Summit Elevation (m): 2845
Trip Date: Monday, July 4, 2005
Round Trip Time (hr): unknown
Elevation Gain (m): 1350
Total Trip Distance (km): 14
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break something
Difficulty Notes: Some moderate scrambling and loose terrain along with limited route finding make this a moderate scramble.
Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)
Map: Google Maps
A (soggy) group scramble weekend with Sonny, Dave, Bob, Dinah and Linda. Dave, Sonny and I walked into Stanley Mitchell hut on Friday morning and managed to negotiate steep snow slopes to Isolated’s summit that afternoon. This was my second attempt at the peak, an earlier attempt with cousins Jon and Steve in 2002 was unsuccessful mainly due to my inexperience at the time. We did manage to bag the Whaleback on that trip.
I don’t remember many details from our ascent but I do remember snow, mud and lots of clouds. I’m not 100% sure we were on Kane’s route the whole way up but we tagged the summit and descended without too many issues.
We just beat the rain back to the hut but Linda, Bob and Dinah weren’t so lucky. They were soaked from head to toe from their hike and dripped their way into the hut late Friday afternoon.