Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Most-climbed, least-painted mountain around

Mount Temple
Watercolour and CP
©2019 Charlene Brown

Mount Temple, at 3544 m the highest mountain in the Lake Louise area, dominates the scenery in the Bow Valley, but is painted much less frequently than the other glacier-topped mountains surrounding it. This is probably because the other mountains are more picturesquely situated in hanging valleys with spectacular turquoise lakes such as Louise, Moraine and Consolation in front of them.
On the other hand, Temple is by far the most popular climbing mountain in the area. In fact just about all the information relating to Temple on the internet has to do with climbing it, including tips on how to avoid dying on it. The picture below, a portion of one of the illustrations in a publication, Banff National Park Guide to Mount Temple  says it all as far as I am concerned. The fact that they lead with an explanation of how to signal for a helicopter rescue reinforces my plan to stick to routes where the only special equipment required is some paint and brushes.
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