One of our favorite things to do in the mountains is to set up a comfortable camp and to climb as much as we can from there. We invite you to join us for four days of fine alpine cragging in the Palisades area. We’ll place camp above Third Lake, in the shadow of the alpine rock climbers paradise – Temple Crag. From here our options include the Celestial Arêtes on Temple Crag, Mount Robinson arêtes, and many more. These four days will be filled with as much climbing as you can handle and will certainly be a “dream trip” for the rock aficionado. Any of these routes are also offered individually as a custom trip. Just contact us for availability.
The 23-pitch 5.9/10a Sun Ribbon Arête includes a Tyrolean Traverse and makes for a long climbing day.
A little easier at 5.8 and 18 pitches in length, Moon Goddess Arête is a tremendous introduction to technical rock climbing in a stunning alpine setting.
Venusian Blind Arête is one of the farthest left on Temple crag and, at 5.7, is every bit as good a climb as the others. With only ten or twelve pitches it is less committing than Moon Goddess but a little more continuous.
The arêtes on Mt. Robinson offer another alpine adventure with mostly 4th class climbing with sections of 5th class. These can be a good warm up for a more sustained route on Temple Crag. Why not climb them all and compare for yourself?
The best guidebooks are Supertopo’s “High Sierra Climbing” by Chris McNamara and Peter Croft’s “The Good, The Great, and the Awesome”.
You can also get our unpublished guide to Temple Crag here.
Since our camp will be around 10,000’ we highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000’) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would work, but this means a long drive to the trailhead; it may be easier to camp at a higher trailhead, such as one of the campgrounds in Big Pine Creek for a night just before the trip. Glacier Lodge is also a good lodging option and is at the end of road close by. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more information.
Click on the below photos to get a more detailed description of each climb.