Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  kushrocks
 Date of Info:  04/22/2012
 Date Posted:  04/23/2012

We summited Mt. Belford on Saturday afternoon. We didn't hit the trail until almost 1pm. The snow was really consolidated almost the whole way up. Even with the afternoon heat around 50 to 60 degrees and 55+ lb packs on I only post holed once or twice. I suppose you could have got away without Microspikes but I found them really helpful. The good news is that snow shoes are not needed at this time. In the sunset photo you can see looking to the west there still appears to be a decent amount of snow. We camped on the summit then went for Oxford the next morning and came back down. Decending Belford over to Oxford was a little slick and covered in snow and ice especially near the top but the ascent to oxford was almost completely snow free. This could be one of my new least favorite hikes but seeing my first sunset on top of a 14er was totally worth it.

Photos (click for slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions

04/23/2012 22:51
that picture rocks


04/24/2012 02:30
Do you have any shots of Missouri, from Belford? Curious of snow conditions on the north face. Thanks


Boss picture, Ryan
04/25/2012 16:14
nice work


KR - good to meet you
04/25/2012 18:17
Nice meeting you up there. will keep you posted on the PA/Illimani trip results. I leave on Sunday.

Missouri's N face is absolutely gorgeous right now. if I could figure out how to add a pic here I would!

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