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Brahma TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2014
Dave1
Hiking28.75 Miles 10,741 AEG
Hiking28.75 Miles   17 Hrs   27 Mns   1.78 mph
10,741 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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This was my third try at Brahma and first summit! Thanks Joe and JJ! Feels good to get a real butte done. I know it's no Isis but its a big one for me and I never thought I'd get this one. I think it was JJ who put it on the radar about a year ago. (And if your name is spelled the same backwards and forwards, you really missed out. But I'll go back.)

An early 1am start was the key to success on this. We started the off-trail section just as dawn approached. Sailed through the Redwall notch, 4 Supai climbs, 3 Hermit climbs, scramble to Zoro Saddle, traverse below Brahma and then fun route-finding on Brahma. We reached the summit a bit behind schedule at 10am but the temps weren't too bad at 7500'. The scramble through the Coconino on Brahma was a lot easier than I anticipated. Sad to not find a register on top but we improvised with a Gatorade bottle. (Anyone going up there: please bring a proper register container.) Joe and I did a fun rappel (my first real rappel in the canyon) on the way back though the Hermit. Temps didn't really heat up until we were back on the Clear Creek Trail. And then it was just an hour or so back to the oasis of Phantom Ranch.

On the way back to the south rim we stopped at Phantom Ranch canteen for a few lemonades (and a bagel for me) and then a quick dip in Bright Angel Creek. Just a few minutes later when we got to the Black Bridge, my pants were already dry! :o I was dreading the hike out, especially since we were starting at 4pm, but with some overcast clouds and a few wind gusts, it wasn't too bad. By the time we got to Skeleton Point it was quite pleasant.

The first time I tried this route I was pretty freaked out at the redwall notch (still the worst part) and didn't think I'd ever go back. Now I can't wait to do it again!
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