A repeat climb with my daughter, for her 3rd 14er. It became my 7th in September of 1976. Camped in Missouri Gulch at about timberline, climbed both peaks and packed out on the 2nd day. Great fun, but it had been too long since I had carried a full pack very far, and my shoulders complained!
Bailed down gulch between peaks due to lightning, walk upstream to bridge in rain.
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!
Did the standard route from Belford, and made it to Oxford summit in 48 mins. Weather was closing in, so we were going at a little bit faster clip than normal. Did all three in one day, not as bad as it was made out to be. Going back over Belford after a long day is a little challenging. Amazing views, and an amazing sunrise. (check the pics.)
Standard route up and Elkhead pass down.
Nine hours car to car.
Great hike, fairly easy and not too long. Gotta love all those switchbacks....not.
Climbed with Belford. Not very appealing mountains, I most likely won't be back.
Pulled off a triple or quad?. Missouri to Belford to Oxford to Belford. Over 7,500 ft. vertical in a day!
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!