Temple Crag Ribbon Arete

Big Pine, California

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As the northeastern face of Temple Crag catches the first oblique rays of sunrise, a narrow ridge in the center stands as a ribbon of sunlight against the dark face. This led Don Jensen to name it the Sun Ribbon Arete. Jensen was one of the most accomplished climbers of his day. Prior to moving to the Palisades, he had been a member of the Harvard Mountaineering Club teams that climbed the West Face of Mt. Huntington and the Wickersham Wall on Denali, and twice attempted Mt. Deborah. Jensen was certainly the most driven of the guides at the Palisades School of Mountaineering, guiding all week and then bagging first ascents on the weekends.

Temple Crag: Ribbon Arete Professional Review and Guide

"As the northeastern face of Temple Crag catches the first oblique rays of sunrise, a narrow ridge in the center stands as a ribbon of sunlight against the dark face. This led Don Jensen to name it the Sun Ribbon Arete. Jensen was one of the most accomplished climbers of his day. Prior to moving to the Palisades, he had been a member of the Harvard Mountaineering Club teams that climbed the West Face of Mt. Huntington and the Wickersham Wall on Denali, and twice attempted Mt. Deborah. Jensen was certainly the most driven of the guides at the Palisades School of Mountaineering, guiding all week and then bagging first ascents on the weekends."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Big Pine
Class: Class 5.9 and above
Local Contacts: John Muir Wilderness; Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Split Mountain
Grade: Grade IV
Driving Directions: Directions to Temple Crag: Ribbon Arete

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1/1/1972
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Between, 1972 – 1978 I had climbed Temple Crag over 20 times; I used this PK to hone my climbing skills for Half Dome and El Capitan, I never successfully climbed El Capitan because I was chased off by foul weather. I am a "fair weather climber." The advantages of being a, "fair weather climber" is that I have over 5,000 climbs and I have never been injured.



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May 2018