After completing The Fortress it was time to grunt up the scree slopes of Gusty Peak in our (Dave Stephens and I) 2nd of 3 summits for the day.
This was easily the worst scramble of the day. It wasn't difficult but the best to describe it would be "weary". We really weren't into it and it showed! Oh well. In the end we did make it and I guess that counts for something right?
On the ascent we stuck to the rocky rib between the highest scree ramp and the second-highest one. This was a good decision and resulted in less of a scree bash than otherwise. After what seemed like forever we summitted and after a quick bite to eat and some pictures we descended along the lowest scree ramp and came out on the ascent valley.
On the way down towards Chester Lake we spotted a pair of scramblers on the their way to The Fortress. How do I know they were going for The Fortress and not Gusty Peak? Because the lead guy was JP, a lawyer from Edmonton that I met on Mount Baldy earlier this year. He actually invited me along on his trip but I told him that I would most likely be on the way down by the time he got there! We yelled some quick greetings and then Dave and I continued down past a gorgeous Chester Lake to our bikes. After a wild 6 minute ride we were in the parking lot, thanking ourselves for taking the bikes!
Now it was time to bag our third summit of the day...