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Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby SolarAlex » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:59 am

Anyone up for a long stroll through the sawatch on friday? i plan on leaving out of breckenridge around 530ish, and then heading down to the trailhead. forecast looks good right now, although if it changes the hike may not happen. Id say im a moderate pace hiker that can keep up with faster people if i really try. id also be open to holy cross or harvard-columbia or la plata.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby IkeB » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:58 pm

If you end up on la plata I would be interested.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby jomagam » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:56 pm

Not sure what moderate pace hiker means, but Mo-Bel-Ox is 7500 feet or vert with 4,500 of them above 13,000 feet.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby TrailDude41 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:34 pm

I'd be up for something that day.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby SolarAlex » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:17 pm

id be cool with la plata if that works for people. the standard nw ridge?

also when i say "moderate speed", i mean a moderate pace. my guess for my time on mo bel ox would be 10-11 hours.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby jomagam » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:50 pm

SolarAlex wrote:also when i say "moderate speed", i mean a moderate pace. my guess for my time on mo bel ox would be 10-11 hours.


That's pretty fast if you ask me. I've had my eyes set on that trio as well, but didn't get to do enough training hikes to attempt it. How do you (or others who already did it) think the time for Bel-Ox-Mo compares to say the Keyhole route ?

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby jomagam » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:51 pm

ps: my guess is that Bel-Ox-Mo is 40-50% more time than the Keyhole.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby ezabielski » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:14 pm

You could backpack in the night before (1-1.5 hours) to tree line where the trail splits for Bel/Ox and Missouri. There is a river for water next to the trail for drinking water. Then do all three the next day and hike out. My group did this last week. It will also give you an opportunity to see sunrise on Belford with this strategy.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby I Man » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:15 pm

Missouri Gulch Triple Crown can be done in less time than they keyhole, mileage is similar. I think it took us 13 hours in snow, and our route was 8500' gain. I say do Missouri first.

10-11 hours is probably in the ballpark.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby SolarAlex » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:04 pm

jomagam wrote:
SolarAlex wrote:also when i say "moderate speed", i mean a moderate pace. my guess for my time on mo bel ox would be 10-11 hours.


That's pretty fast if you ask me. I've had my eyes set on that trio as well, but didn't get to do enough training hikes to attempt it. How do you (or others who already did it) think the time for Bel-Ox-Mo compares to say the Keyhole route ?


hard to say since ive never done the belford group, but id guess an extra couple hours longer than the keyhole. i could be totally wrong and end up hiking back to the car by headlamp. i can generally average 1200 feet per hour, so id guess 7 hours of going up and then 3 or 4 of downhill. maybe add an hour for breaks, but im typically not much for long breaks.

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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby DaveSwink » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:23 pm

My best times for both are about the same. My impression was the Bel/Ox/Miss was a somewhat harder day, but very fun. Bel/Ox/Miss has less exposure/technical so you can focus on the cardio more.

I agree with I man, do Missouri first. It has a few slippery spots that are better done while fresh rather than after running Bel/Ox.
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Re: Mo-Bel-Ox 9/28

Postby HikerGuy » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:23 pm

I Man wrote:Missouri Gulch Triple Crown can be done in less time than they keyhole, mileage is similar. I think it took us 13 hours in snow, and our route was 8500' gain. I say do Missouri first.

10-11 hours is probably in the ballpark.


This estimate was dead on for me. I hiked the triple on June 21st, it took 10 hours and 45 minutes. I estimated 16 miles and and 8,000 feet. Started at the TH, I did Missouri first, dropped down to the saddle between Missouri and Iowa, traversed below Missouri's East Ridge to just below Elkhead Pass, from there I took the trail over Elkhead Pass and up to Belford's shoulder, went over to Oxford, then back over Belford and down the Belford std. route. I was by no means feeling it that day. Felt good until I got to Elkhead Pass, then it was slow going. Didn't feel like eating, so I was low on energy. I spent some time on the summit of Missouri, pumped water on the traverse below Missouri's East Ridge, took a long break on top of Oxford, and short break on Belford. I also stopped to rest a few times going down Belford. For comparison, this was about the same amount of time I took for the Keyhole route on Longs.

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