Highway 1A, Cochrane , AB
Meet in the parking lot at Cochrane Ranche. Please note that it is approximately another 1.5 hour drive from Cochrane to our hiking spot
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION BEFORE SIGNING UP ESPECIALLY THE SECTIONS ON CLOTHING AND WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM THE LIST AT THE LATEST 9 PM THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT......IT'S AWFUL WAITING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GOING TO SHOW. CLICK ON THE RSVP BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE AND MAKE YOUR CHANGES.
Pets allowed as long as they are on a leash and under control at all times
Hiking Time: 4 -5 hours return
Distance: 5.8 km
Difficulty: Easy - to moderate
(if you've been doing our prep walks you should be able to do this)
Elevation gain: ~300 m
This will be a full day out, we do not expect to be back in Calgary until about 5 pm. Time on the trail will be between 3 - 5 hours and the drive takes approximately 2 hours each way. We will be following the fire road, it is a wide path with lots of switch-backs.
THIS IS NOT A RACE, THE INTENT IS TO TAKE OUR TIME, AND ENJOY THE VIEWS. STOPPING OFTEN TO STRETCH, HAVE A SIP OF WATER, AND ENJOY NATURE AS WE GO.
Please indicate when you sign up if you are able to offer a ride. Frank & I do not arrange car pools.
Please arrange costs for the car pool directly with your driver
No park pass is required for this hike
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:
Water - 2 litres or more if required
Granola bars or trail mix
Small first aid kit
Hiking boots are mandatory
A large piece of plastic or something to sit on during lunch
A plastic bag to take your dirty boots home in
Towels (we found a lovely paddling area last year and if there is time we may want to spend some time there at the end of the walk)
Large heavy coats will be too hot We suggest 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. (We always leave another change of clothes in the car so we 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 spring/summer: http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Nature-Lovers-Hiking-Meetup/about/
ALL 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 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/snowshoeing/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.