Please read the entire description first.
(There will be a test)
Raspberry Ridge Fire Lookout (Moderate Hike)
Distance: 9 km (roundtrip)
Elevation gain: 653m (Calgary tower is 191m)
Time: 6 hours
(Don't make plans that depend on it. It's the mountains!)
Difficulty: Hike on a flat trail, then uphill, potentially, on snowy slopes.
Skill level: An average level of fitness with strong legs required
(If you are looking for an Olympic decathlon, you are in the wrong trip.)
Hazards: Snow and wind; my sense of humour
Trail Conditions: Snowy, muddy, dry ??
Weather Conditions: Rainy + Snowy + Sunny
(In the mountains, expect anything!)
Rise up campers/hikers. Springtime is upon us. Though I cannot guarantee that Christmas time won't be here, the weather is looking good for the next week. Nevertheless, prepare for this trip as though you're going to a soft winter hiking.
Raspberry Ridge is a very nice shoulder season hike. It is moderate distance on a steady grade, and uphill section on the way to the fire lookout.
During the trip, you are expected to follow the event organizers and stick with the group. However, the event organizers are NOT certified mountain guides, but only experienced hikers volunteering and sharing their knowledge. As such, you are responsible for your own safety and equipment.
Mandatory Gear: Backpack (20+ litres with straps), Hiking boots (insulated, waterproof) or alpine boots, microspikes or crampons, trekking poles, warm clothes and shell layers, mittens, beanies/toques, food and snacks, water, gaiters, headlamp, sunglasses/goggles, first aid kit (minimum blister and wound care kits)
Optional Gear: Camera, map and compass, GPS, sonic balaclava, hand and toe warmers, fire starter.
[Do not bring the following]: Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers), cotton layers, dogs and cats, small running packs.
Carpool location: Dalhousie LRT station parking lot, behind CHAPTERS bookstore.
Directions: Hwy 1 => Hwy 22 => Black Diamond [Coffee/Snacks break] => Hwy 532 => Hwy 940 --- then pass the entrance to Cataract Creek campground at 18.8km. Proceed north another 1.7km. Look for the unmarked, gated, dirt spur on the west side of Hwy 940. Park in the pullout before the gate.
Costs: Your 2012 memberships have expired last month. It's time for renewals. The annual cost is still $20 and you can purchase it at the parking lot. Non-club-member (casual day-hiker) fee is $5.
Please also reimburse some gas $$ for your driver.
Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to the trip. Friday night cancellations will result in having 'No Show.'
PLEASE READ CORA RULES OF CONDUCT!
YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO SIGN A TRIP WAIVER.
My cell phone is #[masked]