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East Ridge - 5.7

Average Rating = 3.57/5 Average Rating : 3.57 out of 5
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 3.71/5
  Rock Quality 2.71/5
  Scenery 4.57/5
  Fun Factor 3.67/5

Description:

III/IV 5.7 Long ridge climb. Two possible starts, Big Step or Aemmer couloir

Submitted by: tonydevo on 2004-01-16
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Route ID: 46668

8 Ascents Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.7 F
  Safety Rating PG13
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Onsight Onsight ascent by: gamos on 2017-08-28 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars Good epic - 36 hours car to car

We had ideal weather, 25 degrees and sunny, and it was a good thing because we went off route, climbed unneccesary stuff, and had to spend the night atop the Big Step!

The sheer scale of this climb threw us off. We started at 4:30 a.m. and were a little sleep deprived, which maybe explains how we thought we had made it to the Big Step already at 7:00 a.m. We climbed a buttress (we later named it the "Fake Step") which loosely corresponded to Dow Williams' pitch descriptions in the Big Step.. we just assumed we were a little off route. It felt like about 5.9, with a few danger loose holds. We also saw the headlamps of a party in front of us apparently at the top of this step. (They probably took the gully right, scrambled up, then traversed left).

Near the top of the Fake Step, a couple climbers from New Hampshire caught up to us.. they were also confused. We scrambled, short-roped and traversed up the ridge, scanning left and right to figure out where the route was. It finally dawned on us that the Big Step was yet to come, and when we finally reached it, it was obvious and prominent. It offers great climbing at old school 5.7 in Pitch 1 - 3, then about 100m of scrambling up a gully to reach the chimney (pitch 4). It's also a great 5.7 pitch, but deteriorates into bad choss at the top. It's possible to climb out, find a block to the right that takes some pro and an adjacent slung block and build a good anchor out of all that. We exited the chimney around 7 p.m., found a bivy built by these guys:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwxArDeb7Nk
.. and settled in for the night. It was cold but not brutal.

We awoke and started at sunrise the next morning, continued as high along the ridge as possible, at one point skirting a little right to ascend a shale buttress going back left, gaining some elevation in order to contour around towards the Black Towers. The detached fin that marks the start of the Black Towers low 5th class climbing slope is fairly obvious - there are two shiny bolts there - and we didn't have too much snow to deal with. It wasn't that hard to find; our route finding challenge was all the lower stuff, just so much scrambling to do before hitting the Big Step.

Black Towers is very garbage limestone and quite loose, so you really have to check every hold in places before committing to it. Strong PG13 here. Not much pro in the first half, but keep your eyes open and follows pitons, trend up and left, you will eventually see a few more bolts.

The summit glacier traverse is amazing, such a reward after all the trials below. The snow was firm but not icy, except in a couple spots. My partner did have a crampon pop off right at the steepest, iciest part, and I had to quickly fire in a couple screws for him to anchor to while he re-attached it, or it could've been really bad..

Overall, a solid 3/5 rating. It's not always a blast, but it is really memorable. Itís a huge climb and for us was a battle. The descent down the SW ridge to Moraine Lake sorta sucks though..

Other good topos to check:

http://www.summitpost.org/east-ridge-iv-5-7/319166
http://ross-mcewen.blogspot.ca/2013/07/east-ridge-of-mt-temple-2013.html



Added: 2017-08-30

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
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Onsight Onsight ascent by: lovesclimbing on 2009-08-05 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars good day out

I did this route with a buddy that is no longer around, it was a bit of a big step (no pun) for him and he found it really out there because of size, length, not the best conditions and just not his cup of tea. So I basicly took him up the whole thing and got caught on the toe of the glacier in a big lightning storm, we dropped our gear and ran down the taluas, made a bivi and racked out for 6hrs while it passed. We were in boots the entire day which wasnt bad for all the scrambling and climbing, you can literly go anywhere up there until you hit something hard. Lots of fixed gear and good gear on the roped pitchs. Black towers wernt to bad, we didnt go up in the middle of the traverse though, we went further left which cost us time, found the sharks fin easliy and was a good landmark.

Added: 2011-09-11

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
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Onsight Onsight ascent by: Paul_W on 1985-12-20 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Notes on a winter ascent

Ascended E Ridge via long snow couloir to first bivvy below rock towers. 2nd day traversed towers (interminable) to gap below summit pyramid. Rapped 180 ft down S. Face to bivvy in schrund. Morning of 3rd day ran out of water and fuel. Jugged rope on questionable knifeblade to previous high point traversed gap and climbed to summit. Very impressive view from cornice overhanging N. face. Traversed summit and descended broad couloir to the SW to bivvy. 4th day completed circuit of mountain to our camp below N. Face. weather was very good throughout.

Added: 2010-10-05

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
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Second Second ascent by: socrates on 2009-07-01 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars Mount Temple East Ridge

Descent climb, quite long. Routefinding required for the black towers. 11 hours round trip. The traverse across the summit glacier is spectacular.

Added: 2010-07-06

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7 F
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
Onsight Onsight ascent by: barwatt on 2008-12-14 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars East ridge

Great variety. Spent the night below the big step, but not directly below in case of rock fall. Would hate to be caught in a storm on it and I have tremendous respect for anyone who climbs it car to car in a day.

Added: 2008-12-14

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