With many little jaunts off to the Roaches under our belts, Valkyrie had always cast an inspiring shadow on every approach to other climbs. Lower Tier, Upper Tier and Skyline have all been frequented, but at the end of a week full of great climbs and fun times it could be ignored no more. The Valkyrie the « chooser of the slain » had picked us and we could no longer resist the alure. At the crux, having endured startling sunshine, sudden snow and even a dash of a downpour, the moment was captured forever. With this exposed position, down feels dark an ominous countered by the celebration that the summit wielded. Alas on this battlefield you are never alone.