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Brahma TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2014
joebartels
Hiking29.00 Miles 10,741 AEG
Hiking29.00 Miles   17 Hrs   17 Mns   1.81 mph
10,741 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A year ago I didn't even know where Brahma was located. It was mentioned with Deva ( pronounced 4 different ways depending on Dave's sleep status ). Isis this, Isis that, nothing else registered. Dave like Bob, Steve and others either enjoys or is good at deciphering minimal subsets of information provided by legends such as Butchart or Tomasi.

Back on April 20th, Dave soloed an inspiring attempt on Brahma via Sumner Wash. His photos blew me away. On Mother's Day jj & I joined him on another attempt. Cold temps, drizzle and a fierce snow flurry blizzard foiled our pursuit. Three weeks later Dave put together an early-start game plan. After a ridiculous amount of messaging we all agreed to play ball.

Dave and jj conquered then I was hoisted to victory. The pivotal point that hampered us last time was the top class four ascent in the Hermit. Dave shot up chipmunk style and jj managed the same feat. Despite being simple for some it's outta my league. So jj and slippery-hands Dave hoisted me in a scene reminiscent of the Kolb Brothers. It worked like a charm and was relatively safe with multiple friction options. Not to mention Dave's patented quadro-octopus thirty-two bend knot to secure the contraption. jj has a nice account of the full hike in his triplog.

Others have undoubtedly powered through this route quicker from the South Rim. The number would likely be small for mid June. Our pace was moderate throughout. I pushed on the SK return and paid the piper back ten fold in the final six furlongs. The important thing was holding borderline composure when the ladies passed. jj helped pawn if off by calling out numbers to suggest I was doing situps. Though probably not convincing curled up on my back wadded up like a tangled pipe cleaner.

Temps held to 100. Instead of sunscreen I let my skin breathe and utilized an umbrella for the intense exposure of the day. The western side of Brahma provided shade heading in and out. Afternoon wind plus unexpected wispy clouds after 4pm made this a winner. Dave didn't so much agree, his lean physique sizzles quicker.

Thanks to Dave for the inspiration, jj for the hoist and a half dozen others for sharing stories of their journey. This one packs a lot obstacles. It's feels about 2/3rds of an Isis journey with minimal exposure.

Carried 5 quarts, consumed 7-8.

Hermit c4 - https://www.youtube.com/embed/oMwfbDVDEtQ
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
3 broadleaf milkweeds growing in the Hermit scree on SW corner of Brahma, stunning on the shale background
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