and steep, but empty of other people.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:13 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Belford traverse Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


All three in a day made all the talk about these "easy" peaks seem a little off, but there really isn't anything tough about them individually...it's just when you decide to hike all three that they get your attention! It was well worth it - a great day in the mountains with perfect sunny weather.
Posted May 12, 2004 6:20 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: up over Belford Date Climbed: September 21, 2002  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

after Missouri, Iowa, Emerald, and Belford, Oxford was difficult for me. I don't think Oxford has much character. Not a big fan. To me, Oxford is the second least favorite mountain in CO after Mount Sherman. Maybe I was too tired to enjoy it?
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:30 pm

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


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


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!


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!


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

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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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


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!


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

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