Valhalla

What would a secret and remarkably pristine slot canyon hidden in the wilderness of the Oregon Cascades have to say to those who first step foot into its halls? For the Oregon Field Guide expedition team who made a first decent of Valhalla in the summer of 2015, the excitement of discovering a place untrammeled by man was also met with a sense of responsibility. In publicly sharing details of its location and likely inspiring others to visit, Valhalla becomes vulnerable to the impact and often well meaning traces of those who are eager to explore it. Is Valhalla “our” playground? This short narrative film gives a voice to the place itself as we consider our relationship to a landscape that has existed in solitude and without human curiosity for perhaps thousands of years.