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D5: 2nd Annual Yamnuska Winter Ascent

  • Feb 22, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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• CORA Organizers no longer accept cash at the trailhead! In order to join this event you need to be a CORA 2013 or 2014 member; alternatively, you can pay $5 and join as a non-member. Payments are done online (the blue link on the left. Type the amount of payment in the box. Smart phones don't have this application, so you need to do this on a PC/Mac). 

• This is a scramble that gets sketchy in winter conditions. You must bring mountaineering ice axe and microspikes/crampons. 

• Please sign up to the waitlist first. For those who never did scrambles in the winter, nor used an ice axe, this'll be a learning experience. I'll be picking a balanced team based on experience and skill.  


Where: K-Country

Max: 8 people

Distance: 11 km (roundtrip)

Elevation Gain: 907 m (Calgary tower is 191m)

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours (only an estimate). 

Difficulty: Strenuous hike on a snowy trail; hands on some sections

Skill level: A good level of fitness is required to do this outing. 

Hazards: Mountains are clearly dangerous places! Make sure you have the required clothing, gear, toughness, and conditioning

Weather Conditions:

Driving/Carpooling: The trip starts at the trailhead, but as a convenience to the members, we will carpool in the designated city location 

Please reimburse some gas $$ to your drivers. 

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

Optional Gear: Snowshoes, Camera, map and compass, climbing rope, GPS, sunscreen, sonic balaclava, fire starter.

• Do not wear the following: Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers, work boots), cotton layers, small running packs. These are not appropriate footwear for hiking in the mountains. If you happen to wear jeans and non-hiking footwear, you'll be sent to home in shame :) 

Cancellation policy: 24 hours prior to the trip. Keep in mind that this is not a dating service; you are either committed or not. Depending on your attitude, Friday late night cancellations may result in having a "no show" -- unless you come up with a very "juicy" excuse such as UFO abductions, alien invasion, flying boars, Metallica concert, or bad hair. 

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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  • Kai


    February 24, 2014

  • U. P.

    Thanks for coming everyone!! It was a fabulous trip with the perfect group that enabled some creative side adventures with snow and ice, big mountain push, and the pleasure of running the scree field again. Not to mention the post-trip festivities. Great times!! (Hope you guys got to see Canada landing on a gold spot this morning -- alas I was sleeping...zzzz!)

    February 23, 2014

  • Pierre

    Not only a great workout but another great day in the mountains with fun and fit people. An awesome winter scree run, even a boogying Ugur at the top. Priceless! Thanks to all for making my day!

    February 22, 2014

  • Cathrine M

    Perfect weather and great company! Really enjoyed seeing everyone

    February 22, 2014

  • Andrew M

    I recognized a lot of names on the attending list. Looking forward to seeing you, mountains friends!

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Andrew M

    Ugur, we doing the whole loop?

    February 20, 2014

    • U. P.

      Well, yeah. I'm not aware of any other option. The mountain is like a big sail -- I liken it to Spinosaurus Aegypticus xD http://images.wikia.c...­

      1 · February 21, 2014

  • U. P.

    Microspikes are absolutely mandatory. Crampons, not so much. If you forget your microspikes, I'll leave you at the Yam parking lot to guard the cars :)

    February 20, 2014

  • Maria T.

    I really want to join this group!
    I initially thought I could attend the trip organized by Rob but I could not take the day off from work.

    February 15, 2014

  • U. P.

    Just a reminder that Rob has also posted the same trip on this Saturday. If you already RSVPed on Rob's trip, please remove yourself from the waitlist (unless you are inclined to do Yam twice, but even then, I'll give priorities to those who won't have gone out with Rob). I'll open RSVPs soon.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I'm working that day

    February 7, 2014

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