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Tim&Val
08-19-2007, 06:07 PM
Hi All!!
We just got back from an overnighter on the Davis Path. We picked an interesting weekend for it!

Saturday - drizzle on and off for much of the day, with cool temps and high winds. I can see why everyone thinks that the view from Mt Isolation is so unique. Unfortunately, we could see the lower 1/3 of the Presidentials and that was all (and I don't mean the "southern" 1/3, but actually just the bottoms of each mountain). They were completely socked in with clouds.

http://www.barkeater.ws/nh48/images/MtIsolation/img_4814_for_upload.jpg

Overnight, we recorded a low temp of about 43 degrees (we were camped about 4 miles south of Mt Isolation). Can't give you an accurate wind speed - it was enough to make you notice when the trees around your tent start to creak...

Sunday, no rain, but still mostly cloudy and windy. On the way back to the car, we stopped at Stairs Mtn, the ledges on Mt Resolution and also Mt Crawford.

Full trip report coming as soon as I can get the pictures prepped.
Valerie

Charlie
08-19-2007, 06:13 PM
cant Waite
looks like you had fun

Brad
08-19-2007, 06:13 PM
Nice to hear you were out having fun - and you made it back safely.

Steve M
08-19-2007, 09:56 PM
I am sooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please send us down here in the south some of that cold air...Please????

Tim&Val
08-20-2007, 06:43 PM
Steve,
Wish we could share the cool weather. There seems to be plenty of it to go around here!!

Full report is now posted at http://www.barkeater.ws/NH48/images/MtIsolation/20070818/MtIsolationFrames.htm

Valerie

Brad
08-20-2007, 08:05 PM
T&V, that was quite a trek. I loved the view from Stairs. What a great spot.

KD Talbot
08-20-2007, 08:36 PM
Like I always say, great minds think alike. Despite the low temps forecast, Jude, Emma and I spent the night in the woods, too! Great trip report and pictures. Scary about Tim's tumble. Goes to show how one little thing can go wrong and snowball. The Isolation sign just goes to show the inconsistancy of the FS. Kick over the cairns, cut down the trees with blazes and remove all signage on Owl's Head in the Pemi Wilderness, but not so in the Dry River Wilderness. Why? Who knows, maybe Isolation's next. Will let you know, we plan our third trip there soon. I like the route you took, very interesting. We have taken the Rocky Branch and the Dry River Trails. Keep on hiking! Happy Trails!

KD Talbot

Tim&Val
08-21-2007, 10:37 AM
The Isolation sign just goes to show the inconsistancy of the FS. Kick over the cairns, cut down the trees with blazes and remove all signage on Owl's Head in the Pemi Wilderness, but not so in the Dry River Wilderness. Why?

We were *extremely* surprised to find so much signage along this path. Every intersection, including those that went to overlooks and views, summits, were all well signed. After all the forum discussions we've seen about the wilderness policies, we had expected to need to GPS just to figure out where we were, but no such deal. That being said, it appears that the Mt Isolation sign is not of the same design as all the rest, so it could be "rogue".

Also, we were surprised that the designated campsites were still there. When we asked the Ranger at Lincoln Woods about designated campsites in the Pemi Wilderness, he looked at us like we were dumb, but we saw three or four of these campsites in Dry River Wilderness. Another inconsistency, or have we just not traveled through the right parts of the Pemi Wilderness yet?

Valerie