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Isis 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: FA: Hickman, Anderson, Bryant 1969 FFA: Unknown FFA (Hand fi
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on May 13, 2001

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Description 

Climbs the impressive dihedral and roof system to the left of 'Book of the Dead Chimney.' Looks much harder than the grade, but looks can be deceiving. Both of the cruxes felt no harder than 10b.

P1: Start on the right side of the face below the massive dihedral and roofs above. Work up and left on easy terrain until following cracks inside the big right facing dihedral. Continue and hand jam over the first small roof and belay before the bigger roof (8).

P2: Climb the first strenuous roof and wiggle up to easier terrain above, but don't head towards the original finish, instead jam the steep hand crack on the left wall up to the arete! Belay right here, peeking over to watch your second battle.

Climb directly left and down to 1st and 2nd tree or 3rd tree.

Rap 100ft from 2nd tree, or about 80ft from 3rd along the route Pharoah's Child.

Protection 

Standard rack including RPs.


Photos of Isis Slideshow Add Photo
Easy slabs lead to the dihedral which is 5.7 and 5...
Easy slabs lead to the dihedral which is 5.7 and 5...
Pitch 1 from below. The grass does not detract fro...
Pitch 1 from below. The grass does not detract fro...
Tony Bubb getting twisted on the last few feet of ...
Tony Bubb getting twisted on the last few feet of ...
I'm placing a good nut on top of a good (currently...
I'm placing a good nut on top of a good (currently...
Isis is the bright orange dihedral in the bottom r...
BETA PHOTO: Isis is the bright orange dihedral in the bottom r...
Photo by Luke Clarke.  In the middle of the crux. ...
Photo by Luke Clarke. In the middle of the crux. ...
Joseffa Meir figures out how to avoid the wide sec...
Joseffa Meir figures out how to avoid the wide sec...
Photo by Luke Clarke.  Starting the steep exit cra...
Photo by Luke Clarke. Starting the steep exit cra...
Making the crux on the P1.
Making the crux on the P1.

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By Nikos
Aug 13, 2002

Well, I guess some stars have to be taken out of this one. There are bird droppings on every sloper on the first pitch. I guess it is because it's not visited often. Anyway, just to let you know....
By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 11, 2004
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Good route, but not as good as it looks. What seems to be a 20 foot roof at the top of the big dihedral is just a few awkward and difficult well-protected moves to get stemmed out left. After that it's a minor grovel, right side in, left leg stemming. The final crack is gorgeous--good to be back to normal climbing--but short. More of a finger crack/layback than a hand crack.

Jesse, in his original posting of this route, rates the climb 10a, but says "no move over 10b". Gillett says 10b for the first crux and 10a for the final crack. Doesn't much matter since the pro is good and cruxes are short.

No bird shit as of today.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 27, 2005
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

You know, I was a little disappointed. The first pitch was "blah" 5.8. The second pitch opened with an awkward sequence with some bad rock, and I broke off the footholds on which I was stemming. I had I nice time on the last 40', but that's 40' out of 200'. Surely nothing to write home about.
By Joseffa Meir
Jul 5, 2005
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

There is a fixed stopper at the roof move which was quite nice to have. Overall, a neat pitch with some interesting moves.
By Ross
From: Pinewood Springs
Jul 26, 2006

With a 70m rope I lead from ground to 15' above roof/headwall, with very little rope drag, a much nicer pitch. Above the 5.0 section, my partner Trevor found really nice hand cracks on an arete going in the 5.7 range that made it a great outing.
By Scott Matz
From: Loveland, CO
Feb 2, 2009

Very windy today so we stuck low, managed to cruise up the first pitch to the slinged horn. The overhang near the end of P1 could go at low 9, but I give the first pitch an 8-.
By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 1, 2010

Sling horn, where were you?

Also, the overlap of P1 is 5.8.

I'm going to try to clean up P1 next time I go back. It would be a great climb without the grunge of P1.