Rockies Testpiece Gets 2nd Ascent

By Dougald MacDonald ,

Eamonn Walsh starts up the crux pillar (WI6).Photo courtesy of Scott Semple

Scott Semple, Greg Thaczuk, and Eamonn Walsh completed the second ascent of Striving for the Moon (VI WI6) on the East Face of Mount Temple in the Canadian Rockies. Established in 1992 by Barry Blanchard and Ward Robinson, the line takes a prominent gully system for 3,000 vertical feet directly to the Black Towers on Temple's East Ridge, followed by another 1,700 vertical feet of climbing to the summit. Semple and Thaczuk climbed the ice route to the East Ridge on Nov. 15, but descended after their stove fizzled out. They returned with Eamonn Walsh for additional postholing horsepower in the deep snow on the upper route, and on that bid Walsh also led the crux WI6 pillar. The team carried on up the East Ridge to the top of the 11,624-foot peak, descended the Southwest Ridge, and then trudged back to the car, “walking like drunkards,” about 36 and a half hours after they started. “I still feel like a dried husk,” Semple said the day after the descent.

The East Face of Mount Temple, with Striving for the Moon marked.Photo courtesy of Barry Blanchard

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