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 Mt Isolation bushwhack - Trail breakers wanted! 
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 Mt Isolation bushwhack - Trail breakers wanted!
On February 12 we attempted Mt Isolation but turned back a few miles from the summit due to it being so late in the day and sheer exhaustion from breaking trail for 8 hours in 1-3 feet of snow.

If anyone is interested, we are attempting Isolation again this Saturday March 12. We'll meet at the Rocky Branch trailhead at 8:15 AM with an expected start time of 8:30 AM.
We have at least 10 already, so please come join the fun! :wink:
Bill

PS Bring snowshoes!

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Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:31 pm
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Without going into a lot of details, Isolation was not summited again.
The good news is that the weather for this week looks decent and with Spring arriving Sunday at 7:33 AM, we are going to attempt Isolation again on Saturday March 20 as a final winter hike of the year.
I'll post details about the meeting time at the trailhead later this week.
Please join the fun! :D
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Tue Mar 15, 2005 8:32 am
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We will be starting from the Rocky Branch traihead at 8AM Saturday (3/19) and will be doing the traditional bushwhack going from the "height of the land".
Several attempts have been made so the trail is almost totally broken....we hope. :shock:

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Bill, dying to hear how the hike went! Give us an update!

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Hi Chris,
I am VERY happy to report that after 2 failed attempts, our group of 4 finally hit the summit this past Saturday.
It was a 12 hour hike with snowshoes the entire way, but this time we changed our bushwhack to the more traditional North to South approach. We had a great day weather wise and met 2 other two-somes at the summit, so we all got a chance to celebrate the final winter hike of the season.
I promise I'll send a trip report and some pictures this week.
Talk soon,
Bill

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Sounds like you had a blast. Looking forward to reading about the details of your hike. For instance, why you failed twice then finally succeeded.


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Hi Warchief,
I can explain the failures in one word....weather.
Our first attempt was 2 days after a major snowstorm that dumped 3 feet of snow in area. We had 11 people and kept changing the lead to break trail, but still took too long (8 hours in we turned around and hiked out in the dark).
It's a long trail to begin with and even though bushwhacking can cut a few miles, the snow drifts off the trail can be very deep because no one ever packed down the route.
The second attempt was during the last big storm, so there were a few very wet and tired people and they turned around shortly into the hike.

Even though we had 2 failures it made the eventual summit even better (atleast that's what we kept telling ourselves :wink: )
The trip report should be up soon. Please PM me if you want a picture or 2....I don't have many, but it might give you an idea of what it was like.
Thanks!
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