Peak(s):  Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  04/19/2011
Date Climbed:   04/06/2011
Author:  Artvandalay
 The NOAA is full of crap!  

If you told me that there is a state wide conspiracy aimed at keeping people off 14ers by predicting bad weather, and that the NOAA is behind it all, I would say....DUH!

I climbed Mount Belford a few weeks back and it was a gorgeous bluebird day until about 1pm. It was supposed to be mostly cloudy with wind and low temps blah blah blah. My idea going forward to test out this conspiracy is to choose to hike on the worst days possible. I fully expect to discover perfect hiking days hidden in the NOAA's forecasts. Then, when I threaten to expose them, they will likely pay me large amounts of money which I will accept and then expose them anyways.

I had a great time hiking Belford. I had planned on Oxford and possibly Missouri as well, but plans changed, as they often do. Leaving my car on the CO 390 stuck in snow and losing the trail, topped off by extreme fatigue from postholing (with snowshoes) resulted in accepting a Belford summit as a fine accomplishment for the day. Is it just me or is that Belford shoulder a crazy amount of elevation. Correct me if needed, but I believe it is more severe than the Manitou Incline.

Anyways, as usual, here is the link to my full TR. Click me.

Someday, I'll return to for Oxford and Missouri. (and the log cabin that I somehow never passed up or down)

 Comments or Questions

Spring Gathering
04/19/2011 18:57
You going to the Spring Gathering? You could possibly nab Oxford via Elkhead Pass and Missouri then.


I wish!
04/19/2011 19:21
I'd love to attend. I will in Bora Bora actually. It was me and my wife's Xmas present to each other.


04/20/2011 22:33
is it possible to skin most of the way from the trailhead as of your adventure? We were planning on skiing it possibly this weekend (23rd) pending NOAA's forcasts


RE: Hypersnow
04/21/2011 00:40
Yes, most of the way skinning would be possible. Once above treeline you'll be in and out of snowfields. Same with the climb up the shoulder. You'll find some good lines on the descent though.


04/25/2011 19:17
Brady, you are one bold guy, and often come home making the goal!

That 390 road can be a booger.

Congrats on one more snow-season peak!


Thanks Jim
04/25/2011 19:20
No bolder than you I'm afraid. I'll claim Belford as ”the goal” however the real goal would've been at least Oxford as well. It'll be fun to go back in the summer. Maybe I'll see you up there!

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