John Temple, May 2015, by Arshad Khan

Former MCK member John Temple passed away in the UK on New Years Eve, after a battle with cancer. John was in his 80s. Iain Allen writes: “John was a major MCK contributor during the 70s, 80s and 90s, and spent a great deal of time on Mount Kenya, making the first ascents (with Ian Howell) of the Diamond Buttress Original Route, and the Northern Slabs Route, both on Batian. John also did many first ascents of bush climbs in Kenya’s remote regions. On Kilimanjaro, John made the first ascents of the Breach Wall East End (with Tony Charlton) and the Breach Wall Balletto Icefield (with Dave Cheesmond).” In addition to his many climbing accomplishments, John is also remembered for his heroic rescue of an injured climber from Shipton’s Notch on Mt. Kenya.

MCK is indebted to John for his contributions to climbing in Kenya and we are deeply saddened by the loss. Our condolences to all of John’s family and friends. If you would like to leave a tribute or remembrance for John, please do so here:

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Arshad Khan from Nairobi wrote on January 26, 2019:
Although I knew John from way back it wasn't until 2009 that I really climbed with him and noticed how fit and competent he was on the rock despite being 75 years old! We climbed that summer in North Wales, with Andrew Wielochowski and my son Sahir, and later in September in the Gran Paradiso, Italy, whilst celebrating his birthday at the Rifugio Pontese.

I remember us two putting up a new route, which he recorded in the hut journal and afterwards sitting out side the hut he would exclaim..."Isn't life wonderful!!"

Rest in peace, John!

(p.s. the profile picture was taken in Sept 2009 during the new climb, not May 2015).