When I reached the summit of Isolated Peak, I was a little dumbfounded that Vern and Dave were nowhere to be seen. I found out later that while I was still in the ascent gully, they had missed it on their way down from the summit and ended up finding a much easier, snow-free gully to descend. Vern and Dave actually waited for about an hour on the snowfield below the west side of Isolated Peak while I puttered about on the summit taking photos and wondering what had become of them. I finally saw them waving and yelling at me when I descended the summit ridge, but it took me awhile to realize that they were trying to direct me over to the easier gully they had descended (I initially thought they were just cheering me for having made it to the top!). As soon as they were sure that I was past all difficulties, Vern and Dave took off for the hut to get out of the drizzle that was slowly soaking all of us. I joined Vern and Dave about 40 minutes after they reached the hut (my round-trip time from the hut was 4.5 hours), and I was thankful to have a warm place to dry out some of my gear. Linda, Dinah and Bob finally arrived at the hut a little later, and we all had fun socializing for the rest of the evening.
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Dave's photos of this trip.
|On their way to Little Yoho Valley, Vern and Dave share a chuckle near Laughing Falls.|
|This is the hanging valley behind the Stanley Mitchell Hut. The route to Isolated Peak follows the easy slope on the right.|
|Sonny hikes up the snowfield on the west side of Isolated Peak. Straight ahead is the south end of Glacier Des Poilus.|
|Vern and Dave climb up the snow-filled gully. The angle of the slope is more severe than what the photo might suggest.|
|Some of the mountains visible to the north from the upper slopes of Isolated Peak include (L to R) Mount des Poilus, Mount Collie and Mount Rhondda.|
|Sonny stands on the 2845-metre summit of Isolated Peak. In the distance just to the right of Sonny is Mount Niles.|
|The lower (right) peak is Mount Kerr.|