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 Peak(s):  Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Mt. Oxford  -  14,153 feet
 Post Date:  06/25/2010
 Date Climbed:   06/21/2010
 Posted By:  1998zj

 SUNRISE: Belford/Oxford   

we hiked in the night before and set up camp at tree line

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we went to bed at 10p..rolled around in our sleeping bags till 1a..got up, sorted out some soupy oatmeal and packing issues..then hit the trail at 2a.

nobody packed crampons, but we all did bring ice axes. the morning was quite warm with a small breeze - that factored in with a glimpse of the mt the night before, we opted out of ice axes hoping we didnt hit any trouble. the plan was to hit Belford at sunrise, sit back and enjoy, then push on to Oxford, back to Belford, then over to Missouri.

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hit the trail at 2a


we hit Belford at 4:30a w/no problems. this is my first night 14er hike. i loved it cause i had no idea how much i had gone or how much i had yet to go until i was at the summit all of a sudden.

one of our group started coming down with altitude sickness at this point, so he promptly turned around after hitting summit. the rest of us were too cold to sit and wait for the sun, so we decided to push on to Oxford. i still had my down jacket in my pack..but it was just better off to keep moving than to let my body cool down so much.
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summit of Belford a 4:30..just at first light



on the way over to Oxford. i want to say it took us roughly an hour to get there and the same to get back.
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on the saddle, heading over to Oxford


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looking back at Belford


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Summit of Oxford. I think we hit the top around 6a, due to having sat around on Belford for a bit until we resolved our buddy's altitude issues..and until we had had enough of the cold.
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on the summit of Oxford


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looking back over the Sawatch


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heading back to Belford


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other-wordly.


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Heading over to re-climb Belford. the re-climb was quite unexpectedly underrated. It really managed to suck a lot of juice out of all of us. But, then again, this was our first time hitting more than one peak in a day..and I think being up around 14,000 ft for such an extended period of time was starting to wear on us. Maybe that and getting 3 hours of crappy sleep the night before.
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the re-climb of Belford

The plan was to get over to Missouri and make the summit push. We had PLENTY of time left in the day, as it was now just after 7a..but we opted out due to already feeling pretty spent and wanting to end the day on a good note.
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looking out at Missouri


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  • Comments or Questions (2)
spong0949


Thanks for the trip report and info     2010-06-25 16:39:41
You took some beautiful sunrise pictures!!! specially that last panorama shot.


billdawg


Nice report     2010-06-28 13:51:51
We‘ll be doing Belford next week (7/10). Was there much snow to contend with?



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