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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
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking21.85 Miles 7,800 AEG
Hiking21.85 Miles   11 Hrs   28 Mns   1.95 mph
7,800 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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The last time Joe and I were up on Isis above the redwall we attempted to take a short cut by exiting via the south east corner. It has been done before. Not by many but it is doable without rope. I went down a ways and looking over the edge gave me the Elvis leg and we had to abort and exit the standard route. Ever since then we have been talking about going back and checking it out from the bottom.

When we arrived at the park it was a cold start but we quickly warmed up once on the trail. Down near Phantom it was already getting a bit toasty. We made our way across Utah flats and then passed Cheops. The pyramid is calling my name again but next time I want to try a western approach. Then we went up to the southeast corner of Isis that had us wondering for nearly a year. We searched and searched. We came up with some warm leads as to the starting route but nothing definitive. It was getting a bit frustrating as it is a chore just to get here. Coming up empty handed isn't my style but I am not 100% sure this one is in my comfort zone even if we did find it.

I think this one would be best saved for a guide that has already done it. A mistake or a fall here is not something I wish to ever encounter. At the same time it is still pulling at me even today as I write this.

In the process of searching I spotted a cave/cavern in the bottom of the redwall. I went to check it out and I would say it is at least 40 to 50 feet deep. Finding this was pretty cool as I imagine not many have ever seen it.

We didn't find exactly what we were looking for but we did come away with some additional Isis experience and knowledge. We also got a good vantage point on some other monuments in the canyon that may be of future interest.

The hike out was a trudge as always but we made pretty good time. A quick stop in Flag at Oreganos and then it was back to Phoenix. Nice solid day!
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