I climbed this one with Belford.............that was a loooooooooooooong day.
I made it to Belfords summit spent about one minute on top and headed for Oxford. The weather was heading in fast and was already cloudy, but it didn’t look like thunderstorms yet. The hike over to Oxford was pleasant and was an easy hike. Oxford has a huge summit it's a large mound with alpine grasses all over
The 700 feet back to Belfords ridge was the hardest part of the day and it was very steep. Once back on the ridge I didn’t want to make the trek back to Belfords summit so I headed to Elkhead pass. This is the saddle between Belford and Missouri Mtn.
Made traverse...extremely windy and cold.
After reaching this summit it was quite a relief because we had gotten Belford and Missouri previous to it that day. Heading back to Belford was a grueling 700 vertical ft but it was another relief making it back to Belford. Then the fun downclimb began which did wonders for my knees. This was my first day bagging three 14ers in one day :) and a long day it was...about 13 hours.
When we climbed Belford we didn't climb Oxford because of a summit storm. I climbed Oxford by walking all the way to Elk Head Pass. It's long but easy. Climbing Oxford from Elk Head Pass is just a matter of following Belford's South Ridge to the Oxford-Belford saddle and crossing over. Except for the distance its quite easy. On the down climb I did cross over Belford and followed the standard route down. I was hallucinating on the way. I saw a dinosaur (a large rock), a panther (a small aspen tree), and several skunks ( small rocks).
I love the valley of Missouri Gulch. Dusting of snow that day and winds that never stopped.
7th summit of Nolan's 14. Only 45 minutes from Belford. Descended off trail south of the saddle down to an avalanche chute above the Bedrock Falls aid station on the Pine Creek trail. It is getting dark. On to Harvard.
beautiful morning summit,
descended south to avalanche gulch from belford oxford summit.
Did with Belford and Missouri. The view of Harvard is incredible.
Another easy hike with my dog Sneakers!