Fortress, The

Fortress, The Trip Report (#19418)

  • Signed By: Dow Williams
  • Date submitted: September 27, 2006
  • Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

In June 2004 Michael Thompson and I went in to attempt Mt. Galatea. The entire south face was still completely loaded with snow and ice. We then skirted around the backside of Gusty Peak only to find point avalanches unloading on its route. We continued to posthole in alpine conditions up to the col between The Fortress and Mount Chester and did The Fortress summit as our third option. There was a significant cornice on this col.

Lesson learned is that the Spray Lakes Reservoir area peaks can hold some snow late into the season, when conditions are wet in the valley. The summit this day was spectacular, zero wind, with Mt. Joffre, Mount Sir Douglas and Mt. Assiniboine offering a triangular mountain landscape second to none. Tremendous late snow conditions existed on all of those peaks in 2004 and again in 2005. We glissaded down nasty wet snow on our return.

BJ and Stacy joined me on this pleasant scramble and we made a fun circuit out of it in October, 2003 via Headwall Lakes. I recommend this one as an easy day out. Cheers!

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