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!
Temple Crag Climbing
Temple Crag Climbing
Temple Crag Climbing
Temple Crag Climbing
Temple Crag Climbing


Temple Crag includes three prominent aretes that make up this premier rock climbing area of the Palisades, and some of the most beautiful climbing you'll ever do! Completing one route on this massive chunk of rock will only leaving you wanting to do all of them! Three days in this remote area most definitely won't feel like enough!


The most classic routes on Temple Crag are:

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

Moon 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!


Requisite Experience 

Outdoor rock climbing experience with the ability to follow multiple pitches up to 5.7 in difficulty is required for this climb, along with being in very good physical condition. Previous backpacking experience is recommended. 

If you're unsure which climbs are right for you, email us and we'll make sure we pick a climb that falls within your physical fitness and technical skill level.  If this is your first time climbing with us, we'll review your experience and make sure we pick something within your limits.


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    Temple Crag Climbing
    Temple Crag Climbing
    Temple Crag Climbing
    Temple Crag Climbing
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    Available Dates

    1:1 | June - October
    2:1 | June - October
    1:1 | September 23-25, 2022


    Pricing varies depending on number of people and number of days.


    Gear Guide - Eastern Sierra Alpine List

    Gear Guide / Packing List

    Technical Gear

    • Climbing Helmet - UIAGM certified helmet, Petzl Sirocco, Black Diamond Vision
    • Headlamp - LED headlamp with fresh batteries; Petzl Actik Core
    • Climbing Harness -  Alpine or Rock Climbing Harness; Petzl Hirundos, Mammut Zephyr
    • 3 Locking Carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc
    • Double Length Sling - Sewn Runner; Black Diamond 10mm Dynex Runner
    • Prusik Loop (Optional), 4 ft length of 6mm accessory cord joined in a loop
    • Belay Device - Basic Belay Device; BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso
    • Climbing Shoes- Comfortable, all day trad climbing shoes, La Sportiva TC Pro
    • Approach Shoes - Sticky rubber soled shoes, low top or hightop, FiveTen Guide Tennies
    • Crampons - Light Aluminum or Steel Crampons Compatible with your approach shoes 
    • Light Aluminum Axe - Petzl Ride, BD Raven Ultra
    • Trekking Pole(s) - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Alpine FLZ Poles

    Head and Neck Layers

    • Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat
    • Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield
    • Goggles (bring to trailhead, we may choose to leave at the car depending on weather)
    • Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet

    Upper Body and Hand Layers

    • Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody
    • 2 Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layers; Patagonia R1 & Nano Air
    • Light Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Rab Xenon, Patagonia MacroPuff, etc
    • Hardshell Jacket, Hooded (Weather Dependent)  - Waterproof, Gore-Tex, NOT insulated; Arc’Teryx Alpha FL
    • Wind Shell - Patagonia Houdini, etc (will choose to pack this or Hardshell Jacket)
    • Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for Warm Temps; Flylow John Henry Gloves, BD Tour
    • Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic

    Lower Body and Feet Layers

    • Underwear - Wool/Synthetic
    • Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata (1 pair/day, max of 3 pair)
    • Long Underwear (weather dependent) - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”;  Patagonia Capilene Air
    • Light Softshell Climbing or Trekking Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants - Rab Incline AS, Eddie Bauer Guide Pro

    Camping & Backpacking Gear

    • Sleeping Bag - Down or Synthetic Rated to 20F; Feathered Friends Egret UL 20
    • Sleeping Pad - Insulated Inflatable Air Mattress; Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm, X-Lite
    • Compression Stuff -  To Pack Your Sleeping Bag; Ultralight Compression Sack 10L
    • Backpack - Lightweight, Simple 50 Liter Pack; Patagonia Alpinist 50, BD Speed 50
    • Route Pack (10-20L) - Ultralight climbing pack for bringing the essentials up the route, REI Flash 18

    Food and Water

    • Dinner - Your Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Night in the Field.
    • Breakfast - Your Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Morning in the Field
    • Hot Drinks - For After Dinner and During Breakfast; Instant Coffee, Decaffeinated Tea, Hot Cocoa, Tang, Whatever You Prefer
    • Half Liter Nalgene Bottle - A Hard Sided Water Bottled that Can Act as your Mug For Hot Drinks and Water Bottle During the Climb Nalgene 16oz Wide Mouth Bottle
    • Soft Water Bottle 1.5L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 1.5L

    ***Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle.

    • Water Treatment or Filtration - Katadyn BeFree Filter Connects to Hydrapak Flux Bottles 
    • Bowl - Reuse your Freeze Dried Dinner Bag as Your Bowl, or Bring Another;
    • Spoon - 9” Long Handled Spoon (For Eating Food in a Bag); GSI Essential Spoon Long
    • Snacks - Snacks for Each Day of the Trip

    Other Essentials

    • Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
    • Lip Balm (with SPF)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toilet Paper


    • First Aid/blister Kit
    • Chemical Hand Warmers
    • Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus

    Group Gear

    • Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:
    • Slingfin Tents (Designed and Headquartered in Berkeley, CA)
    • Stoves
    • Fuel for Stoves
    • Ropes
    • Snow Pickets (if required)
    • Rock Protection
    • Guide’s First Aid Kits
    • Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)

    Know Before You Go


    Eastern Sierra, CA



    Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

    This climb requires proficiency in a variety of skills including basic rope skills, experience with belaying, rappelling and technical climbing on 4th and 5th class rock. Depending on the time of year, crampon and ice axe techniques may be required.  

    Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪

    You should be in excellent physical condition for an approach with a heavy pack and for climbing steep, technical terrain.

    Trip Length

    3 Days


    Email us to schedule custom dates for your program!


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