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Elevation: 8,607 ft 2,623 m
GPS: 40.40708, -105.5356
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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.

This crag is fairly low-angle and is thus friendly to those seeking lesser difficulty climbs. At the same time, some of its features are quite indistinct, thus, you can get lost on this small slab. Nonetheless, its appearance is striking from the vantage points like the Bookend and the upper reaches of the Bookmark. It does have a major ledge system (used for descents) called Paperback Ledge which splits the face. There are climbs above this walkoff ledge which receive distinctly less attention than the lower routes.

Note, this area can be particularly popular on weekends.

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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. Hike around WEST of the Bookmark, and then, follow the "trail" (i.e. bushwhack) up a steep, wide gully to the base of the slabby cliff, which will be on the right. It is somewhat difficult to distinguish between routes here. Per Owen Cox: this is about 1.87 miles or 3 km.

10 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Left Book

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 51
Zingando
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 442
White Whale
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 60
Manifest Destiny
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
 14
Beelzebub
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 53
Cottontail
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 57
The Dog
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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 153
Hiatus
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
Whale Rider
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Zingando
 51
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
White Whale
 442
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Manifest Destiny
 60
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Beelzebub
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X Trad 4 pitches
Cottontail
 53
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
The Dog
 57
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Hiatus
 153
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Whale Rider
 16
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
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