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Fortress Mountain S5 (Strenuous)

  • Sep 28, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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Read the trip description carefully!

20+ km Loop and 1100 meters elevation, a good 10h or more. The distance and difficulties will make it a long day!

We are planning to do it as a loop, from Headwall lake to Chester lake.

It is doable even after the flood but it will be more difficult than it was before. Expect route finding, damaged trail and bushwacking!

Note you will need to be in good shape to complete this event as the elevation gain is just under ... well, a lot!

So, we'll walk at a steady pace with limited breaks!

ONLY THOSE WHO ANSWER THE RSVP QUESTIONS WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE HIKE.  Organizers have the authority to decide who is allowed on their trip based on your profile and hiking history.  Please ensure your profile is up to date, including a current photo.  NO WHINERS.

I'll limit this trip to a short number of persons!

For safety reasons (rock exposure, weather condition and wildlife) and because it is a loop, we'll keep the group together. Not willing to separate the group!

I got a warning from the Kananaskis information center to keep group together due to wildlife activity so you are warned! The group will stay together!


Items to Bring:

· 3-4 LITERS of H2O plus snacks and lunch
· Proper hiking boots
· Dress in layers - you'll warm up & cool down quickly. Weather can change quickly BE PREPARED for sun, rain, snow, wind, bears!!!

. Icers

. Winter gloves and full rain gear in your pack!
· Bear spray
· First Aid kit
· $20 cash for gas per person, paid to your driver at the end of the day.

. Gaiters, Headlamp(s) with extra batteries.

To Attend: review event details and answer questions in RSVP!

Required gear: Sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing with a waterproof shell, rock helmet, personal first aid kit, food and water - you can never have too much

Recommended gear: Hiking poles, Gaiters, Headlamp(s) with extra batteries, Camera

Rock Helmets are required.

Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers; I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

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  • Veronica

    So much fun playing in the snow! Wasn't sure what to expect but everyone came prepared and we somehow managed to stay on trail. But seriously, what was in those doughnuts?

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Anna

    I'm sorry for last minute cancellation. I'm not feeling well. ( no, not hangover ). Have fun

    September 28, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Ok I believe you. :-)

      September 28, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    Lots of fun despite the fact that winter is here to stay... Enjoyed everyone's company & got an ab workout from all the laughing :) The Carlsberg was epic as were the heated seats in Duffy's car!! Descending the snow slope from the col was awesome!

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Tonia

    what an epic hike - a challenging winter scramble, fantastic views, wonderful friends, I cannot ask for more! Loved it. Thank you Jessica and Jerome

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Walking in a winter wonderland. S5 turned into a mountaineering trip. :-)
    Made the col and decided the pub was more important than the cloud covered summit. So much fun with my Slow and Steady family today. Lots of laughs despite the conditions.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Imad B.

    The last (third) dream on a snowy mountain in Christopher Nolan's movie Inception was shot on Fortress Mountain. I think it was dreamt by Tom Hardy. Just letting you guys know.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A colleague of mine did a story about the proposed ski lifts out there yesterday -- said the snow was melting quickly and thought it would be gone by the weekend. But what do news people know? They're full of it!

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Wait a minute, aren't you? .... :))

      2 · September 27, 2013

  • catalin

    The bridge across the creek is gone, but there is an improvised bridge made of some boards. We saw it only when we returned :))

    September 23, 2013

    • Mike S.

      It's okay, it'll be frozen.

      1 · September 26, 2013

  • Veronica

    Hey everyone, I fine to get to the meetup location on my own but if anyone is passing through the Sunalta/Kensington/17th ave area it would be great if I could catch a ride there instead of taking the bus. Please let me know if you are, otherwise I'll see everyone there regardless. So excited!

    September 26, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Just checked Mountain weather forecasts. Summit -3C with a -12C windchill. 35 to40 km/hour winds. Going to be refreshing :)
    Frozen cookies anyone??

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Laura

    Is anyone going to pass Cochrane on the way? It would be better for me to jump from here but if not, i will ask someone if someone could take me to the meeting place in Calgary. And does someone have extra rock` helmet? Or is it ok to go with bike helmet? Another thing, I do not have icers, is that a problem?

    September 25, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      Hi Laura, we won't be passing by Cochrane unfortunately. Rock helmets protect from multiple rock hits, unlike bike helmets that protect you from one impact only and let rocks pass through them. MEC rents helmets. It has been snowing a lot in the mountains and icers are also needed, and will be needed on every trip from now till spring. Hope that clarifies.

      1 · September 25, 2013

  • Duffy

    Will drive and have room for 3.

    September 23, 2013

  • Veronica

    Hi Jessica, We met Saturday in Banff after your trip to Cascade. I read the requirements and hopefully know the answers to any questions you may have. I will have all the equipment required! (need to pick up a helmet). Hopefully I can join you!

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      Hi Veronica! I enjoyed meeting you on Saturday & look forward to hiking with you!

      September 23, 2013

  • Celina

    ...cookies AND MAGIC JUICE... winter is here... :)

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Kris

    I would like to participate too. How many organizers are allowed on a trip? LOL

    September 20, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      You guys can leave a trail of crumbs...

      1 · September 20, 2013

    • Andy D.

      I'm bringing cupcakes :)) Lots of crumbs.

      3 · September 20, 2013

  • Andy D.

    OK I'm in on this one. Curious to see if the Headwall approach has improved since Mike did Chester.

    September 16, 2013

    • Andy D.

      It's complicated Jerome, better take the class. :) There's a plug for you Mike :)

      1 · September 18, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      Yes, I think Andy's biggest take-away was learning how to hold the map right-side-up!!

      3 · September 18, 2013

  • Atash

    I would like to join this hike

    September 17, 2013

  • Duffy

    Looking forward to this and will help find the trail.

    1 · September 17, 2013

9 went

  • Jessica C.
    Platinum Member, AST 1, Special Member, Cookie Member, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Luz
    Platinum Member, forever a Special Member, Assistant Organizer
  • Duffy
    Gold Member, Co-Organizer
  • Veronica
    Gold Member, AST 1, Assistant Organizer
  • Tonia
    Platinum Member, AST 1, Special Member Forever!
  • Andy D.
    Platinum Member,OCC, AST 1 (Pied Piper) and SOOO Special member!, Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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