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Ascent of The Temple on 2020-09-04

Climber: Patty Cokus

Others in Party:Sean Albert
Noel Howe
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Temple
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8292 ft / 2527 m

Ascent Trip Report

Last minute change in plans and Sean was able to score a core Enchantments permit for Thursday - Monday. 5 days including Labor Day - incredibly fortunate opportunity!!!

9/3/20 Thursday - Dropped off Ava at Danielle/Andrew’s and headed to Leavenworth. Had delicious lunch at Parsley’s.
Snow Lake TH parking lot was packed but Noel managed to squeeze in a spot. Started hiking at 1pm with super heavy packs (Mine maybe 42-45lbs) in the hottest part of the day and we all were feeling it. Took lots of breaks and drank up. Got to Nada lake and ......went off trail ( a bit too soon, should have gone to the next toilet and started up that trail) Scrambled some big boUlder sections up to where gets thicker with some alder. Saw the class 3/4 ramp To our right that John Porter had a picture of in his Twmple climb. Continued scrambling up, some cairns, followed path least resistance, got to more moderate terrain and found a faint path which went a bit in and out but overall worked well to get to the unnamed lake below 3Musketeers which I think is in what is referred to as Tamarack Meadows. Such a cool area and so many larch!!! Set up camp and ate dinner as it got dark. Very very quiet.

Friday - The Temple climb and then scrambled 3 Musketeers. Had enough time for Sean and Noel to take a dip, I did kneesies. Lazed in the sun on a big rock drinking some whiskey and watching the slimmer bugs and big fish and dragonflies. Another very quiet night filled with stargazing.

Saturday - move camp to what Sean dubbed the tiny tarn in the saddle below Edwards Mesa above Mesa lake. It didn’t look easy to get up to the ridge and we debated a few options finally deciding to check out the ridge to see if it went without having to drop down. Noel went looking and found a cairn and sure enough it was the way. Easy terrain sometimes on the ridge left than right and back up then it was flat on the Edwards Mesa. Such a cool place with huge flat sandy beaches and grassy meadows with empty dried up mud flats some with Various paw prints clearly passing through. We made our way to the end finally seeing The Mole ....

Approaching/ climb / descent / returned to camp and another very quiet evening. Saw a bat swooping around above the tarn

Sunday - packed up camp with the idea to drop gear at gnome tarn, get water and head to Prusik peak for the W Ridge if it wasn’t too crowded. Looked at but decided against crossing the slabs. Instead dropped a bit to head around the end of Mesa lake and found a trail. Fairly easy to follow down Mesa lake to the head of Earl lake then Crossed over to the other side and continued with sometimes faint sometimes good trail. As we were late season could easily walk near the lake shore. Other times of year probably forces you higher. At some point we crossed to the other side again but around the head of Shield lake we again returned to the side towards The temple. Eventually making our way around to the end of the lake. So cool to have explored some in this less visited area of the core that we had often looked at wondering. Great views all the way down to the Mole and you can see the daylight under the great chockstone even as we climbed up towards prusik pass. I did suffer thankfully only one wasp sting on my left calf. Bit hard through my high sock. Still itchy red and a bumpy texture as I write this 5 days later. Got to gnome tarn which was sadly very shrunken...dropped gear, ate and reluctantly pumped water...goaty for sure. Noel’s pump had become quite the workout by this time. Headed up to the base .... found two parties of 3 each... decided tomorrow morning would be better. Watched them climb to see the route .... picked up gear made camp just above Perfection lake and hung out .....

Monday/Labor Day - Up Early 5:30am?
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