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BradBartickGT and Valhalla  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2017


Climbed from East Vail to saddle above Deluge Lake between GT and Valhalla, did the 3rd class traverse to Valhalla, then reversed it to do GT peak. The traverse between GT and Valhalla is sort of time consuming with the seemingly countless towers. It was no fun to reverse it. I would not have had to do it but I left a ski pole at the saddle and had to retrieve it, or I could have just done Snow Peak. Why am I sharing all this? No one I even know ever reads these. One giant goat sleeping in Valhalla summit.
Posted Jun 23, 2017 8:52 pm

MadGrad96Awesome!  Sucess!


Posted Oct 9, 2015 8:13 am

Brian Kalet5 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

Brian Kalet

With North Traverse, Valhalla, Snow & 12485.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 10:37 pm

ozarkmacSplendid peak...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2012


Climbed GTP with 16 year old son, while 20 year old daughter napped at Deluge Lake. Up the draw to the saddle, then scrambled up the ridge to the airy summit. Amazing views.
Posted Aug 15, 2012 12:54 pm

blueshadeGrand Traverse Peak, Valhalla, and Snow Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012


Traverse around Deluge Lake: south ridge of Grand Traverse Peak, traverse to Mt. Valhalla, traverse to Snow Peak and down its back side. Talus and tower bypasses on the south ridge of Valhalla are quite annoying and tedious (loose), but all easily doable.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 2:12 pm

chicagotransplantRidge Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012


Second time up. Traverse from "Mt Valhalla" via "Palomino Point". Some class 3 on the traverse, but you can also stay left on class 2 grass and avoid the extra elevation over some of the towers.
Third time up. Grand Traverse then traverse to Valhalla with Rachael. Grand Traverse is really fun, good solid rock and always seemed to be the perfect hold when you need it.
Posted Jul 22, 2012 6:15 pm

seanoFrom North Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2012


Mostly a walk, but I managed to spice things up by going over the pinnacles. Descended back to Bighorn Creek via nice grass rather than the horrid south slope. Trip report.
Posted Jul 11, 2012 5:56 pm

astrobassmanSki Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


Climbed with Craig. Took us a lot longer than it should have. We had to downclimb a 55 degree slope above a cliff after we got lost and climbed a ridge north of the basin, and then on the way out we couldn't find where we ditched our shoes. Besides that the summit was good and the skiing great, even at noon in the late June sun.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 12:08 am

REMMy Favorite Non-Fourteener  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2000
Climbed with William "Bill" Burks
Posted Jun 24, 2011 11:09 pm

DharmaBum1984good long day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009


Grand Traverse with Kim Luba, up Bighorn Creek, across the traverse, down into N. Rock creek basin to retrieve dropped backpack, back up and over to Deluge Lake, 17+ hr day.
Posted Oct 14, 2009 10:22 pm

colinpencebeautiful!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005


This was a beautiful, but long, climb through the spectacular Gore Range. I was accompanied by my "usual suspect" climbing companions. Terrific views from the top, as Scott has already mentioned.
Posted Sep 17, 2009 7:02 pm

kavakSoutheast Face/East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009


Once at Deluge Lake the storms seemed to be forming. I kept going hoping for some respite and sure enough the sun came out. I wish I had my ice axe to surmount the cornice at the summit. I managed to use my hiking poles to good effect by shortening them and using them as anchors while kicking steps in the snow. Wonderful views and according to the register the first one for 2009. I can't believe that to be true though.
Posted Jul 20, 2009 10:46 am

shknbkevia traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008


Did Grand Traverse via the connecting ridge to N. Traverse after Keller. Also added 12485, which made for a LONG day! Up Bighorn Creek and down Deluge Lake trails. See TR.
Posted Sep 10, 2008 11:56 am

Eric HolleTwice is nice...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2008

Eric Holle

The first time I climbed Grand Traverse was with Tim Pearl in Janurary 2006 with a sprained ankle.

The second time on the summit was after completing The Grand Traverse in an amazing day of climbing. That route is just good fun. Solid scrambling on bomber Gore Range rock.
Posted Sep 8, 2008 9:56 am

SarahThompsonGrand Travese with Kiefer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007


A cold summer day. Violent thunderstorms the night before had deposited snow and ice along the ridge, making it extra spicy.
Posted Aug 14, 2008 1:30 pm

Pete CastriconeGrand Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008

Pete Castricone

Fun route-finding with Heather and Stephanie. We were blessed with unbelievable weather all day.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 2:15 pm

KieferVia Grand Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007


SarahT and myself banged this out with a fresh blanket of icy snow. This was an extremely fun ridge to scramble/climb. The descent down to Deluge Lake was quick and a moderatly quick hike out. Froze in the morning & baked in the afternoon.
We had a Pika come to about 3 feet of us on the summit! Cute little bugger!
Posted Aug 25, 2007 1:38 pm

GarethAlone on the face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2006


Getting a healthy alpine start to ensure good conditions, I climbed up the SE face, on snow, almost the entire way. I climbed solo. The summit snow drift was melted back just enough that with the help of my adze, I was able to get at the register. I spent about an hour on the summit eating Swiss chocolate and watching Vail wake up and head to work that Tuesday morning. The Grand Traverse to North Traverse Peak looked…uh…very interesting to say the least, from a climber’s perspective! The Gores still have me in awe…what a sick (and beautiful) looking range! I descended the standard route.
Posted Jun 16, 2006 5:48 am

Timothy PearlRoute Climbed: SE Face to East Ridge Date Climbed: Janruary 24, 2006  Sucess!

Timothy Pearl

Summited from Deluge Basin. 3am start, 7pm finish. Made a quick exit straight down to the packed out Gore Creek trail. Eric H. joined me with invaluble help packing the trail even though he forgot the Oreo cookies. 50 SPF sunscreen a must! Felt like 70 degrees on the summit with a windless day and plenty of sun. And yes, it can be done safely with 15 hours of work. Also, we found crampons can be fitted to telemark boots just fine for a summit approach.
Posted Jan 25, 2006 11:17 am

Big Skies 808Route Climbed: The Grand Traverse Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!

Big Skies 808

Awesome. I had been staring at it from Vail for two years while living there, and it did not let down. We summited all of the spires along the traverse except for three, which were more technical with LOTS of exposure. A must do.
Posted Nov 19, 2005 7:34 pm

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