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
tracks in upper sphinx
somehwere east of the cobra
this one was icy
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?
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
the sphinx in late season. looks scrappy but the ice up top was finally covered by some wet snowfalls
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
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’
from SW face approach…Mt Fay across moraine lake
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
stoked to be done with that face down there. never again?
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
northern lights flicker and pulse, leaving canmore in the wee wee hours