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D6 - outlier above Ptarmigan Cirque


This is a moderate scramble. Some past experience in scrambling is required.

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. You cancel in less than 48 hours without a “really juicy story” (involving flying monkeys or UFO abduction) at your peril; I may not take you on my future trips. This is not a dating service; either you’re committed or you’re not. Be courteous to those waiting to attend. If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a "no show".

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

Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly.

Participation: 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. Hey! It’s my trip.

My cell phone is 869-6550. I drive a Silver Rav4 (but I’m not a soccer mom).

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. Please read the document and fill in your personal details, but do not sign it. Your organizer will be your witness. Yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting in February 2013. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.

Day Hike Difficulty Rating (clickable): D6. The difficulty scale is more logarithmic than linear.
Roundtrip Time: 5 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)
Height gain: approx. 900m (Calgary Tower is 191m high)

This is a moderate scramble. It involves full hands on. An average level of fitness is required but our pace is moderate-slow. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. I don’t want to “Waste My Time in the Canadian Rockies.”

Bushwhacking and Off-trail: With many of my trips there is a good likelihood of bushwhacking and off-trail and that naturally means some route-finding. I tend to get off the beaten track and try to avoid “tourist” routes. If you want the tourist route, you’re on the wrong trip. You are warned. Don’t be surprised.

Dogs: No.

Driving and Directions:
To get there we'll meet in the parking lot at Dalhousie Stn. From Hwy 1 westbound to Hwy 40. Hwy 40 south to Highwood Pass.

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.

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON!
Mandatory – ROCK HELMET, poles, sense of humour, lunch, at least 2 litres of water, layers, sturdy boots (unless you’re going shopping, runners or sandals are never appropriate footwear)
Recommended - camera, gaiters, microspikes, ice axe.

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  • Doug P

    Again, no pizza delivery at summit...very disappointed!

    July 13, 2014

    • Doug P

      No, but found good rock serving plates for either cake or pizza next time.

      July 14, 2014

    • Craig D

      Carla you slacker, you shoulda been out there with us!

      1 · July 14, 2014

  • Nathan

    Great pics Doug, thanks for uploading.

    1 · July 14, 2014

    • Doug P

      Thanks for driving, Nathan. Enjoyed scrambling with you!

      July 14, 2014

  • Doug P

    The Ptalus on the Pterrain was not good for viewing Ptarmigans.

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another Great Day with Great People !

    July 13, 2014

  • Doug P

    How high will we get?

    July 4, 2014

    • Tess

      Higher than planes!

      3 · July 13, 2014

  • Alfieri N.

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it today. Have fun without me. Cheers,

    July 13, 2014

  • Raegan

    No info?

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Craig D

    Hey, I am just curious on some of the details of this hike. Where is the hike located? What is some required equipment?

    July 12, 2014

  • Mihaela

    Rob Can I please bring one more friend :)?

    July 10, 2014

  • Mike

    so Ptarmigan Cirque is a walk in the park and then we head up and do some scrambling? Short day is it?

    July 5, 2014

  • Darcy K.

    This is one of my favorite little scrambles. Lots of hands on going up and an easy route going down. Great for when a lighting storm comes through.

    July 3, 2014

  • Amie

    I didn't see any information about this hike posted, is it a long one? What keel difficulty?

    1 · July 3, 2014

8 went

  • Rob
    Organizer 2016, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Shaun M.
    member 2015
  • Craig D
    guest x 1 (used)
  • Tess
    Member 2016
  • Nathan
    Member 2014
  • Doug P
    Member 2015
  • Luz
    member 2015
  • A former member

Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

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  • Cash or check - “Payment must be made before attending your first trip of the year with CORA. Your Membership will be valid until the next AGM.

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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