Mount Chester
3054m (10020ft.)

Located in the Smith-Dorrien Creek Valley between the headwaters of Chester Creek and Headwall Creek. Kananaskis Range, Kananaskis Park, Alberta
Latitude 50; 48; 25 Longitude 115; 15; 40, Topo map 82J/14
Can be seen from Highway 742

Named in 1917. HMS Chester was a cruiser of the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron which was engaged in the Battle of Jutland during WW I. It was severely damaged, its crew suffering 81 casualties. Official name.

Photo: Mount Chester from the south on the Smith Dorrien Road
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Other Information
Photo: Mount Chester from the northeast on the summit of Gusty Peak (courtesy Bennett Long)

John Cornwell's actions aboard HMS Chester led to his becoming the youngest person to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Mount Cornwell in the High Rock Range is named in his honour.

For a panoramic view from the summit of Mount Chester visit www.canadasmountains.com.

Scrambling Routes
A moderate scramble via scree and slabs of southwest side. Mount Chester offers fine scrambling beginning in alpine meadows near a popular lake. The ascent gives an excellent return for the effort and is a personal favourite of mine. If you go, please treat this fragile area with care. Scars from big boots do not heal quickly in the harsh climate found at this elevation, and this ascent is now one of the most popular in Kananaskis. Heavy visitor use has damaged the lakeshore meadows, and as a result, camping is no longer permitted. Regardless, the outing is a fine day trip and is possible from about July on. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 104

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