Ryan Hokanson and I had a great reunion, did a bunch of approaching, and climbed the NE Buttress of Mount Temple (V 5.8 A1) near Lake Louise. We also approached to climb the Hannibal-Lowe on the North face of Mount Geikie but were weathered out, and approached a first ascent project in Montana's Glacier National Park only to discover that it was easy and chossy. In both cases, we coped with our chagrin by hiking for long periods of time.
Mount Temple, the NE Buttress. A nice, 4000 foot line climbing up behind the skinny tree in the center. Photo scrounged from Parks Canada.
Myself scrambling up a steeper section mid-route. Photo: Ryan Hokanson
Ryan clambering through a chossband on the lower buttress.
Ryan's portrait for his mom. Handsome fellow, isn't he? My sister Sally got lucky I think, here. Or, maybe he got lucky. Hmm.
Clambering into the quartzite zone to find better rock.
Belay ledge mid-route.
High quality slab climbing on the upper route. Photo: Ryan Hokanson
Ryan and I are used to climbing things fast, and we thought we would simul this route in 6 hours. We started pretty late and ended up taking a chilly nap on a ledge above the crux pitch and finishing the next morning. Whoops! Photo: Ryan Hokanson
Ryan finishing out the last pitches in the morning.
Summit serac and snowfield.
Ryan punching it to the summit!