The range contains many steep, technical rock faces and most of the summits require some rock scrambling. There are several small and moderately sized glaciers around the higher peaks.
The Gold Range receives heavy precipitation and is legendary for the fierceness of the bush at lower elevations. History: A party led by Swiss guides climbed Mount Begbie 1907. Most of the early exploration that followed was done by survey parties. Before 1915, a railway survey party climbed Peak 8832 north of Cranberry Mountain. In 1928, a topographical party led by L. Harris climbed Mount Odin, the highest peak in the range, and also Gates Peak. The more technically difficult peaks such as Thor and Niflheim were not climbed until the 1960's and 70's.