Temple, Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
from "Selected Climbing Routes of Mount Temple" by Gregory Horne Photographics
Southwest Face. First ascent route of preak, by S.E.S. Allen, L.F. Frissel and W.D. Wilcox in August 1894. It is the least technical route to the summit and the usual descent.
From Moraine Lake [1] follow the trail on the west of the lake signed for Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass. Proceed to Sentinel Pass (2611m) [3], 6 kms from the lake, then traverse
east into the huge bowl of the SW Face. There are numerous paths in the scree to follow. If not obvious, simply take the line of least resistance up scree, snowfields and minor
rock bands, never more than class 4 if in good condition and on route. At about 3220m move to the SW Ridge and continue up the ridge to the summit [4]. Keep to the west side
of ridge near the summit as large cornices form on the east side.
YDS grade II, 4. UIAA III-.

The red line indicates our ascent up the southwest face and descent by the same route.

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