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Hiking with Heidi -Hike and Snowshoe Clinic

Length: 14km
Duration: 6- 8hours
Elevation Gain: ~100m

My thought is to bring our snowshoes and see if we can use them to traverse the North side of the Upper Kananaskis Lake to the Forks backcountry campground. I don't intend to stay overnight.  It is a good hike and there is more chance of snow being there this early in the season. Plus there is little in the way of elevation so if we can snowshoe it will be a good option for a first time on your "shoes".  If not, we will just hike and upon returning to the parking lot we will spend half an hour on some basic snowshoe info.

We will carpool as usual from Shouldice. I suggest 15$ for carpooling fee.


Please dress/pack for the weather. We are at the time of year where you should have something warm to drink or eat and bring clothing layers to combat the chill.

As some of you know, I am heading to Mexico and I will be back late on Friday.  I will try to respond to questions and email but please be patient. Look for an update of the hike info on Thursday after the trail report is issued. I do not cancel hikes because of weather unless the temperature reaches -20 degrees. Please be prepared.

Now for the mean bits (sorry):

No smokers
No dogs
No walk-ups, you must be on the attendees list in order to come
Please and thank you :-)

Suggested Clothing & Gear:
Bring appropriate clothing – dress in layers.
Hat/Cap/Toque
Jacket
Weather gear
Hiking Boots (NO SNEAKERS)

Hiking Pole(s)
Snowshoes (preferably in a carry bag if you are carpooling)

Lunch
At least 2L of Water + tea or soup
Snacks
Personal First Aid Kit

Click below for more details on Clothing.
http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Nature-Lovers-Hiking-Meetup/about/

This is a hiking trip in the mountains/wilderness. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that:
- you are fully aware of the risks associated with hiking in the mountains/wilderness.
- you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being.
- you are fully prepared with proper gear, food and water, and you are physically fit to do this hike with the group.
- you will not hold me or the organizers of this meetup group responsible for any harm that might occur as a result of your participation.
- you accept that the organizers have the duty to assess the attendees and add or remove members/guests from the event.

Having said that, we will collectively do our best to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip.

Heidi

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  • kyiu

    Beautiful photos!

    November 3, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Thank you for joining me today. It was yet another lovely hiking day! Always better with hot chocolate ;-) Addicted yet ?!?

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect first-of-season snowshoe trip. Great leader, fun group, lots of new snow.

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day and lovely scenery. Lots of snow for good snowshoing. Fabulous company. Thanks Heidi for leading us through it.

    November 3, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Hi everyone,
    I am going to move this to Sunday due to the heavy snowfall warning. Live to hike another day! Its not worth the risk to me. Hopefully by Sunday the road will be cleared, there is usually less traffic plus we can leave a bit earlier and beat the crowd. I hope you all can still make it.

    Thanks,
    Heidi

    November 1, 2013

    • Heidi H.

      No worries Sandi...see you Monday!

      1 · November 2, 2013

    • kyiu

      Hey, Heidi: I see the storm watch is still effective and is blowing gusty winds. So for folks still decide going drive careful.

      November 3, 2013

  • Salena Marie M.

    Hi. Really excited to be going and that we've got so much awesome snow! Can't wait! Also I will be needing a ride and can pay for gas, thanks!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be busy tomorrow. Have a great hike!

    November 2, 2013

  • mohsen a.

    Hi,
    I am looking forward to the first snowshoeing of this season.
    By the way I need a ride from Shouldice and am prepared to pay for carpooling.

    Thanks

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heidi, my other hike got cancelled just now because of bad weather forecast. I see this is still on. I didn't get a chance to rent snowshoe. Do you think I could get away with having just microspikes for this?

    November 1, 2013

    • Heidi H.

      Ravi, with the new snow it will probably be too deep for microspikes. However, you may have time tomorrow to get a rental pair now that we are going in Sunday :-)

      November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have room in my car if anyone needs a lift.
    For Violin: If you weren't successful borrowing snowshoes, try MEC. I've rented a set for the weekend for a cost of $12. A small investment and a great way to find out whether or not you like it.

    October 31, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Hi everyone,

    I'm just getting ready to leave Mexico...so far there is nothing to update on trail conditions/advisories. So we will take what we get when we get to the trail head. I'll be back in to Calgary tomorrow night. If there are any further questions, I will get to them then.

    See you Saturday morning!
    Heidi

    October 31, 2013

  • Carthalia

    What would be the difficulty/experience level for this? A half hr intro to snowshoeing is mentioned in the details so I'm assuming beginners are welcome. What is the difficulty level for this? Thanks!

    October 30, 2013

    • kyiu

      Slope +/-100m should be a relatively flat terrain and so this should be a beginner hike, although the distance maybe a bit long for a purely first-time hiker depending fitness level.

      October 30, 2013

    • Heidi H.

      Thanks Kitty for responding! This is correct. Beginners are most definitely welcome :-)

      October 31, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I can drive and take 3

    October 29, 2013

  • Stephen

    Hi, I can take two "definitely going" people. :)

    October 28, 2013

    • Stephen

      FYI, I am SW, coming from Heritage Park C-Train area...

      October 28, 2013

  • Anna

    Hi,
    Would anynone be able to give me a ride from Shouldice? I will contribute to gas.
    Thanks. :-)

    October 27, 2013

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