Valhalla Peak, Thor Tower Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Valhalla and Thor Tower (to right of long snow gul...
On June 25, 2013, Katie Larson, Elke Dratch, and I climbed Thor Tower, a prominent, steep pinnacle on the southern of the two long east ridges of Valhalla that descend into Rock Creek. From the col West of the tower, we traversed onto the North face and found a short 5.7 pitch that led to the summit area. The descent is by rappel. No cairn or rappel gear was in evidence, but this summit has indeed been climbed by Scott Massey and likely others.
The quality of the rock and the location amid the spires of this side of Valhalla were superb. It took 12.5 hours total.
A full report is at the Thor link at: stanwagon.com/wagon/GoreRangeR...
Park at Rock Creek TH. Take Gore Range Trail South for a mile or a little more and then head South and then West to get to the wooded ridge (little trail on the ridge) which leads to the high meadows (11900 feet) below (south of) the northern of the two ridges from Valhalla (Asgard Ridge). Then descend a bit to the bowl below the spectacular East face of Valhalla.
Climbing Season For the Alpine Rock area.
Weather station 6.5 miles from here
Featured Route For Valhalla Peak, Thor Tower
BETA PHOTO: Thor Tower and Valhalla Peak.
BETA PHOTO: The crux pitch. Elke descending. The climbing pitc...
BETA PHOTO: Katie just past the crux. On descent, we rappelled...
The spectacular lake below Thor Tower.
By Ryan Marsters
Sep 10, 2016
Hey Stan - Chalk and another took your line, and I scrambled straight up from the base of your pitch and mantled left on tricky feet. A bit airy but probably closer to 5.4. I replaced the webbing.
We also did Freya's East Ridge at 4 pitch, 5.7 ish (approach shoes, hard to tell).