The climb was a tough one. The difference in elevation from the start of the trail to the summit is 3288 feet. We traveled 4.8 miles each way. We were on the move for 4 hr 10 min and spent nearly 45 minutes at the top eating some snacks, drinking water, and enjoying the view. For comparison, Snoqualmie Pass (WA state) has an elevation of 3022 ft at the highest point of the freeway. So, we climbed more elevation than driving from the Seattle waterfront (sea level) to the top of the I-90 freeway at Snoqualmie Pass, and we did it in 2 hr 40 min!
I am very happy that were able to do this. After yesterday's defeat on the gnarly Glacier trail, I feel like I let Cindy down. Today I proved to myself that I can still do things like this at a pace that Cindy can deal with. I am definitely slower than her, and I can tell that either she has gotten faster the past year or two, or I'm slowing down with age. Either way, she's the better climber now!
|Driving from Wanaka to the Isthmus Peak hike.|
|We had to pass through several gates that keep sheep and|
cows from escaping. Some the trail was on private land,
which was used for sheep and cattle grazing.
|For parts of the lower section we were next to the sheep. That made the easier|
portions of the trail more interesting.
|Nice easy trail. We will be going higher than that ridges, up some steep terrain.|
|View from part way up. The sky is getting brighter, but the temp is still cool.|
|Gaining altitude fast. We are now as high as the ridges we were looking up at|
just a short time ago.
|One of the nicer sections of the trail.|
|Typical section of trail. Basically on old dirt road that has become hiking only.|
Lots of loose rocks and steep sections. There was no shade.
|Panorama view from the top. Click on the picture for a larger image.|
|Victory. We did it!|
|Stunning scenery from the summit, 4,563 ft. above sea level|
|Near the bottom the cows had moved into the shade since the sun came out.|
We were pretty warm by the time we got back to the bottom.
Two more crazy vans from today:
|Kevin, you will like this van!|
|The right side|
|And the left side|