Mt Temple N Face – finished project

In May last year I was relieved to finally finish my Mt Temple North Face project.  It was a drawn on saga and weighed on my mind; this face is not a friendly place.  I have been busy all winter in NZ with my Avalanche 2 qualifiication and my own trips, but finally am back on the blog, back in Canada, and relieved that I don’t have to visit this face again!  article to be published in upcoming NZ Alpine Journal.  All up; 7 major lines ridden, including aemmers, sphinx (from 50m below very top), dolphin, cobra, sphinx access chute and two unnamed lines. plus 2 smaller tributarys of the main couloirs, a descent of ‘little temple’, and Mt temple from the summit via SW face.  solo except aemmers, more by circumstance than choice.

See ‘aemmers’ and ‘the mt temple project’ posts  for all earlier stories that were part of this project.

an overview of the main N face lines ridden;l Aemmers and The Sphinx are out of view to the left.  green arrow denotes safest climbing route for the dolphin, if this is an objective of yours

an overview of the main N face lines ridden;l Aemmers and The Sphinx are out of view to the left. green arrow denotes safest climbing route for the dolphin, if this is an objective of yours

tracks in upper sphinx

tracks in upper sphinx

somehwere east of the cobra

somehwere east of the cobra

this one was icy

this one was icy

the line i rode 1 year prior to the project

the line i rode 1 year prior to the project

looking down from the top of what is debateably the cobra couloir (I think the line immediately climbers right of the dolphin most befits this name, and there is some dissention on which line the name does refer to.  anybody  have a definitive answer?

looking down from the top of what is debateably the cobra couloir (I think the line immediately climbers right of the dolphin most befits this name, and there is some dissention on which line the name does refer to. anybody have a definitive answer?

would you believe this shot is probably at something like 5 or 6 amn?  Gets light eraly in late may.  temple n face including sphinx in background

would you believe this shot is probably at something like 5 or 6 am? Gets light early in late may. temple n face including sphinx in background

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the sphinx in late season.  looks scarppy but the ice up top was finally covered by some wet snowfalls

the sphinx in late season. looks scrappy but the ice up top was finally covered by some wet snowfalls

sphinx

sphinx

where i roide from in sphinx.  50m from top, 20cm snow on alpine ice and getting thinner.  immediately prior to large rockfall

where i rode from in sphinx. 50m from top, 20cm snow on alpine ice and getting thinner. tyaken from shelter of a bluff, immediately after some nearby rockfall

lower sphinx

lower sphinx

sphinx

sphinx

sphinx access couloir... ducked back up for a run of this.  much nicer than main body of sphinx, although very prone to rockfall

sphinx access couloir… ducked back up for a run of this. much nicer than main body of sphinx, although very prone to rockfall

heading home..in style...after a night out near the face in vain (wet morning).  Thanks Dan for leaving us your 'truck'

heading home..in style…after a night out near the face in vain (wet morning). Thanks Dan for leaving us your ‘truck’

upper sphinx

upper sphinx

from SW face approach...Mt Fay across moraine lake

from SW face approach…Mt Fay across moraine lake

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grand sentinel... features like this enticing me to stay the summer...

grand sentinel… features like this enticing me to stay the summer…

the SW ridge is the tourist route, I was able to split a good proportion of the way on my Rossi XV

the SW ridge is the tourist route, I was able to split a good proportion of the way on my Rossi XV

stoked to be done with that face down there.  never again?

stoked to be done with that face down there. never again?

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temple SW face

temple SW face

perfect way to unwind after I'm finally done with temple... a wee feed and a drink with friends Kieran and Fin by a classic canadian lake

perfect way to unwind after I’m finally done with temple… a wee feed and a drink with friends Kieran and Fin by a classic canadian lake

northern lights flicker and pulse, leaving canmore in the wee wee hours

northern lights flicker and pulse, leaving canmore in the wee wee hours

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About ruari

a lover of the beauty of the mountains, coast and other wild open spaces. An adventurer and high-level snowboard freerider / snowboard mountaineer
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  1. Pingback: Aemmer Couloir – End of an era and realisation of a dream | neverlostjustwandering

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