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#1073502 - 06/26/12 09:54 AM [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 *****
Blake Offline
kiwi-wanker

Registered: 10/15/03
Posts: 2908
TRs: 46 Photos: 768
Trip: Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie

Date: 6/26/2012

Trip Report:
I was joined by a couple buddies in an attempt to climb Acid Baby the other day. But when I realized I had forgotten a lot about the route and I'd rather be lost on something new than a climb I'd done, we made the last-minute decision to try a new route just to the left, on the same tower.

This tower is probably called Aasgard Sentinal or Spineless Prow (although it sure has a "spine" up top) but either way it is a rampart of Enchantment Peak, on the east side of the trail up Aasgard Pass.




P1


P2 (The orange rock where we belayed is a good landmark)


P2 higher up


Scott Bennett lead the first 2 pitches, I took the middle block, and Graham Zimmerman got us to the summit, joining Acid Baby on the last pitch. Every pitch was 5.10 and the rock was generally stellar. Along with the stemming corners and splitters, the route featured a an amazing face of knobs and blobs, overhanging just a touch and with enough gear to make it exciting but not really dangerous.

P3 starts with a hidden traverse on jugs, straight right for 25'


P5 knobs before joining Acid Baby's hand traverse to the summit


Best topout around:


Despite trying to find a solstice-themed name, we settled on "The Valkyrie" in deference to the area's Norse naming convention. (Aasgard Pass, Lake Brunhilde, Dragontail, Lady Godiva)

It should be nice to have another mid-grade climb in the area, as there are very few alpine rock routes between 5.9 and 5.11+. It felt like a similar difficulty and quality as Acid Baby, a route one friend of mine has climb SIX! times, including 4x in one summer.


Gear Notes:
Double set to 3" - 60m rope - no need for boots or snow gear

Approach Notes:
60 Left of Acid Baby, 2/3 of the way up Aasgard Pass

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#1073506 - 06/26/12 10:23 AM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
stevetimetravlr Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 1633
TRs: 2 Photos: 223
Loc: Washington
That looks great, a cool new classic, awesome!

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#1073508 - 06/26/12 10:32 AM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
KaskadskyjKozak Offline
Sick Spray Bird

Registered: 04/23/04
Posts: 16703
TRs: 93 Photos: 828
Loc: Above Treeline

Were you humming Wagner as you topped out?

Nice one!
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#1073509 - 06/26/12 10:37 AM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
Verticolorful Offline
journeyman

Registered: 03/07/11
Posts: 64
TRs: 13 Photos: 196
Loc: Leavenworth, Wa
Hell yeah dudes!
Way to keep pushing the Enchantments into the new generation.

As soon as the weather clears up I will have to go check this one out.
I like how the route meets up with the final, super cool, ridge section of Acid Baby. The views from "Aasgard Sentinal or Spineless Prow" are amazing.

Looks like another new school classic
Thanks Blake, Scott and Graham.
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#1073531 - 06/26/12 01:51 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Verticolorful]
bigeo Offline
journeyman

Registered: 08/29/06
Posts: 99
TRs: 1 Photos: 35
Love it! Thought y'all were in P'stan

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#1073542 - 06/26/12 02:58 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
christophbenells Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 04/23/12
Posts: 237
TRs: 7 Photos: 0
Loc: Portland, Oregon
what is that peak in the front background in that last picture? anyone climb that coulior?

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#1073545 - 06/26/12 03:09 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: christophbenells]
KaskadskyjKozak Offline
Sick Spray Bird

Registered: 04/23/04
Posts: 16703
TRs: 93 Photos: 828
Loc: Above Treeline
Originally Posted By: christophbenells
what is that peak in the front background in that last picture? anyone climb that coulior?


Dragontail. I think it's the NE couloir.
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#1073581 - 06/26/12 07:29 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
wayne Offline
spray'prentice

Registered: 05/14/01
Posts: 3495
TRs: 66 Photos: 627
Loc: Seattle!
Nice work guys! Getting tougher to drive to the Rockies now.
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#1073602 - 06/26/12 10:46 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: wayne]
Sol Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/24/03
Posts: 1675
TRs: 30 Photos: 404
Loc: leavenworth
Those knobs look SICK!!

Nice job fellas!

Race everyone else for the 2nd Ascent. Ready, set, GO!

rawk

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#1073647 - 06/27/12 11:47 AM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: KaskadskyjKozak]
burchey Offline
member

Registered: 08/04/11
Posts: 171
TRs: 2 Photos: 10
Loc: arriba de tu madre
Nice work

Originally Posted By: KaskadskyjKozak
Originally Posted By: christophbenells
what is that peak in the front background in that last picture? anyone climb that coulior?


Dragontail. I think it's the NE couloir.


She looks nasty

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#1074024 - 06/29/12 11:54 AM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
Rad Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/11/03
Posts: 2237
TRs: 25 Photos: 671
Loc: The Emerald City
Sweet Blake! Look forward to climbing this and the other new routes you'll be adding to our beloved PNW.
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#1074082 - 06/29/12 03:11 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
pink Offline
sprayer

Registered: 10/19/06
Posts: 8358
TRs: 1 Photos: 352
isnt there a route on mt. asgard in baffin called valkyrie????

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#1074358 - 07/02/12 12:25 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: pink]
burchey Offline
member

Registered: 08/04/11
Posts: 171
TRs: 2 Photos: 10
Loc: arriba de tu madre
just after reading this, saw a RAB ad/link to this story

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#1074462 - 07/03/12 12:13 AM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
Verticolorful Offline
journeyman

Registered: 03/07/11
Posts: 64
TRs: 13 Photos: 196
Loc: Leavenworth, Wa
Sol, Ryan and I just got the 3rd accent of this baby on Sunday. Jens and Cole got the second on Saturday. Amazing 5.10 test piece that offers fun varied climbing on wild features. Four Star.


Edited by Verticolorful (07/03/12 12:14 AM)
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#1074726 - 07/05/12 12:28 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
BeauCarrillo Offline
stranger

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 12
TRs: 5 Photos: 3
So Amazing! New school generation enchantments climbing is at the pinnacle of rad shit going down. It only gets better, that's the path. And By great people too! A big Thank you to all in L-town...

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#1077426 - 07/31/12 02:39 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: Blake]
laurel Offline
journeyman

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 78
TRs: 1 Photos: 12
Loc: Seattle, WA
Maybe this will be obvious once I get there, but I'm pretty good at getting lost so:

One of the photo captions says: "P3 starts with a hidden traverse on jugs, straight right for 25'" but is this actually P4 (as listed on the topo)?

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#1077439 - 07/31/12 03:33 PM Re: [TR] Aasgard Pass - The Valkyrie 6/26/2012 [Re: laurel]
Sol Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/24/03
Posts: 1675
TRs: 30 Photos: 404
Loc: leavenworth
yep. the traverse is on p4.

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