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1-day guided alpine climbing trips in Temple Crag, California


Explore the legendary routes of Temple Crag with Ryan, an AMGA-certified Single Pitch Instructor, during this trad climbing trip suitable for intermediate to advanced climbers who want to hone their climbing skills in a spectacular setting.

Sierra Nevada (California)

2 Days

Jun - Sep




Explore the iconic Temple Crag, a landmark of the Eastern Sierras, during this guided climbing trip, where you will have that the opportunity to explore some of the best alpine climbing routes in California!

Temple Crag is a formation that needs no introduction. Situated at an altitude of 12,999 feet in the Palisades Range, site of the southernmost glaciers in the US, Temple Crag is notable not only for the quality of its climbing, but also the beauty of its approach.  To reach the Crag, climbers complete a gentle trek past three crystal clear, emerald green, glacial lakes.  The incredible landscapes of the Inyo National Forest give participants a chance to appreciate the scale and beauty of the mountains before the climbing even begins.

Temple Crag is filled with classic routes that will keep intermediate or advanced level climbers satisfied.  Its most well known routes include: Venusian Blind (5.7; Grade IV; 13 pitches in total), Moon Goddess Aret (5.8; Grade IV; 18 pitches in total), Sun Ribbon Aret (5.10a; Grade IV; 22 pitches in total), and, of course, Dark Star (5.10c; Grade V; 16 pitches in total).  As a guide with local knowledge of all the best spots, I will select the routes we tackle based on your skills, abilities, and past experience.

Book now and we will have a great time climbing in one of the most scenic crags in California!  This is the perfect opportunity for you to hone your trad climbing skills and test yourself on some incredible routes in a beautiful and iconic spot!

Be sure to check out a few of my other climbing programs: Mt. Emerson’s southeast face guided climb in Sierra NevadaSingle-Pitch Climbing in Mission Gorge, San Diego, or Rock Climbing Courses of All Levels on Mount Woodson, San Diego!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

About the guide

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Single Pitch Instructor

I am the founder of Golden State Guiding and an AMGA Apprentice Alpine and Splitboard Guide, a certified Single Pitch Instructor, and certified Wilderness First Responder and also hold an AIARE Pro 1 certificate.

At Golden State Guiding we hold a valid permit to guide you legally in California's Eastern Sierra mountains including Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia/ Kings National Park, Mount Shasta in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, and Red Rock Canyon just outside of Las Vegas Nevada. All Golden State Guiding guides are professionally trained by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and are some of the best Guides in the industry. Our professional Guides know exactly where to take you for your day out of rock, ice, or alpine climbing, backcountry skiing or splitboarding, and mountaineering in California or Nevada.

These are some of the spots where we can take you:

- Joshua Tree National Park

- San Diego (Mission Gorge or Mount Woodson)

- Eastern Sierra (Lone Pine Peak, Mt Emerson, Mount Sill and the entire Palisade Range, Bear Creek Spire, Temple Crag, Crystal Crag, Cardinal Pinnacle, Iris Slab, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Clark Canyon)

- Mount Shasta in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in the Southern Cascades

- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area



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What people are saying about Ryan



Weather changed the event from 3 to 1 day and I was unable to summit in one day. Suggest the trip be delayed instead of trying to get it done in one day.



Patrick took me out to the Indian Cove! Loved the short approach and couldn’t asked for better weather. Patrick recommended great pitches where I could try new stuff like chimneying. Would definitely book again if I go back to JTree!



We had an excellent time with Chad on our multi -pitch day in Joshua Tree. My partner and I have some experience climbing sport routes, but had no experience with trad climbing or multi-pitch routes. Chad is a great instructor and led our routes with ease. We felt confident in his abilities to keep us safe and have fun. Will definitely book again with him.



Super easy to work with. Great communication. Great guide. Will definitely use again.



We booked through Ryan, and Daniel was our guide - absolutely brilliant, very down to earth and knowledgeable. The climbs themselves were awesome, with insane views. My partner is an experienced indoor climber, and I have close to no experience, especially outdoors, but still felt safe and in good hands. We did a half day, which was 5hrs, and got 4 climbs in, then stayed after the tour to walk around a bit more and have some snacks with a view (make sure you take food/water as there aren’t any shops inside the park). Definitely recommend.

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