Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Temple Topper

I enjoy making plans and having adventures to look forward to.  Anticipation makes up a large percent of the whole adventure package for me.  We have Christmas just down the road, (if you know me this is not something I get too excited about, maybe one day I will again though) then ringing in a New Year which I hope this year will be some kind of a mountainish, snowy sort of experience.  Once those are over with, then it is down to serious Moab in the Making for May.

I have another adventurous experience in the making for 2011!  I want to summit Mount Temple!  It is now on my to-do list and a goal to work towards.  This past year, I waffled on whether I wanted to work my way to the top of Mt. Temple.  As it turned out, I waffled my way right out of the idea.  After the success my friends had and they are now considered Mount Temple Summiters, I have had a change of heart.  I expressed this interest to a couple of friends and they quickly and eagerly jumped in saying they would do it again and accompany me and even freely guide if I needed to be told a thing or two. 

The window of opportunity is not wide for having a successful summiting experience.   Conditions need to be ideal to even make an attempt and that time period would be well into July when the winter snow has mostly melted and probably by the end of August before the new snow begins to fall.    I already know what weeks are available for me in July and August next year.  They are the weeks of July 25th, August 1st, August 22nd and August 29th.  Surely my stars will align one day during one of those four weeks. 
Next summer is still a long way off so until then, there will be lots of living life going on! 

6 comments:

  1. Bring it on!
    (There should be more snow in this photo to make it look more hardcore ... you'll do fine! :-) )

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  2. YAY!! That is a fantastic goal and definitely an accomplishment! Definitely hardcore!

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  3. That's a very exciting goal for 2011. I think I'm going to make it one of my goals too!!

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  4. Just think - 1.7 Heart Mountains, nothing more than that. You can do it! And I'll do it again :-)

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  5. Nice!! I'll be looking forward to reading about this and summiting vicariously through you (being too scared of heights to ever be able to climb something like this myself - even the sight of that long scree traverse makes me throw up a little in my mouth).

    Side note - my friends were supposed to get married on top of Temple but got weathered out, so the ceremony was held at Sentinel Pass: http://members.shaw.ca/karenanddavid/LakeLouise.html

    Anyway, sorry for the long post, I've been reading your blog and been inspired all summer, but for some reason I don't think I've commented before now. Your blog makes me want to pack up and move to Canada!

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  6. Mt Temple was my very first major solo scramble years ago.
    It is a very special summit... One that chooses you as much as you choose it... A worthy goal for someone who so enjoys to wander out there.
    What fun it will be to prepare and to look forward to your day there.
    DSD
    BTW - Use the search engine at the top of my blog for the posts I've made on this peak. I wrote one quite a few seasons ago called, "Mt. Temple... Mt. Temple...".

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