Fortress, The (Chester-Headwall Lakes Loop)

elevation: 3,000 m. height gain: 1,100 m.
area: Smith-Dorrien/Spray Area,AB map 82 J/14

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
steep snow

Better not fall.
Scramble: Dan introduced me to a climber friend of his, Wesley. Our first outing was interesting, conversation was minimal and awkward. Nonetheless we both really liked trekking in the mountains and we shared the same immediate goal: scramble up The Fortress. The fast pace was welcome and soon we reached the upper Headwall Lake. I marveled at the very scenic surroundings. We ascended steepish snow and scree to the top. The view is phenomenal; we stayed a while to soak it in... We came down Chester Lake side to execute a loop and visit another valley, as mentioned in Kane's book. The lingering snow below the col offered a great glissade. WOW, such a wonderful, fun filled day. The walk back to the trailhead was casual, we stopped several times and talked about Fortress and "the next one"...
at the top

The Tower from the summit of Fortress.

sheer north face

Fortress Lake below the sheer north side.

my hiking buddy

Wess with Gusty Peak in the background.

a great feeling

Looking south-east.

more view

Heading towards Chester Lake.

peace out

Taking a break on the way down.
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