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The Isis Buttress is a sub-section of the Book, and lies between two deep clefts on the climbers left side of the Book. The cleft to the left of Isis Buttress is the Renaissance Wall. To the right of the Isis Buttress lies the Pages Wall Area (the cleft to the right of Isis Buttress proper is included in this section). This area sports some testpiece Lumpy climbs including the Living Dead (5.11b) and Dead Boy Direct (5.11d), as well as a few classic moderates like Isis (5.10b) and Ramses (5.10c).

Getting There 

Hike as you would to the Book, but trend left when you reach the base of the Pages Wall. After passing a series of beautiful vertical cracks on the left side of the Pages Wall Area you will find the first cleft on your right and then the Isis Buttress just before you.

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Isis Buttress:
Sport Pages   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Isis   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Grade II   
Road Kill   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 60'   
Dead Boy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ramses   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Living Dead   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Dead Boy Direct   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   
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After the last crux. Lenny Miller belaying. Photo by Chuck Graves.

Ramses 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b  CO : Lumpy Ridge : ... : Isis Buttress
I thought this was a great route, hard and sustained, but with rests between the hard sections. Good gear, but takes some work. Rope drag is a serious issue. I used a 70m rope folded in half as a double rope and still had lots of drag at the end. Use double ropes AND long slings, and watch for the rope running through cracks, especially at the top of the initial dihedral.Start: Ramses is on the Isis buttress in what some people call the Book Binding area at the left of The Book. From George's Tr...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The bottom of the Isis Buttress.  Sport Pages is the prominent OW crack visible in the center bottom of the photo.  As viewed from the top of Backflip.
The bottom of the Isis Buttress. Sport Pages is t...
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