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D5 Difficult snowshoe--Black Prince Outlier

Hopefully the avi danger will cooperate this time. It looks like a fun snowshoe. We'll follow Bob Spirko's 2003 route.

CORA organizers no longer accept cash for memberships or drop ins. You must pay your $20 membership fee or $5 drop-in fee online before this trip. CORA rules mandate that I move non-members to the waiting list until they've paid their membership or drop-in fee online. If this is you, post a comment saying that you've paid to let me know. Group size limit is 10.

To make sure I know who's coming and your general level of experience (I need to know for planning/safety reasons; beginners with a basic level of hiking fitness are most welcome), you can not sign up a guest. Everyone coming must sign up on their own. Please answer all questions during the RSVP process. If you don't I'll bump you to "Not Going" and you'll go to the back of the line until you provide all the answers.

The pace will be moderate. A basic level of hiking fitness is required.

Be prepared for cold, windy, snowy weather one minute, clear skies and sun the next. February in the Rockies can be like February in the Rockies.

I'll probably never have done this trip, so it will be an adventure. Expect bushwhacking, route finding, creek crossing, and a bunch of other stuff.

There is a good chance that we could be turned back at any point due to snow, ice, wind, flood damage, zombie marmots and any number of other conditions we encounter. When it comes to safety I'm conservative.

All participants are expected to act as a responsible member of the group. If you don't intend to act as a member of the group, this trip is not for you. Shared values of this trip include personal responsibility and mutual reliance (we all look out for one another), fun, safety and respect. The organizer is not a guide, but he has the final say in matters of safety.

Research the route. Assume that everyone but you will be hit in the head by a huge rock while a grizzly and cougar are playing tug-of-war with their bodies, leaving you alone to find your way back to the car.

Distance on trail: 9 km loop

Elevation gain: 420 m

Time on trail: 5-7 hours

Dogs: Not on this trip.

Required Equipment:

• Snowshoes

• Winter boots (absolutely mandatory; no short-top day hikers)

• Headlamp (just in case!)

• Sunscreen

• Water

• Food

• First aid kit

• Rain jacket

• Fleece/warm layer

• Warm hat

• Gloves

Driving and Directions: Highway 40 south from the Trans-Canada. At the winter gate, turn right towards Kananaskis Lakes. Turn right again onto the Smith-Dorrien Trail/Highway 742. In about 10 km park at the Black Prince day use area.

Click here for a driving map

Costs: Members are free. Non-member fee is $5.

Transport: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We meet at the meeting point in Calgary to make organizing trips easier and help ensure we know who's showing up. Please be on time. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time.

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  • Kurtis

    Great trip

    February 3, 2014

  • Ken

    Thanks for coming everyone. Great way to spend a blue sky day even if it was -26 at the start and we went up the wrong side! And once again a fun group to do it with.

    February 3, 2014

  • Pam

    A chilly start but by lunch we were basking in warm sunshine and enjoying amazing, blue sky views and great company. Thanks, Ken!

    Special thanks also to Kurtis for the ride home after I misplaced my car key.

    Hope to see you all again soon :)

    February 2, 2014

    • Ugur

      Oh no! Where did you drop them??

      February 2, 2014

  • Trudy C.

    What a great trip and fantastic group. So sorry Pam about the missing keys. Sent note so we can figure out how to get to you.

    Ken, thanks for organizing.

    February 2, 2014

  • Garry S.

    A wonderful day. Thanks everyone.

    February 2, 2014

  • Ugur

    Great to see everyone again! Good snowshoe scrambling adventure with lots of sunshine and terrific views at the top!

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I just noticed I confirmed to this event.... Sorry I won't be able to come :(.... It was too of a last minute...

    February 2, 2014

  • Ken

    This is a reminder that in order to be moved from the wait list to the Attending list, you must either have paid your $20 membership fee (which I believe gets you a membership valid to the AGM in Feb/Mar 2015) or a $5 drop in fee.

    January 28, 2014

    • Reina

      Sorry Ken. How do I go about paying for the fee. I cannot find a link on the home page through the mobile app. Maybe I need to use a computer?

      January 28, 2014

    • Ken

      Not sure if you can use the app. Through a web browser, click "Pay online" in the left-hand column

      February 1, 2014

  • Ken

    This is a reminder that in order to be moved from the wait list to the Attending list, you must either have paid your $20 membership fee (which I believe gets you a membership valid to the AGM in Feb/Mar 2015) or a $5 drop in fee.

    January 31, 2014

  • Emilio S

    Sorry, Ken!... I have to work tomorrow and after that I'll be too tired for a day on mountains... See you next time!!

    January 31, 2014

  • Maureen

    I doubt I'll get to the short list. Doing ice climbing instead. Have fun guys!Till next time.

    January 31, 2014

  • patrick

    I am just wondering cause there is organizers on this trip could it be possible to add 2 more spots to the rsvp?

    January 29, 2014

    • Ken

      10 is the maximum for my trips. I find that if there are more everyone gets too spread out (safety concern), and I don't really enjoy marching through the mountains with bigger groups.

      January 30, 2014

    • patrick

      Good call

      January 30, 2014

  • patrick

    I made the cut,cool now I hope to see you Sunday

    January 28, 2014

  • Reina

    I'm new to Calgary and looking forward to meeting some fun people. :)

    January 27, 2014

  • Ugur

    February 2 is the Groundhog Day!! :D Watch out for marmots! From wikipedia: 'According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.'

    January 6, 2014

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