Mt. Belford & Mt. Oxford Climb
I leave for Colorado Thursday morning. I’ll have a couple of days in Leadville before meeting up with Alan Arnette for an early Saturday morning attempt at Belford and Oxford.
The first attempt at these mountains, earlier this year, was a posthole nightmare that took us to only 10,600 feet before turning back. We won’t encounter snow that deep or rotten on this trip although some early snow might make the trip interesting.
I’ll update this post periodically before the climb.
Final Pre-Climb Update
The weather forecast for Saturday’s climb is excellent. We were both able to safely cut some our heaviest gear since cold and excessive snow won’t be a problem. This helps.
We probably won’t be able to communicate once the climb starts since the area is somewhat remote. However, we will be carrying a SPOT Satellite Messenger that will allow you to track our progress via the link below. The SPOT should be active by 6am when we hit the trail. Its signal may not get out at times so don’t be alarmed by whatever you see.
Thanks again to the many of you who have been supportive of this effort.
Mt. Belford – Northwest Ridge (Standard)
Mt. Oxford – From Mt. Belford (Standard)
SPOT Messenger Updates (?)
TeamNSC – We’ll be sending periodic “OK” status updates to this Twitter account from our SPOT satellite messenger in addition to any other updates we can get out.
Johnwlittle (John Little)
Alanarnette (Alan Arnettte)
We may not be able to respond to messages during the climb but we might be able to read them so feel free to send them on. We’ll reply when we can.
Photos will be posted on Flickr
National Weather Service