Thank you for the advice and for confirming my initial thoughts. I have a book on hikes in the area which has a number of very good photographs and while he does use a neutral density filter for almost every shot, he is also using Velvia for almost everything. I might shoot a little Velvia in 120 but they don't make it in 5x7 (yes I know I could order 8x10 from Japan and cut it down but I am not independently wealthy).
Originally Posted by ROL
I've photographed the mtns my entire life and never once have used a ND grad filter. And they would seem to be much more of a headache
than an asset in anything related to black and white work. It's just so much easier to make such adjustments with VC paper in the darkroom.
Choice of solid color filter, however, might benefit from a bit of experimentation under analogous conditions.