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 Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  dehrlich101
 Date of Information:  11/02/2012
 Date Posted:  11/03/2012
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Route has some snow on it but is avoidable for the most part. We did it without micro spikes, but some may feel more comfortable in having them on some parts coming down.

No wolf sightings



  • Comments or Questions (6)
jswiftcervelo


Same day?     2012-11-04 01:03:40
Were you the ones I saw up there twice? By the way I got Missouri too


dehrlich101


Yup     2012-11-04 01:43:09
Excellent job buddy.. How much elevation gain did you get throughout the day?


jswiftcervelo


Elevation Gain     2012-11-04 23:04:32
Given... It was all pretty easy terrain except maybe the top portions of Missouri - I ended up gaining 10,350 feet of elevation and 21 total miles

11 hours of total climbing (excluding summit time)


jswiftcervelo


Climbing     2012-11-04 23:09:24
Also, I don't have to do that every time - I tend to push myself a lot sometimes but I can chill too. If you want to climb sometime, especially in the winter, give me a PM...

Thanks,
Josh


ChrisinAZ


11/04 update     2012-11-05 08:13:04
We were just up on BelOx yesterday, similar conditions. Basically no snow below the creek crossing, then a few inches of packed stuff on the trail intermittently all the way to the summit. Snow on the steeper descent to Oxford, but nothing that'd make you fall to your death. Minor traction is a good idea, trekking poles would suffice for most.

Missouri's standard route looked like it could be more challenging, at least until gaining the ridge--the steep slopes had more snow cover than bare ground.


jswiftcervelo


Missouri     2012-11-05 20:58:56
ChrisinAZ - Missouri was weird and I'm sorry I didn't give a better description before. I climbed it on the rocks to the right of the route instead of using the trail. Using the trail alone probably would have been somewhat snowy. However the snow did make the descent WAY easier because I was able to slide. The snow you saw was there for me too and you're assessment is probably a little better. Its more of a climb than usual. Then again my complete bonk after 10,000 vertical that day probably changed my perception a little


Josh



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