Peak:  Mt. Oxford (14er)
 Route:  From Mt. Belford
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  aoskaran
 Date of Info:  05/04/2012
 Date Posted:  05/05/2012

Trail is mostly snow free or easily avoidable. I did not bring snow shoes or micro spikes and did not ever need them. The conditions are more like July than early May. There is one small snow field about 2/3 the way up to Oxford from Belford that was very soft at 1:00 pm and I post holed both legs up to mid waist. I have included a picture of it. Kind of shocking but I easily climbed out. Coming back through it I used my poles to find bottom and then supported myself better and did not get stuck. The climb back up Belford from Oxford is pretty strenuous after 5300' of vertical, save some energy for it. I started at 8:30 am and finished at 5:00 pm. Weather was perfect.

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 Comments or Questions

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05/06/2012 19:05
I must be getting old. I didn't even remember the snow field before Oxford when I climbed it 3 days earlier. LOL! But yeah, conditions were amazing for this time of year. We bailed on Oxford last fall, so I was glad to have an opportunity to redeem myself this spring.


05/10/2012 18:43
Thanks for your great trip report prior to mine. It's the reason I went in the first place and was right on the money. Thanks.

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