Christmas walk/climb

December 31, 2012

I can think of no better way to get away from Christmas madness than cast off on a three day tramp into alpine valleys with good friends.
Good weather, pristine mountain wilderness and curiosity were all we needed for a great adventure. None of us had entered South Temple valley before so all was new and delightful and even the river crossings with our friends’ nine year old daughter Sammy posed no problems.
Climbing a seven pitch rock climb on a buttress of Steeple Peak was a different story for Dave Newstead and I on the second day. With no detailed route description we got off route onto some very loose rock but eventually made our way safely to the summit in time to race back to camp just on dark for a welcome dinner and camp fire made by Philippa and Jeong-hee