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Ascent of Mount Isolation on 2007-11-22

Climber: Monica Trust

Others in Party:Michael
Date:Thursday, November 22, 2007
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Isolation
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

We camped out the night before at the Barnes Field campsite. We were supposed to get up early but it was raining. It was nice to get a little more sleep. We started our hike about 10:30AM. It was about 45 degrees out with some light rain throughout the day. The hike was relatively easy with few steep sections and a gradual ascent. The trails were very wet and muddy. I had on crappy winter boots so I was slipping on our way up until I put on my stabilicers. After that I was fine. We had a couple of river crossings where the rapids were pretty fast moving. I fell in the first one up to my chest. As you can imagine the water was on the chilly side. All I could think of at that moment was I needed to get out of the water quickly to salvage the dry clothes I had in my pack. Thank goodness, we were only steps away from an old shelter where I could change into dry clothes. We stopped and I took out the clothes in my pack that remained dry. I had a couple of shirts but they were damp. Michael had long underwear and a fleece to keep me warm. I put a pair of socks in a pocket at the top of my pack before we left as an afterthought so that was still dry. It was not too cold out so I was okay. We ate our turkey dinner and hung out there for a little while and then we set off for the summit. Not long after we were hiking we reached the next river crossing. We had to throw a large branch to make it easier to cross the river. Needless to say I was a lot more careful each time we crossed the river. We had to turn back at 4:00 because we lost the trail. According to Michael's altimeter we were about 500-600 feet from the summit. But as it was we were losing daylight, had no dry clothes left and no good blazes to help us get to the summit. What a bummer it was to turn around.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Rocky Branch Trail, Isolation Trail and Davis Path
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km



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