Temple Crag Climber's Log

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cp0915 - Jun 24, 2006 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2006

Contact Crack  Sucess!

Nice dayhike with Rick Kent. Conditions were great. Plenty of snow coverage from above the lakes to the pass. Fun climbing (though too short) up the crack. A slog up to the summit ridge...then some enjoyable scrambling to the top. Great views.

It was a trip seeing in the log how many times Norman Clyde had done the peak. At a glance...several.

Fantastic glissading from just below the summit to just above the crack. Then from the pass all the way to Second Lake.

To clarify something about the route description on 'physics' page, there is a 4th class crack right below the summit, but it can easily be bypassed (if one so chooses) via a short but airy 2nd class traverse above and to the right of it.


MichaelJ - Mar 20, 2006 4:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2005

Route Climbed: Venusian Blind  Sucess!

Climbed with Misha. Biggest crag I've ever climbed. Looking forward to trying some of the other routes.

Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Feb 16, 2006 1:51 am Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2005

Up from the Willow Lake Side  Sucess!

Went up from the Willow Lake side on scree and 3rd and 4th class rock. Some decent exposure along our route.


graham - Nov 25, 2005 3:25 pm

Route Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: Aug-11-05  Sucess!

Climbed on day 7 of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. Beautiful day and spectacular views of the Palisade area


rocketsredglare - Oct 26, 2005 9:58 pm

Route Climbed: Moon Goddess Date Climbed: November 2003  Sucess!

So much good stuff! Classic route, epic day and DYING to get back!

Seth Maciejowski

Seth Maciejowski - Oct 14, 2005 4:56 pm

Route Climbed: Venusian Blind Date Climbed: August 22, 2005  Sucess!

A great route with some wild exposure and very fun ridge traverses. We did the Moon Goddess the day before and went for the summit on the second day. It was worth it with the view of Middle Palisade and Mt. Sill.


tpdwr - Sep 27, 2005 7:01 pm

Route Climbed: Chimney from Contact Pass Date Climbed: July 27, 1974  Sucess!

Another great day in the mountains. Old register still on top!

Michael Graupe

Michael Graupe - Sep 27, 2005 5:17 pm

Route Climbed: Contact Pass Date Climbed: August 11, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with Bob, Matthew, Mark and co during the 2005 Sierra Challenge.


PellucidWombat - Sep 17, 2005 7:10 pm

Route Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: August 11th, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed this as part of the Sierra Challenge. I almost wimped out on the final exposed class 2 traverse to the summit (after free-soloing the 5.2 Contact Crack!), but luckily Matthew was able to lure me over by dangling a runner near me as I scrambled the the rest of the way :-D

It was a surpise seeing that the summit block could be reached via a class 2 route, as the one mentioned on SP earlier insisted you had to climb the class 4 crack lower down.


Kerstin - Sep 17, 2005 1:26 pm

Route Climbed: Moon Goddess Arete Date Climbed: August 6, 1987  Sucess!

A fun, long route, but with lots of rockfall. We'd arrived early the previous day at Third Lake, hiked to the base of the climb (the snowfield), stashed our climbing gear, and hiked back down to our camp. The next morning we discovered our gear had been hit by rockfall during the night. My helmet was smashed, but that was the only major damage.

We climbed ropeless for the first 500 feet of the route, then roped up. A spectacular route!

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Sep 16, 2005 5:43 pm

Route Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005  Sucess!

Day seven of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. I was hoping to do the traverse to Gayley with Matthew, but I ... well, I was just lame. Sorry Matthew. Trip Report

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire - Sep 5, 2005 4:49 pm

Route Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: August 11, 2005  Sucess!

Short, exposed, but easy chimney move up the crack leads to a long slog to the summit. Made a few jokes about ascending via the standard descent route, but a nice climb anyway with great company. Will be back for the technical routes. This is a great looking mountain with one of the most interesting summit registers I've seen that is steeped in a lot of reknowned names from Sierra climbing history.

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Aug 17, 2005 1:42 pm

Route Climbed: Contact Crack / SE Face Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005  Sucess!

Kind of embarrassing to be signing a summit log for this peak via Contact Crack, but oh well... about 40 feet of awkward but easy and fun scrambling up the chimney from the pass, then hundreds of feet of talus, and then a short exposed class 2 catwalk to the summit. Not a classic climb. I should have followed my instincts and found a partner for Venusian Blind instead.

Had planned to traverse to Gayley, but Bob bailed on me, and it looked like a several hour project with big epic potential. After descending the SE Face, that peak looked pretty close, and feelings of guilt led me to head over there to climb it anyway. Glad I did--it was way more fun than Temple Crag.


stoneloan - Jul 22, 2005 12:48 pm

Route Climbed: Sun Ribbon Arete and Moon Goddess Arete Date Climbed: aug 2000 and sept 2000  Sucess!

See trip reports


physics - Jul 17, 2005 5:30 pm

Route Climbed: Contact Pass Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

My buddy, his friend, and I were going to climb Middle Pal but my buddy cancelled on me while I was driving to the trailhead. I decided to solo Middle Pal instead of turning around. Once parked, I realized that I forgot to pack socks so I did the whole hike in Sandals so I wouldn't blister my delicate feet in shoes without socks. Walking in with headlamps entering the trailhead at 1:35 AM, I followed the North Fork of Big Pine Creek thinking I was following the South Fork. I couldn't see anything with my headlamp so I must have missed the sign. Anyway, woke up thinking I would be at the base of Middle Pal but all I saw was Temple Crag. To salvage the weekend, I decided to go up Temple Crag but did not have a clue about any of the "soloable" routes on this mountains. Contact Pass looked good so I went for it and made it. It is class 4; ok weekend.

aleasure - Jul 14, 2005 5:18 pm

Route Climbed: Sun Ribbon Arete Date Climbed: 7-7-2005  Sucess!

Felt more like a ridge route more than a true rock climb. The tyrolean makes it worthwhile . very long climb. 7 hrs to the summit. 16.5 hrs car to car.

aleasure - Jul 14, 2005 5:14 pm

Route Climbed: Dark Star Date Climbed: 8-29-03  Sucess!

A long route with good climbing. Nine hours to the summit.


Shaase - Jul 12, 2005 12:43 am

Route Climbed: Sun Ribbon Arete Date Climbed: July 7, 2005  Sucess!

Perfect day minus skeeters and mule crap on trail. No snow 't'll base of Dark Star. Used a 100' line to ease simul-climbing. Could have been even a bit shorter and made all raps etc. Good car to car route!



Deb - Jul 7, 2005 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005

Route Climbed: Moon Goddess Arete Date Climbed: 3 July 2005  Sucess!

Great way to celebrate our country's freedom by experiecing America, the beautiful.


jtschanz - Jul 6, 2005 11:39 am

Route Climbed: Venusian Blind Arete Date Climbed: June 24, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with Keith G. - very fun climb with awesome views and great exposure. We got a late start due to some clouds and thunder early in the morning, but we completed the route in less than 8 hours and were back at camp just after dark. Good way to cap off a great Sierra vacation!

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