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Ascent to Mount Isolation-Davis Trail/Isolation Trail intersections on 2011-07-02

Climber: Ella C

Others in Party:Betty
Date:Saturday, July 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Isolation - Davis Trail/Isolation Trail intersections
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3850 ft / 1173 m
    Remaining Elevation:153 ft / 47 m (2% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Isolation was my first attempt at a 4000 footer in NH, which some passers by were really surprised that I chose as a first.

Mt. Isolation via the Rocky Branch - Isolation - Davis trails was a great hike with a gradual altitude gain, and on paper looks like it should be only moderately strenuous. That being said, what makes this route hard isn't that there's a lot of altitude, but that the trip is pretty much a mix of rock hopping, river and stream crossings, and somewhat deep mud that can add to your pace.

My turnaround near a mile to the summit had nothing to do with technical difficulty, but the fact that my pace had been significantly slowed down enough that my 10-hour projected trip was turning into a 12-13 hour trip. While this under normal circumstances wouldn't deter me from hitting a summit, I wasn't confident in my ability to climb rocks and cross rivers/streams without falling due to shaky, tired legs. By the time I got to the car, it was the right call. I don't think I could have done another hour and a half.

What I had the toughest time with was the never-ending soaking wet feet. Between mud that went up and over my boots, to sliding into rivers-- my dry feet were doomed from the start. I had clean, dry socks but that would not have helped. Maybe plastic bags up to my knees would have?

Overall, I think the next attempt will be an overnight trip. To break it up by staying in one of the shelters would be nice and allow the feet to dry out a bit before getting back to it. I really can't wait to try it again.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6500 ft / 1981 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
beautiful day under the canopy!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6500 ft / 1981 m
    Extra Loss:3850 ft / 1173 m
    Trailhead:1200 ft / 365 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics



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