Temple Crag has four prominent arêtes decorating its East Face.
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
5.3, 14 pitches
Venusian Blind Arête
5.7, 15 pitches
Moon Goddess Arête
5.8, 17 pitches
Sun Ribbon Arête
5.9, 21 pitches
Cost: Temple Crag Various Routes Details:
1-3 Days, Grade 5.3-5.9
$675.00 per person with a minimum of two people
TBA, or call SMI for custom dates or private guiding rates.
Personal Equipment List
__ __ LONG UNDERWEAR TOP AND BOTTOM
__ __ EXPEDITION WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP OR WOOL SHIRT
__ __ PILE OR THICK WOOL SWEATER
__ __ PILE OR WOOL THICK PANTS
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE JACKET
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE PANTS OR BIBS
__ __ GAITERS
__ __ WOOL OR PILE CAP
__ __ FACE MASK OR BALACLAVA
__ __ HEAVY INSULATED SHELL GLOVES
__ __ PILE OR WOOL GLOVES
__ __ HEAVY MOUNTAINEERING SOCKS
__ __ LINER SOCKS
__ __ BASEBALL CAP
__ __ T-SHIRT
__ __ HIKING SHORTS
__ __ *FULL SIZE PACK- 5000 to 6000 cubic inch capacity
__ __ *SLEEPING BAG WITH STUFF SACK- rated to at least 0 degrees Fahrenheit
__ __ *SLEEPING PAD
__ __ *PLASTIC OR LEATHER CRAMPONABLE MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
__ __ *CRAMPONS- fitted to your boots
__ __ *ICE AXE- 60 to 70 cm in length
__ __ *CLIMBING HARNESS
__ __ CARABINERS- two large pear shaped screw gate locking, and two non locking
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING HELMET
__ __ *SKI POLES- with the baskets attached
__ __ HEADLAMP- with a new battery and spare bulb
__ __ DARK GLASSES- with side shields and UV rated
__ __ SKI GOGGLES OR SPARE GLASSES
__ __ TWO WATER BOTTLES- 1 liter wide mouth with a personalized identifying mark
__ __ POCKET KNIFE
__ __ SUNSCREEN- spf 15 minimum
__ __ LIP BALM- spf 15 minimum
__ __ EATING UTENSILS- bowl, insulated cup, spoon
__ __ CAMERA
__ __ IODINE TABLETS
__ __ PERSONAL LUNCH FOOD
*Items with an asterisk are available for rental from SMI.