Ascent of Mount Isolation on 2012-05-19

Climber: Jim Johnson

Date:Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Isolation
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

5-19 - Saturday: 14.6 miles (mountain/single track/rock hop/stream/river crossing) - Mt. Isolation peak bag session (solo) from Rocky Branch Trail > Isolation Trail off of Rt. 16. Saw 2 moose right before the trailhead. Only one car in the parking lot as I started at about 6:30am or so. Caught the 2 guys who were hiking up, about 18 minutes in. Most of the climbing was in the first couple miles. Then it's very easy ridges and ups and downs until near the summit. The conditions of the trail were pretty bad. VERY wet almost the entire way. Lots of standing water, mud, running streams that were basically the trail, and rocks and roots galore. The run was basically a rock-hopping session. The weather was phenomenal and there was zero wind even on the summit.

In the last .8 or so before the summit spur, there was a small patch of stubborn snow still hanging on in a shaded spot. I hit the summit in 1:32, which for the conditions, was pretty good. I was guessing 1:30 or so, so I was pretty close. I took some photos/video of the summit and of Mt. Washington staring me right in the face, and then I headed back down, substantially faster than the way up. I wrecked about a mile from the cars and was very fortunate not to have severely hurt myself. My wrist bent all the way back as I broke my fall against some rotting logs (which blew apart as I crash landed over a bunch of big rocks). I cracked my thumbnail and cut it pretty good underneath. I did bang my knee, but it wasn't bad. I dusted myself off, thanked God it wasn't worse, and continued back down, though more cautiously. I passed a ranger on the way up, not too far from the trailhead and talked w/ her for a couple minutes and then got back down in a total time of: 2:50:37.
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