Ascent of East Temple Peak on 2008-06-25

Climber: Will Bender

Others in Party:NOLS WRW2 6/19 member minus Mason and Rob
Date:Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:East Temple Peak
    Elevation:12600 ft / 3840 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had made camp the night before at the southeastern base of Temple Peak. Woke up and switchbacked 1000 feet up an extremely steep snow slope. Took a break at the saddle between Temple and East Temple. We then ditched most of of our gear at the saddle and took two shared packs for the ascent up East Temple. We made good time post-holing between bare boulder patches. There were a number of false peaks that we hadn't expected based on our map, but we finally reached the top. Spent about 30 minutes at the peak looking mainly looking north at the amazing view of much of the Wind Rivers. It was very windy at the top, and most of group was getting a bit chilly. We had spent enough time looking down the sheer sides of the cliffs on the northwest side of the peak to our next camp. Plus we noticed a typical summer storm building to our west and decided it was time to get down. We got back to the saddle just time as the clouds opened up. We plunge stepped down to Temple Lake as the hail and lightning started to come down. The lighting stuck Temple Peak a few times and we were a little nervous. The snow was at least waist deep and getting around the lakes took a considerable amount of time. Once we reached our camp on Miller Lake, it was amazing to look back at the sheer cliff face of East Temple. Our first peak ascent on what was to be an absolutely amazing NOLS course.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy

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