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Gore 9/20 or 9/21?

Postby B[3] » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:00 am

Looking to go back to the Gore Range and wouldn't mind some company. I am interested in Valhalla (didn't manage to complete the traverse from Snow last weekend) or one (or both) of the Partners but am open to other suggestions as well. Anyone interested in a visit to the Gore Range?
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Re: Gore 9/20 or 9/21?

Postby jbchalk » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:46 am

Just a recommendation, or you may know this, but if you plan to do the ridge proper from Snow Pass too Valhalla, I'd bring some slings/webbing and a rope as there are several mandatory rappels. However, most of the towers can be skirted but only after dropping several hundred feet on the ridge's west side on horrendously steep & loose rock & scree. We made it up to the last large gendarme before Valhalla's seemingly mellow south ridge only to be greeted with a 75' cliff drop. We had no climbing gear & rope with us and so we backtracked down to Deluge. Time was against us and the steep & loose scree was not appealing at all.

I would highly recommend each or both of the Partners and Partner Traverse as well!

Have fun!

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Re: Gore 9/20 or 9/21?

Postby B[3] » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:59 am

Sounds like our experience last Saturday--the traverse looked doable from afar, and then we got to a point where we realized we wanted a rope. We didn't really feel like dropping down too far (it looked pretty loose), so we backtracked to Snow Pass and took the "trail" down to Deluge Lake. When I go back, I plan to try Valhalla from the saddle with Grand Traverse Peak.

Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Gore 9/20 or 9/21?

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:18 pm

jbchalk wrote:Just a recommendation, or you may know this, but if you plan to do the ridge proper from Snow Pass too Valhalla, I'd bring some slings/webbing and a rope as there are several mandatory rappels. However, most of the towers can be skirted but only after dropping several hundred feet on the ridge's west side on horrendously steep & loose rock & scree. We made it up to the last large gendarme before Valhalla's seemingly mellow south ridge only to be greeted with a 75' cliff drop. We had no climbing gear & rope with us and so we backtracked down to Deluge. Time was against us and the steep & loose scree was not appealing at all.

I would highly recommend each or both of the Partners and Partner Traverse as well!

Have fun!


Hm interesting, I do remember there being some large gendarmes (one in particular which had a pretty impressive sheer face) but I was able to side skirt most pretty easily if I remember correctly.

I was going Val to snow and also was trying to move fast. Maybe going that direction is easier not sure. Want something really fun...do the Grand Traverse all the way to snow!!

Edit: grand saddle to val has some nice scrambling also, have fun up there and don't forget Palamino Point!
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Re: Gore 9/20 or 9/21?

Postby lordhelmut » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:30 pm

jbchalk wrote:Just a recommendation, or you may know this, but if you plan to do the ridge proper from Snow Pass too Valhalla, I'd bring some slings/webbing and a rope as there are several mandatory rappels. However, most of the towers can be skirted but only after dropping several hundred feet on the ridge's west side on horrendously steep & loose rock & scree. We made it up to the last large gendarme before Valhalla's seemingly mellow south ridge only to be greeted with a 75' cliff drop. We had no climbing gear & rope with us and so we backtracked down to Deluge. Time was against us and the steep & loose scree was not appealing at all.

I would highly recommend each or both of the Partners and Partner Traverse as well!

Have fun!


I second the Partners! I also recommend Eagle's Nest/Powell (all from Piney Lake, no need for car shuttle).

re : Val/Snow. Definitely exposed, definitely some down climbing involved on the left side. The group I was with, we were able to find weaknesses and not drop as much as JB's group (and time was, in fact, on OUR side!).

have fun up there and don't forget Palamino Point!


I second this as well. Don't overlook unranked points, specially in the Gores, they might be the most rewarding parts of the trip, you never know till you go.

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