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This is a section of The Book which is distinct from other areas of the Book (like Right Book, Pages, Isis Buttress, Left Buttress, and Book of the Dead) in terms of approach, character, steepness, and difficulty of routes. Since The Book section has 70+ routes, this organizational division hopefully will help the climber who is not terribly familiar with Lumpy Ridge.
Hike the Black Canyon Trail from the new parking lot heading west to the old Twin Owls parking lot just past the livestock gate. Take the trail toward the Book Massif. Take the 1st left split towards Bookmark, Left Book, and Bookend. At the 2nd split, take the right split and head around the Bookmark. Continue past to the Left Book.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Left Book:
Cottontail 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Beelzebub 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b X Trad, 4 pitches
Manifest Destiny 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 600'
The Dog 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Hiatus 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 600'
White Whale 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 600'
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White Whale 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b CO : Lumpy Ridge : Left Book
To approach the Left Book, you take the Book trail, but actually then leave it to the left on the trail to the Bookmark. Hike around west of the Bookmark, and then, follow the "trail" (i.e. bushwhack) up past the chimneyish recess separating the Bookmark from the Book, to the base of the slabby cliff, which will be on the right. Unfortunately it is somewhat difficult to distinguish between routes here. P1. The first pitch of White Whale is a crack that leads up to a tree about 10 feet above a re...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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