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Brahma via Sumner Canyon - Freezer Foray, AZ
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Brahma via Sumner Canyon - Freezer Foray, AZ 
Brahma via Sumner Canyon - Freezer Foray, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 11 2014
joebartels
Hiking28.00 Miles 9,000 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   16 Hrs   47 Mns   2.76 mph
9,000 ft AEG   6 Hrs   39 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Brahmā is the Hindu god (deva) of creation and one of the Trimūrti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva.

The Vishnu Basement rocks exposed at the bottom of the canyon in the Inner Gorge consists of the metasedimentary Vishnu Schist and the metavolcanic Brahma and Rama Schists that were formed 1.75 billion to 1.73 billion years ago.

I was excited to meet and hike with Scott, jj and Dave on what looked like a killer loop with just the right abilities to bring it home. On the downside Scott couldn't make it. On the plus side the loop morphed into an exciting feat of obstacles.

We headed out into a weather pattern screaming don't go. On route to the SK at 2am we made checkpoint time to Clear Creek Trail in 2.5hrs. My first trip onto CC was under moonlight into early morning light. It's always been in my mind that this is the flip canyon side of the Tonto Trail. The Tonto has never intrigued me and I avoid it. CC was a pleasant surprize hugging steep walls offering direct specific views. Yet I'm sure the nonstop ravine hopscotch would wear on longer hikes in warmer temps.

Turned off-trail up a wash to Sumner Canyon which busts through the shear Redwall in swift fashion. Rain started the tease. Dave did a mighty mouse ascent up like an olympic gymnast. It took me a minute to find the foot hold then it was no biggie. We worked up though the Supai to the long western arm of Zoroaster. The colors are phenomenal. Mainly due to the stunning red covering the arm. Not sure if it's upper Supai or lower Hermit.

8:20am made it to the final c4 approach ascent Dave found two weeks ago. The weather laughed at us for two and a half hours trying to figure out the problem. Rather miserable we agreed to throw in the towel and return. Down the two easy ropes I spotted a corner. jj & I went to check it out. It didn't net. With thawed hands and toes we gave the slab one more try. jj got it so I called Dave up. It's just outta my league, perhaps in warmer weather if I could grip stuff. So we retreated again at 12:30pm. With a break we made it back to SR64 in 6.5hrs.

Earlier around 3:30am we passed a couple guys heading down SK. I was shocked and excited to hear they were headed to Zoroaster. jj talked to them some more. They said they expected to return in the same day. Never saw them again so they either took a route I'm not familiar with or changed plans due to the weather. Nevertheless I've read some humbling journals of ascents originating at the SK as dayhikes, impressive for multi pitch c5 / 30 mi / 11k aeg. Some of them throw in Brahma like stopping by Circle K!

Despite all it was a great trip. I had a great time and look forward to returning.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/cvffgj2mdk8

Carried 5 quarts, consumed 2.5 quarts. Expected to consume 7 quarts in more seasonal temps.
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Zoroaster Temple
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saw a few when the snow was coming down hard
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