Difficult Hike - Wasootch Ridge

People aren't likely to put Wasootch Ridge at the top of their wish list and they may feel wistful after reaching a summit that's encircled by taller mountains, but they should find the journey to the top satisfying.

Rating: Easy Scramble
Distance: 13 km
Elevation gain: 850 m
Time: 7 hrs

 

More info:

http://www.truedino.com/wasootchridge.htm

http://www.soistheman.com/diary/page.php?id=wasootch-ridge-attempt&page=1

http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Wasootch-Ridge-near-Canmore-AB-6838

http://bobspirko.ca/Hiking/Kananaskis/WasootchRidge/WasootchRidge.html

 

Weather forecast: 
Trail conditions: TBD

 

EQUIPMENT:

  • Hiking boots
  • Micro spikes or crampons
  • Gaiters
  • Headlamp
  • Hiking poles
  • Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers, toque, gloves)
  • Lunch and drinks (warm tea, beer, baileys)
  • Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm, sunscreen

 

Gear can be rented at MEC and UofC Outdoor Center.

 

DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.

Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1 to the Highway 40 Kananaskis Country turnoff (approx 60 km from the Canada Olympic Park intersection to the Highway 40 turnoff). Take the turnoff and head south on highway 40 for approx. 17+ km to the turnoff for Wasootch. The sign just says Wasootch and it is a left hand turn off the highway. Just a minute down the road you come to a large paved parking lot with the usual pit toilets. This the same parking lot for people going up the creek bed to climb on the Wasootch Slabs.

 

WAIVER:

You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.

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  • Brad F.

    Great hike! Thanks for organizing Trevor. Very nice to have met everyone.

    April 7, 2013

  • Jesse B.

    I think I'm going to wait for the next hike, I don't have the gear for this weather :(

    April 7, 2013

    • Sam

      I got spare snow pants and gaiters if you need.

      April 7, 2013

    • Jesse B.

      Thanks for the offer Sam, I think ill still wait for next time, I can't find my micro spikes (in the process of moving) and I don't think ill get any good pictures today either. I appreciate the offer though! :D

      April 7, 2013

  • Brad F.

    Thoughts on microspikes vs. snowshoes? I've got both but would rather just microspike if there's no need for the snowshoes.

    April 6, 2013

  • Vanessa G.

    Hello! I will be in Canmore at this time, would it be possible to meet ya at the trailhead? Cheers!! :)

    April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Made the run today, still quite a bit of snow but some snowshoers packed some of it my way down. Gators and Micro spikes would be very much recommended on the way up. Some great views, have a good one.

    March 30, 2013

    • Trevor B.

      The stronger hikers will break trail, no worries about snow for anyone:)

      April 2, 2013

  • Jesse B.

    Looking forward to meeting the group! This will be my first meetup with cons!

    April 2, 2013

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