HIKE to the CANYON CREEK ICE CAVES

This hike involves a 5.9 hike down a closed off paved road,then a short scramble like approach,about 1km. up a steep section to the ice cave.There is 494M of passageways, and the inside temp is a constant -5C year around.I have hiked to the cave 2 times this year already the most recent last weekend.

REQUIRED MANDATORY EQUIPMENT;

Rockclimbing helmet(no type of any other helmet including bike helmets)

Micro Spikes Only (no icers,they are for city parks and sidewalks)

Winter hiking boots with gaiters,or a high top Sorrel type boot.

Warm winter layered outer wear,including head gear and gloves or mitts.

Head lamp with spare batteries or some other backup light.you should have  hiking poles,and bring your lunch,snacks water,in your backpack.Bring your runners or another type of shoe to change into after the hike along with a plastic bag.The reason for the rock helmet is because of loose rock which can break free from people ahead of you and also ice pieces falling from the cave roof and near the entrance.If thats not enough to convince you,about 15 years ago a man was killed by falling rock near the cave entrance because of no helmet.Micro spikes will come in handy decending the steep section if its packed ice.We don't need snowshoes for this hike.The trail head is at the Ings mine parking lot about 16km.past the Bragg Creek turnoff on Hiway #66.We will carpool from the LRT lot or you can drive directly to the trailhead. MEMBERS ONLY NO DOGS

 

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  • Alicia Z.

    Great hike! It is a blessing to be there today!

    November 30, 2013

  • wayne

    Thanks for everyone who showed up for the hike,fantastic weather and hike,great get together at the Powderhorn Saloon in Bragg Creek afterward.Beer sure tastes good after a hike!!!

    November 30, 2013

  • Don F.

    Incredibly awesome, great hike, great people, had great time, thanks Wayne for organizing

    November 30, 2013

  • miho l.

    We are leaving now!!

    November 30, 2013

  • Shelley

    Sorry Wayne forgot I signed up for this event and it was too late to make it when I saw the reminder at 9 am this morning.

    November 30, 2013

  • wayne

    Anyone coming on the LRT remember to get off to the east lot.Look for a red Ford 150 truck.My cell number is[masked]

    November 29, 2013

    • Natalie

      Hi Wayne I am planning to meet at the lrt in the south see you in the morning!

      November 29, 2013

  • Jesus V.

    sorry, tomorrow I dont will go, see you the next time.

    November 29, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    I won't be making it. Got busy with a household emerg...didn't get opportunity to pick up equipment in time. Have a blast

    November 29, 2013

  • Don F.

    Hi Wayne I plan to meet at trailhead. I can pick up others in NorthWest at Dalhousie Station

    November 24, 2013

    • Alicia

      Hi Don Can I get a ride too? Tks

      November 29, 2013

    • Don F.

      Hi Alicia yes see you tomorrow morning (room for one more

      November 29, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Sorry I won't be able to make this trip. Have to work. Hope you guys have a fantastic time.

    November 29, 2013

  • RITA N.

    Are head lamps essential?

    November 28, 2013

    • wayne

      Not essential,but if you want your hands free its a better option,if you don't have one you can use mine,l have a spare one.Hikers can use a handhead light if they don't have a head lamp

      November 29, 2013

    • RITA N.

      Thanks Wayne. I don't have one and would be happy to use the spare h.l. Much appreciated.

      November 29, 2013

  • wayne

    Just a reminder that everyone should have a rock helmet if coming on the hike,also micro spikes will be helpful.Even though it may be cold starting out you will warm up in no time after briskly walking.The last two times l was at the cave in the winter,l had to peel down to my shirt at the front of the cave since it faces the sun.

    November 28, 2013

  • Ravi

    Cancelling.. will not be able to attend. Have a great hike!

    November 27, 2013

  • Ravi

    Cancelling.. will not be able to attend. Have a great hike!

    November 27, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    Hi Wayne, Is there a specific skill level required? Iv done lots of hiking, different terains and elevations...but never any type of caving.

    November 24, 2013

  • wayne

    Anyone who consistently double books on my hikes will be moved to the waiting list.

    November 19, 2013

  • Nathalie (.

    oops! I didn't realize I had RSVPed Yes on this one... I'm neither equipped nor skilled enough to attempt this one yet.

    November 18, 2013

  • RITA N.

    Wayne can I catch a ride with you from the LRT?

    November 14, 2013

    • wayne

      yes I can 4 besides myself

      November 14, 2013

    • RITA N.

      Awesome, thanks. Happy trails at Phoenix!

      November 15, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    Will do. Thanks, Wayne. I have forwared your list of mandatory equipment. See yas on the 30. :-)

    November 14, 2013

  • wayne

    A correction on the elevation gain it is about 390M not 200M,and most of that is in the last km.

    November 14, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    Hi Wayne. I have a friend who'd like to join in on this. I am new and this will be my first. She is not a member. Sure she wouldn't mind becoming one....until then, is she free to joun us? Thanks

    November 13, 2013

  • wayne

    Total roundtrip is 14km.elevation about 200 M.

    November 13, 2013

  • wayne

    For those who want to we will meet at the Powderhorn Pub in Bragg Creek after the hike for snacks and refreshments.

    November 13, 2013

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