Mount Belford Climber's Log

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big_g - Mar 3, 2003 4:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2002

Route Climbed: Elkhead Pass via Elkhead Basin Date Climbed: 23 Jun 2002  Sucess!

Watch out for the marmots in Elkhead Basin! They can be relentless and there is no place to hang food.

Grant

Grant - Jan 20, 2003 12:34 pm

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

As always this a typical Sawatch hike it starts steep at first and then flattens out. Once at timberline I could see the trail up to Belford. It looked steep but the fourteener’s initiative has rebuilt this trail recently and it wasn’t that bad. Though it felt like there were a hundred switchbacks.

I made it to the 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.

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. When I reached Elkhead pass I got a great view of Missouri’s class 4 route and it started to rain a little. Later down the trail the rain stopped and the view of Missouri Mtn was awesome.

rmjwinters

rmjwinters - Oct 5, 2002 10:08 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: June 11 2000  Sucess!

Windy and cold day. Off to Oxford.

cmccall - Oct 2, 2002 2:32 pm

Route Climbed: MISSOURI GULCH Date Climbed: September 28, 2002  Sucess!

A good hike the weather was beautiful a little snow at the top. Got back to the trailhead just before it started to rain

charles97

charles97 - Sep 17, 2002 3:59 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch - Northwest Flank Date Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!

Nice steep hike the whole way to the top. Fewer switchbacks than La Plata (I liked that). 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.



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



Nineth of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #17 overall.

xskier77

xskier77 - Sep 7, 2002 8:09 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch to Elkhead pass Date Climbed: September 1, 2002  Sucess!

Made the summit after climbing Missouri. Many more people on this summit and great views over to Oxford and Harvard.

jjcrow99

jjcrow99 - Aug 13, 2002 5:50 am

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Trailhead (Normal route) Date Climbed: August 1, 2002  Sucess!

All in all a beautiful day. Outstanding views on the way to the summit and on top. My wife and I only summited Belford as it began to get cloudy, so we decided not to go for Oxford and risk being stuck between the two peaks in a storm.

wayneaflick

wayneaflick - Jun 28, 2002 1:50 pm

Route Climbed: Missoui Basin Date Climbed: July 30, 1997  Sucess!

I climbed this with my son Patrick. It was uneventful except for those darn switchbacks coming up from Clear Creek. We didn't do Oxford because it started snowing just before we reached the summit.

ctruscot - Jun 17, 2002 10:52 am

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: August 9, 1999  Sucess!

What a beautiful hike in the fall - colors are great. Trail is nice - no talus hopping. Summited 11:15 am and lightning prevented us from going on to Oxford that day.

alrac35 - May 15, 2002 10:48 am

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 5-5-02  Sucess!

Climbed Mt. Belford on 5-4-02, little or no snow all the way to the top, very windy from tree line on up. Didn't have enough gas to get to Oxford this time, I would suggest packing in and establishing a high camp. We'll Be Back!!

steve simmons

steve simmons - Jan 3, 2002 4:50 pm

Route Climbed: standard approach from the west, straight over from missouri gulch Date Climbed: august 18th, 01  Sucess!

morning summit, around 9:00, good conditions,continued on east to oxford.

Praise GOD!!!!!!!

nader

nader - Dec 26, 2001 4:19 pm

Route Climbed: Vicksburg Trailhead Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!

Surrounding slopes look ideal for mountain skiing

climbcolorado

climbcolorado - Aug 16, 2001 7:54 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge  Sucess!

Easy hike with my small dog Sneakers!

Peter Eliassen

Peter Eliassen - Aug 16, 2001 12:15 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 8/1/99  Sucess!

Great hike, pace yourself if also doing Oxford.

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