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Mount Temple - Banff National Park

  • Aug 17, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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Mount Temple - Banff National Park

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy…
I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it!”

To be placed on the Waiting List: review event details and answer the questions in RSVP

The Basics:
Event Type: S6 Hike/Scramble Trail Rating System
Event Location: Lake Louise area Banff National Park
Event Duration: 7-10 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating: S6: Difficult

Who's Invited: Members

Distance: 16+ km
Elevation Gain: 1600+ m

Trek Description

A Scramblers Guide to Mount Temple

From the Moraine Lake parking lot we will go to Sentinel Pass and begin our climb up Mount Temple. Temple was the first peak in the Canadian Rockies over 11,000 feet to be climbed. It was in 1894 a group of three trekked up the SW ridge. This will be the route we will take. You will need to bring and wear a Mountaineering Helmet and have an Ice Axe available...How to Ice-Axe Self Arrest

I have not ascended this mountain, but I'm looking forward to sharing the experience with you.

GEAR....
Dress in layers – you’ll warm up and cool down quickly. Weather can change so BE PREPARED for sun, rain, snow and wind! Why Cotton Can Kill You on a Hiking Trip

• Proper hiking boots
• Backpack
• Hiking Poles
• Gaiters
• Mountaineering Helmet- MANDATORY
• Ice Axe - MANDATORY
• Parch Repellant - 3-4 LITERS of H2O plus snacks and lunch
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses
• Bear spray Bear Management

• First Aid Kit
Park Pass OR to compensate driver for Pass use: Adult $9.80 or car load $19.60 ($5/person based on a full car).
• If you're not driving, gas money for drivers - $25
Participation:
The Event Host reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria.

Event Directions: From Banff to Lake Louise, drive west on Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) to Lake Louise, drive up to Moraine Lake parking lot.

WAIVERS: Your written consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiver by clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form to the Calgary Meetup location.

Your Hosts are volunteers and not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current physical condition, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning. Your participation is at the discretion of your Event Host.

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  • Sidney

    Jamshaid
    I am glad you made it down safely. The cloud up Mt Temple sure appeared ugly when we looked back from the tree line.

    August 19, 2013

  • Sidney

    We saw a grizzly 30m away.
    Thunderstorm did not happen as forecast
    The paths are confusing at times. We "scree-wacked" our way up.
    We encountered crowds, huge and overly huge by mountain standards, ranging from unprepared novices, to old mountaineers, to speed demons, to rock fall kickers...
    We survived some minor rock falls AND a life threatening hazard when an airborne shower of scree with boulders thundered down at us, speed and sound, some as big as a desk top computer, with just two minor bruises. Scary. Thanks Paul, for spotting IT first and the scream.
    We stuck tight together, helping each other.
    We climbed most of the difficult scrambles and the crux, reaching the upper yellow band.
    Massive low hanging cloud, rain and hail bits came.
    We already learned more than a sunny day, a beautiful hike, or an athletic peak bagging would let us.
    Its time to turn back. There will always be another day.
    This is a precious experience not from success but from coming short of success

    3 · August 18, 2013

    • Andy D.

      You all made a very wise choice and you have a great organizer to thank. I am so happy you are all safe and sound. Temple will be there another day.

      1 · August 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Sidney, I'm glad to see you guys made it back safely. I didn't see your group once we passed the crux. I had heard that Temple is crowded, but didn't expect that many people on a mountain !

      The dark clouds were concerning to us and we rushed to the summit so that we can start our descent by noon. The views at the summit were blocked by the low clouds, and it was windy and cold. The winter gear that I always carry with me came handy. We got a glimpse of the paradise valley though, but that was it in terms of the view. So you guys didn't miss much. I will also return another day to do Temple, hopefully a day with good weather.

      On the way back, a group warned us of a grizzly near the trail, it was probably the same that you saw.

      August 18, 2013

  • Andy D.

    The wolf pack is very fortunate to have such an experienced Alpha Male in it's presence. You have all become so much more experienced because of the wise decisions that were made. I am so proud of you all.

    August 18, 2013

  • Paul

    We learned a lot today! We learned why you should travel in groups of 4 or more and carry bear spray. We now have a clear understanding as to why you wear a helmet on a scramble. We learned how to go inside so we could perform outside. We tested our boundaries and respected the mountains boundaries. We learned that it is better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. We learned how to be thankful. We learned that everyone wants to go up Temple on a weekend. We learned that we have more to learn and are now more willing to do so.
    Great day...truly!

    4 · August 18, 2013

  • Anne R.

    Hope everyone had a safe journey. I can't wait to see your photos!

    1 · August 17, 2013

    • Barb

      It was great to meet you Anne..... hope to hike with you again sometime

      August 18, 2013

  • Barb

    Sometimes you can not tell.... but you know..

    When you are 'out there' things happen...
    Things that cause us to...
    Question why;
    Be angry, scared and shaken;
    To stand in awe;
    To change direction;
    To listen, learn, and obey;
    And to be filled will gratitude.

    Sometimes you can not tell.... but you know....
    That reason alone is not enough;
    That you are not in control;
    And that life is a fragile gift.

    Sometimes you can not tell.... but you know....
    That you are loved and cared for;
    That this moment is a precious gift;
    And that you have been changed.... for a reason.

    Sometimes you can not tell.... but you know....
    That you 'are' simply because of the grace of God.

    Ya... it was a very GOOD day indeed :D
    Peace

    3 · August 18, 2013

  • Anna

    Just checking again if anyone is going to lake Louis in the morning.... please let me know ....if I could carpool. Thank u.

    August 16, 2013

    • Anna

      I pulled out myself. Please contact Paul. You should be able to take my spot.. please use it wisely :-) :-) :-) as I really really wanted to go.... Have fun...

      August 16, 2013

    • Anna

      Mario...I had signed up for something else before you replied. Hadn't I done that I totally would have gone with you....Please use thus chance and go....just don't forget to have lots of laughs and pictures... like I would have :-) :-)

      August 16, 2013

  • Anna

    Sorry, couldn't come camping with you tonight... I'll be thinking of you....Temple was my goal for this year.... hmmm....Next year it will be then...

    August 16, 2013

  • Anna

    Otherwise, Paul you may want to take someone from the wait list if they are still interested. Sorry to be a hassle. I didn't think everyone would camp.... which actually is a great idea...

    August 16, 2013

    • Andy D.

      You're welcome to join us otherwise. It's not Temple but still a peak with great views. :)

      August 16, 2013

  • Anne R.

    There are 2 beds open at Mosquito creek hostel as of 10am this morning. (It's a 15min drive to lake Louise)

    August 16, 2013

  • Anna

    Hello fellow hikers..... to the ones who do not camp Friday night- can I carpool with you from Calgary please? My cell 403 2007907. I would appreciate that

    August 16, 2013

  • Sidney

    No Andy, it's a subsidiary of Wolfe & Howling PLC

    2 · August 15, 2013

  • Sidney

    Plan to leave Calgary about 5pm tomorrow. I will look for Schwab, Mitchell and Associates in Tunnel Mountain Campground.

    1 · August 15, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Is that a new Law Firm :)

      1 · August 15, 2013

  • Barb

    Hi Everyone!!! I am looking forward to an amazing day with you on Saturday!!! I am planning on camping at Tunnel Mountain on Friday and Saturday night if anyone is interested in joining me we could plan to share sites. Of course you are not obligated to stay both nights that's just my plan :D

    August 13, 2013

    • Barb

      lake lousie has no tenting spots avaliable for the weekend.... so not really....

      August 13, 2013

    • Barb

      Hey Sidney.... my email has been down all day and I'm sure you're wondering about the plan for camping. I think whoever gets there first can grab a couple sites. So far it is five people who say they are interested. so two sites is enough. I will be there around 5 if not before so I can get the sites and then whoever comes after can ask for the sites reserved under Schwab and Mitchel. If anyone is interested in grabbing a bite and hanging out by the fire I'm up for that... gonna make it an early night though.... early to bed... early to rise, rise, rise.... all 1600+m!!!! Can't wait!!!! So EXCITED!!!! It's gonna be a great day!!!! I have decided not to stay over on the Saturday night as I have too much to do at home :(

      August 14, 2013

  • George

    Have fun guys. I will pass on this one. Perhaps I will do Temple next yer.
    - Cheers

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Sidney

    I will join you, Barb
    Is there a closer spot, like Lake Louise?

    August 13, 2013

  • Anne R.

    Whoops, let's try that again. Hi Paul, I don't think we've hiked together before but I am really stoked to bag Temple. I've done some easy- moderate scrambles (Abbot Hut, Effiel Peak, etc.)

    Am not above offering bribery of your favorite liquid libation. :)

    Am on holidays right now in the Rockies, so will have to meet you there.

    August 13, 2013

  • Anne R.

    Hi

    August 13, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Did Temple last year. The view from the top is spectacular. The rockbands are fun to scramble.

    August 12, 2013

    • Kayla Y.

      Hi Andy. I am Kayla Yang. We did East peak of Wendell in June this year. I don't know if you remember me. I want to try Mt. Temple this year, but not sure about my ability. Do you think I might be able to do this hike based on your knowledge of my ability? Thanks!

      August 13, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Probably but it is up to Paul. Talk to him.

      August 13, 2013

  • Andy D.

    August 12, 2013

  • Andy D.

    ]
    A Scrambler's Guide to Mount Temple

    Maybe you could use this. Sure helped us last year.

    www.pc.gc.ca/.../Publication_Guide_AScramblersGuideToMountTemple

    August 12, 2013

6 went

  • Paul
    Platinum Member Šung'manitu-Tanka, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Shellie
    Platinum Member, Co-Organizer
  • Nancy
    Premier Member, AST 1 , Navigation
  • Sidney
    狼 láng (Wolf) - Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Barb
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • A former member

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