D5 *Easter* Winter Snowshoe Scramble -- Read's Tower

  • March 31, 2013 · 8:00 AM

Should we give it a 3rd attempt, maybe this time we will get to the parking lot.

This is a D5 Snowshoe- Scramble. I plan on doing the Tower.

Difficulty level: (see our difficulty ratings chart if you aren't sure: RATINGS CHART)

The pace will be slow-moderate.

We start out in the tree's, there might be a trail or we will be route finding. Once we break out of the tree's we will be following a ridge.The end of the ridge is Read's Tower. If conditions are favorable we will attempt the Tower.  Because of the unknown nature of snow on steep terrain, we will be monitoring AVI conditions as we go. If at any point the conditions are deemed unsafe we will turn around.

RISKS: Snow and ice, cold temperatures, possible exposure, rockfall. potential AVI conditions.

Elevation gain: 650 M to the high point of Ridge, 920 M to top of Tower.

Time on trail: 4 to 7 hours

Distance: 4 km for Ridge, 5.5 km to Tower, both Return

Required Equipment:

  • Mountaineering type snowshoes. Must work on steep snow.
  • Winter Hiking boots
  • Dress for Winter it will be cold, No cotton.
  • Hiking poles
  • Headlamp (just in case!)
  • Water
  • Food
  • Microspikes or Crampons.
  • For the attempt on Read's Tower we will need an Ice Axe.

Recommended : Camera, personal first aid,

Driving and Directions: Take the Trans-Canada to Canmore. Drive through downtown, and when you get to the end of the main street (8 Street), turn left. Follow that up and around until you reach the right turn onto Spray Lakes Road (which turns into Highway 742/Smith Dorrien Spray Trail). Continue for about 24.5 km and turn into the Sparrowhawk day use area.  Click here to see a driving map.

Costs: Members are free. Non-member fee is $5.

Transport: CORA trips start at the trail head. We meet at the meeting point in Calgary to make organizing trips easier and help ensure we know who's showing up. Please be on time. We can arrange carpooling at the meetup.You may choose to meet us at the trail head, but please advise us ahead of time.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. The trip waiver can be found here. Please read the document before we depart. To participate you must have paid your yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting. If you have a 2012 membership, it will continue to be accepted until our AGM in February/March 2013. However, 2013 memberships, which last until the 2014 AGM, are now available to be purchased. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.


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  • Nancy-Anne R.

    Beautiful day! Tons of fun!

    April 1, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    Read's Tower is just not to be had this winter. I give up! After getting first hand info that Read's Ridge was not completed yesterday because of AVI risk. I decided to go up Little Lougheed. We had an Awesome Easter winter scramble. Thanks everyone for coming out. Sunny all day, no wind. Snow conditions at times were a challenge. The morning snow crust turned into hip deep snowshoe post holing at times. We were lucky enough to be able to make the summit. We did about 770 M elevation in 5 km return.

    3 · March 31, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I'm gone the rest of today so RSVP's are closed. If someone else wants to go give me a call on my cell. [masked]

    March 30, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I'm thinking of stopping in Canmore or Calgary after the hike for dinner.

    March 30, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    Just a reminder, snowshoe's and microspikes are needed. I plan on going up Read's Tower, but if snow conditions are unsafe we are only going to the end of Ridge.

    March 30, 2013

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