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Isis V - SE Corner - Grateful to be Alive, AZ
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Isis V - SE Corner - Grateful to be Alive, AZ 
Isis V - SE Corner - Grateful to be Alive, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking28.40 Miles 9,500 AEG
Hiking28.40 Miles   18 Hrs   9 Mns   1.61 mph
9,500 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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It has been reported that the South East Buttress of the Isis Redwall is climbable without technical gear. This was confirmed to me last year after Joe and I summited Isis. I have a friend who did it in a small group of 3. They are Canyon buffs and they had summited Isis as well last year and used it as an exit point.

When I heard they did it, Joe and I took a look at doing it from the top down as well. That was early June 2013 on one of our Isis adventures. I made my way about 20 percent down the Redwall and got spooked. Ever since it has been on our minds as something to try from the bottom up.

Last week we went and started looking for a place to start up the wall. We ran out of time without finding the spot and had to leave. This week we returned after studying some photos and confirming with my friend that the route is on the Phantom Creek side.

We found what looked to be the only feasible spot. Up we went looking for openings, cracks, or anything that looked promising. It was sketchy the whole way up. Joe would go up a section and scout things out. Then I would go up and do the same. The further we went the greater the concern for getting back down became.

Eventually we got to the point that I had been before from the top. This was a moment of joy as we knew we could make it to the top from here for sure. A short bit later we were standing on the corner of the Redwall. Looking over at Cheops and down 91 Mile Canyon. It felt great to have made it up. We had two options now. Return the way we came or take the long safe route out. We contemplated both. Neither were great options so we decided to flip on it. Joe tossed up a rock that was white on one side and red on the other. White for Life I called. White it was so we took the safe route out.

This turned into a long and tiring day however it was rewarding in so many ways. To try and explain the experience of going up that wall could never do it justice. Elation, Terror, and Accomplishment are all words that come to mind. It is another Canyon experience I will never forget.

Will I ever take that route again up or down???? Only time will tell. For now the jury is still out. One thing is for sure, I am Grateful to be Alive!
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