Spring Gathering: BelOx

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Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby tmathews » Mon May 02, 2011 7:37 am

Please use this thread if you want to coordinate a group or find partners for Mts. Belford and Oxford.
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby jomagam » Mon May 02, 2011 8:55 am

Is Vicksburg reachable by car already ?
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby tmathews » Mon May 02, 2011 9:00 am

jomagam wrote:Is Vicksburg reachable by car already ?


Should be unless snow seriously dumped on the area. People were reporting being able to reach the Missouri Gulch TH a week or two ago.
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby jomagam » Mon May 02, 2011 9:18 am

Cool. Is it kosher to sleep at the trailhead in a car ? Do people do anything special with food to make it bear safe ?
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby tmathews » Mon May 02, 2011 9:23 am

jomagam wrote:Cool. Is it kosher to sleep at the trailhead in a car ? Do people do anything special with food to make it bear safe ?


There are signs posted there stating that no camping (includes car camping) is allowed at the TH. I've seen a lot of people car camp on the road, though. They just pull off to the side. You can get a stuff sack and hang your food in a tree with a rope or get a bear canister, but there are going to be so many people around I doubt you'll have to worry about it.
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby jomagam » Mon May 02, 2011 10:16 am

Thanks. Haven't seen a recent thread on these peaks. What equipment is needed ? Snowshoes ? Are microspikes enough ?
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon May 02, 2011 10:27 am

I'll be up there, scotch at the ready, for the 'Fords. Should be rolling in sometime early in the evening on Friday.
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby tmathews » Mon May 02, 2011 10:28 am

jomagam wrote:Thanks. Haven't seen a recent thread on these peaks. What equipment is needed ? Snowshoes ? Are microspikes enough ?


Conditions are going to be a mixed bag as they always are in spring. You may not need snowshoes up the switchbacks up to the creek crossing, but you might want them after that. If the trail has seen a lot of traffic, there will be icy areas along the switchbacks that people often slip and fall on without Microspikes or other traction. It's unlikely you'll need them as your ascending Belford's standard route (Microspikes can be handy here), but if you decide to go onto Oxford flotation could be helpful. Also, if you decide to ascend/descend via Elkhead Pass, they will definitely be helpful.
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby kushrocks » Mon May 02, 2011 12:31 pm

I was looking at Missouri but could be talked into doing Belford/Oxford. I was up in that area on 4/23 and the conditions sucked even with snowshoes we were sinking in every other step to our waist so I am really hoping they have improved a lot in two weeks. Are there open areas to camp near the trailhead if we cant actually camp at the trailhead? Or should I just look for the 14ers banner and then try and clear a spot near there? Ill be there with my girlfriend and 4 legged hiking partner. (Superdog Sophie- I will explain this weekend)
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon May 02, 2011 12:34 pm

kushrocks wrote:I was looking at Missouri but could be talked into doing Belford/Oxford. I was up in that area on 4/23 and the conditions sucked even with snowshoes we were sinking in every other step to our waist so I am really hoping they have improved a lot in two weeks. Are there open areas to camp near the trailhead if we cant actually camp at the trailhead? Or should I just look for the 14ers banner and then try and clear a spot near there? Ill be there with my girlfriend and 4 legged hiking partner. (Superdog Sophie- I will explain this weekend)


I think we'll be camping below the TH at the nice camp areas just before you hit the switchback... I'll have my banner out. Hopefully wwe can get a group there early enough to stake the wide open areas near the creek.
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby kushrocks » Mon May 02, 2011 12:37 pm

wildlobo71 wrote:
kushrocks wrote:I was looking at Missouri but could be talked into doing Belford/Oxford. I was up in that area on 4/23 and the conditions sucked even with snowshoes we were sinking in every other step to our waist so I am really hoping they have improved a lot in two weeks. Are there open areas to camp near the trailhead if we cant actually camp at the trailhead? Or should I just look for the 14ers banner and then try and clear a spot near there? Ill be there with my girlfriend and 4 legged hiking partner. (Superdog Sophie- I will explain this weekend)


I think we'll be camping below the TH at the nice camp areas just before you hit the switchback... I'll have my banner out. Hopefully wwe can get a group there early enough to stake the wide open areas near the creek.



Sweet man. I should be there around 6ish hopefully. Great idea on the scotch by the way.
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Re: Spring Gathering: BelOx

Postby thevagabond » Mon May 02, 2011 5:31 pm

I will be going for Oxford and Belford saturday, and camping at south winfield.

Sunday i'm thinking La Plata.

I will arrive in winfield friday around 6 pm or earlier if I can manage.

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