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D5: Red Peak - Difficult Hike



"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."

Henry David Thoreau 

• I've never done this trip, so it'll be an adventure. We'll go by Bob Spirko's description.


Where: Peter Lougheed PP/ Buller Pass Area

Max: 12 people. 

Distance: 17km

Elevation gain: 994m (Calgary tower is 191 m)

Hiking time: 7-8 hours (roundtrip). Only an estimate. 

Difficulty: Strenuous hike. 

Skill level: A good level of fitness with strong legs required.This is a steep hike with scrambly sections that can be avoided.You must be comfortable with the elevation and heights as well as character-building weather conditions. I'll be asking your level of experience.

Pace: Slow-Moderate

Hazards: Mountains are obviously dangerous places!

Trail Conditions: Probably snowy. 

Weather Conditions:

Driving/Carpooling: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We'll carpool at Dalhousie prior to setting off. 

Mandatory Gear: Backpack (20+ litres with straps), waterproof hiking boots, trekking poles, windstopping shell layers, down jacket, food and snacks, 2 litres of water, gaiters, headlamp, sunglasses, toque/beanie, first aid kit (minimum blister and wound care kits), hand warmers, microspikes.  

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 drop-in fee.  

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.



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  • Ugur

    We've summited a new peak today. It's called GR[masked], unnamed peak. The grade is easy scrambling, if approached from the gulley; moderate if approached from the pinnacles. Much of the ascent gulley involves rubble. The views were spectacular though. Couldn't do the Red Peak this time, but we'll get back to it now that we know exactly where it is. It'll be a piece of cake next time. So thanks for joining me today everyone. It was a nice sunny day and fun scrambling adventure on an interesting terrain.

    1 · October 26, 2013

    • Kurtis

      Haha, I'm looking forward to turning up to work on Monday and telling everyone we climbed GR 210395. Might get a few puzzled looks. Thanks Ugar!

      October 27, 2013

    • Garry S.

      It looks so obvious now on the map.

      October 27, 2013

  • Garry S.

    A splendid day with a splendid group. Thanks everyone for making it so.

    2 · October 26, 2013

  • Deirdre

    Fantastic hike today! We ended up on a different peak but it was a fun and interesting hike with great weather and great people.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Romain D.

    It was a perfect day, nice weather, good group, beautiful scramble. Thank you Ugur.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Shabir R.

    Hi, I joined CORA a few days back and was wondering how the wait list works. Last few hours I saw the confirmed list jumping from 12 attendees to 11 and back to 12 and now it's at 11; did see not- attending list also growing however me still stuck at wait list 1 ??? Not sure if any action is required at my end?

    October 23, 2013

    • Ugur

      Sorry, I was away from my PC. Now you are in.

      October 24, 2013

    • Shabir R.


      October 24, 2013

  • Ugur

    Weather forecasts says 'fully sunny' on Saturday. Don't forget to bring your tanning lotion :P

    2 · October 24, 2013

  • steve

    have to back out , going to chop down trees

    October 23, 2013

  • Jachym R.

    Any bushwacking or creek channel hiking on this hike?

    October 22, 2013

    • Ugur

      That's the spirit Deirdre, Morgan :P

      1 · October 23, 2013

    • Ugur

      Actually, Bob Spirko did it a few months ago. The trail looks the way I remember from last year. Except the bridge.­

      October 23, 2013

  • steve

    anyone want to meet at the peto-can by the cochrane turn off , if not I'll see you at dalhouse

    October 23, 2013

  • RobK

    I guess I'm headed to California so can't make this trip... hope you guys have a blast!

    October 23, 2013

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