Mount Fortune to Fortulent Peaks

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Mount Fortune
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,351 m (7,714 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 700 m (2,297 ft)
  • Distance: 12.5 km / Round Trip (7.8 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 6.4°
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Easy
Pink line is the actual track I took which was recorded by my GPS. To get to the lake, please refer my descent route (west route). It's easier and less bushwhacking. If you are doing this in summer, you have to either swim or ride bike. Stats here is only to Mount Fortune. For entire trip stats, please see page 10.

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Seeing Mount Fortune from Mount Nestor last week, I decided to do it as I like to hike mountains with cool names. Mouseover to see route to Mount Fortune. At point 1, I went right until it meets trees which is were rockband disappears. At point 2, it is bit steep. An ice axe and crampons may become necessary if snow becomes icy. I was still able to go up with snowshoes, but snow was too hard for boots.

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At shallow parts of Spary Lakes, there were cool looking ices.

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More picture of ice.

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Wearing snowshoes helped a lot walking on ice.

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Suddenly it is already at the middle part of Mount Fortune.

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This was apparently a sheep colony. There were zillion droppings.

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And yes there were sheep. I wish I get as much attention from girls as I got from these sheep. (I REALLY do)

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The summit is right there.

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Fortulent Peaks
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,525 m (8,285 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 m (3,609 ft)
  • Distance: 16.3 km / Loop (10.1 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 7.7°
  • Estimated Time: 8-11 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
These peaks including the 3rd summit which you can see barely are all officially unnamed but Nugara nicknamed them Fortulent Peaks. Mouseover to see route.

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Pretty much hike until near the Fortulent Peak 1 then little bit of scramble. Fortulent Ridge. As expected, weather worsened little.

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Col between peak 1 and 2. An earthshot to entertain myself.

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Fortulent Peak 3 and beyond. Mount Turbulent is still few more peaks further.

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The strongest sun I saw that day.

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Nugara took a gully from Mount Fortune, but I took a gully from Fortulent Peak 1 for descent.

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The gully eventually becomes a creek and as it gets closer to the lake the creek gets bigger. This is right before the creek reaches the lake. There was a nice canyon and a waterfall.

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I stopped at Macs in Canmore to spend my fortune I gathered from this hike. I didn't win. Not even a free try… Maybe I was supposed to come straight back after Mount Fortune…


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