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seano6 pitches  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2012


Soloed and simul-climbed to the first tower, then did the rest in 6 pitches with a 50m rope. Trip report.
Posted Aug 22, 2012 1:37 pm

KerstinLong, fun route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 1987


We hiked to the base of the climb the day before and stashed our climbing gear. When we arrived the morning of the sixth, we found rockfall hit my helmet and crushed it. After climbing about 500 feet, we roped up and continued to the summit. I found the Contact Pass descent to be the most challenging part of the day. There was tons of loose rock and boulders the size of VW vans that would shift when you stepped on them. It was crazy.
Posted May 27, 2012 11:59 pm

RoymillerA really long day  Sucess!


A really long day but well worth it. Great climb.
Posted Apr 6, 2012 11:14 pm

fossana...and once again
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011


Original plan was Temple/Galey/Sill but once we summited Temple the winds picked up. Soloing Galey is sketchy enough without gusts so we bailed.
Posted Jul 19, 2011 8:34 pm

fossanasolo link-up with Venusian  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2011


Unwilling to slog in to do T-bolt to Sill so sadly doing laps on Temple.
Posted Jul 19, 2011 8:33 pm

rhyangLong day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2011


Climbed with Justing on a perfect summer day. Left camp at Third Lake at 5:30am-ish, simulclimbed first 4 pitches or so. I led the Tower Traverse and both 5.8 pitches on the Ibrium. We mostly swapped from there. Some loose stuff on supertopo pitch 11 (5.6 "gully"), but a lot of fun nonetheless.

After 15 pitches, the trudge to the summit and back down to Contact Pass seemed to take forever .. rapped off around dusk. Happy for the light of the Moon Goddess as we stumbled back into camp @ 10:30pm !
Posted Jul 18, 2011 12:50 am

bizGreat fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2011


Climbed with Crit. Very enjoyable and long. A lot of snow at the base made for an interesting approach and the river crossing was quite the obstacle. Very nice summit.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 9:12 pm

fossanaredux  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2011


Still a fun solo. Didn't seen another person all day on any of the routes.
Posted Jun 22, 2011 12:31 am

haishanvery nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2011


Soloed to the first tower and climbed the rest of the route in 6 pitches. Lower half of route is quite solid, but upper half is quite loose as advertised. Brilliant exposure on upper arete above Ibrium tower.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 5:30 pm

Gumbie4/5 stars  Sucess!


Full day, completed route, but did not summit due to darkness
Posted Oct 1, 2010 8:27 am

asmrzIn Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2010


Miguel Carmona and I climbed the Moon Goddess Arete in full winter conditions on March 19, 2010. Because the initial traverse and the rib above were mixed snow and ice, we had to belay all the pitches to the 1st Tower as well as the more technical terrain above: all in all, some 21 pitches. The weather was nasty, a strong wind tested our resolve all the way. This was the coldest winter climb I have ever done in the Sierra. It took us 26 hours RT to/from our tent at Third Lake.
Posted Mar 26, 2010 9:17 pm

fossanaMoon Goddess solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009


Sunny August Saturday on Temple Crag with my mp3 player. Only one other 2-person party on Dark Star (?). Maybe the weather predictions of summit temp highs in the 40s kept people away (more like 60s fortunately for me). Much more entertaining than Venusian. Just under 11 hours car-to-car.
Posted Aug 16, 2009 10:10 am

Groundswellsunlight goddess  Sucess!


climbed with partner tyler 3 months after my tonsil surgery. camped at 3rd lake. used sharp rocks to chop steps on hard snow at base. tyler led majority of route. beautiful weekend, no crowds. only party that day was 3 guys headed for base of Dark Star.
Posted Mar 18, 2009 4:29 pm

dervinGood Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2008


We simul-climbed the lower section, and got off route doing the traverse from the tower. We had camped at third lake, and hiked out after the climb. It was a perfect day of climbing.
Posted Oct 3, 2008 8:38 pm

forjanLong  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008


Long ass day with Brad. 19 hrs car-to car. I agree with 'sampage' below. Hardest move is the 5.7+ offwidth near the top (P14 on supertopo).
Posted Sep 14, 2008 5:39 pm

fatdadOne long day from the trailhead


Did this in a day from the road with John Rehyer back in the late '80s or early '90s. A most excellent adventure. We just had a general route description from the Roper guide and ended up climbing it at 5.9+. I later made a topo of this for an article in Rock & Ice that looks like it later became the basis for the Supertopo version (with the exception of our off route 5.9 sections). The crux was hiking out in the dark from Third Lake after our headlamps pooped out.
Posted Sep 12, 2008 4:03 pm

Shirley LamWith...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2007

Shirley Lam

my bighornmonkey :)
Posted Jan 30, 2008 10:25 pm

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2007


Did this route with Shirley Lam, Simul-climbed the first 4-5 pitches.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 6:52 pm

DebMoon Goddess Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005


Beautiful route with fun simul-climbing sections. Made for a long day in cotton pants going down Contact Pass in the snow back to camp though!
Posted Dec 4, 2006 8:08 pm

Sam PageMoon Goddess Arete  Sucess!

Sam Page

I climbed this route with Steve Aho, Jack Cronk, and Jan Lorenzen over three days in May 2001. Because of the spring conditions, I carried mountain boots, crampons, and an ice axe on the route, which made the climbing somewhat strenuous. For me, the crux was the 5.8 offwidth near the end of the climb. A great alpine outing in the Sierras.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 5:15 pm

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