From Deluge Lake, steep but easy to manage to get on top of the saddle, from there is all ridgeline navigation to the top, amazing views of Grand Traverse.
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.
With North Traverse, Valhalla, Snow & 12485.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth time up. Grand Traverse then traverse to PT 12485 with Rachael and Scot. Scot's final 3 peaks above 12k in the Gore.
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.
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.
Climbed with William "Bill" Burks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A cold summer day. Violent thunderstorms the night before had deposited snow and ice along the ridge, making it extra spicy.
Fun route-finding with Heather and Stephanie. We were blessed with unbelievable weather all day.
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!
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.
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.