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Ascent of Mount Oxford on 2017-07-04

Climber: Jonathan Scislow

Others in Party:Elliot Matthews
Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Oxford
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14153 ft / 4313 m

Ascent Trip Report

The three peak ascent of Missouri, Oxford, and Belford made for a long day.

Missouri was by far the toughest of the bunch. There was a section that got a bit steep with scree where you had to be careful not to start sliding.

From Missouri, we went back the way we came to the Elkhead Pass junction and went up to just shy of the Belford summit before heading out to Oxford.

The out and back to Oxford was not bad. Just late enough into the hike that it was tiring.

Belford was the easiest of the bunch, but latest in the day. We were the only people on the summit. We took the trail down directly off of Belford. It's all nasty switchbacks and we wished we had backtracked and gone down from the Missouri-Belford Saddle instead even though it would have added some mileage. That route would have been a nice gentle descent without so many switchbacks.

In all it was a good, but very long hike. 13 hours and 13 minutes round trip.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2133 ft / 649 m
    Elevation Loss:1253 ft / 381 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Good Conditions
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2133 ft / 649 m
    Extra Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Elkhead Pass to Belford + Oxford => Saddle
    Trailhead:Elkhead Pass Junction  12620 ft / 3846 m
    Time Up:0 Days 2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:653 ft / 199 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Belford + Oxford => Saddle
    Trailhead:Belford + Oxford => Saddle  13500 ft / 4114 m
    Time Down:0 Days 0 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Missouri/Oxford/Belford (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Missouri Mountain2017-07-04 A
2Mount Oxford2017-07-04 B
3Mount Belford2017-07-04 C



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