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Mount Temple/West Side

We climbed Temple the same day as High Priest approaching both climbs via Prusik Pass by doing traverse at 7200-7400'. We made a mistake a climbed to a notch W of Stack Crag. It was possible to do a double rope rappel from the rock rib below Stack Crag into the right snow gully. If approaching this way keep traversing until in the big basin with Lighthouse Tower clearly visible, then go up the snow finger on the right of the basin. Making transition from snow to rock was tricky with some loose rock. The rest of the route is on solid rock. The bolt protecting the 5.6 slab move is old and rusty. While the whole 20' face section looks intimidating the rest of the climbing is easy with good holds (not visible from below). I'd recommend rock shoes for the 5.6 move for less experienced rope leads. We made 1 60m rappel back to the notch and 1 30m rappel down to snow. Expect a long day if climbing High Priest the same day.