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I AM NOT A MOUNTAIN GUIDE AND I DON'T PROVIDE TOURIST HIKES!
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Max: 8-10 people.
Where: Smuts-Birdwood Pass Area (Peter Lougheed P.P.)
Distance: 19 km (roundtrip)
Elevation gain: 950 m (Calgary tower is 191 m)
Hiking time: 8 hours (Only an estimate).
Difficulty: Strenuous hike, some hands on climbing on a screeful train.
Skill level: A good level of fitness with strong legs required.This is not a beginner's trip. This is an alpine scramble and you must be comfortable with the elevation and heights. I'll be asking your level of experience.
Hazards: Mountains are obviously dangerous places! Bring your bear sprays and rock helmets.
Trail Conditions: Unknown
Weather Conditions: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/kananaskis
Driving/Carpooling: The trip starts at Commonwealth Trail nearby Mt. Engadine Lodge. Turn to Mt Shark day use area, and take the first turn to left after the bridge.
Mandatory Gear: Backpack (20+ litres with straps), waterproof hiking boots, rock helmet, ice axe, microspikes, trekking poles, windstopping shell layers, toque/beanie, food and snacks, at least 2 litres of water, gaiters, headlamp, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, first aid kit (minimum blister and wound care kits).
Optional Gear: Camera, map and compass, GPS, sunscreen, sonic balaclava, fire starter.
• Do not bring the following:Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers), cotton layers, small running packs.
Costs: CORA membership is $20. If you are not a CORA member, you're required to make paypal online payments. (Trip organizers will not accept cash payments). There are two options: (1) Paying $20 and purchasing a full annual membership. (2) Paying $5 as a casual day hiker.
Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to the trip. Friday late night cancellations will result in having 'No Show.'
During the trip, you are expected to follow the trip organizer(s) and stick with the group. However, CORA trip organizer(s) 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.
PLEASE READ CORA RULES OF CONDUCT!
YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO SIGN A TRIP WAIVER.
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