Canada16: Mount Temple - the biggy!
by Mrs Scoob » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:16 pm
Date walked: 13/09/2016
Time taken: 11.8
Distance: 18.6 km
Ascent: 1630m6 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
As the day went though, we got through Larch Valley without spotting any bears and up the zig-zags ('switch backs') to the col known as Sentinel Pass. Chilly in the shade, some of the path was snow-covered or even iced over but the sun was beating down and it was heating up. Amazing views everywhere We'd seen a few people behind us on the path up to this Pass, but none followed us much beyond that for the rest of the day.
The route from here to the summit is known as 'the vertical mile' on account of its gradient.. and approx distance For a long time it felt like we could almost touch the top yet we weren't getting much further from the bottom We passed through the rock bands with no issues or concerns. Actually, we thought it was probably easier today as the snow had filled in some gaps.
Eventually, at 3, 435m (11,269ft) we'd had enough... just 109m down from the summit (plus around 0.5km still to go along the top). It was after 3pm and we'd set off at 7am long since in a cycle of climbing a few steps then stopping for a rest. Scoob's GPS showed we'd been walking for just over 4 hours, but stopped for almost the same time Happy we reached our goal of climbing to 11,000ft we turned and headed slowly back down.
It was only when we reached the lake underneath Sentinel Pass that I felt my face burning; neither of us had even thought about sunscreen - and even if we had, we didn't have any with us today I think I managed to get sunburn on my eyeballs had a swollen face for days and was left with white helmet strap lines under my chin What an awesome day though... we'll be back!
For an even better 'picture' of our day, here's Scoob's video
by SAVAGEALICE » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:32 pm
by dav2930 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:41 pm
Well worth it for those jaw-dropping views caught so well in your photos & vid. Every bit as magnificent as the European Alps and much, much wilder!
by scoob999 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:51 pm
dav2930 wrote:What a stunning objective. It must have been sooo frustrating to have to turn back from so near the summit! But as you say, pretty satisfying too to reach 11,269 ft. - good effort!
Under normal circumstances we wouldn't have turned back, but somehow that day it felt good
It was a good experience to sample the altitude and how much the lack of oxygen really drains you. We have never felt that before, then again we have never been that high before
by HalfManHalfTitanium » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:05 pm
"actually do-able for mere walkers who like scrambling as opposed to full-on climbers"
I'd always assumed that all the peaks in that area are full-on Alpine climbs - and my era of that sort of climbing is sadly over.
So it is good to know that I might holiday in the Rockies sometime and still be able to have a bash at Mt Temple. Thanks very much for posting!
by Mrs Scoob » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:20 pm
Thanks Alice; memories of the day by far outweigh the (now all healed) burnSAVAGEALICE wrote:wow! That looks stunning shame about the sunburn
Thanks Dav; we really pushed ourselves to get that far so were pretty pleased with what we did. Europe's on our list for visiting at some point too!dav2930 wrote:...Well worth it for those jaw-dropping views caught so well in your photos & vid. Every bit as magnificent as the European Alps and much, much wilder!
Thanks Tim; and yes, go for it! We just need to work on our stamina for the next timeHalfManHalfTitanium wrote:...So it is good to know that I might holiday in the Rockies sometime and still be able to have a bash at Mt Temple...
by ChrisW » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:17 am
p.s. that sunburn is just un-effing-believable
by litljortindan » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:35 pm
by Mrs Scoob » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:32 pm
Thanks Chris! Delighted you'll likely still be there next time but also hope you get plenty good days to make it easier Don't think I'll be forgetting the sun cream againChrisW wrote:Fantastic post Fi with beautiful pictures It's a shame the altitude nailed you but it is bloody hard going out here that's for sure. Don't forget us when you come back as it seems we'll still be here Can't say I'm not a little bit frustrated by that....but I think I'll get over it pretty quickly
p.s. that sunburn is just un-effing-believable
It sure is highly recommend the Rockieslitljortindan wrote:Incredible scenery.
by Borderhugh » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:11 am
by Petr Dakota » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:06 pm
the country of my dreams...
by malky_c » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:55 pm