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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 6:09 pm 
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Last week, Eileen and Kevin K and I completed an eight-day link-up of the quite-popular Inspiration Traverse and the seldom-done Isolation Traverse.  The combination of these two alpine traverses follows a tight “U” around the McAllister Creek watershed and is appropriately called The McAllister Traverse.  Our friend Lisa joined us for the first half of our trek, and as a group, we tucked in the three “anchor tenant” peaks—Primus, Eldorado, and Snowfield—along with the eponymous Isolation Peak.  We were plagued by poor weather throughout our week but had a fantastic trip nonetheless.

Trip Itinerary and a Few Photos

Day 1 – Thunder Creek Trailhead to Borealis Ridge Step

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Day 2 – Borealis Ridge Step to North Klawatti Glacier Moraine + Primus Peak Summit Climb

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Day 3 – North Klawatti Glacier Moraine to East Eldorado Rib

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Day 4 – East Eldorado Rib to Marble Creek Cirque + Eldorado Peak Summit Climb

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Day 5 – Marble Creek Cirque to Wilcox Tarns

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Day 6 – Wilcox Tarns to Isolation Peak Summit to Isolation Lake Knoll

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Day 7 – Isolation Lake Knoll to Pyramid Ridge Bench + Snowfield Peak

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Day 8 – Pyramid Ridge Bench to Pyramid Lake Trailhead

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Kevin&EileenAtCamp7OnPyramidRidge

(Sorry...having trouble with photo captions.)

Here is a link to my full trip report and photo gallery:

http://trailcatjim.com/mcallister-inspiration-isolation-traverse-primus-peak-eldorado-peak-isolation-peak-snowfield-peak-north-cascades-national-park/
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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 6:20 pm 
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That's a really creative and ambitious route -- congrats on figuring it out and executing!

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I love this shot. I only wonder why it's a little blurry on both edges. There doesn't seem to be a depth-of-field issue.

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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 6:21 pm 
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up.gif very timely TR, thanks for sharing

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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 7:21 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
I love this shot. I only wonder why it's a little blurry on both edges. There doesn't seem to be a depth-of-field issue.

My favorite shot as well.  If you look carefully you can see the same issue in some of the other shots.  In general lenses will be sharpest in the middle and softer in the corners but seems like a defective lens as the sharpness shouldn't fall off that much.
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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 8:49 pm 
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up.gif  Thanks for the eye candy.
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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 8:51 pm 
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Looks like an amazing trip!

I just discovered your website a few weeks ago and you seem to be living the good life... thanks for the great content you post over there
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PostWed Jul 10, 2019 8:57 pm 
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PostThu Jul 11, 2019 8:57 am 
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Awesome trip. I love the idea of linking these two traverses!
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PostThu Jul 11, 2019 1:16 pm 
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the isolation lake knoll is a fine spot.

we attempted this traverse (+ more) 8 years ago and got hit by 4 days of straight rain near newhalem peaks before we bashed down to stout lake to GTFO. some of the best terrain in the state for sure.

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