cthomasSeptember 11, 2006 at 12:06 amPost count: 3
Date: Saturday, September 9th, 2006
Attendees: Mountain Magic (Coordinator), Arnold, Eric, John, Karen and Cris
Mission: In remembrance of lives lost on 9/11/01 – Raise a flag on Mt. Isolation.
I don’t know if the Peak Coordinator is supposed to write the trip report or not but I think Mountain Magic, who was the peak coordinator for Isolation said he would be in the woods for a few days and I wanted to get my thoughts down while they were still fresh.
I arrived at the Rocky Branch trailhead a little early at 7am after a three hour drive up from MA. Other people started arriving soon and introductions were made. It was decided that Arnold should get a head start as he knew he would be slower than the group. I volunteered to ride to the Glen Boulder Trail head with him while everyone else waited for any stragglers that might show up late.
Arnold and I started up the trail which was moderately steep but not overly difficult. The pace was considerably slower for me than usual but it was a nice change over my usual sprint to the top. By the time we got to Glen Boulder the rest of the group had caught up with us and we took a quick second to enjoy the views of Boot Spur across the Gulf of Slides.
John, Eric, Karen and I pressed on while Arnold and Mountain Magic picked up the rear. We took another break at Slide Peak and wondered where Mountain Magic and Arnold were. We weren’t to worried though as we knew they knew where the mountain was. We pushed on.
At some point after Davis Path enters the tree line we found Mountain Magic and Arnold in front of us! Evidently Magic had used some of his magic and teleported across the mountain. He claimed he took a bushwhack to cut some time off but we knew was his magical powers.
We tromped through the mud down Davis path and made it to the summit of Isolation at about 5 minutes after Noon. We quickly assembled the PVC pipe and attached the flag. We then stuck the pipe into the summit cairn and secured it with nearly invisible fishing line. I think we had it flying by about 10 past.
We looked at the Presidentials hoping to see another flag. The Wildcats were way to far away and Washington and Monroe were deep in the clouds. I knew Pierce had some pretty high scrub on the western side so I was pretty doubtful we would see anything there. Our only hope was Eisenhower. We could see the bump on the top that was the large summit cairn and we thought we could see smaller dots walking around but we could not see a flag.
Mountain Magic had brought a kite with him to the summit and he got busy trying to get it flying. It was quite a treat to watch him running back and forth across the summit holding a string trying to get the kite airborne. We all had a good laugh. But perseverance pays off and with the help of Arnold and John the kite did take flight!
While we ate lunch two other hikers arrived on the summit and proudly proclaimed they had finished the 48! We wished them congratulations and pressed them into service to take group photos. Thanks guys! We explained the Fot48 which they had not heard of.
At about 1pm we grew concerned over the darkening clouds pushing over the Presidential range. With a 7 mile hike out we definitely did not want to get wet. So we quickly disassembled the flag and headed down.
We passed a few groups on the way out and mentioned to each one the Fot48 as none of them had heard of it.
As the sprinkles started we broke out the rain gear. Karen, Eric, and John decided to press on ahead as they were on a tight schedule. Karen was getting on a plane the next morning to go hike Rainer! Good Luck Karen!
So Mountain Magic, Arnold and I plodded along as best we could. The rain got harder, then thunder and occasional lightning. While the rain got pretty heavy it wasn’t really that bad. We made it back to Rocky Branch Trailhead a little before 5:30.
– CriscthomasSeptember 11, 2006 at 12:11 amPost count: 3MtnMagicSeptember 11, 2006 at 1:11 amPost count: 372
What a super hike and group team Isolation was! Nice touch to the flag on the summit with the 35′ kite that eventually flew after some repeated summit running. A hike tomorrow and a 2 day canoe adventure with an overnighter Wednesday would have delay my report. Thank you so much for being there, the pix, and the t.r. Chris!
A great day and one magical weekend!!ChrisKeymasterSeptember 11, 2006 at 1:13 amPost count: 880
Nice trip report! And if you wouldn’t mind, the Isolation folder in the gallery looks very empty! 🙂
:beer:MtnMagicSeptember 11, 2006 at 1:27 amPost count: 372
A little more of the unexpected. Wonderful mom Karen and her 15 year old son left at 6:30 this morning for an 8 day adventure on Mt Rainier. This is a mere 14,415′ mountain in the Cascade Range in Washington State. It is crowned by 14 glaciers and carries dense forests on its slopes with a quiescent volcano.
Karen’s digital camera has the best shots. It may take more than 10 days from today to fill the gallery. It’ll come together nicely over time.
What an enchanting weekend! Over 100 gathered to express their feelings of the day during the bonfire at the KOA Saturday night. Every year we increase in attendence, cheers, happiness and pure joy!!cthomasSeptember 11, 2006 at 2:14 amPost count: 3
Ahhh, I didn’t realize there was a seperate gallery for photos. I went ahead and posted a few choice shots there. Can’t wait to see everyone elses photos.
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