The Fortress (Alberta)
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The Fortress (upper center), Mount Chester (right) and Gusty Peak (left and ridge foreground)
|Elevation||3,000 m (9,800 ft) |
|Prominence||287 m (942 ft) |
|Parent range||Kananaskis Range|
|Topo map||NTS 82J/14|
|Easiest route||Scramble on southwest ridge|
The Fortress (3,000 m (9,843 ft)) is a mountain located in the Kananaskis River Valley of Kananaskis Park of the Canadian Rockies. When viewed from Highway 40, the north face presents a fortress like appearance. The Fortress should not be confused with nearby Fortress Mountain.
The southwestern slopes can be scrambled from either the Chester Lake side or Headwall Lakes side. Both routes join at the Chester-Fortress col. From the col, a steep path ascends the remaining 325 m (1,066 ft) to the summit. Only the final section of the summit block requires any real hands on scrambling. The Headwall Lakes approach takes longer but the scree slopes leading to the col are not as loose as the Chester Lake side, which serves as a better descent route.
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