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The Palisades

Temple Crag (12,999'), Venusian Blind ArÍte   2 Day
IV 5.7

Temple Crag is the greatest monolithic formation of the High Sierra. The evening light is entertaining as it creates new visuals of the many ribs, buttresses and arÍtes of this massive mountain.

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Cost:
$545 ea/2 people
$795/1 person


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The Approach:
We begin at the Hiker's parking lot about 1 mile east of the end of the road at Glacier lodge. Follow the North Fork Trail over easy, graded ascent for about five and a half miles to a pleasant campsite at Third lake, just beneath the spectacular view of Temple Crag.

The Climb:
From camp, an easy ascent of scree then steep talus brings us to the base of the climb. Some years, a second section of steep, frozen snow must be crossed early in the morning to the start of the interesting climbing. The Venusian Blind follows the slightly less distinct rib off the left (south of Moon Goddess ArÍte). The central part of the route involves very interesting, well featured climbing before the upper ridge, which is followed to the summit.

The Descent:
On the descent, we follow talus and ledges to the east to a point just above Contact Pass. Here, a straight forward rappell is used to reach the Pass. We follow a gully down and under the face back to the camp at Third Lake. We then follow the original trail back to Glacier Lodge.

Preparation:
One day of acclimatization is recommended prior to arriving at Third Lake. Be prepared for about 16 pitches of class 4 and 5 climbing up to 5.7.



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Paul Adams on Temple Crag

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