Mount Temple

 Posted by on July 25, 1987  Banff National Park  Add comments
Jul 251987
 

Mount Temple

Mount Temple

This was my third time up Mt. Temple and I thought it was easier that I remembered.

I took a different line through the upper rock band than the first two times. We climbed it on the left side and it was easy hands on scrambling.

On the lower rock band, an orange formation, I traversed out onto the face to the second gully. Once above the orange band, I stepped over a basketball sized rock that proceeded to roll. Slowly at first, then faster.

Mount Temple from the Tower of Babel

Mount Temple from the Tower of Babel

The wretched rock began to break up as it blasted through the area that we had just climbed through.

I was very angry at myself and I yelled ROCK, ROCK, ROCK!

Ann came to the conclusion that the people behind us had not yet made the band. Good thing. It could have seriously hurt or killed.

On the way down we took the far right gully in the orange band and it’s much safer; it’s not on the face and in a fall line from above. When we reached the other lower band (dark rock), one of us was just about to drop down into the gully when a large rock came crashing down the middle. The dude above us yelled out to the party above to stop and let us get out of the way.

Temple is dangerous because of the loose rock and huge numbers of people. Well enough doom and gloom, have fun but be very careful of the rocks and people!!

After, we went to Banff for dinner. The restaurant in Banff was a bit pricey but the food and atmosphere were excellent.

If you are ambitious of climbing up to the difficult, and in a manner inaccessible, summit of the Temple of Fame, your surest way is to leave on one hand the narrow path of Poetry, and follow the narrower track of Knight-Errantry, which in a trice may raise you to an imperial throne.

Miguel De Cervantes
1547-1616, Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

Mount Temple