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.
[Dave on the approach to Isolated Peak after a quick morning backpack into the Stanley Mitchell Hut.]
[Sonny is just approaching the steep snow patch below us. I turned around at this slope in 2002 because it scared me.]
[Dave just before reaching Isolated Peak's summit. Note the PINK plastic mountaineering boots! Go Dave!]
[Dave on the summit of Isolated Peak.]
[A very snowy view off the summit towards Yoho Peak on the left.]
[Dave checking out the view of the Vice President (L) and President (C) on the descent from Isolated Peak.]
[View from the Des Poilus Glacier on descent. Our descent route is marked in red. Our ascent route is up snow on the right side of the photo.]
[Our ascent route from the Des Poilus glacier is straight up the obvious snow gully.]
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.