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D6: Northover Ridge Backpacking Trip | Group II


Northover Ridge Backpacking Trip | Group II

October 6-8, 2012

Distance: 40+ km

Elevation gain: 1000+ metres

Trail Conditions: Unknown

Weather Conditions: 4 seasons (Rain, Sun, Wind, Snow, Ice...)

Pace: Slow-Moderate

Skill Level: Read the descriptions below

Safety: Read the descriptions below

Location: K-Country and BC

Northover Ridge is literally an epic adventure! It takes you deep into the heart of wilderness in the southern Rockies. In this trip, we will make a long ridge walk, scramble, see plethora of wildlife, traverse an enormous glacier, and camp in one of the most pristine and picturesque places in the Canadian Rockies.

Mandatory Gear (Tentatively)

Below are some of the gears you will need to have on this trip. We will discuss these more in detail in the pre-trip meeting below:

But for now, keep these below in your list:

- Tents and tarps (We will pair people up); sleeping bag, therma-rest -- everything you need for your shack! (4 season tents and s-bags are recommended).

- Backpack 60-80 litres

- Backpacking or Mountaineering Boots

- Warm, waterproof, and breathable clothing

- Three breakfasts, lunchs, dinners.

- Snacks (granola, energy bars, dried fruits and nuts, etc...)

- Head lamp

- First Aid Kit (should include aspirin and/or ibuprofen).

- Bear Spray

- Hiking Poles

- Icers/Microspikes or Crampons, Mountaineering Axe

- Stoves (at least three)

- Pots and cutlery

- Ignition device

- Moleskin

- Blister kit

- Food sack

- Shovels (at least two)

- Sunscreen

- Sunglasses

- Nalgene bottles (primarily for hypothermia prevention).

- Alpine socks (at least 3 pairs recommended. You'll keep one always in your tent).

- Water filter

Skill Level and Safety (Please read carefully)

Unfortunately, there is no RSVP list associated with this trip. YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN UP TO THE WAITING LIST. Because,

(1) This is 3 nights-4 days backpacking trip. It means you must be in prime shape, both physically and psychologically. If you have fear of heights, exposure, wildlife, walking on slippery snow, and sleeping with thousands of voices around, you won't be able to enjoy this trip.

(2) You must have had sufficient hiking and scrambling experience. A similar backpacking trip experience will be a plus. The trail will get quite demanding over 3 days while you carry a big hump on your shoulders. Please gauge your abilities appropriately before signing up. If you get sick, hypothermia or hurt deep in the wilderness, help will not come quickly or easily. As such, the event organizers could only give first aid, but cannot heal a broken leg.

(3) The weather conditions may range from 'great' to 'awful.' Backpacking in October, you need to be ready to tackle with difficult conditions. Be prepared as though you are going to a winter camping! This also means that mountaineering/backpacking boots, icers, and mountaineering axes are highly recommended.

(4) Wildlife encounters are highly possible. This involves bears, cougars, porcupines, coyotes, wolves...


More will be explained in the pre-trip meeting.

Trip Waiver and Conditions

You must sign a trip waiver to attend to this event even if you are a paid member. Here is the waiver you are expected to sign:

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.

# Please contact event hosts or leave a message on the board should you have any questions.

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  • Carol

    So hard! But so worth it.

    October 9, 2012

  • Paul K

    Beyond awesome! Every possible weather, every imaginable sort of scenery, and utter solitude. If I didn't hurt so much I'd want to do it again tomorrow!

    October 9, 2012

  • U. P.

    Undoubtedly the ultimate backpacking in the Rockies! 4 seasons over 3 days deep in the mountains including all kinds of tricks, following Grizzly tracks, stuffing ourselves like a Thanksgiving turkey, and then waking up to winter wonderland!

    October 8, 2012

  • Dave M.

    3 days, 4 seasons, no cell phone, no people! Awesome!!!

    October 8, 2012

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  • U. P.
    Member, 2015,
    Event Host
  • Paul K
    Event Host
  • Dave M.
    Organizer, Member 2015,
    Event Host
  • Carol
    Member 2013

Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

  • PayPal
  • 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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