The Temple/W Side
Ascend into high basin W of Lighthouse Tower. Climb the prominent left-slanting snow finger to the notch just W of the summit. Crampons may be necessary. (In late season there may be a break in the snow finger at a low-angle, left-facing chimney). Some climbers may need to rope up for a short pitch leading to the notch. Ascend directly toward the summit for 70'. There is a bolt to protect a steep friction face (5.6). Then follow a class 2-3 ledge left and up to a belay on a wide level block just below and N of the summit. Climb crack to summit. The rock climb is short, on sound rock, with fairly low exposure. The hike in is very long and strenuous. On a three-day weekend most parties climb The High Priest and Mt. Temple the same day, climbing High Priest first, then doing a low traverse to Mt. Temple. On a two-day weekend an average party will not do both climbs; a strong party can car camp, do Temple the first day, High Priest the second.
Private climb. Contact Ivan Breen if you are interested in joining this climb. ivanbreen@yahoo This climb will be combined with a scramble of Enchantment and McClellan Peaks two days before and Prusik the day before. Paricipants must apply for all three climbs.