Grand Traverse Peak Climber's Log

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BradBartick

BradBartick - Jun 23, 2017 8:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2017

GT and Valhalla  Sucess!

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.

MadGrad96

MadGrad96 - Oct 9, 2015 8:13 am

Awesome!  Sucess!

Traverse

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 20, 2014 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

5 Peaks  Sucess!

With North Traverse, Valhalla, Snow & 12485.

ozarkmac

ozarkmac - Aug 15, 2012 12:54 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2012

Splendid peak...  Sucess!

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.

blueshade

blueshade - Aug 4, 2012 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012

Grand Traverse Peak, Valhalla, and Snow Peak  Sucess!

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.

chicagotransplant

chicagotransplant - Jul 22, 2012 6:15 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Ridge Traverse  Sucess!

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.

seano

seano - Jul 11, 2012 5:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2012

From North Traverse  Sucess!

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.

astrobassman

astrobassman - Jun 26, 2011 12:08 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011

Ski Descent  Sucess!

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.

REM - Jun 24, 2011 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2000

My Favorite Non-Fourteener  Sucess!

Climbed with William "Bill" Burks

DharmaBum1984

DharmaBum1984 - Oct 14, 2009 10:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

good long day  Sucess!

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.

colinpence

colinpence - Sep 17, 2009 7:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

beautiful!  Sucess!

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.

kavak

kavak - Jul 20, 2009 10:46 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

Southeast Face/East Ridge  Sucess!

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.

shknbke

shknbke - Sep 10, 2008 11:56 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008

via traverse  Sucess!

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.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Sep 8, 2008 9:56 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2008

Twice is nice...  Sucess!

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.

SarahThompson

SarahThompson - Aug 14, 2008 1:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007

Grand Travese with Kiefer  Sucess!

A cold summer day. Violent thunderstorms the night before had deposited snow and ice along the ridge, making it extra spicy.

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - Aug 13, 2008 2:15 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008

Grand Traverse  Sucess!

Fun route-finding with Heather and Stephanie. We were blessed with unbelievable weather all day.

Kiefer

Kiefer - Aug 25, 2007 1:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007

Via Grand Traverse  Sucess!

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!

Gareth

Gareth - Jun 16, 2006 5:48 am Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2006

Alone on the face  Sucess!

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.

Timothy Pearl

Timothy Pearl - Jan 25, 2006 11:17 am

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

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.

Big Skies 808

Big Skies 808 - Nov 19, 2005 7:34 pm

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

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.

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