Temple Crag Climber's Log

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Deb - Jun 19, 2016 2:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2016

Contact Pass  Sucess!

Jim and I "enjoyed" Contact Crack and even more so the scary ass off-width crack to the summit block. Thank goodness there was an easier way down! Great snow conditions made the trek in and out pleasant. Ridiculous views from summit!


fatdad - Apr 2, 2016 3:03 pm

Moon Goddess Arete  Sucess!

Car to car. Got off route and ended up doing some much harder climbing. A long day but great route. Must go back and do the Sun Ribbon and Dark Star.


Fairweather - Oct 23, 2015 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 1988

Sun Ribbon Arete  Sucess!

Unbelievable arete. Great day with Mark. Tyrolean Traverse took awhile to set up - until we tried throwing 2 coils at the block at the same time.
X3 - Also climbed Moon Goddess with Scott in 7/1989 (dangerous route and not very fun).
And Venusian Blind with Chris in 2006. This was a very good route.


bechtt - Apr 25, 2015 5:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2011

Contact Pass  Sucess!

Part of the Sierra Challenge. With Ephrat, Sean, and Adam


TheNobleSunfish - May 16, 2014 2:59 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2014

Venusian Blind  Sucess!

Cold but otherwise reasonable conditions. Got off route for pitches 6-9 or so (note that in the supertopo topo, the numbers mark the *starts* of pitches, not the ends..). Full moon!


Mooner - Sep 16, 2013 7:50 pm

Up I Go

09/14/13 via Sun Ribbon Arete continued to the summit.
09/15/13 via Venusian Blind... this time we didn't continue to the summit but doing the route deserves a tick date


Stesu - Jun 19, 2013 7:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2013

Temple Crag Taverse  Sucess!

via Contact Pass. Plenty of fun pinnacles and notches along the crest to Mt Gayley. One notch had rap slings but can be down climbed (easy 5th class). Some spots felt like climbing a house of cards with some loose stacked rocks but that's Sierra climbing. Also many solid knife edge ridges. Downclimbed the big notch just before the headwall up Mt Gayley than hiked back to 3rd lake via Sam Mac.


Bill562 - May 17, 2012 12:50 am Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2012

Contact Pass  Sucess!

From camp at the pass with Alvin W


zoomloco - Aug 12, 2011 11:51 pm

dark star, sun ribbon  Sucess!

complex peak, very amazing. via dark star one day, then sun ribbon the next. the rock is not as bad as hyped...

Vitaliy M.

Vitaliy M. - Aug 8, 2011 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011

Via Dark Star/Sun Ribbon  Sucess!

Did Dark Star on 8/5/11 to the summit and next day (8/6/2011) Sun Ribbon to the top of the route (my partner went up to the summit while I began the descent towards contact pass, it was starting to get dark). Great experience with an awesome partner, learned a lot on these climbs. Very happy not to bivy on my first true grade V and IV climbs. Ability to simul climb most of these helped a lot. Temple Crag is a beautiful mountain, wish the rock was great everywhere like on the arĂȘte of Sun Ribbon.


rhyang - Jul 18, 2011 12:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2011

Moon Goddess Arete  Sucess!

Climbed on a perfect summer day with Justing from a camp at Third Lake.


WML - Apr 2, 2011 1:59 pm Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2011

Spring attempt on V-Blind

After a casual stroll in over some snow on the last day of March, April Fools Day was spent on the lower portion of Venusian Blind Arete. We forgot that casual approaches shouldn't cross over to the climb; a late start and intriguing mixed climbing and snow-covered rock lead to lots of climbing ropeless with crampons. And then climbing roped with crampons. And then eventually makin a call that bivying on a route is not an option, we opted to bail and rap.


ckerth - Sep 26, 2010 10:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2010

Contact Pass  Sucess!

From camp at Third Lake. Climbed Mount Winchell the following day.


dshoshone - Jun 3, 2010 10:34 am Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2010

Contact Pass  Sucess!

Mostly a snow climb... need a pencil for the register

Princess Buttercup

Princess Buttercup - Dec 1, 2009 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

Cl2-3 Route from Below Contact Pass  Sucess!

Kind of a yawner from that side. Must do Venusian Blind.


Diggler - Sep 14, 2009 1:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009

Storm-ribbon ArĂȘte

Absolutely fantastic climb! Started from our camp between 2nd & 3rd lakes. Rob got the first lead, starting up the diedre at 8.32. We made good time, simul'ing where possible.

Tyrolean was a kick in the ass- did the lasso thang after 3 or so attempts (we got it the first time, but rope came off after attempts to reposition).

Felt raindrops on the crux, which made things more interesting! Did the L, crack variation- sustained & fun! Wished at the time I would have brought a 3.5 or 4 Camalot, but it turned out fine.

Right after the 2nd rappel a bolt of lightning struck the Moon Goddess & it started to sleet- this was definitely the most interesting part of the climb! We put all the metal stuff in a pile away from us, & waited it out. Beautiful double rainbow ensued.

Rob did a brilliant job of leading the following off-width wet (!). Some more simul'ing & we were at the top at 16.00. Storms around us led to the tough decision to forego the summit (this time!).

Descent back to camp was uneventful. One of the finest climbs I've done- money.


granjero - Sep 8, 2009 7:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2005

Venusian Blind

Nice route. Topped out in hail and thunder, sorry summit see you some other time!


seano - Aug 31, 2009 5:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

Contact Crack  Sucess!

Very short 4th/5.2 section, followed by much boulder hopping. Darkstar arete looks awesome!


EManBevHills - Aug 20, 2009 2:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

Exited the Trade Early

Retreated ~50 vertical feet from the top due to a sudden onset of vertigo.
Oh, well. No regrets.....

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Aug 3, 2009 10:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2009

Multiple Routes  Sucess!

Venusian Blind Arete (IV 5.7) - August 2, 2009 - Arrived in Big Pine on Friday night to realize that Mary had forgotten her approach shoes (even though I asked twice if she had them as we were leaving Fresno). After breakfast in Bishop, and a new pair of women's Guide Tennies at Wilson's, we hiked in to a camp at Second Lake on Saturday. We got an early start on Sunday and had no trouble finding the start of the route. The topo description of the pitch immediately after the R-facing corners was ambiguous and I found the climbing pretty scary. Afterwards, we had no problems following the topo. There were some fantastic pitches, but the overall looseness of the climb detracted from the experience significantly. The descent was no problem, but Mary struggled on the talus. I'm glad I did this one, but I'm not in any hurry to go back.

Moon Goddess Arete (IV 5.8) - June 20, 2010 - Patrick Odonnel and I made an early season trip to climb Moon Goddess. We camped in basically the same spot that Mary and I did the previous season. I was happy to have crampons for the snowfield this time. Very similar to Venusian Blind with a few harder cruxes, but generally less sustained than Venusian Blind. We climbed the route in about 6 hours and descended back to the tent in 2 hours. The snow on the descent made for fun, fast boot glissading. We hiked out the same night and I was back in Fresno before midnight.

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