Rules of Conduct (clickable): By participating in this CORA activity, you automatically agree to follow the CORA Rules of Conduct. Please read them by clicking here.
Update your RSVP as early as possible, at least 48 hours before the meeting time. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a "no show".
Please indicate in your COMMENTS if you can drive. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants, not your preference to ride.
Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly. If I know you, entertain me with your answers.
The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria. This will be a difficult trip, so I will be very selective.
TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event.
The organizer is not a licenced guide. Just a somewhat experienced hiker willing to share his knowledge.
Description: Fossil Falls
The trip is described in Volume 1 of Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide (4th edition): pp. 193-98.
Fossil Falls are described as the "Premiere" Falls in Kananaskis. If they live up to the hyperbole, they will be amazing. The trip begins by walking around the south side of Upper Kananaskis Lake for approximately 5 kilometers. After reaching the far end of the lake we will follow the trail towards Hidden and Aster Lakes. Aster Lake is the starting point for trips to Northover Ridge. We will probably not get as far as Aster Lake as Fossil Falls are on this side of Aster Lake. It remains a possible side trip, involving additional elevation gain of approximately 200 m and 2-4 additional kilometers distance, depending upon the group and environmental conditions. Another potential side trip is to Marlborough Tarns, also located nearby.
Difficulty Rating (clickable): D5 Easy Scramble/Difficult Hike
Distance: 20 km return with 450 m (approx) of elevation gain
Escape plan: If weather, especially high water and/or deep snow, doesn't permit travel beyond Hidden Lake that will be our turn around point.
Attendance limits: 12 (Subject to change at my discretion).
Weather forecast: unknown
Trail conditions: unknown
Risks: Snow, Bears, Sun, ROCK Fall, Avalanche slopes, Scree crossings, exposure, possible limited visibility due to weather.
Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).
CORA trips start at the trailhead. As a convenience to participants only, we meet at the meeting point in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. We don't want to have to wait around long. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time. Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.
Please dress for the weather: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. No COTTON.
Mandatory - sense of humour, backpack: lunch, dinner and snacks, 2 - 3 litres of water, layers, hiking boots, .
Recommended - camera, gaiters, hiking poles, microspikes, light.