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theREALCarpeDMRe: Northeast Slopes

theREALCarpeDM

"We?" Brian and I saw one guy coming up behind us. We had left the summit of Isolation by the time he summitted. He returned across Isolation's summit ridge, but didn't seem to go back across Mahana. Was that you? We had a terrible time getting around the lakes. Brian was there last year and was sure we wouldn't need axes, so we had to carefully descend a scary snow slope above ski-jump-esque terrain that would have landed us into one of the lakes if we had slipped.
Posted Jun 23, 2014 11:43 pm

chicagotransplantNortheast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2014

chicagotransplant

Northeast slopes from Mahana, Bluebird trail was fairly dry until past Ouzel Lake. We left the trail and went up a couloir on Mahana, not sure how snow is as you go farther but the above treeline slopes on Isolation were dry.
Posted Jun 16, 2014 11:37 am

theREALCarpeDMIt's well named  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2014

theREALCarpeDM

With Brian Powers as an overnight. Got Mahana, too.
Posted Jun 15, 2014 10:02 pm

awhite28Isolation  Sucess!

awhite28

This is a long day if there ever was one.
Posted Dec 25, 2012 1:41 pm

Brian Kalet3 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2010

Brian Kalet

TR
Posted Oct 4, 2010 1:27 am

bobhostetlerNorth Ridge from The Cleaver  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010
We finally figured out the route that keeps you very close to the Divide with moderate technical climbing (see my post from 2008). From the small col just south of The Cleaver, go 50-75 feet south on the west side to avoid the overhanging NE face above the col. Climb up about 60' and traverse left about 20' (5.4) to a belay just before you turn the corner to get back on the Divide ridge. You may want to stay roped up for a short distance on up the ridge (we did in high winds) but soon it's a lot of second and third class all the way to Isolation Peak. Descend via Bluebird Lake. Bob Hostetler with Aaron Rasmussen (lead the technical pitches) and Lisa Kostidanov.
Posted Sep 27, 2010 2:13 pm

shknbkeWild Basin from Mahana  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010

shknbke

Wild Basin approach to Isolation Lake, up Mahana, then up east face of Isolation. Amazing hike! See TR.
Posted Aug 11, 2010 12:26 am

kavakWild Basin TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2004

kavak

I went up this one by myself in the snow because afterall it is named Isolation Peak. And true to its name I did not see anyone until I got back down to Bluebird Lake. I also tagged Mahana Peak along the way.
Posted Oct 24, 2008 9:51 am

bobhostetlerNorth Ridge from The Cleaver
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008
We attempted the route from Boulder-Grand Pass north past The Cleaver to Isolation Peak for the second time. This time we got on what we thought was the climb Rossiter refers to in his "High Peaks" book as a 5.2 climb, without any details on the route. We thought the start was 5.3 or 5.4, then it got a lot tougher. We hadn't brought climbing shoes and we were intending to do a traverse all the way to Cony Pass--we were carrying our overnite packs--so our lead climber rapped down the climb. Has anyone who follows this site done this route or know who has? I'd like to go back up and try it again, but would like to know that I've identified the easiest route in this technical section. The next time we'll go with day packs only, more climbing gear, and, hopefully, with knowledge of the best routing. Bob Hostetler
Posted Sep 2, 2008 2:51 pm

mpyleWild Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2008

mpyle

Felt like I flew along to Isolation Lake, then got bogged down figuring out where the actual mountain was located. Didn't trust my GPS, which ended up being correct. Bad spill on the descent when some talus tipped over and send me tumbling down head first. Scraped hands and arms, and a smashed hip that has left the worst bruise of my life. About 10:25 CTC, with lots of photography breaks. Great hike to Isolation Lake - not terribly keen on the ascent/descent of the peak from there. Mine was only about the sixth registry entry of the year...isolation indeed.
Posted Jul 20, 2008 12:46 pm

MarkDidierDay of Total Isolation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2007

MarkDidier

The most adventurous day of hiking in my life. Went up Bluebird Lake Trail and out around Box Lake to Thunder Lake Trail. We unfortunately only had about 10 minutes on the summit as the Thunderheads were rolling in. We saw no one the entire day so the peak name is appropriate.
Posted Jul 12, 2008 9:56 am

SarahThompsonEast Slopes from Mahana  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2008

SarahThompson

Hiked from Wild Basin TH to Chickadee Pond on the trail, gained Mahana's east ridge, summitted Mahana and went on to Isolation. Descended same route. A beautiful spring day!
Posted Jun 1, 2008 10:57 pm

smudgeGreat , but hot, day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2007

smudge

Awesome hike, from TH to summit. Linked it with Mahana and descended Mahana's east ridge...
Posted Jul 3, 2007 4:08 pm

boisedocLots of scrambling  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 1988

boisedoc

Yet another long hike into wild basin. Very pretty area without much traffic. Most of the people signed in the summit register were from the Y in Estes Park.
Posted Jul 19, 2006 4:44 am

Mountain JimFrom Mahana  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1983

Mountain Jim

Total ascents = 2. First time on a solo traverse of Mahana, Isolation and Eagles Beak.
Posted Mar 26, 2006 3:13 pm

NanitaDFrom Wild Basin Ranger Station  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 1999

NanitaD

We left the Wild Basin ranger station very early that morning. When we reached the saddle we could see clouds moving in from both directions and scrambled to the summit with just enough time to touch the summit and run for cover. Lightening struck somewhere close to the summit as we hunkered down in the rain. We were going to climb Ouzel and Ogalalla that day, but because of the weather had to return in August for those summits.
Posted Feb 22, 2006 12:40 am

KaneRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: 8-31-05  Sucess!

Kane

An unbelievable day of weather. I lost about an hour getting off route but the weather was so good I had no issues continuing to Isolations summit. I didn't see a soul from 5:00am till 3:00 pm. Wild Basin is quite expansive, glad to fnally get in there.
Posted Jan 21, 2006 3:40 pm

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