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D5: Cory and Edith Passes



This is the 2nd part of a two day trip!!

The meetup will start in front of Banff National Park Info Centre

(There are restrooms and coffee shops around).

Preference will be given to those who sign up for the both days!

Cory and Edith Passes

Distance: 15.4 km (roundtrip)

Elevation gain: 640 m

Time: 6 hours

(Don't make plans that depend on it. It's the mountains!)

Difficulty: Strenuous Hike

Skill level: For fit hikers

(Not recommended for beginners).

Pace: Moderate

(If you're looking for an Olympic decathlon, you're in the wrong trip).

Safety: Bear and cougar encounters

Trail Conditions: Snowy

Weather Conditions: Partially Cloudy

Location: Banff National Park (Bring parking pass!!)

This is the second leg of a two day trip in the Banff/Mt Norquay area.

Day 1: Cascade Amphitheatre: We are planning on having breakfast at The Husky House in Dead Man's Flat. After breakfast, we'll head up to Mt Norquay are and do a short day hike. The weather and trail conditions are currently unknown but we are expecting a good weekend. Below is the link to the first trip:

Day 2: Cory and Edith Passes:

This 15 km loop trail is well worth the strenuous workout up 915m to the Cory Pass, around behind Mt. Edith, past Mt. Louis and through the Edith Pass on the way back to the trailhead.

From the Fireside Picnic area follow the trail 1 km to the Cory pass junction. You will then climb most of the 915 m over 4.5 km, eventually climbing well above the tree line. There are several points to stop to catch your breath and take photos on the way up. There is a tricky spot where the trail becomes indistinct on a sharp knoll on the ridge just before you come out of the trees. Watch the trail markers carefully.

Once through the Cory pass you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths until you regain the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. Descend along the drainage through the forest between Mt. Norquay and Mt. Edith until you loop past the Cory Pass junction again and then to the Trailhead

Preference will be given to those who sign up for the both days! Those who wish to do both days should indicate whether or not they wish to stay in Banff overnight (e.g. hotel, camping... TBA)

We'll need drivers. Please indicate in your RSVP comments whether or not you can drive if necessary and how many you can bring in. The current RSVP is limited to 8.

Mandatory Gear

- Sturdy hiking boots -- no runners, casual, approach style shoes or such (We ain't going up for a tap dance).

- Breathable and warm clothing (Windproof, Polartec or Gortex jackets are recommended. Bring your winter clothes! Mountain weather is quite unpredictable, so be prepared for that).

-- No cottons! It is one of the biggest no-go's of all kinds of outdoor activities. If you get wet wearing cotton and the weather is windy, even in 15 C, you might end up getting hypothermia and it has dire consequences.

- Icers/Microspikes

- Headlamp

- 2.5 litres of water (minimum).

- Lunch and snacks

- Sunglasses

- Sense of Wonder


- Camera

- Gaiters

- Hat/Cap

- Sunscreen

- Bear Spray

- Hiking Poles

- Extra pair of clothes as you might want to change in the parking space after the trip.

Event Participation

This trip will start from the Banff National Park Info Centre, in the town of Banff. If you are not staying in Banff overnight, please make your own arrangements to get there. The event host(s) hold the right to remove you from the trip or add you into the trip from the waiting list depending on transportation readiness, previous hiking experience, and commitment to the CORA events. Don't be surprised, and then go on flaming the event host(s) if you are moved to the 'waiting list' or 'not attending' list. This is nothing personal.

Please be on time in the meetup place, as we won't be waiting for you more than 15 minutes.

If you become unable to attend or change your mind after saying "YES" in the RSVP, please let the organizers know about this 48 hours before the event. If you cancel your RSVP without a 'really juicy story' (involving UFO abductions, bear kidnapping, Metallica concert), I may not take you on my future trips. This is not a dating service; either you are committed or you are not. Be courteous to those waiting to attend. If you don't let me know, I'll record you as 'no show.'

This is a difficult hike. You will get good challenge in it. The hike itself is very long and scenic. Nonetheless, gauge your abilities appropriately before signing up to this trip. The organizers are not here to babysit you. I'll send you to the parking lot if you come unprepared :)


Not this time.

Directions and Transportation

For drivers: (Unless you aren't staying with us at Banff overnight) From Calgary, take Hwy 1 and drive to the town of Banff, then stop by the Banff National Park Info Centre on Banff Avenue. (This area is in Banff National Park, so bring park passes!!).


Members are free. Non-members fee is $5.

If you want to become a member of CORA, the annual fee is $20.

If you are not driving, please contribute some gas $$ money for drivers ($10 give or take).

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.

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See you there!

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  • Cathrine M

    Amazing day! Light rain but it didn't spoil the views and the company was great! So good to see all of you!

    October 14, 2012

  • Ugur

    I loved this trip. It's a joy doing it when there's snow all over the peaks. Welcome Winter!

    October 14, 2012

  • Dave M.

    Thanks guys! Great day, I'll get back to that one again!

    October 14, 2012

  • Ugur

    For those in the waiting list, if u can arrange a carpool, please join us tomorrow. We have no access to RSVP tools to add you, so you can just show up in Banff.

    October 13, 2012

  • Jason L.

    For the people that are back in Calgary on Sunday, let me know if you want to car pool to Banff.

    October 12, 2012

    • Carol

      Hey, I'm panning for a lift. I can meet you at Dalhousie or in the SE tomorrow morning, let me know.

      October 12, 2012

  • Dave M.

    I'll be staying in Banff Saturday night. Location is secret = don't wan't hot tub crashers :-) But, sometimes I talk too much when well fed...
    See you all for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast again. It's almost like a backpacking weekend! Who's carrying the stove?

    October 12, 2012

    • Cathrine M

      Hi Carol, you need to call them as soon as you can, because there is a race event going on there this weekend and it will be busy. Best to phone them. They have a 1-8xx number on their website.

      October 11, 2012

    • Carol

      Thanks Catherine, all booked. See you tomorrow.

      October 12, 2012

  • Ugur

    Cascade is called off. We are now doing Cascade Amphitheatre on Saturday (Moderate Hike) and Cory and Edith Passes on Sunday (Difficult Hike). There'd be no scrambling this weekend due to weather and trail conditions. If you plan to stay in Banff overnight to do both hikes without returning to Calgary, you'll get the priority. Please update your RSVPs accordingly.

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately my knee is still hurting from my last hike and it seems i need a little longer break. Hope u guys have fun!

    October 11, 2012

  • Ugur

    I think Cascade won't do under the current weather conditions. I am also interested in Cory, Burke, or Rundell, an easy-moderate scramble around Banff/Norquay area (with snow, scrambles will be grading up). I'd be interested in hearing other suggestions Catherine.

    October 10, 2012

    • Cathrine M

      Rundel is easy but there is the "Catwalk" and a dicy section with corn pebbles on slab that could get interesting if it is snowy or wet up there.

      October 11, 2012

  • Ugur

    Please note that we may replace Cascade with something else due to the recent snow fall; for in winter conditions, Cascade is not something to be trifled with.

    October 9, 2012

    • Cathrine M

      Cascade might be an "easy" scramble but is such a long slog out and back that it won't break my heart if we do another. What about Cory?

      October 10, 2012

    • Cathrine M

      Mt Borgeault is a safe bet. Long slog in, long slog to the top with no exposure, and log slog back!

      October 11, 2012

  • Cathrine M

    What to do on Saturday night in Banff after the Breakfast scramble?
    Hotsprings? We should maybe look at booking a restaurant - there is a race event that weekend in Banff and everything will be busy

    October 10, 2012

  • Carol L.

    I had signed up for Mt. Norquay on Saturday but won`t be able to make that .... i am working on a drill rig north of Fort Mac we have had major delays in drilling and won`t be finished til Friday which means i will be back in Calgary Friday night or early Saturday .... i am still on for Cascade on Sunday. I have an SUV with room for three and gear.

    October 8, 2012

  • Mike

    just an FYI--this is a very easy scramble (just by pass the flase summit)

    October 8, 2012

  • C. E. L.

    Ugur! This is the day the gear swap at MEC is! My consumerism is all-consuming, and that is why I will be staying in town.

    September 29, 2012

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