Mount Belford Climber's Log

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jwproulx - May 31, 2005 6:13 pm

Route Climbed: Ascent: East ridge (via Oxford), Descent, standard route (Missouri Gulch) Date Climbed: May 30, 2005  Sucess!

Thunderstorms narrowly missed the summit as I climbed the ridge from Oxford. Winds at least 50mph. Painful wind-driven graupel. Scary. Fled down Missouri Gulch in snow and then rain and caught a ride back to my car at Pine Creek with some sight-seers. Thanks guys!!! Didn't see another soul all day.

Man, what a beautiful summit.


ktiffany22 - May 30, 2005 7:08 pm

Route Climbed: Standard- Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: May 28, 2005  Sucess!

Summited Belford/Oxford together. Initiated my Kansas cousin with 14ers on this one, as well as myself for starting back up the summer season of hiking! Snowshoes are not needed for this one, just stamina and leg power!:-) ...oh, and we nicknamed this hike the "long SLOG!"


shanrickv - May 29, 2005 10:21 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 5/29/05  Sucess!

Summited, along with Oxford, with good friend and fellow SPer, Alan. Our original plan was to do Missouri, but there was too much snow at it's base and we did not have crampons or axes. Dodged storms all day long.

Old Ickabod

Old Ickabod - Apr 15, 2005 12:35 am

Route Climbed: All 3 in one day - Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 7/2003  Sucess!

Camped at Missouri Gulch Trail and started off in the rain. I had to catch some zzzz's during early morning rain on the trail to Missouri. I first ascended Missouri and then headed up the basin to the saddle between Oxford and Belford. I was beat and a storm was brewing but another dumbass motivated me to go for the summit of Oxford first. The storm receded and I was on the summit of Belford celebrating three in a day. I made it back to camp with some sore knees, but it wasn't too bad. 14 1/2 miles and 7400 feet of elevation gain in 9 hours. Not too bad?

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Apr 7, 2005 5:21 pm

Route Climbed: Via Mount Oxford Date Climbed: September 26, 2004  Sucess!

Third summit after Missouri and Oxford.


mdavenport2 - Mar 10, 2005 12:20 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September 27, 2003  Sucess!

Beautiful fall day, perfect weather. Climbed Oxford also and then back over Belford.


CBakwin - Feb 19, 2005 6:40 pm

Date Climbed: summer opf '72  Sucess!

I climbed this with a couple of school friends, see Harvard. Climbed Oxford the same day.


ColoradoScott - Feb 3, 2005 12:27 pm

Route 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?


csmcgranahan - Oct 31, 2004 9:39 pm

Route 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.


mr_g - Oct 12, 2004 10:11 am

Route 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.


scvanm - Sep 13, 2004 11:00 pm

Route Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: Sept 12th 2004

The Aspen trees were awesome...great climb. (CJ, Josh P.)

bdgantt - Sep 13, 2004 2:24 pm

Route 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.

Larry V

Larry V - Aug 25, 2004 11:47 pm

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

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.

F Bomb

F Bomb - Aug 23, 2004 12:18 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: August 7, 2004  Sucess!

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.


volda2000 - Aug 17, 2004 10:06 am

Route 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.


dk77 - Aug 2, 2004 12:49 pm

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

Don't let the short distance of this climb fool is a steep climb,but well worth it. Beautiful views.


Saintgrizzly - Jul 27, 2004 11:09 pm

Route 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!


Speedy - Jul 16, 2004 8:57 pm

Route 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!


TexasClimber - Jul 8, 2004 6:34 pm

Route 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!


Ratballs - Jun 22, 2004 8:19 pm

Route 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."

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