Temple Buttress

I was off work sick, so what better to do on a nice day than one of Arthurs Pass' classic alpine rock routes: Temple Buttress. After finding a willing companion, we set off before 5am, and were heading up the hill before it got light. On the way up I felt weak from days of coughing my guts up but still grateful I wasn't festering about at home. The weather was calm and not cold, and I set off up the first pitch on the Central route.

Climbing above the cloud

Climbing above the cloud


I had forgotten how sparse the protection and loose the rock was here, and on the route in general and I didn't put in a single bit of gear in the whole 70m. We had a nice meander up the route, with the sun hitting us around midday, and we topped out around 3pm.

Pitch 3

Pitch 3

Last time I was here it had clagged in by the time we topped out so I was pleased that this time we had a view. Not a bad day out but I suspect that will be the last time I do this route...

| March 30th, 2016 | Posted in Storytime |

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