2nd 14er of my life, 1 hour after summiting my 1st, which was Oxford. Flawless weather @ 14197, like a Denver afternoon! Couldn't find the canister though, so I'm registering it here.
After summitting Oxford, we returned on the ridge, making the summit of Belford around 12:30, again in the wind. This was the third in two days and the last climbing before our descent to the car and the trailhead. We descended the northwest flanks of Belford, rather than our ascent route. Great two days.
This was our third and final peak in a long day. Beautiful weather, just a little windy on the summit around 3pm.
I hiked Belford with my sister's friend, Kate. The weather was a little unsettled and partly cloudy, but not too terribly windy, but it was quite chilly at higher elevations. Then we went on to Oxford. We did get a trace of rain and a little thunder on the way down.
Tough Trail to begin with but levels out. Another Tough part is about 2/3rds the way up. Great view on the Summit.
climbed this with Oxford. Long day.
We climbed on a chilly cloudy day. The trail was quite easy as far as 14ers go.
There really wasn't a trail here to speak of as Roach refers to, but a memorable hike for sure. This was a slogfest. Great views of the gulch on the way up though. A very unique summit. Trip report to come
The route was pretty much snow free except for a few small patches. Took me about 2 & 1/4 to get up to the summit under blue skies.
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.
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!"
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.
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?
Third summit after Missouri and Oxford.
Beautiful fall day, perfect weather. Climbed Oxford also and then back over Belford.
I climbed this with a couple of school friends, see Harvard. Climbed Oxford the same day.
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?