PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION FIRST!
"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 exploration and adventure. We'll go by the descriptions of Bob Spirko as well as Kananaskis blog.
I strongly recommend that you do your own research as well.
Please sign up for the waitlist. CORA 2013 members will get priority. (Non-members, see the descriptions below).
Where: Southern K-Country
Max: 12 people.
Distance: 8.1 km
Elevation gain: 296 m (Calgary tower is 191 m)
Hiking time: 4-5 hours (roundtrip). Only an estimate.
Difficulty: Moderate hike
Skill level: A good level of fitness is required.
Hazards: Mountains are obviously dangerous places!
Trail Conditions: Probably snowy.
Weather Conditions: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/kananaskis
Driving/Carpooling: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We'll carpool at Dalhousie prior to setting off.
From Calgary, go to Hwy 22, and drive south to Longview, and then Hwy 532, the Johnson Creek Trail. Go west for 13km and park at a red gate, just before the Willow Creek Ridge.
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 and become a Guest.
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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