Temple Crag Climbing

Climb the famed Celestial Aretes that make up one of our favorite rock-climbing areas in the Eastern Sierra- Temple Crag! From Venusian Blind to Moon Goddess Arete, to Sun Ribbon Arete, these incredible spines of Sierra Nevada granite will absolutely awe you. Climb one and you'll want to climb them all!
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We'll tackle the following objectives and skills:

  • Climb the Famed Celestial Aretes - Take your alpine climbing to the next level on these Eastern Sierra classics!

    • Venusian Blind - 5.7 - Packed with fun climbing and wild exposure, some consider this climb to be more classic than the East Buttress of Mt. Whitney
    • Goddess Arete - 5.8 - With a reputation for being one of the finest 5.8 climbs in the High Sierra, you must experience the wild and continuous exposure of this climb for yourself!
    • Sun Ribbon Arete - 5.10a - 18 pitches on a striking arete, only to be topped with a thrilling Tyrolean Traverse that helps you pass a large gap

  • Alpine Climbing Skills Training - Including crampons, ice axe arrest, and rope travel

  • Summit Attempt - This will be a long day, gaining over 4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes.

Here's the schedule for your trip:

  • Day 1 - Arrival & Ascend to Camp - 8:00 am meetup with your guide in town. We'll do a quick gear check and review the plan for the day. Your guide will discuss the route up to camp and we'll make any final adjustments before we caravan to the trailhead. The rest of the day will be spent touring to camp and learning about camp craft.

  • Day 2 - Mountaineering Skills Training - We'll get an early start , having breakfast with hot coffee or tea, and preparing food for the day before gearing up and heading out.

    In this course we'll cover:
    • Alpine Climbing Gear
    • Ice Axe Techniques including Self Arrest and
    • Team Arrest (for Glacier Travel)
    • Crampon Techniques
    • Mountaineering efficiency including the Rest Step
    • Descending techniques for mountaineering
    • Basics of rope team travel

    In the evening, we'll prepare an early dinner and head to bed
  • Day 3 -Summit Attempt 3:00-5:00am quick breakfast followed by an early alpine start. Your guides will set the start time based on warming for the day and the weather forecast. Prepare for a long day, where we gaining over 4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes. Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route. We’ll break down camp, pack up our bags, and descend to the trailhead.

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Basic Alpine Climbing Skills - Including basic rope skills, experience with belaying and rappelling, and technical climbing on 4th and 5th class rock. Depending on the time of year, crampon and ice ax techniques may be required. Build those skills during the program or attend our Intro to Mountaineering course prior to attending and spend more time climbing

  • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 8-10 miles, climbing 2,500 - 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week.

Here's what's included with your trip:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Ropes & Gear - for mountaineering training
  • Tent
  • Stove & Fuel
  • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
  • Guide Gratuities

Temple Crag Alpine Climbing Gear List


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SKILL LEVELIntermediate Advanced
ELEVATION8,000’-14,000’
LocationEastern Sierra

Price/Person $1,750.00
Private Programs
Duration: 3 Days
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Private Programs

Blackbird Mountain Guides offers both scheduled group programs and private programs.

Private programs are simply above and beyond what Blackbird Mountain Guides currently has scheduled. Scheduled courses are not always less expensive. Before booking a trip with Blackbird Mountain Guides, clients are encouraged to review the differences between these types of programs, and to decide what works best for them.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS

Scheduled Programs have fixed dates, itineraries, objectives, curriculum, and costs. They typically appeal to solo individuals or small groups or who are looking to share the cost of their program with a larger group. Correspondingly, scheduled programs are less expensive for smaller groups (1-2), and they provide the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. If you have a large group (3+), Scheduled programs will often be more expensive. They can fill up quickly, and scheduling flexibility is obviously limited.

Scheduled programs will have advertised dates. All scheduled programs can be run as private programs with private dates/rates as well.

PRIVATE PROGRAMS

Private programs have scheduling freedom. They typically appeal to those who would like some flexibility in planning their own trip or course. In this regard, Itineraries and objectives can be tailored to suit current conditions as well as client goals. Private programs are normally less expensive for larger groups (3+). If you have a small group (1-2) private programs will be more expensive.

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Here's the schedule for your trip:

  • Day 1 - Arrival & Ascend to Camp - 8:00 am meetup with your guide in town. We'll do a quick gear check and review the plan for the day. Your guide will discuss the route up to camp and we'll make any final adjustments before we caravan to the trailhead. The rest of the day will be spent touring to camp and learning about camp craft.

  • Day 2 - Mountaineering Skills Training - We'll get an early start , having breakfast with hot coffee or tea, and preparing food for the day before gearing up and heading out.

    In this course we'll cover:
    • Alpine Climbing Gear
    • Ice Axe Techniques including Self Arrest and
    • Team Arrest (for Glacier Travel)
    • Crampon Techniques
    • Mountaineering efficiency including the Rest Step
    • Descending techniques for mountaineering
    • Basics of rope team travel

    In the evening, we'll prepare an early dinner and head to bed
  • Day 3 -Summit Attempt 3:00-5:00am quick breakfast followed by an early alpine start. Your guides will set the start time based on warming for the day and the weather forecast. Prepare for a long day, where we gaining over 4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes. Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route. We’ll break down camp, pack up our bags, and descend to the trailhead.

We'll tackle the following objectives and skills:

  • Climb the Famed Celestial Aretes - Take your alpine climbing to the next level on these Eastern Sierra classics!

    • Venusian Blind - 5.7 - Packed with fun climbing and wild exposure, some consider this climb to be more classic than the East Buttress of Mt. Whitney
    • Goddess Arete - 5.8 - With a reputation for being one of the finest 5.8 climbs in the High Sierra, you must experience the wild and continuous exposure of this climb for yourself!
    • Sun Ribbon Arete - 5.10a - 18 pitches on a striking arete, only to be topped with a thrilling Tyrolean Traverse that helps you pass a large gap

  • Alpine Climbing Skills Training - Including crampons, ice axe arrest, and rope travel

  • Summit Attempt - This will be a long day, gaining over 4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes.

Here's the schedule for your trip:

  • Day 1 - Arrival & Ascend to Camp - 8:00 am meetup with your guide in town. We'll do a quick gear check and review the plan for the day. Your guide will discuss the route up to camp and we'll make any final adjustments before we caravan to the trailhead. The rest of the day will be spent touring to camp and learning about camp craft.

  • Day 2 - Mountaineering Skills Training - We'll get an early start , having breakfast with hot coffee or tea, and preparing food for the day before gearing up and heading out.

    In this course we'll cover:
    • Alpine Climbing Gear
    • Ice Axe Techniques including Self Arrest and
    • Team Arrest (for Glacier Travel)
    • Crampon Techniques
    • Mountaineering efficiency including the Rest Step
    • Descending techniques for mountaineering
    • Basics of rope team travel

    In the evening, we'll prepare an early dinner and head to bed
  • Day 3 -Summit Attempt 3:00-5:00am quick breakfast followed by an early alpine start. Your guides will set the start time based on warming for the day and the weather forecast. Prepare for a long day, where we gaining over 4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes. Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route. We’ll break down camp, pack up our bags, and descend to the trailhead.

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Basic Alpine Climbing Skills - Including basic rope skills, experience with belaying and rappelling, and technical climbing on 4th and 5th class rock. Depending on the time of year, crampon and ice ax techniques may be required. Build those skills during the program or attend our Intro to Mountaineering course prior to attending and spend more time climbing

  • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 8-10 miles, climbing 2,500 - 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week.

Here's what's included with your trip:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Ropes & Gear - for mountaineering training
  • Tent
  • Stove & Fuel
  • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
  • Guide Gratuities

Temple Crag Alpine Climbing Gear List

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great value

    I did the crevasse rescue course and it went great, I learned a lot and feel much more comfortable. I especially appreciated how it was a small group - 3 students and 1 guide. Our guide Jan was great - he was very knowledgeable but also kept things laid back and wanted us to enjoy the day. Highly recommend!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Set me up with a perfect custom skills program - highly recommend!

    I'd been trying to setup a way to learn some snow skills basics for awhile, and most companies were just not very responsive for what I wanted, and I actually couldn't make it happen. Then I emailed Blackbird - and not only was it great to finally get some conversation going by email/phone, they were able to set me up with the type of program I was looking for. I was setup with Jon as my guide and felt like I was in very capable hands the entire time - covering all the topics relevant for my goals. While I'm comfortable enough camping and hiking in the wilderness, I had zero experience with crampons, ice axes, safety aspects etc, along with navigating more challenging and steep terrain. We started off covering some initial information that went well enough to tackle a couple objectives - which were far more challenging than I'd originally thought possible for myself. But he really nailed it, and picked a plan which let me push what I could do while still feeling comfortable. Plus I appreciated his patience, encouragement and positivity as I sorted out my practice of these new skills. Overall highly recommended!

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    Alpine Skills Course - Private
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Incredibly knowledgeable guides!

    Incredibly knowledgeable guides. It was my first time on a serious mountaineering trip, and our guide Jason was a great resource for our attempt at the Shasta summit. Despite insanely cold and snowy weather for May we had a great time!

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    Mt Shasta Summit Climb 3 Day
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    Mt Shasta Summit climb and skills 5 day

    Incredible trip! We absolutely scored with our guide Jason, who was thorough, patient, encouraging and very knowledgeable. I’ll definitely look to book with you guys again

    ROBERT A.
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    Mt Shasta Summit Climb & Skills Seminar 5 Day
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