With its mix of scrambling, steep rock climbing and a long summit snow ridge, the East Ridge of Mount Temple attracts climbers from around the world. Included in the ‘Fifty Classic Climbs of North America’ by Steve Roper and Allan Steck, this route was first climbed in 1931. The East Ridge is a committing objective with great rewards for the experienced and physically conditioned climber.
Please contact our office to arrange this trip if our scheduled departures do not meet your requirements.
Your guide will meet you at 4:00 am at the Yamnuska office in Canmore unless you make other arrangements to meet in Lake Louise.
We access this route along the Moraine Lake Road in Lake Louise. A short hike alongside an obvious avalanche slope brings you to the base of the ridge and the beginning of the scrambling up 4th class terrain on good quartzite rock. This leads to the Big Step, a 200 meter buttress involving a good portion of the technical climbing. It contains good protection and some fixed pitons. Following this route up thru the gulley and a chimney system takes you to the upper ridge, which we follow to the bottom of the Black Towers. Approximately 5 pitches of additional technical climbing takes us to a gully that breaks through the black band of the towers. More 4th class terrain and scrambling allows us to gain the glacial ridge towards the summit.
After enjoying the summit views and celebrating our ascent we’ll descend via the scramble route down the southwest ridge to Sentinel Pass and hiking through Larch Valley to the stunning Moraine Lake.
Expect a 12-18 hour day.
$1100 per person includes guided climbing and instruction, and use of specialized group climbing gear.
Not included: Transportation, Canmore accommodation, gratuities or Sales Tax.
Please contact our office to organize this trip as we only schedule it on a private basis.
Please note that wildlife/bear restrictions require that people travel in groups of 4 or more during much of the summer season. This will require that 2 participants group with 2 guides for this trip. Please discuss this requirement with our office.
Guides and Group Size
Maximum guide to guest ratio is 1:1. Our guides are enthusiastic and extremely talented. They hold certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and we are licensed to operate in the area by the Parks Canada. Maximum group size is 2, minimum 2.
Transportation is not included for this program. We will rely on guest’s vehicles to reach the trailhead.
Canmore is situated 100 km (65 miles) west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is well served by scheduled bus lines both from Calgary (airport and downtown), Banff (20 km west) and points further west. Calgary International Airport is well connected to major cities throughout North America and Europe. Vehicle rental is available both in Calgary and in Canmore.
Frequent shuttles connect Calgary International Airport and Canmore.
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodations and meals are not included. Please ensure that you have plenty of food and snacks as well as fluids for a long day of climbing.
Accommodation in Canmore is not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in both Canmore and Banff, including campsites, hostels, all levels of hotels as well as condo style accommodation with kitchens or suites. We recommend that you book your own pre and post-trip accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in the Bow Valley fill quickly.
Excess luggage can be left at your hotel or our office.
Equipment and Clothing
We supply group climbing gear such as ropes and hardware but we recommend you bring your own personal climbing gear (e.g. harness, helmet and ice axe), clothing and general equipment. We can lend you some personal items should you require. A rental charge will apply for rock shoes. Let us know, in advance, what you will need. It is required that you bring rock shoes in addition to mountaineering boots for this program.
The equipment and clothing you bring with you will play a large role in the quality of your experience. Read the following suggestion list carefully. If you have any questions or need clarification don’t hesitate to call or write. There is room for substitution and changes but if you have any doubt, do contact us.
We suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allows for fast and easy adjustment to best suit fast changing weather conditions. Cotton clothing is not appropriate as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about what to bring.
You will need to bring:
- Wool/blend socks
- Long underwear – top – synthetic or wool
- Soft shell climbing pants – these should be windproof nylon/synthetic blend mountaineering pants
- Mid-weight top – synthetic or wool
- Soft shell jacket – this should be a windproof nylon/synthetic blend jacket
- Outer jacket and pants – waterproof with a hood on the jacket and side zips on the pants (Gore-Tex)
- Insulated jacket – synthetic or down
- Gaiters – ensure they fit over your mountaineering boots
- Mountaineering gloves – light weight and medium to heavy weight pairs
- Hat – synthetic or wool that covers your ears and fits under a helmet
- Sunhat – with wide brim
You will need to bring: (Items in blue are available to rent from Yamnuska, we can loan you the items in red). You must give us plenty of notice if wanting to rent or loan gear.
- Lightweight mountaineering boots – Ideally these boots should be lightweight leather or synthetic with a semi-rigid or rigid sole. It is possible to buy boots such as the La Sportiva ‘Trango’ which are designed specifically for alpine rock. As always, the most important feature of a mountaineering boot or approach shoe is comfort. Different brands seem to suit different feet. If buying try a few different pairs and if they are not comfortable don’t buy them. There are many good brands. They include Asolo, Kayland, La Sportiva and Scarpa and 5.10.
- Day pack – Big enough to fit extra clothing, equipment and your food. A 30-35 liter capacity is suitable.
- Rock Shoes – Comfort is essential as you will be wearing these for prolonged periods of time.
- Ice Axe – regular glacier axe, minimum 55cm length. Light weight versions are appropriate for this trip.
- Crampons – must fit your boots
- Belay device
- Sunglasses – with 100% UV protection
- Sun cream – extra strength
- Lip cream – with UV protection
- Headlamp – with fresh batteries
- Water bottle
- Blister kit – ‘moleskin’, ‘second skin’ etc.
- First aid items – keep this small (band-aids, ibuprofen & aspirin/tylenol, etc.)
- Trekking pole – must be collapsible (optional)
We supply the following items, but if you have your own, please feel free to bring them: nut tool, belay device with pear shaped carabiner, 1 x 5m 7mm prussik, 1 x 120 cm sewn sling and 2 x locking biners, 1 x 16-22 cm ice screw.
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. We require full payment on booking. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Electronic Transfers, Money Orders and Bank Drafts. Credit card payments are easiest, especially for international travellers.
We ask that you familiarize yourself with our detailed booking instructions and conditions.
Please note that you will be required to sign our waiver before commencing the program. Please view our sample waiver copy.
There are two basic types of insurance that most travelers need to consider: Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. We offer our guests coverage for both and highly recommend you purchase it.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident during your trip. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for rescue in the national and provincial parks, however costs such as air or ground transportation, long term care and other services are not covered.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
We recognize that our guests’ schedules may change for many reasons; business, family, flight delays, injuries and other unplanned events. For these eventualities the Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance is a great way to protect your investment.
For all your travel insurance requirements we recommend the Simpson Group. This agency offers a wide range of travel insurance options including Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Travel Medical and Personal Effect Loss for Canadian Travelers. We highly recommend purchasing this insurance.
Please note that this coverage is for Canadian residents only. For guests who are not from Canada and who are interested in the ‘Visitors to Canada’ insurance package please contact the Simpson Group directly at JSimpson@simpson-group.com and reference your Yamnuska Mountain Adventure’s trip.
Private guiding options available. Please contact us to discuss this option.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Is it for you?
Guests signing up for this climb must be comfortable being short roped through extended lengths of 4th class terrain and seconding 5.9 rock. Previous experience with crampons and ice axe is also required.