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Isis IV - Knockin' on the Backdoor, AZ
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Isis IV - Knockin' on the Backdoor, AZ 
Isis IV - Knockin' on the Backdoor, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2014
joebartels
Hiking21.85 Miles 7,800 AEG
Hiking21.85 Miles   11 Hrs   28 Mns   1.95 mph
7,800 ft AEG      15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Down to 20 degrees driving to the canyon, 90 degrees in the afternoon. Light from 5am to 7:30pm. Screaming cold to borderline hot, 14.5 hours of light... the perfect window of opportunity!

We know the SE corner is doable without rope. The exact route and whether or not our huevos would cook or spoil was the question at hand. The base of the SE corner came easy. Skirting the sides looked ridiculous. We headed up. JJ started skirting on undesirable terrain. I wasn't sure if I was up for any of it. Once you dig in the scope of doable increases.

West
First we checked out the west. You can see a huge ravine on satellite. Last year we looked down it from the top and swore it off. We needed to check out the bottom angle. There is a shallow living room sized alcove in the lower end. I'm still not crossing it off. There may be a route to either side of the alcove. Hoping it's here too as the sphincter scale notches up on the east side...

East
Next we eased across the unthinkable without issue skirting over to the east side. On the due east tip we may have found cairns above. Tough to say. JJ cast a mini ballet, voted me to check it out and closed the polls before I knew what was going on. Up I went. Sketchy. Doable. Then to the left. Then a four foot gap to cross. I'm done. Apparently the polls opened back up. Noise from below, "step across so you can check out what's around the corner". Um, I'm not sure if I can get back. "All you have to do is step across". Okay I gave it a try. In the end I crossed that sucker a half dozen times. Around the corner it looked like a step up from the "jj shortcut". I'm 60% sure this may be the route. I'm 100% sure I was glad our turnaround time was screaming forget it.

North
jj wanted to check the north. While it didn't net a route up he did score a seldom visited cave.


We returned at a moderate pace and made good time. It sure was nice to familiarize ourselves with the base of the SE corner. It's been sitting in the back of my mind for 11 months!

Carried 4.8 quarts, consumed 4.5
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