September 04, 2011

Climbing the Greenwood Jones on Mt. Temple

Starting the last pitch of the Greenwood Jones on the North Face of Mt. Temple. Simon Parsons photo.

Well after a few weeks of frenetic ramblings in the Canadian Rockies, I now find myself haggard, jet-lagged and back in Chamonix. The Rockies were beautiful for most of August, and I did manage to squeeze in some plaisir climbing in between work.

Simon Parsons and I hooked up for the Greenwood Jones on Mt. Temple a few weeks back. The route is a classic north face rock adventure with a sprinkling of snow walking to keep things honest. The rock was often quite loose but the cool positions more than made up for this - or so I kept telling myself.

All in all, it was a super fun day in the hills. We brought 10 cams up to a #4 Camalot, some nuts and a smattering of pins. We didn't place any nuts or pins and I'd probably leave the big cam behind next time.

Making the long left hand traverse high on the route.

Simon heading up from the traverse.

The second-to-last pitch on the headwall.

Simon following the final pitch on the Greenwood Jones.

Topping out.

Transitioning on to the glacier with Victoria and Lefroy in the background.

A beautiful walk in the sky.

The Canadian Rockies at it's finest.

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