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Ascent to Mount Isolation-Isolation Trail on 2007-11-22

Climber: Michael Blair

Others in Party:Monica
Date:Thursday, November 22, 2007
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Isolation - Isolation Trail
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Remaining Elevation:403 ft / 123 m (3% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Monica and I camped out the night before at the Barnes Field Campground. The Meetup group never materialzed after everyone but Monica and bailed out for one reason or another. Got a late start after waiting out the rain. Temperatures where in the 40s (nearly perfect for hiking) when we started and stayed that way for the entire hike. Started up the Rocky Branch Trail - one of the more poorly marked trails in the White Mountains - and made its to the junction with the Isolation Trail without incident. It was here that Monica decided to take a plunge into the river. First her feet slipped out from underneath her and she landed on her backside on top of a large slippery rock. Then the weight of her pack pulled her backwards and into the water. It wasn't too deep, but it was deep enough - the only things above the water were her feet and her head. Being properly prepared we were able to put together a full outfit of dry clothes for her to change into at the nearby Rocky Branch Shelter. After some turkey and fixings (it was Thanksgiving don't cha know) we went back out to finsh our climb to the summit of Isolation. We never made it. After a couple of miles and some difficult river crossings on the Isolation Trail we lost the trail - near the old Isolation Shelter. We looked for a while but couldn't relocate it and since it was getting late and we didn't want to be doing a bunch of river crossings in the dark we turned around and headed for home. Got to within 400 feet of elevation and about a mile and a half away from our objective. Would have been able to bushwack in the summer, but not in the snow. We did get to use our brand-new snowshoes though. There is nothing more depressing then the hike down an unsuccessful attempt at a summit. Oh well, we will get it next time. On this Thanksgiving Isolation remained isolated.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Hut Camp
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy



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