jenny.abegg Posted August 10, 2015 Share Posted August 10, 2015 (edited) Trip: Stuart Range - Acid Baby / The Valkyrie decent beta Date: 8/9/2015 Trip Report: Just wanted to post some descent beta for Acid Baby/The Valkyrie...it took me a few tries to figure it out but I found a great way my last time up there! It seems like these routes are getting lots of traffic and folks are hiking all the way up to Asgard Pass to descend or even worse, totally epicing, so hopefully this info is helpful. Unfortunately, I don't have any good beta photos, so maybe one of you could help with that... When you top out after the ridge traverse, DO NOT go down the gully directly on the other side of the ridge. Continue back and up on no harder than 4th class terrain and essentially perform a U-turn to get into the next gully up. Once in the gully, stay left and do some easy down scrambling. Don't follow the gully down, rather aim left to cross over the ridge at the first area that looks easy. There's a cairn there; another good landmark is a 4ish foot mantle that you perform to get up on a ramp. Once you've found this, you're golden. Continue left on easy terrain, spotting a meadow down below. Aim for the meadow; once there traverse across the slope to connect with the trail, which will get you back to the base of the climb. All of this should take about 30 minutes, and never feel sketchy. Just walking! Much better than going down any gully that might lead to a situation like that ominous stuck rope on that huge chalkstone right of the routes suggests... Edited August 10, 2015 by jenny.abegg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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