Peak(s):  Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  07/12/2010
Date Climbed:   07/06/2010
Author:  billdawg

My wife, Deb, 11 year old son, Nolan, and I tried our first 14er. Mt. Belford. We drove out monday 7/5, and found a great camping spot, about 3 miles down from the trailhead. The next day 7/6, we got up about 0500, and were on the trail at 0540. WOW, hiking in Nebraska, even in the hilly terrain of Eastern NE/Western IA, is waaay different then CO. We usually go out and ski in the winter, but even that is a lot different. Somebody stole all the oxygen,haha.
Anyway, we took our time, and enjoyed the cool weather and beautiful views. The day couldn't have been more perfect, low 70's, slight breeze and sunny.
As we wroked our way up to the summit, Nolan, our son, started to show some symptoms of altitude sickness, around 13,000' I had read on the website, that it can affect children more so than adults. He wanted to stay there and let us continue, but of course we weren't going to do that, so we stopped our climb at 13,213 ft. I thought that that was a pretty good job, for the first time for a bunch of flatlanders.
One thing that nobody ever mentioned, or if they did, I missed it, that coming back down is harder than climbing up. My toes kept slamming into the front of my boots,and I ended up bruising my toenial on my big toe.
We had a great time, and white water rafted down teh Arkansas the next day. We plan on coming back, but maybe allowing for a little more aclimization.

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 Comments or Questions

Good call.....
07/12/2010 22:43
I know it is hard having to turn back when you get that high up, but a summit is never worth a person‘s well-being. Looks like it was still a great family event nevertheless. I love rafting the Arkansas!!!! We have gone a couple times and that may be my second favorite thing to do when we manage to make it up that way. Good luck on any future attempts. Nice report.

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Boot Check
07/13/2010 03:40
Hey, you might want to check that boot for proper fitting. One way is to use thick wool socks. It helps with the shock and the sliding. Glad you had a great time up Belford; don‘t worry about not summiting...I tried taking Oxford (a neighboring summit) for 8 years now and each time I went there was always, always bad weather.

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