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This huge granite cathedral, with its flying buttresses (the Celestial Aretes, Venusian, Moon Goddess, and Sun Ribbon) on the left, and the truly awesome buttress of Dark Star in the center, is the premier long rock climbing area of the Palisades.
From Big Pine on 395 drive up the road to Glacier Lodge; trailhead is signed on the right.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Temple Crag:
Venusian Blind 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, 13 pitches, 1500'
Temple, Galey, Sill Traverse 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, Grade IV
Moon Goddess Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 18 pitches, 2000'
Sun Ribbon Arete 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches, 2000'
Dark Star 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 16 pitches, 2000'
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Sun Ribbon Arete 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CA : High Sierra : Temple Crag
This is a classic long-day alpine route on good rock with some unique features, not least of which is a Tyrolean traverse. Most people start from an obvious crack in a left-facing dihedral (as seen in Mike Morley's picture here near a big grey scar, some distance (300'? 500'?) from the base of the snowfield and the start of Dark Star. The main drawback is the descent through Contact Pass, though you could bypass t...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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