This trip is part of my 2-peak day scramble. I started with The Fortress
, then worked my way up to the neighbouring summit Gusty Peak
. The weather was almost perfect. Pure sun, deep blue sky but with chilly strong wind. My overall roundtrip took 8 hours.
This is The Fortress from just a little bit pass the Chester Lake falls.
I chose this trip thinking Chester Lake is a busy destination... I was alone the whole time. Here's the pond, the col, and the summit. I got here with no thoughts but "no bears please".
(1) I started gaining the col as soon as I saw the pond. From the col, numerous trails guided me to the top. Here's a look at the north peaks of Mt. Chester.
(2) Looking back down towards the pond.
(3) Facing the summit from the col.
(1) This is the last push to the summit. I scrambled up at the left of the rock band.
Even with full sun, I still shivered from the cold wind.
I started sneezing and feeling really tired when I got to the top of this mountain... I knew I had to gain some energy so I could continue on and do Gusty Peak