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 Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Tornadoman
 Date of Information:  05/26/2013
 Date Posted:  05/27/2013
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The trail was dry to the creek crossing (approx. 10,800 ft) with a mix of snow and bare ground to the turnoff to Elkhead Pass. The shoulder of Belford started bare with snow gradually increasing on the ascent. Around 13,000 feet the switchbacks became hard to follow, and it was easier to boot up the snow toward the summit. Snow was fairly firm on the ascent, but was much softer descending. I postholed to my knees a few times on the descent. Reached the summit with no special gear!


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  • Comments or Questions
powhound


ridge to Oxford     2013-05-27 20:19:31
What did the ridge over to Oxford look like? Windblown or more deep snow? Thanks.


Tornadoman


Snow; but melting fast     2013-05-27 20:44:16
There is quite a bit of snow going down from Belford to the saddle, but its not deep, I postholed to my knees a couple times, but mostly just went a few inches into the slush. There is less snow on the ascent to Oxford, quite a bit of that is windblown. I just posted an update for Oxford showing a couple pics. We also managed Oxford with no special gear.



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