Paradise Valley is my favourite place so far in the rockies, in part due to temple and lefroy dwarfing you. N face temple thus far…
The day before our current 20 degree C + warmup,I was lucky to accompany friends on their way to aemmers, then split and work a project currently motivating me to get out of bed at stupid o’clock… to ride every reasonably ride-able line on Mt Temple, or at least the north face, a vast, shady cathedral of steep skiing that oddly doesn’t see a huge amount of traffic, despite staring lake louise ski area square in the face, and towering high (like 1500 vertical metres high) over anyone heading to aemmers couloir… the only (and very) popular line.
aemmers couloir, shortly after riding it april 3 2013
This time, I was lucky enough, as on every other occasion, to get primarily good snow (in some places excellent), and rode The Dolphin (you can easily figure which line it is yourself!NB this is not a safe line due to serious serac fall hazard, and one wants to move fast with no stops, plus a quick transition at top. climb the lookers R hand couloir to join dlphin under head, somewhat reducing serac exposure time); and one other line immediately lookers right, plus a small subsidary of that. A fairly full day. I was definitely tired, but also wrapped in a satisfied glow, as I stumbled out and hitch hiked home!
tracks just visible, both lines.
sweet freedom….escaping the dark confines of Mt Temple
Does anyone know the history, if any, of people skiing the line beginning immediately lookers right of the dolphin’s head(marked on topo)? I seem to remember it looking ridiculous last year, unsure if my perceptions have changed; or if it often just doesn’t form quite right, for whatever reason..? Love to hear from anyone on this….
here are some more pics from the day;
coming down the dolphin’s head was spooky and rather than traverse to/from the tip of the snout, with full exposure overhead and underneath, I rode from above but close to the eye, and worked down the very edge of the eye in the variable snow, and sure enough triggered this small piece of soft slab on a much firmer bed… hence I worked my way, short-rad turns down the narrow path, then a high speed traverse to clear the last of the bluffs below,right onto th rocks on couloir left; before I could breath easy and start enjoying the turns
don’t climb the dolphin straight up. Recommended instead is to climb this couloir lookers right that joins the dolphin before it’s head, much reducing the exposure to the serious serac fall hazard that is inherant to any part of the dolphin.
stunning alpine quartzite
R hand subsidary branch, couloir R of dolphin
the lower ection of the right hand couloir…I chose the lookers right exit as it offered a longer run in the couloir… was sweet, a incredible maze of high walled corners and steep pow, that could b ridden fast through semi-unknown country. There is a moderate sizd drop exit though which is awkward
a side of the line lookers R of dolphin, and also it’s subsidary. Due to this view, I’d thought the subsidary ran all the way to the top of the couloir you see, unfortunately the top half above the horizontal line is in thr same fault in the rock, but one buttress across…typical rockies deception.
atop the small side couloir… derivitive of line lookers R of dolphin