A great start to the 14er season! Good friends and good weather. A little steep at times, but we all made it. Shadow's (our black lab) first 14er!
What a great day out with friends! The return from Oxford back to Belford is brutal, but well worth the extra effort to knock out both peaks in one push. Altogether a beautiful hike on a very well-maintained trail.
Beautiful weather. The 2200 ft glissade down the northwest gully made my weekend. Perfect glissade snow.
We made 2nd team on summit with a 03:15 a.m. start. Clear weather brisk wind on descent with clouds looking like rain but no lighting - Will climb again in combo with Oxford.
Did Belford and the Ox - summits on both; cold windy and snowy 6-12-13. Camped at the cabin Fri night and 4:30 am start.
We did it along with Oxford as a dayhike. Our dog did awesome. The slideshow from this day is here: Mount Belford and Oxford in a day
Climbed in a fog bank. No views. These two mountains are endless and the trail was a steep one
This was a repeat climb, as Belford was my 6th 14er, back in 1976. That time, I came in from the south to Elkhead Pass. This time I hiked up Missouri Gulch with my wife and daughter. After camping overnight, Belford made their 5th and 2nd 14ers, respectively. Had to run down to escape the rain coming in at midday, but mild weather overall.
Had planned on climbing Oxford, but due to pouring rain and very low visibility we settled for only bagging Belford.
Did Belford and Oxford in one day. A long hike, but the weather held and the views were spectacular. I suppose I'll have to revisit the valley to tackle Missouri later!
Went up the switchbacks, over the top, and down via Elkhead Pass. Perfect weather & great views.
Did all three in one long day. Started at 3:40am and finished around 2pm. Did Missouri first then Belford and Oxford. For the stats sounding so huge, it really wan't to bad. Personally the switchbacks at the start of the trail were the toughest part up and down. Weather held up for most the day. On Belford we followed the ElkHead pass trail to save a little elevation and then cut over too the southwest ridge on Belford. Beautiful area, definately looks worth staying a couple days up in the gulch.
With Oxford, pretty long day, Great views.
Climbed in conjunction with Oxford. Went over and had a look at Missouri for a future climb.
Pulled off a triple or quad?. Missouri to Belford to Oxford to Belford. Over 7,500 ft. vertical in a day!
Oxford, Belford, Emarald, Iowa, Missouri, out. The plan was to cross to Columbia Harvard to a waiting motorcyclein missouri Basin...Moto wouldn't start. luckliy we found this out before heading out. So, we round tripped in and out of Pine Creek Basin. Gourgous. Dirk got sick after we hit the 3K feet gain in under an hour! Take that Roach ah!
One of my favorites of all! Awesome beauty, great fun trail (Missouri Gulch TH), and some pretty cool dudes seem to hang out up there too. :)
Rack up another 14er. YES!