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D4 - Gypsum Ridge, Moderate Snowshoe

  • McMahon Stadium

    1817 Crowchild Trail N.W.
    Next to the pedestrian overpass to the Banff Trail LRT Station
    Calgary, AB (map)

    51.070778 -114.119247

  • I drive a red Ford Fusion. Cell #[masked]
  • Gypsum Ridge is steep treed snowshoe ascent. Off trail bushwhacking required. This is a moderate D4 snowshoe trip, not for beginners.

    This trip is in Andrew Nugara's Snowshoeing book. Page 236  

    We snowshoe bushwhack up a treed ridge. Once we crest the ridge we travel south to a lookout view of Lower Kananaskis Lake.

    You must pay Online, $20 for yearly 2014 membership, or $5 for one time.


    Rules of Conduct (clickable): By participating in this CORA activity, you automatically agree to follow the CORA Rules of Conduct. Please read them by clicking here.

    Update your RSVP as early as possible, at least 48 hours before the meeting time. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a "no show".

    Car Pooling:
    Please indicate in your COMMENTS if you can drive. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants, not your preference to ride.

    Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly.

    The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria.

    TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. Yearly membership fee is $20. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day. You must be a Member 2014 or pay the $5 one time fee. Must pay Online. Organizers can not accept cash.



    Description: Moderate Snowshoe
    Difficulty Rating (clickable): D4
    Distance: 6 km

    Elevation gain: 500  M

    Ridge height: 2100 M

    Time: 3-5 hrs on trail only an estimate. Time will depend a lot on trail conditions. May have lots of trail breaking. Plus driving time.

    This is an moderate snowshoe.  D4 An average level of fitness is required but our pace is moderate-slow. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately.

    Driving and Directions:
    We will meet in the parking lot at McMahon Stadium at 8:00 am
    From the intersection of highway #1 and highway #40 turn left and head south on highway #40. Proceed for 50 km.Turn right onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail then right again after 2.2 km onto the gravel Smith-Dorrien/ spray Trail (Hwy. 742) Travel north for only 3.1 km. We park on the side of the road.

    Weather forecast: unknown
    Trail conditions: unknown

    Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).

    CORA trips start at the trailhead. As a convenience to participants only, we meet at the meeting point in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. We don't want to have to wait around long. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time. Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.


    Please dress for the weather: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON (link: cotton kills)!

    Mandatory - sense of humour, lunch, 2 litres of water, layers, sturdy warm boots and SNOWSHOE'S.

    Recommended - camera, gaiters, hiking poles.

    Advice from REI for beginner snowshoers: click here

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  • Pavneet

    My calves are really sore from today. I really wanted to get out to the mountains, but I think the cold won't help my calves. So sorry!

    March 1, 2014

    • Pavneet

      Plus I've to go pick up a friend in the morning now from the airport who missed his connecting flight from Vancouver tonight

      March 1, 2014

  • Lisa

    I'm dying to get out snowshoeing but the extreme cold is not my idea of fun, and I'm concerned that I don't have the appropriate gear for these temperatures. Sorry for canceling.

    March 1, 2014

  • Darcy K.

    I have to do more thinking on this one. It's very cold out there. For safety reasons I might cancel. If someone gets hurt it wont take long to get hypothermia.

    March 1, 2014

  • Pavneet

    Is the parking lot the one besides crowchild trail?

    March 1, 2014

    • Pavneet

      Or will someone be passing by Kensington and can pick me up?

      March 1, 2014

  • Darcy K.

    Hello everyone, It's looking cold for Sunday. As of now I still plan on going. Everyone bring lots of warm layers and hand and toe warmers. I will let everyone know Saturday evening if I decide to cancel.

    1 · February 28, 2014

    • Maya

      Kidding but please don't cancel it, dressing properly will work, last weekend was fine and it was -23

      February 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hahaha good one Maya, no possible bailing out for me lol ;-)

      1 · February 28, 2014

  • Lisa

    I've never really dealt with ridges before, certainly not on snowshoes... can you give me a better idea what to expect? Not a scrambler or big risk taking person but as long as it's safe and not overly technical I should be fine. Thanks.

    February 27, 2014

    • Darcy K.

      Hi Lisa, most of this trip is going up hill in the tree's. Not much risk, but it is a workout. The final section of Ridge is not that long or scary. Its not a narrow ridge. This is not a scramble, just a steep snowshoe. Staying warm, might be the biggest problem on the ridge.

      February 28, 2014

  • Kayley E.

    It is gonna be a cold one guys (-23 is the high) Make sure to bring extra layers and some heavy down jackets...brrrr

    February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't bail this time, sorry for last Sunday

    February 26, 2014


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