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KD Talbot
01-17-2010, 02:02 PM
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Jude's Triumphant Return to the Mountains!

Mount Isolation 4004'

Rocky Branch Trail/Engine Hill Bushwhack/Davis Path/Mount Isolation Spur Path

12+ Miles 3300' Elevation gain

Kevin, Judy and Emma who met lots of folks along the trail!

Jude hasn't been feeling her best and hasn't been hiking much lately, last 4K being Mount Pierce in early December. She jumped right back into the fire with this one and did an admirable job! My feet had been bothering me from straps on the snowshoes and the fact that no one seems to make wide hiking boots that will fit my odd size feet so we made the decision at the trailhead to attempt this hike in our microspikes. We both probably would have liked a little more traction, but it worked out fine and my feet were thankful!

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Emma in the Birch Glades

We knew that there were 25-30 people ahead of us that would have the trail packed firmly so we weren't too concerned about leaving the shoes in the car. At the junction with the Davis Path we met up with a large group who had already been to the summit and were having lunch. One gentleman asked where our snowshoes were and I explained too which he grumbled we should still have them with us. Of course he was right, but we were prepared to turn back if conditions dictated. I resisted saying anything about group size in a Wilderness Area.

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Emma on the Summit of Isolation

On the way in we saw 3 blurs run past that were old acquaintances Jason, Mats and Farmer doing superhuman things I can only dream about. We spent some of the hike with Big Earl, Sue, Wendy and Mike who were pleasant company. At the Davis Path we ran into several familiar faces including J&J and Boo and Madhatter who we have only had an internet relationship with until now. Wolfgang introduced himself to me, it's always nice to put faces to names! WildPeaks and a father son team joined us on the summit. Dad was 75+ years old, I can only hope to live that long, let alone still be hiking! There were lots of other folks that it was nice to see and meet along the way, sorry if I forgot anyone!

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Birch Glade Return

The temps along the way were pretty moderate though the wind was with us all day. It was especially evident on the windswept summit, but it cleared the clouds and gave us good views to the east that others before us didn't enjoy. We stayed above the trees just long enough for some pictures before heading back down. WildPeaks took our picture for us. He asked if I had the camera set right and I guess I should have checked. Despite my mistake he managed a decent enough shot, thank you!

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Hugs All Around

The hike back out was quite pleasant. Despite being up hill most of the way on the return the route was so carefully chosen that it was hardly noticeable. I can't stress enough what a great job the route finders did and express my thanks enough to those who packed it out for us. I'm not ashamed of my "trail vulture" status and I can readily admit I probably wouldn't make it to most of these hills without packed trails. Although Jude was exhausted she marched on like a real soldier and I'm very happy to have her back out there, and so is Emma!

Pics Here: (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/White-Mountain-Hikes/Mount-Isolation/10969045_BnnBN#766598256_vEjed)

KDT

Snow Miser
01-17-2010, 02:47 PM
Another great TR and photos Kevin! Glad to hear that the three of you are back out there hiking together. There's nothing worse than wanting to be out hiking, but knowing you're not up to par yet. And Emma looks very fashionable in her nice red snowcoat.:)

mtruman
01-17-2010, 05:31 PM
A triumphant return for Judy indeed! This is getting back big time. The first picture of Judy with the clouds clearing behind her is my favorite - says it all. The hug at the end is a very close second. I'm sure Emma was really glad to have Judy back. And by the way, what's with that big tough dog wearing a sweater? ;)

Charlie
01-17-2010, 07:50 PM
love your pictures and glad Jude is on the trail again

Anna LeBlanc
01-17-2010, 09:18 PM
Wonderful to see Judy hiking with you again Kevin.You shouldn't be having all the fun.:p

Emma is adorable in her sweater/coat.Nigel wants me to ask your permission if it's OK to ask her out on a date.:D


Please keep these great pics and TR's coming.

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Anna

TrishandAlex
01-19-2010, 08:33 PM
Hooray for Judy feeling better! Congrats on a great hike.

Don't you just love it when the snowshoe police show up? :rolleyes:

Jimmy Legs and Little d
01-22-2010, 02:28 PM
A great mountain with beautiful scenery; just what the doctor ordered. Good to see you on the trail again, Jude.

Donna:)