Mount Oxford Climber's Log

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altitude14er

altitude14er - Jun 13, 2005 7:04 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Approach Date Climbed: May 21, 2005  Sucess!

Oxford is a tough climb after having already summited Belford

shknbke

shknbke - May 31, 2005 6:49 pm

Route Climbed: standard route from Belford Date Climbed: May 30, 2005  Sucess!

My second attempt at Oxford, this time a success. I was foiled in '04 by approaching storms and a busted shin while coming down Missouri. This time the weather held long enough and the snow was 90% gone. Great glissade on the way down to save the knees. This completes the Sawatch 14'ers for me.

jwproulx

jwproulx - May 31, 2005 5:45 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 30 2005  Sucess!

DIGITAL CAMERA FOUND en route -- it still works!!! If you think it might be yours, contact me and give some identifying details (photos / what photos are on the camera / type of camera, when climbed, etc). The first photo had some identifying details (a photo of some writing on a pad, but I think not enough to track you down).



Email: my last name (proulx) at pizero (the greek letter + arabic numeral) dot colorado (the university) dot edu.



Nice weather, but windy, and it deteriorated badly as I approached Belford. Hi to other recent summiteers, ktiffany22 (whom I met on Saturday when I did Missouri) and Paul and Brian from Brackett Hall '97 (who signed the summit log on Sunday).

ktiffany22

ktiffany22 - May 30, 2005 8:30 pm

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

After initiating my Kansas cousin with Belford, we headed over to Oxford. Beautiful views! (you won't need snowshoes) ...but I'm gonna nickname this hike the long SLOG!

shanrickv

shanrickv - May 29, 2005 10:23 pm

Route Climbed: Saddle from Belford Date Climbed: 5/29/05  Sucess!

Summited, along with Belford, 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 12:36 am

Route Climbed: All 3 - 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 5:34 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge (Belford traverse) Date Climbed: September 26, 2004  Sucess!

Summited after Missouri and before Belford.

ColoradoScott

ColoradoScott - Feb 4, 2005 11:38 am

Route Climbed: West Ridge from Belford Date Climbed: June 19, 1989  Sucess!

We climbed both by the standard routes from a high camp in Missouri Gulch

Richrat

Richrat - Jan 30, 2005 8:45 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Trail Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

I climbed Belford and Oxford on this trip.

mr_g

mr_g - Oct 12, 2004 10:12 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

scvanm - Sep 13, 2004 11:10 pm

Route Climbed: Over Belford Date Climbed: Sept 12th 2004

On our return over Belford we got rained on, snowed on, and walked through some 45-50 MPH winds. (Josh, CJ)

Larry V

Larry V - Aug 26, 2004 12:01 am

Route Climbed: via Belford Date Climbed: August 1993  Sucess!

Snow on top. Climbed with Ron, Ryan, Kristen. Didn't get any photos.

volda2000

volda2000 - Aug 17, 2004 10:20 am

Route Climbed: South Ridge from Pine Creek Date Climbed: August 14, 2004  Sucess!

3 hours of straight uphill bushwack and scramble. We made it! I actually enjoyed the non standard route. We had great weather and were able to summit Belford also. Returned via Elkhead pass and connected back up with the Pine Creek trail to camp. Great loop if you have the time and weather!

dp

dp - Aug 10, 2004 1:12 pm

Route Climbed: connecting ridge from Belford Date Climbed: August 8, 2004  Sucess!

Long day- the re-ascent to Belford was pretty tiring, and we took about 10 hours total from the Missouri Gultch trailhead (one member of our party had some knee problems on the descents, but we weren't moving as fast as usual at any rate).



Spectacular weather the entire day- cloudless skies (even in the afternoon!), a little windy on the summits, and not too crowded.

Saintgrizzly

Saintgrizzly - Jul 27, 2004 11:23 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September, 1994  Sucess!

Climbed this mountain, along with Belford, in a relatively severe and cold wind storm. Did the thing with Aaron Johnson, and we did NOT hang around on the summits! Including Missouri Mountain these three make for a nice day or two in the mountains...

jrf

jrf - Jul 17, 2004 3:46 pm

Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!

Long day. Took 8 hours to do both Belford and Oxford. I saw clouds starting to build while on the summit of Oxford (not good). It seemed to take forever to get back to Belford. I came down the West Slopes route (sort of) instead of going back over Belford. It made for a quicker descent since the clouds seemed to be threatening but probably not advisable under better conditions.

Speedy

Speedy - Jul 16, 2004 12:08 am

Route 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?

Bryan W

Bryan W - Jul 13, 2004 11:16 am

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

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.

Ratballs

Ratballs - Jun 22, 2004 8:51 pm

Route 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."

DaveC

DaveC - May 21, 2004 9:13 pm

Route 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.

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