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Peak(s):  "North Traverse Pk"  -  13,079 feet
"Grand Traverse Pk"  -  13,041 feet
Post Date:  08/21/2011
Modified:  01/14/2014
Date Climbed:   08/14/2011
Posted By:  benners
Additional Members:   lordhelmut

 The Gore Range Grand Traverse   

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  • Comments or Questions

Fabulous Traverse!     2011-08-21 14:28:16
Beautiful rock and scenery, and gorgeous pics! Thanks for the post!


Wow!     2011-08-21 15:04:26
Man - what a nice report! Looks like you guys had quite the day!


another one so soon?!     2011-08-21 16:19:41
Nice report, pix, words, climbing, etc.
Hopefully I'll drag my ass up onto a Gore peak before I leave the Valley for the summer!


Sweet traverse.....     2011-08-21 17:51:36
as well as the report and photos. I can't believe Lord Helmut didn't even wear one!


Strong work     2011-08-21 18:58:09
As your routes get more rugged, your TRs get better and better.
I owe Brian some gratitude vis a vis the Gores as well. He chooses peaks pretty well.
I really dig picture #2


Spectacular.     2011-08-21 19:39:37
Always a treat reading one of these ”Benners”-absolutely-riveting trip reports. I'd say you have the ”Art of the Trip Report” pretty well down.

Pioneering indeed. Not unlike a FA.

”We just crawled into the hut and conked out for an hour and a half while the rain pounded outside.”

Hey man, thanks for the report. Enjoyed it!


Nice climb and TR     2011-08-21 20:36:38
Looks like a solid day in the mountains. I can only assume this trip produced even more Gore range ski descent ideas, of which I look forward to learning about.


John Fielder said it best     2011-08-21 20:55:44
Man has his priorities in order. Glad you enjoy this special place as much as I do Ben. Been a pleasure getting out an exploring the relative unknown these last couple weeks.

Really love the sepia interior of that cabin.

Barry - My helmet is somewhere at the base of El Diente, I just didn't feel like adding to the never ending list of Lost and Found on the forum, not to mention I hated that helmet.

Carl - This is a step in the right direction.


Beautiful ...     2011-08-22 08:28:07
Looks like a fun day for sure! When we checked out that hut, there was a huge hole in the floor (as if it had been chewed through by some determined critter) ... things may have changed, though, as that was in 2003. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


Another great Gore TR     2011-08-22 08:46:49
Although I don't think that V notch will go for my fat butt.

Chicago Transplant

Must climb!     2011-08-22 11:52:00
I still need to connect these two, the classic skyline of the Gore from town. Its even the banner at the top of the local paper! Definitely on my must climb list...


What.......     2011-08-22 20:32:16
an incredibly ”pretty” report Ben!!

Seriously though, this looked like an excellent day out fellas. Well done.


Thanks...     2011-08-24 19:17:19
For the kind words everyone!

Johnson: That's a funny story actually. Marc and I were sitting at the bottom of the NW Couloir on El Diente in May, Brian had taken off up the couloir and we were getting ready to head up ourselves. We then heard the faint echo of a Brian-like string of obscenities being yelled out across the valley, followed several seconds later by a blue half-dome helmet skipping down the couloir and out of sight down into the basin 500' below our position. We knew it was gone as none of us were going to want to lose and regain 500' of vert on an already large day, and so the bottom of the NW became the final resting place of Lord Helmut's helmet. I suppose he'll need to pony up and purchase a new one at some point.

Carl: Indeed, we we're thinking a skin into Deluge, an overnight in the cabin, and a ski of Valhalla and Snow would make for a fun spring project.

Terri: The hole was still there, but it had been covered up by some makeshift floor boards (logs). Not sure where the hole came from, but the problem appears to be solved for now.

Rickles: Thanks my man!

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