American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Stranded, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Temple

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  • Publication Year: 1988

STRANDED

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Temple

At 0400 on July 27, 1987, two climbers (both about 30) left their bivouac at the base of the North Face of Mount Temple to begin climbing the Northeast Buttress. By evening they reached a large overhanging roofthat they could not climb. Because of the poor quality of the rock, they were forced to leave almost all of their slings and hardware on the rappels to retreat down three pitches to a ledge.

They bivouacked on this ledge and waited to be rescued. Since they had registered out with the Park Warden Service in Lake Louise, a search was initiated the following day. They were found and slung out by Park Wardens. (Source: Banff National Park Warden Service)

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