Peak:  "Fortress Peak" (13er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  09/13/2020
 Date Posted:  09/13/2020

I didn't summit but the entire route is melted out. Make sure to ascend the correct drainage. It's hard to tell which one is correct from the trail, and I took the one just south of the correct one while coming from Redcliff; a GPX will help determine which is correct. If you get in the wrong one the terrain quickly becomes super loose, huge cliffs, sometimes waterfalls, darn near impossible to cross between them except down in the forest. I got to about 12,200 which is near the elevation of the cliffs you scramble through and couldn't find a safe way to cross to the other drainage (exposed, powdery, crumbly rock between me and it) so make sure you get on the right one!

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