Climbing Missouri Mountain (14,067 ft)

We had decided to climb Missouri Mountain, which is near Oxford and Belford, which we'd climbed two years prior. We picked an alternate route up to the summit, which we thought would be more pleasant...unfortunately, it turned out to be a very steep slog, with an exciting 4WD lead in and out as well!

Thankfully, we summited, so we don't have to do that one again!

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A ridgeline south of Huron Peak
A ridgeline south of Huron Peak
 
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8-12-2007 8:57 am
  Lonny, with slightly angelic lighting
Lonny, with slightly angelic lighting
 
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8-12-2007 9:06 am
Photo by Lisa Davis
  Iowa Peak towering above the valley
Iowa Peak towering above the valley
 
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8-12-2007 9:06 am
  The steep grassy hillside 1300 feet high we had to ascend
The steep grassy hillside 1300 feet high we had to ascend
The trail stopped around 12,000 feet, and we had to pick our way up the grassy slopes of the ridgeline - far harder than it looks.
 
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8-12-2007 9:16 am
  Shari, Lonny, and Brad
Shari, Lonny, and Brad
 
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8-12-2007 9:20 am
  A Gentian Flower
A Gentian Flower
 
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8-12-2007 9:33 am
Photo by Lisa Davis
  Shari and Brian on the trail
Shari and Brian on the trail
The trail disappeared shortly after this shot, and we were forced to find our own way up the tundra.
 
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8-12-2007 9:42 am
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
  1,300 feet of grassy misery
1,300 feet of grassy misery
 
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8-12-2007 9:52 am
  Lisa, ascending the grassy knoll
Lisa, ascending the grassy knoll
 
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8-12-2007 10:01 am
  Huron in the distance, plus a perspective on the slope of ascent
Huron in the distance, plus a perspective on the slope of ascent
 
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8-12-2007 10:21 am
  A Lake Fork valley panorama
A Lake Fork valley panorama
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8-12-2007 10:46 am
  Shari, up on the ridge (13,900 feet) that snakes up to the summit
Shari, up on the ridge (13,900 feet) that snakes up to the summit
 
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8-12-2007 11:37 am
  The summit of Missouri, with people visible on it
The summit of Missouri, with people visible on it
 
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8-12-2007 11:47 am
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
  Lonny reaches the summit
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Lonny reaches the summit
 
8-12-2007 11:52 am
  Brad, Shari, Lonny, Brian, and Lisa on the summit
Brad, Shari, Lonny, Brian, and Lisa on the summit
 
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8-12-2007 11:58 am
  Summit Panorama
Summit Panorama
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8-12-2007 11:58 am
  Lisa and Brian on the summit
Lisa and Brian on the summit
 
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8-12-2007 11:59 am
  Lisa, enjoying her high-tech freeze dried ice cream
Lisa, enjoying her high-tech freeze dried ice cream
 
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8-12-2007 12:11 pm
Photo by Lisa Davis
  Mmmm...ice cream!
Mmmm...ice cream!
 
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8-12-2007 12:15 pm
Photo by Lisa Davis
  Looking back on Pt. 13,930 and the descent route (down the the left)
Looking back on Pt. 13,930 and the descent route (down the the left)
 
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8-12-2007 12:16 pm
  Belford Peak, visible across Missouri Gulch, which drops down over 1,500 feet below
Belford Peak, visible across Missouri Gulch, which drops down over 1,500 feet below
Two years prior, we climbed Belford and Oxford (behind Belford, not visible) via Missouri Gulch.
 
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8-12-2007 12:16 pm
  Lonny and Brad descending below some broken cliffs
Lonny and Brad descending below some broken cliffs
 
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8-12-2007 12:21 pm
  Our return route through a small scrambling section
Our return route through a small scrambling section
 
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8-12-2007 12:23 pm
  Missouri Gulch
Missouri Gulch
 
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8-12-2007 12:37 pm
  A rain squall moves over Huron
A rain squall moves over Huron
 
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8-12-2007 12:47 pm
  Shari and Lisa descending the talus covered slope
Shari and Lisa descending the talus covered slope
 
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8-12-2007 12:52 pm
  Shari, Brad, and Lonny, resting by a cairn
Shari, Brad, and Lonny, resting by a cairn
 
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8-12-2007 1:34 pm
  Lonny's sauntering descent from Missouri
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Lonny's sauntering descent from Missouri
 
8-12-2007 1:34 pm
  Sunlight illuminates a peak at the end of the valley
Sunlight illuminates a peak at the end of the valley
 
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8-12-2007 2:46 pm
  Brad descends the 4WD road
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Brad descends the 4WD road
One of the sections of the 4WD road to back from the trailhead
 
8-12-2007 3:18 pm
  The first, and shallowest, stream crossing on the return journey
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The first, and shallowest, stream crossing on the return journey
This was the shallower stream crossing of the two...
 
8-12-2007 3:38 pm
  The first, and shallowest, stream crossing on the return journey
The first, and shallowest, stream crossing on the return journey
Brad"s Land Cruiser taking it in stride
 
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8-12-2007 3:38 pm
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
  The second stream crossing had some much deeper spots
The second stream crossing had some much deeper spots
Thanks to the suggestions from folks on 14ers.com, we knew how to cross the stream and avoid the deep spots like this one.
 
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8-12-2007 3:38 pm
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
  The second return stream crossing with the jaunt around the island
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The second return stream crossing with the jaunt around the island
 
8-12-2007 3:38 pm
  The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (1 of 4)
The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (1 of 4)
 
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8-12-2007 3:38 pm
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
  The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (2 of 4)
The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (2 of 4)
 
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8-12-2007 3:38 pm
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
  The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (3 of 4)
The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (3 of 4)
 
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8-12-2007 3:38 pm
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
  The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (4 of 4)
The Land Cruiser plunges into the second, deeper, stream crossing (4 of 4)
 
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8-12-2007 3:38 pm
Photo by Lonny Jacobson
 

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