• No Products in the Cart

Not Dying While Summiting Temple Mountain

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, temple mountain hiking tipsLet us start off by saying that we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we decided to do this hike. We had just finished our sunrise canoe ride on Lake Louise when we asked one of the workers if there was anything we HAD TO do before leaving the area. He knew we could handle a challenge and so he suggested the most epic hike that just about every Canadian has on their mountaineering bucket list, TEMPLE MOUNTAIN.

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, temple mountain hiking tipsStarting at the mesmerizingly-turquoise Moraine Lake, which was somehow even more vibrant than Lake Louise, we took the 3.6 mile trail heading up to Sentinel Pass.

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, moraine lake hikes

lake moraine hikes, temple mountain hike, sentinel pass hike distance, larch valley hike distance, best canada hikesIt was about 1.5 hours before we reached Larch Valley and the switchbacks that would take us up to the breathtaking view atop Sentinel Pass.

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, larch valley, sentinel pass

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, larch valley, sentinel pass

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, moraine lake hike, sentinel pass, larch valleyMost people tend to turn around at this point, and for good reason. The next 3.5 hours were spent scrambling up loose rocks and climbing over steep cliffs, all while wearing our helmets, praying that no hikers above would send rocks tumbling down our direction, which we were told happens extremely often.

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, sentinel passThe trail was hard to follow. We were basically looking for the path with the most crushed rock and markers of any sort anywhere we could find them:

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, sentinel pass

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, sentinel pass

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, sentinel passThere were points where we didn’t know if we could keep moving forward: 1. because we had started so late (11:45am) and didn’t want to risk trying to find our way down the loose rocks in the dark, and 2. because every time we looked back we couldn’t imagine trying to climb down the thing without going over the edge!

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, sentinel pass

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, sentinel passIt was nearing 5 o’clock, the deadline we gave ourselves for turning back, when all of a sudden we ran into the first pair of hikers we had seen for quite sometime. They told us we had just 15 minutes to go before reaching the summit! This was just the motivation we needed:

Temple Mountain, best hike in canada, must do hike in canada, best hike in banff, how to hike temple mountain, sentinel passA few short moments later and we were standing at 11,627 feet on top of Temple Mountain… we actually made it to the summit… ALIVE!

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, mr and mrs adventureI truly couldn’t have been happier with the fact that we were done climbing up… through all the dirt, sweat and tears, Drew was a trooper who somehow managed to keep me motivated through it all.

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, mr and mrs adventure, kiss on mountain summit

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, view from temple mountainWe both agreed, the views and feelings of accomplishment and relief were beyond words:

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, view from temple mountain

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, view from temple mountainWe relaxed, Gator chomped, threw snow balls, and left a little something in the log for the next brave souls to conquer this beast of a mountain.
temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, view from temple mountain

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, mr and mrs adventure, go gators, gator chomp

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, mr and mrs adventure, go gators, summit logWe gave ourselves 30 minutes to enjoy our victory and then down with the sun we went.

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous couple, mr and mrs adventure… always making time for yoga:

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, yoga on summit, girl doing yoga, incredible yoga pose on a cliff, cliff yoga, najarajasana, dancers pose yogaLuckily finding our way back down wasn’t as hard as everyone made it seem, it was actually quite a bit easier. The best part was that we weren’t losing traction with every forward step, sinking back 2 feet into the rolling rocks and rubble.

scree gif, hiking gifA little over three hours later, we were soaking our tired feet in the crystal-blue, icy-cold waters of sparkling Lake Moraine. That is the look of pure and utter satisfaction on Drew’s face right here:

temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, adventurous coupleAs we stared at the mighty mountain we had just somehow managed to climb, we were so grateful to be exactly where we were. At the end of a day like this, it felt just as good to be at the bottom as it did to be on top.temple mountain summit, how high is temple mountain summit, best hike in canada, banff hikes, couple hiking, couple on summit, yoga on summit, girl doing yoga, incredible yoga pose on a cliff, cliff yoga, mr and mrs adventure

Tips:

  • Bring a helmet.
  • Bring bear spray (luckily we didn’t need to use ours, but it mostly just gives us a sense of security).
  • Snacks, it took us about 8.5 hours round trip and having easy-to-eat fuel was crucial.
  • Check the weather. You DO NOT want to do this hike if there is ANY chance of rain.
  • This hike is best in the summer, otherwise you need to look into icepicks and crampons.
  • Bring something fun to leave in the box at the summit – a sticker, a plastic figurine, a granola bar – get creative!
  • Bring a bathing suit if you’re brave enough to go for a refreshing dip in Lake Moraine after! We were just as happy soaking our toes 😉

 

6 Comments

  1. Reply

    Shana Sims

    March 5, 2016

    Nice sexy buns girl!

  2. Reply

    Danny

    December 26, 2015

    Heyyyy you took my advice 🙂 I knew you two could do it!! I respect that so much– don’t know why it took me so long to check.

    -The one who sent you up temple!

    • Reply

      mrandmrsadventure

      December 26, 2015

      Heeyyyy Danny!! If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t have ever known about Temple! It We’re so glad you commented and checked out our site 🙂

  3. Reply

    Pat Redhouse

    October 8, 2015

    That’s awesome you two. ? Pat

    • Reply

      mrandmrsadventure

      October 8, 2015

      Thank you! It was such a rewarding challenge 🙂

  4. Reply

    Craig Church

    September 29, 2015

    Beautiful! Important about that “made it alive” stuff too!

Leave a Reply

RELATED POSTS