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Isis - Blazing Inferno, AZ
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Isis - Blazing Inferno, AZ 
Isis - Blazing Inferno, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jun 01 2014
BiFrost
Backpack29.60 Miles 10,100 AEG
Backpack29.60 Miles2 Days         
10,100 ft AEG
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Wasn't sure if Joe was up for another shot at Isis since he had already been there multiple times so was grateful when he put the game plan together. Dave was nice enough to get permits for us at the BCO and met up with him later.

The goal was down the SK from auxiliary lot, across the river, and up Utah Flats. From there we went down to Phantom Creek for water and then hauled up 10 liters each to the base of SE corner where we caught up to Dave. Dave decided on an alternate route while we continued on up SE corner making slow deliberate progress up a series of climbs and ledges.

The SE corner is as advertised...seriously exposed and straight up. Daisy chaining packs up each climb was the only way to go. Unfortunately we fell behind schedule and by the time we made the top of SE corner we made the decision that a summit the following morning was not in the cards. Instead of heading around the west side of Isis we opted for the east and shaded side heading for Isis Saddle on the north side of Isis Temple.

After more than two hours of side contouring around Isis we made to the saddle right at sunset. Great to be in camp after a very tough climb. Enjoyed a restful night under the stars and next morning packed up to head out the Shiva Red Wall Exit. Shiva Exit had it own challenges with some interesting down climbs but not nearly as long as SE corner.

Finally made it down to Phantom Canyon with some water flowing in the upper portion. We made progress downstream passing Hippy Camp and eventually the trail out of Phantom to Utah Flats route. Right before the exit there are some nice pools and we enjoyed a soak before heading across the flats in the heat. Unfortunately we had to start the SK hike out around 2pm so the heat was on full blast.

It was awesome to do the SE corner and get an idea of how difficult it is to summit Isis. Possibly the heat is what slowed the effort but thinking I probably need 3 days for successful summit. Thanks Joe for leading me up SE corner and beyond :)
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