Temple Crag Moon Goddess Arete

Big Pine, California

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Norman Clyde wrote about Temple Crag, “It is doubtful that there is a more beautiful and striking ‘crag-mountain’ in the Sierra. Its northern and north-eastern faces are sheer precipices varied by numbers of spirey, turret-like pinnacles, beautifully placed.” The pinnacles and aretes radiate from the summit and are accentuated by early morning shadows and dreamily illuminated by moonlight. Known as the Celestial Aretes, these features were named by Don Jensen and his wife Joan from their base camp located above Third Lake.
Climbing California's High Sierra

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Climbing California's High Sierra

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)

Norman Clyde wrote about Temple Crag, “It is doubtful that there is a more beautiful and striking ‘crag-mountain’ in the Sierra. Its northern and north-eastern faces are sheer precipices varied by numbers of spirey, turret-like pinnacles, beautifully placed.” The pinnacles and aretes radiate from the summit and are accentuated by early morning shadows and dreamily illuminated by moonlight. Known as the Celestial Aretes, these features were named by Don Jensen and his wife Joan from their base camp located above Third Lake.

©  John Moynier & Claude Fiddler/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Big Pine
Class: Class 5.6 - 5.8
Local Contacts: John Muir Wilderness; Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Split Mountain
Grade: Grade IV
Driving Directions: Directions to Temple Crag: Moon Goddess Arete

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