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D1 Hike: Moonrise in Horseshoe Canyon (Drumheller)

  • Aug 10, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Let's watch the slightly-closer-than-usual full moon rise over prairie badlands.  Moonrise is at 9pm, but we'll get there about 7:15 and spend some time exploring the canyon (it's a maze of unofficial trails). Then we'll make our way back to the west side of the canyon and find a good spot to watch the "supermoon" rise.

Beginners welcome. Remember "hiking" means uneven footing and clambering up and over things. HEADLAMP/FLASHLIGHT required.

Maximum group size of 10

I update RSVPs in the evenings. PLEASE READ below for more RSVP info so that I don't have to re-type it three times in the comments...

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 (blue "Pay online" button in left column. For drop-in, change the "Amount" field to $5). CORA rules mandate that I keep folks on the waiting list until they've paid their fee. Post a comment saying that you've paid to let me know. If you have concerns about your ability to do the trip, ask me before you pay.

For planning and safety reasons, I like to know who's coming and your general level of experience, so no guests/+1s. Everybody signs up individually. Please answer all questions during the RSVP process. (Note: questions may not show up on a smart phone)

Difficulty Rating: Hike 1 (click here for Difficulty Ratings PDF - page 2)

Elevation gain: Canyon depth is 60m, we'll do a bit of up-and-down

Distance: 6km? Depends how far we explore and how often we stop for photos

Estimated return: We will likely have exhausted the excitement of the rising moon and fumbled our way out by 9:30-9:45. Return driving time to Country Hills is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Dogs: OK if you are driving your dog and the dog is leashed. NOTE: expect cacti and burrs. Please pack out poop.

Even though a ridge of high pressure has set in that is supposed to keep the crazy thunderstorms away for a while, come prepared for all weather. We might get a bit of drizzle, and it could cool off significantly after sunset.

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 she has the final say in matters of safety.

CORA also has Rules of Conduct (click) which you agree to by joining.

I'm a volunteer sharing my experience, not a guide! Research the area (there is no particular trail) to get an idea of what it looks like. I've been to this spot before but the canyon is a maze so there may be a bit of route-finding.

Required Equipment:

* HEADLAMP or FLASHLIGHT (absolutely mandatory)

* Hiking boots

* Shell jacket

* Warm hat and gloves

* Sunscreen

* Water

* Food

Recommended Equipment:

* First aid kit

* Hiking poles

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 me ahead of time.

Driving and Directions: North out of Calgary on Hwy 2, west on Hwy 566, north and then west on Hwy 9. Horseshoe Canyon is on the north side of the highway and is well signed from the highway.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A DRIVING MAP.

If you have questions, email me by clicking on my name and clicking the email link in my profile. Note that my cell is for emergency and day-of meeting purposes only, so that's not the best way to contact me until just before the trip.

 

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  • Ange

    What a fun little excursion! Minus the nasty mosquitoes that is.

    August 11, 2014

  • BINGBING

    wonderful pics!! Very cute. ;)

    August 11, 2014

  • Maija

    Thanks for a wonderful evening, everybody!

    August 11, 2014

  • BINGBING

    I'm with maijia, the we were suppose to pick up the car at the spot, and it's missing. We r getting another one, will be late for 15 mins. Sorry for the inconvenient

    August 10, 2014

  • Maija

    Hi folks, I've sent messages via email to folks, but at least one person hasn't been getting them. Let me know if you haven't been getting them, thanks. One message is to let you know that the cell phone number posted above *was* incorrect. It has been corrected. The other message is regarding carpooling. If you are taking transit, message me with your location in the city. I am leaving from downtown, maybe I can pick you up there or along the way to save you some time on the bus.

    August 10, 2014

    • Maija

      I'm now on my way to pick up the car. Text me if you need to get a message to me.

      August 10, 2014

  • Maija

    I've closed RSVPs because I've got a full car. Send me a message if you've got a car and want to go, but only before 3PM. I will not add anyone after that.

    August 10, 2014

  • Julia

    Does anyone have space in their car? I'm fine with sharing backseat with a dog, I'll pay gas and bring cookies:)

    August 9, 2014

    • Julia

      Hurray. Final Question: peanut butter-oatmeal or chocolate chip?

      August 9, 2014

    • Maija

      Hi Julia, I missed this, sorry! I'm afraid I'm allergic to peanuts, but don't worry about me if you've already made them. You just won't be able to eat them in the car. But thank you for making them!

      August 10, 2014

  • Patricia

    Sorry everyone - I was in a fun run Sat night & rolled my ankle. Ice is not correcting like I hoped. Have a great time

    August 10, 2014

    • Maija

      Oh no! I hope it mends quickly.

      August 10, 2014

  • BINGBING

    same thing here, wanna to carpool, will share gas

    August 9, 2014

  • Julia

    Hello, I just figured out how to pay the fees- I did the annual- I'm new to Calgary, I used to go hiking almost everyday in Ontario. Hoping to see what Calgary has to offer. I'm hoping to get confirmed up so I can carpool with someone (very happy to pay majority of gas).

    August 9, 2014

  • BINGBING

    Hi maija, I've paid the drop in fees, please confirm the details. Thank you!

    August 9, 2014

  • Patricia

    Hi Maija - I have paid my membership on line. I may have a friend in tow....as well as my dog. Have a great day!

    August 9, 2014

    • Maija

      Hi Trish, That's fine as long as your friend is signed up and paid before the trip. See you tomorrow!

      August 9, 2014

4 went

  • Maija
    Member 2016, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Julia
    Guest $5 x1 (used)
  • BINGBING
    guest $5 x1
  • Ange
    Member 2014

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