Peak(s):  "North Traverse Pk"  -  13,079 feet
"Grand Traverse Pk"  -  13,041 feet
Date Posted:  08/21/2011
Modified:  12/08/2015
Date Climbed:   08/14/2011
Author:  benners
Additional Members:   lordhelmut
 The Gore Range Grand Traverse   

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Comments or Questions

Fabulous Traverse!
08/21/2011 20:28
Beautiful rock and scenery, and gorgeous pics! Thanks for the post!


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


another one so soon?!
08/21/2011 22:19
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.....
08/21/2011 23:51
as well as the report and photos. I can't believe Lord Helmut didn't even wear one!


Strong work
08/22/2011 00:58
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


08/22/2011 01:39
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
08/22/2011 02:36
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
08/22/2011 02:55
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 ...
08/22/2011 14:28
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
08/22/2011 14:46
Although I don't think that V notch will go for my fat butt.

Chicago Transplant

Must climb!
08/22/2011 17:52
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...


08/23/2011 02:32
an incredibly ”pretty” report Ben!!

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


08/25/2011 01:17
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!

Additional route info
09/12/2018 15:27
Great report guys! I'd like to add when you arrive at big horn creek cabin if you'd like to try the grand traverse continue to head straight behind the cabin back into the gulley through the meadow. There is another trail that goes right at the cabin which heads over a mountain straight to deluge lake. The grand traverse "connects" big horn creek area to the deluge lake area. Keep an eye out for the "V" the guys above mentioned when on the traverse, thanks! Some climbing involved on the route I took.

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