Ok so now that you have picked yourselves up off of the floor or got over the shock of not believing your eyes. This trip and only this trip will have a few conditions that will need to be met in order to participate.
To be accepted on this trip you must have hiked with me a number of times.
You must have said at least on one occasion in the last 2 years either to me, yourself or somebody else "when is Peter going to organize a trip???
Alternately you must show the injuries you sustained from either falling off your chair, your eyes popping out or your jaw dropping.
Once the initial shock wears off, anyone that wishes to attend can fill the remaining spots.
This was my first trip with CORA back on Jan 23, 2010 as such the details of the trip have been copied from that trip and are as follows:
Description: Day Scramble Distance: 5.2 kms return Roundtrip Time: 5 hours est. Height gain: 778 m High point: 2,483 m As winter scrambles go, this one is a relatively easy one. Still, note this is a scramble. The route is along the windswept west side of the mountain, through the trees and a boulder field, cutting up through a rock band and then snow/scree to the summit. The avalanche risk is minimal along this route. It appears that there may be some deep snow in patches, but mostly this will be a straightforward scramble over boulders and along a scree slope. It does not look like an ice axe is required but if you have one, bring it along.
Level: This is a moderate scramble only because of the season. A good level of fitness is required but our pace is slow. If you are uncomfortable with uneven terrain, this trip is probably not for you. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. Dogs: Dogs should not be a problem.
Driving and Directions: To get there we'll meet in the parking lot at Dalhousie LRT station. From Hwy 1 westbound to Canmore then up the Spray-Smith Dorrian Hwy. We will stop briefly at the washrooms at Goat Creek. We will travel south on the Smith Dorrian to Spencer Creek. For those who've come along for Mt. Lougheed, it's the same place (hope I recognize it this time). If you plan to drive get an idea of where we're going before you come out. Weather forecast: unknown Trail conditions: unknown Costs: See above. Gas contributions for drivers (see below). Transport: 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. 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. Mandatory - sense of humour, lunch, 1-2 litres of water, layers, sturdy boots, headlamp, crampons Recommended - camera, hiking poles, gaiters, ice axe, helmet