This trip has a section of moderate scrambling. This is a difficult hike in an area with lots of Larch's. I have not done most of this trip so it could be an adventure. This is not the normal way up Panorama Ridge.
Please read the entire write up before signing up.
This trip is in the Lake Louise area. Park pass needed.
There will be a car shuttle, starting at Taylor Lake Trail Head we end at Moraine Lake.
The plan is to place a couple cars at Moraine Lake before the trip. Head back to Taylor Lake parking lot. We hike up the trail to Taylor Lake, then head Northwest into a Larch meadow. We keep heading Northwest to gain Panorama Ridge. This section will require route finding and some moderate scrambling to gain the ridge. I plan on going to the top of the North peak of Panorama Ridge. Head down a scree gully on the west side of Panorama Ridge to Lower Consolation Lake. There is a creek crossing we may have to ford. We follow a trail to Moraine Lake.
http://bivouac.com/TripPg.asp?TripId=5728. This is a link to a page that give some details of the route.
Max: 10 (If I don't know you or your abilities, I'll need you to contact me about your previous scrambling experience). Put your name on the wait list please.
You must be a paid CORA member 2013 or pay the $5 one time fee before you go on the trip. Fee's are paid online. See the the link to the left, PAY ONLINE.
Hazards: Bears, weather, rockfall, steep terrain, Bushwhacking, route finding and creek crossing.
THIS TRIP IS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS SO IF YOU HAVE A PARK PASS PLEASE BRING IT WITH YOU.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION.
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Update your RSVP as early as possible. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. Be courteous to those waiting to attend.[ If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a [url=http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/pages/Rules_of_Conduct/]"no show"[/url].
Please indicate in your COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants, not your preference to ride.
Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly.
Participation: 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. Hey! It’s my trip.
TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to participate. I will have the waiver. Your organizer will be your witness. Yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting . Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.
Rating: D6 Moderate Scramble
Roundtrip Time: 7-10 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)
High point: 2800M
Height gain: 1,325m (Calgary Tower is 191m high) 1000 M down.
Distance: 16-20 km estimated can't find any real details of route.
This is a moderate scramble. Long day in the mountains, be prepared. An above average level of fitness is required our pace is moderate. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. I don’t want to “Waste My Time in the Canadian Rockies.”
Bushwhacking and Off-trail: With many of my trips there is a good likelihood of bushwhacking and off-trail and that naturally means some route-finding. I tend to get off the beaten track and try to avoid “tourist” routes. If you want the tourist route, you’re on the wrong trip. You are warned. Don’t be surprised.
Dogs: Not this time.
Driving and Directions:
To get there we'll meet in the parking lot at Dalhousie Stn. Head Hwy #1 West to Moraine Lake in Lake Louise. Leave a couple cars there and head back to the Taylor Lake parking lot.
Weather forecast: unknown
Trail conditions: unknown
Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).
Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.
EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON!
Mandatory – CLIMBING HELMET, hiking poles, headlamp, sense of humor, lunch, at least 3-4 litres of water, layers, sturdy boots (unless you’re going shopping, runners or sandals are never appropriate footwear)
Recommended - camera, gaiters, bear spray, creek crossing shoe's.