I love them.
An absolutely beautiful summit. The picture of the Belford ridge behind you with the tiny trail winding along is sweet. Little did we know that this was one of our last moments of normalcy (went over to Mt. Waverly after since building clouds were not going to allow us to return over Belford/Oxford for Missouri)...Descent down Waverly gulch was, um, "great"! Isn't it fun when you can say you just created a route, totally blew up your knees (was that 4,000 ft of messy rock gully descent??? Yep.), got almost flash flooded, got hailed upon, fell in prickers (Charlie), cut up your hands and elbows (Nick), crossed a river and some beaver ponds, then walked a death march back to the car on the road for 2 miles for a total of almost 14 miles for the day??? Yeah...that's "good times"...as the DTMH would say...Only tolerable due to awesome hiking partners. Otherwise would have been almost broken by it.
Very doable double.
Second of 3 mountains today, had a bit of an epic from waverly getting down due to thunderstorms but the present company with me made the day bright.
Missouri, Belford, and Oxford in one day. This was my second attempt at bagging all three in one day. Oxford is number twenty.
Climbed from Elkhead Pass after climbing Missouri, Iowa, and Emerald. Followed it up with Belford to bag 5 peaks for the day.
I meet the best people hiking. My buddy and I happened upon two great guys at our chosen campsite, and hiked with them all day. The brought excellent snacks, Irish whiskey for the summit toast, and plenty of sophomoric jokes. Thank goodness for oxygen deprivation!
Met a young girl on the summit who had hiked in jeans. All the other climbers on the peak voted to give her extra credit for that!
I summited Oxford via the west ridge coming off Belford`s summit on a glorious (mild weather) day. Had nice views of Plata and Harvard.
Windy ridge and summit!
Did the three-mountain traverse, car to car in 11 hours and 36 minutes.
with Belford: it was an amazing day!!
Descended Belford Gulch. We found the remnants of an old miners trail just below timberline which we followed as best as we could for the descent.
A little cold and windy but wonderful
did all three that day, Belford, Oxford, Missouri. That last hump back over Belford was HARD. But I still wish I was 19 again. So much energy back then!
Incredible blessing to not only be successful on my 1st 14er, but to bag 2(5900 ft.)...now let's keep it up!
Long day solo including Belford, all together one of the best days of my life.
Even with these two mtns. climbed together, I still summitted Oxford seperately, Belford twice obvisouly. There were a few people up there. Belford looks nice from Oxford's summit.
Oxford made it an even dozen for me on total 14ers!