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
• There are several options:
(1) Challenging option: Start from Sawmill and snowshoe up to Chester Lake, and then back to Sawmill parking lot. In this case, there'll be about 20km snowshoeing. This is a terrific workout.
(2) Moderate option [a]: Start from Sawmill and snowshoe up to Chester Lake. Go back to Chester parking lot and finish it. Involves car shuttle. Approx 14km.
Moderate option [b]: Start from Sawmill and snowshoe up to Chester. Go back to Sawmil. Doesn't involve car shuttle. Approx. 14km.
(3) Easy option: Park at Chester, go up to the Chester lake and back to the parking lot. Doesn't involve car shuttle. Approx 7.5km.
Here is some info and a snowshoe map:
Please indicate the option you prefer in your RSVP questions.
Please sign up for the waitlist. Paid CORA 2013 members will get priority. (Non-members, see the descriptions below). If you are intending to bring a guest, you need to make a $5 payment on his/her behalf.
Where: Peter Lougheed P.P.
Max: 10 people
Distance: Variable (see above)
Elevation gain: [masked] m (Calgary tower is 191 m)
Hiking time: 3-6 hours (roundtrip). Only an estimate. Don't make plans that depend on it.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate snowshoeing.
Skill level: A good level of fitness is required.
Hazards: Mountains are obviously dangerous places!
Trail Conditions: Snowshoe conditions.
Weather Conditions: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/kananaskis
Driving/Carpooling: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We'll carpool at Brentwood LRT prior to setting off.
Drive to Hwy 40, and then to Spray Lakes/Smith Dorrien Trail. At the bottom, turn right, drive a few more kilometers and turn to Sawmill day use area.
Mandatory Gear: Backpack (20+ litres with straps), waterproof hiking boots, snowshoes, 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.
Optional Gear: Camera, map and compass, GPS, sunscreen, ninja 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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