Temple Crag – Celestial Arêtes
When describing Temple Crag the late pioneer Norman Clyde wrote,” It is doubtful that there is a more beautiful and striking ‘crag-mountain’ in the Sierra.
When describing Temple Crag the late pioneer Norman Clyde wrote,” It is doubtful that there is a more beautiful and striking ‘crag-mountain’ in the Sierra. Its northern and north-eastern faces are sheer precipices varied by numbers of spirey, turret-like pinnacles, beautifully placed.” Need we say more?
We offer any and all climbs on Temple Crag on a custom private basis by request.
Regardless of which route you choose you will find loads of crack climbing, face climbing, and pitch after pitch of granite heaven.
From Third Lake in the North Fork of Big Pine Creek Temple Crag jumps out, screaming to be climbed. The prominent arêtes comprise the main routes to the summit. Regardless of which route you choose you will find loads of crack climbing, face climbing, and pitch after pitch of granite heaven.
Venusian Blind Arête – IV, 5.7
Asending the far left side of the Northeast face, the Venusian Blind Arete is the “easiest” of Temple’s climbs. With pitch after pitch of granite climbing you will leave with a smile on your face and the skills to try the other aretes.
Moon Goddess Arête – IV, 5.8
Only one grade harder than Venusian Blind, Moon Goddess will challenge your endurance and climbing skills. With cracks, face, traverses, and more Moon Goddess is one of SMG’s top 15.
Sun Ribbon Arête – IV, 5.10a
Without a doubt the best alpine rock route of it’s grade in the Sierra. This climb is definitely in SMG’s top five of all the routes we climb. If you don’t believe us come out and give it a try. If the climbing doesn’t catch your attention the Tyrolean Traverse will. Yes, there are some cowboy tricks involved. You WILL enjoy this climb!
Dark Star – V, 5.10b
Touted as the longest rock climb in the High Sierra. Most of it goes fairly quickly however. The 5.10 cruxes are short and stout and often on cold rock. The ridge is very classic and this route is one of the climbs Peter Croft has called the “Big Four Free Climbs” of the High Sierra along with the Red Dihedral on the Incredible Hulk, the Harding Route on Mt. Conness, and the other Harding Route on Keeler Needle. This is a proud climb for experienced and skilled High Sierra climbers.
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