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Little Temple, D 5-6 easy- moderate scramble

  • Oct 6, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Little Temple is a subsidiary of Mt. Temple. It is much shorter, but still has decent elevation gain. There might be a few latch's left.

Please read the entire write up before signing up.

I have never done this trip before. So please do your own research. From what I can tell most of this trip is easy scrambling. But there may be a couple of spots to get some moderate scrambling for those who want the extra challenge.

I plan on making a loop with this trip and might do a short car shuttle.

I plan on starting at the Paradise Valley Trail head, hike up to Lake Annette then up to Little Temple. Going across both peaks then down to Temple Lake then out to the road.

Max: 10 people

You must be a paid CORA member 2013 or pay the $5 one time fee before you go on the trip. Fee's are paid online. See the the link to the left, PAY ONLINE.

Hazards: Bears, weather, ice and snow, rockfall, steep terrain, Bushwhacking, route finding.



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Participation: The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or 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. Hey! It’s my trip.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to participate. I will have the waiver. Your organizer will be your witness. Yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting . Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.


Rating: D5-6 easy-moderate Scramble

Roundtrip Time: 6-8 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)

High point: 2660M

Height gain: 940m (Calgary Tower is 191m high)

Distance: 12-15 km estimated

This is a Difficult Hike. With Easy to Moderate scrambling. An average level of fitness is required our pace is moderate. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. I don’t want to “Waste My Time in the Canadian Rockies.”

Bushwhacking and Off-trail: With many of my trips there is a good likelihood of bushwhacking and off-trail and that naturally means some route-finding. I tend to get off the beaten track and try to avoid “tourist” routes. If you want the tourist route, you’re on the wrong trip. You are warned. Don’t be surprised.

Dogs: Not this time.

Driving and Directions:
To get there we'll meet in the parking lot at Dalhousie Stn. Head  Hwy #1 West to Paradise Valley Trail head on the Moraine Lake Rd in Lake Louise.

Weather forecast: unknown
Trail conditions: unknown

Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).

Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON!

Mandatory –  Hiking poles, sense of humor, lunch, at least 2-3 liters of water, layers, sturdy boots (unless you’re going shopping, runners or sandals are never appropriate footwear) Microspikes or other icers.

Recommended - Helmet, camera, gaiters, bear spray.

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  • catalin

    I look at the pictures and cry, look and cry. :((

    October 7, 2013

  • Irina

    Hi there, I started to have sore throat today, probably a better idea for me to rest tomorrow : ( have a great hike!

    October 5, 2013

  • catalin

    I apologize for the late cancellation. I've been today up Tent Ridge and was surprised of the amount of snow up there. I did Little Temple last year, and I realized that, with a lot of snow, I would be way too slow for this group. Yes, I'm a chicken :(

    Could someone text Darcy? I don't have a phone. Thanks!

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    My computer died today, If you you need to cancel give my cell a text. I'm at work now and won't have access to computer this week end.

    October 4, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    For those who want to try the moderate section between the summits, bring your ice ice and helmet.

    October 1, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    Thanks for the heads up Taras, from my research that's what I figured. The people who aren't comfortable with the crux between the two peaks can head straight to Temple Lake.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Darcy,
    I've done it 3 times and each time in the whiteout conditions (June, July and November). No luck on this little peak.
    If you do the way Mike Potter recommends, I would say it's a solid moderate scramble between East and True Summit, especially with all recent snow considering. People who are afraid of exposure or are not comfortable on snow won't be able to complete it. Ice-axe might be needed depending on conditions.
    It is possible to go only to Main Summit from Annette Lake, then descend straight to Temple Lake, thus avoiding East Summit. It's an easy scramble if you decide to go this way.
    The section between Annette Lake and the Summit is covered with boulders. It requires good balance, especially if the boulders are wet or covered with snow, very similar to what we did a week ago.

    September 30, 2013

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