September 15th 2007 Mount Temple Height 3543 m / 11621ft / Height Gain 1700m / 5576ft Time: 9:00 - 17:00 Climbed with Vern and Rod
Finally, after a year and a half of scrambling and talking about it for a long time I was scrambling to the top of one of the highest peaks in the Rockies.
We left the parking lot around 9AM and hooked up with a couple from Germany and a guy from the UK. This guy had been up Mt. Temple three times already and was now taking this other couple up. It’s a great trail to a small lake and then to a col which gives a nice view of all the surrounding peaks. From here it is just following the faint trail and flagging and with one moderate step (gaining a rock band with smooth rock because of heavy traffic) there is not much to it to reach the summit if you are a competent scrambler of course. The one thing that might “kill” you is the height gain which is over 1700 meters.
And then the summit: AWESOME VIEWS……..
I didn’t stay too long on the summit (30 minutes at most) and took my time on the way down. I talked to a couple of guys who were 30-40 minutes from the summit but didn’t want to go anymore. Why would somebody take that much effort and then stop a couple hundred meters from the summit? Also the German couple didn’t make it so the UK-man quickly ran up and back to guide them down again.
I was really surprised that it only took 8 hours to bag such a big but magnificent peak. This might be the only peak so far that I’m willing to repeat!