Snow Shoe - Frost Heave (Lower Chester) Trail - Beginner.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION BEFORE SIGNING UP ESPECIALLY THE SECTIONS ON CLOTHING AND WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT

***NOTE: We will be travelling on the Smith Dorrien HWY (HWY 742) which is kept plowed but will be packed snow and possibly slippery.  ALL VEHICLES MUST HAVE EITHER WINTER TIRES OR AWD/4-WHEEL DRIVE FOR THIS EVENT and a shovel and sand.*******

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM THE LIST AT THE LATEST BEFORE 0700 ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT......IT'S AWFUL WAITING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GOING TO SHOW.

No pets allowed.

Anyone who has gone on previous beginner snow shoe trips this year should be able to do this one but there is a little more elevation.....Remember we go at a slow pace with lots of stops to take photos, make snow angels, etc. etc.

This will be a full day out, we expect to be back in Calgary before 5 pm.  Time on the trail will be between 3-4 hours and the drive takes at least 1.5 hours each way.

Please NOTE that your organizer has not done this trail before BUT it is a signed trail within the Parks.  AND we're basically doing a loop.

Driving Directions to the trailhead (PREFER everyone meet at the Barrier Lake Info Centre incase we have to change where we will be going.) We hope to be at the trailhead by approximately 10:30 am.  it normally takes the group about 10 minutes to get their gear on.

From Hwy 1, take the Hwy 40 exit and head south for about 50 km. Turn right (west) onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Drive 2.2 km down this road and turn right (south) onto the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (also known as Hwy 742), and drive to parking area for Chester Lake..... on the right hand side of the road past Sawmill.

DISTANCE for HIKE: The Frost Heave trail is 4.8 kms round trip but it is planned that we go 1.2km further to the Mt. Murray viewpoint.  Total is 7.1 kms round trip.

ELEVATION: The elevation gain is approx. 177 meters or 580 ft. There will be a little more elevation than previous trips such as Lower Kananaskis Trail, Penstock Loop and Troll Falls.

CARPOOLS

Please indicate when you sign up if you are able to offer a ride.

If you need a ride please contact the people who offer rides by clicking on their photo and sending them an e-mail.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:

Lunch

Water  - 2 litres or more if required

Flask with a hot drink/soup

Granola bars or trail mix

Small first aid kit

snow shoe repair kit if you have one (duct tape can come in handy)

A large piece of plastic or something to sit on during lunch

CLOTHING

Large heavy coats will be too hot. It is suggested you dress in layers and do not wear COTTON this includes jeans. Make sure you have room in your pack to store your jacket in case you need to take it off if you get too hot. Note that when we stop for lunch you will cool down, so you may want to have a spare top in your backpack to pop on while we eat.  Extra dry mitts are a great idea too.   (An idea is to leave another change of clothes in the car so to have something dry to drive home in).

Please check out the pages tab for more information on what to bring when going into the mountains in the winter:  http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Nature-Lovers-Hiking-Meetup/about/

ALL WINTER TRIPS ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THE MORNING OF THE TRIP PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP ISN'T CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

This is a snow shoe trip in the mountains/wilderness. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that:

you are fully aware of the risks associated with hiking/snow shoeing/skiing 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 trip 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.

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

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  • Kele H.

    It was a wonderful day experiencing my very first snow shoeing with friendly group. thanks Lynn for organizing.

    January 26, 2014

  • Darryl

    A very good day.

    January 26, 2014

  • Graham

    First snow shoe experience

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi lynne c, all, i know this is not a good thing to hear in the morning but still wana say GOOD MORNING, i missed my alarm, just got up, found out i accidentally set it up last night 6:00PM instead of 6:00AM, SORRY :(:(:(

    January 26, 2014

    • Lynne C

      you snooze... you lose.... hee hee..... it was a great day

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • Lynne C

    It was another great day.... started out with light snow and no wind to speak of... by the half way point we had blue skies and sunshine....
    Thanks for all six who trusted in me. Thanks for making it another fun adventure.

    January 26, 2014

  • Lynne C

    As those who attended know... there was an issue with a driver cancelling at the last minute....
    if you feel you will have concerns about doing a winter activity due to the uncertainty of your comfort in winter driving conditions, I have no problem at all with you deciding not to attend.... just do not offer to Drive others and disappoint them

    January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    Lynne, as you know better than me, this kind of activities are always depend on the weather. Since this morning I was following the weather news, and I heard the road condition west of Calgary is bad and high way no.1 near zero visibility, I turned back to home. I think I made,a wise decision. Safety is number one

    January 26, 2014

    • Lynne C

      The highway conditions as noted on the radio started at Banff and west...., we hit a bit of blowing snow but just as we neared the Kananaskis turn off.... and a little snow coming down on the Kan. Hwy... also, the weather as noted on the Weather Network showed the Kananaskis area to be warmer than Calgary (as it has often known to be)... I would not hold an event if I thought both the weather or roads would not be good.... I did also state in my write-up that people driving had to have Snow TIres or 4-Wheel or All Wheel drive... I felt confident that weather would be OK and it was and we had a great day.

      January 26, 2014

  • Maryanne

    I am in with Lynn :)

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    Sorry Maryanne, hope to go to another hiking together in a better weather condition.....

    January 26, 2014

    • Zia

      Lynne supposed to be at Shouldice too..

      January 26, 2014

    • Lynne C

      zia ... please do not offer to drive if you are not prepared...you've disappointed people

      January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    Sorry, I am not comfortable to come out in this blowing snow condition . West of city high way is with near zero visibiliy...

    January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    Sorry, I am not comfortable to come out in this blowing snow condition . West of city high way is with near zero visibiliy...

    January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    The highway condition is very bad.

    January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    Is this event still on?

    January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    Is this event still on ?

    January 26, 2014

  • Zia

    I have 3 seats available if anyone needs a ride.

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • Zia

      Yes, please be there not later than 8:25 :-)

      January 25, 2014

    • Tian W.

      sorry for last min cancel since I didn't sleep well and feel very tired. Have fun!

      January 26, 2014

  • Lynne C

    PLEASE NOTE: The temperature is still expected to be on the warm side with very little new snow..... IF you have a pair of icers you might like to bring them along incase the path is hard packed.... if so, be able to strap your snowshoes to your pack.

    January 20, 2014

  • Lynne C

    Can take 3 passengers, pick up at Shouldice preferred.... Email me if interested

    January 15, 2014

    • Cathy B

      Lynn, Can I catch a ride with you please?

      January 15, 2014

    • Lynne C

      Sent you an email, Cathy

      January 15, 2014

  • Cathy B

    I don't have winter tires, only all-season tires so I will need to carpool. As well, I have an extra pair of snowshoes for up to 200 pounds if someone would like to use them.

    January 15, 2014

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