PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE SIGNING UP.
THIS IS NOT A GUIDED TOUR.
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).
(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.
- 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.
- 2.5 litres of water (minimum).
- Lunch and snacks
- Sense of Wonder
- Bear Spray
- Hiking Poles
- Extra pair of clothes as you might want to change in the parking space after the trip.
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!