Temple Crag

Temple Crag has four prominent arêtes decorating its East Face.

Overview

Each offer long memorable climbs with difficulty ratings for all skill levels. The backdrop is the entire basin of the North Fork of Big Pine Creek offering amazing views of glacial formed lakes, pine trees, and other high peaks in the Palisades. With the combination of techniques used, the length, and surroundings these climbs offer a real sense of accomplishment and are some of our favorites in the Sierra.

The Eclipsed Arête is an excellent introduction to long alpine rock climbing. The granite is good quality and there is moderate exposure throughout.

The Venusian Blind Arête is a step up in difficulty and length. This aesthetically fun climb includes the opportunity to negotiate two large towers in the middle of the arête.

The Moon Goddess Arête is a fabulous route that begins with a few low fifth class pitches offering a chance to “warm up”. The exposure then increases dramatically as we encounter more difficult climbing rated at 5.8. Each pitch has its own unique challenges requiring different rock climbing skills from stemming to traversing and there are excellent belay ledges throughout.

The Sun Ribbon Arête is a long technically demanding climb requiring climbers to be comfortable with crack and face climbing techniques, lots of exposure, and to have good stamina. This long arête offers lots of exposure and traverses around several large gendarmes in addition to crack and face climbing.

Elevation 12,999 feet, 3962m
Difficulty Rating: Beginner through Advanced

Eclipsed Arête
5.3, 14 pitches
Low Intermediate

Venusian Blind Arête
5.7, 15 pitches
Intermediate

Moon Goddess Arête
5.8, 17 pitches
Intermediate

Sun Ribbon Arête
5.9, 21 pitches
Advanced

Cost: Temple Crag Various Routes Details:

3 Days, Grade 5.3-5.9
$750.00 per person with a minimum of two people
$1080 guided 1:1

Dates

July 8-10, 2019

July 15-17, 2019

or call SMI for custom dates or private guiding rates.

SIERRA MOUNTAINEERING INTERNATIONAL

236 N. Main St., Bishop, CA 93514 USA

PH: 760-872-4929 · FAX: 760-872-2489

info@sierramountaineering.com

Temple Crag: Moon Goddess Arête

Temple Crag: Venusian Blind Arête