D5: Easy scramble: The Fortress with Chester Lake approach

  • August 31, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Easy scramble (According to Kane's book)

Height gain: 1100 m

Distance: around 12-13 km

Pace: steady

Trail time: 6-8 hours

Kane book: page 103


EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON! 
Mandatory – HELMET, good fitness level, sense of humour, lunch, 2-3 litres of water, layers, sturdy boots 
Recommended - camera, gaiters, bear spray

You must be a paid CORA member 2013 or pay the $5 one time fee before you go on the trip. Fee's are paid online. See the the link to the left, PAY ONLINE.

Hazards: Bears, weather, rockfall, steep terrain. 

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Participation: The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. 

Trail start: Chester Lake Parking lot down the Smith-Dorrien Highway.

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  • Darcy K.

    So that's what the top of Fortress looks like. I was up there 3 years ago and could not see more than 15 M.

    September 2, 2013

  • Alina

    Amazing! This trip was the beginning of a beautiful friendship...in the mountains...Thank you everyone.

    September 1, 2013

  • Pam

    This hike was AMAZING! I've been hiking for a very long time and this was one of my top 5 ever. Thanks, Stephane for organizing things so perfectly and to everyone there for being supportive, fun and friendly. Bonus points to have 2 gifted photographers along and I have enjoyed looking at all the photos. Hope to see you all again soon.

    September 1, 2013

  • Stephane C.

    It was a perfect day in the mountains: views, weather, people, everything was great :) Thanks everyone !

    September 1, 2013

    • Stephane C.

      Thanks for all the pictures !!!

      September 1, 2013

  • Deirdre

    Thanks Stephane! This was one of my favourite hikes. It was not just good, it was fantastic! Great views, great people, perfect weather, bear calls, marmot calls...

    September 1, 2013

  • Yan

    Also, thank you everybody!!! It was great company!!!

    August 31, 2013

  • Yan

    Thank you Stephane!!! It was fantastic day!!!

    August 31, 2013

  • Sydney L.

    I just recently moved to Calgary and would love to get into the outdoor culture, and this seems like a great way to get started!

    August 30, 2013

  • Rob

    Do the loop. It's a little longer but the descent down through the Headwall Lakes is worth it.

    1 · August 27, 2013

    • Stephane C.

      I'll keep the descending option open.

      August 27, 2013

7 went

  • Stephane C.
    Organizer, Member 2014, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Gaston G.
    Member 2015
  • Sergio
    Member 2014
  • Alina
    Organizer 2015, Assistant Organizer
  • Pam
    Organizer 2015, Assistant Organizer
  • Deirdre
    VP Membership, Member 2015, Co-Organizer
  • Yan
    MEMBER 2015

Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

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  • Cash or check - “Payment must be made before attending your first trip of the year with CORA. Your Membership will be valid until the next AGM.

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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