Since I was going solo, I was relegated to non-technical ascents, so set my sights on climbing Mt. Temple (11,624') one of the tallest and most impressive mountains in the Canadian rockies.
|The magnificent Mt. Temple|
|The route up Mt. Temple - Courtesy Parks Canada|
|Early morning start at Moirane lake|
|Note to self -watch out for Grizzly bears.|
The switchbacks were fairly boring, but once into Larch valley there were some nice views of the "10 peaks" as well as Sentinel peak and my objective, Mt. Temple.
|Sentinel pass. The route up Mt Temple on the right ridge line.|
|Ascending scree slopes|
|Looking back down on Larch Valley|
|Typical rockies scenery.|
|Approaching the summit ridge line|
|Summit selfie - the lowest form of photography.|
|Spectacular summit ridge|
For day 2, I needed to get to Lethbridge, so I wanted something fast, that I could ascend in the morning, and be in Lethbridge by the afternoon. So I consulted the bible of Canadian Rockies Scrambling to find an objective.
|Scrambling bible. I wish the Sierras had one of these|
|Got it. hand and feet.|
|Views on the ascent of Heart Mountain|
|Looking back at the (false) North summit of Heart Mountain and the Bow valley.|
|Another low point in photography. Summit selfie. I need to learn how to use the timer.|
Then off to Lethbridge. It was terrific to see Wade again, he is doing very well. Its very satisfying to see old colleagues and friends doing so well in their professional lives. Wade has a strong, interesting research program and I was very impressed by what he has accomplished.
A great trip, both climbing wise, and professionally. A great way to end my summer.