Powderface Zombie Stomp

  • October 28, 2012 · 8:30 AM
  • McMahon Stadium

Description: Day Hike

Distance: 16 - 18 kms return
Roundtrip Time: 6 hours est + 2 hrs driving.
Height gain:

The end of October, especially the evening of October 31st, is prime time for Zombies. This ridgewalk should give us ample opportunity to spot any impending assaults and take evasive action.  The ridge itself is broad and grassy, with good views of Banded Peak, Moose Mountain and Nihahi Ridge and some other spectacular peaks. We'll hit the ridge, go along it until we reach the end or it is time to turn around.  We will return the way we came.

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RSVP:
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, Be courteous to those waiting to attend. 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.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event.

Level:
This is a moderate hike. An average level of fitness is required because our pace will be steady. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. I haven't been there before so will rely on maps and various guide books. If we have to make decisions about our route we will do this collectively.

Driving and Directions:

We will meet in the parking lot at McMahon Stadium. From there we will make our way, in car pools, to Bragg Creek. Leaving Bragg Creek we will travel south on the Cowboy Trail until it connects with Hwy. 66. We will follow Route 66 for 19 km (more or less) and then turn on to the road to the trailhead, approximately 4 km from the main road.

Weather forecast: unknown
Trail conditions: unknown, but there will be snow.

Costs:
Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).

Transport:
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 - sense of humour, lunch, 2-3+ litres of water (preferably not water bladders, they freeze), layers, sturdy warm boots. It is winter, so toques, mitts, long underwear and other appropriate cold weather gear is necessary. A thermos of hot water (for soup, hot chocolate or tea) is a nice thing to have.
Recommended - zombie stompers (aka snowshoes) or icers/microspikes, camera, gaiters, hiking poles, bear spray, a personal first aid kit.

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  • sidney w.

    Three is a company. This hike can be done by a family and their dog. D0 rating. Yet a fit hiker can get a good workout. We approached from the south trail head. The trail was covered by snow, winter wonderland style. Yet Microspikes were not needed. A strong Chinook brought the blue sky. The panoramic views were spectacular stretching as far as Calgary Downtown. We bush-wacked the ridge till we turned Zombies.

    October 28, 2012

  • Deirdre

    Had a blast! Luckily we escaped the Zombie invasion and had fun trail finding and bushwacking too! Thanks Bruce for organizing and thanks guys for getting me back to the city on time.

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i must have missed you for 5 minutes... train was late. I had no way to let you know.
    my apologies if that caused any inconvenient.
    i hope you guys are having a fun day.

    October 28, 2012

    • Bruce P.

      Sorry, Rocio. I would have waited. I don't have a cell phone though. :(

      October 28, 2012

  • Anna

    Hey, I wasn't able to rent the icers, they didn't have any:( I should have bought them. I didn't. Sorry, I can't join you tomorrow...:(:(:(:(

    October 27, 2012

    • Bruce P.

      That's your choice, I guess. You might be able to get away without them. I might also have a second, somewhat abused pair.

      October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, as of yesterday:
    With between 10 and 15 centimeters of snow over the past week, trails are nicely covered though likely not yet
    deep enough for skiing or snowshoeing. Trails are icy underneath this snow. Snow depth increases with elevation.
    http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports.aspx

    so, if the coordinator/group is nice and patient i won't rent snowshoes but just bring my icers from lee valley, which are awesome in icy/low snow trails.
    https://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=40911&cat=2,51676&ap=1

    thanks and looking forward!

    October 27, 2012

  • Deirdre

    MEC is out of microspikes! I've heard that Campers Village tends to have stock longer and I may have to try there tomorrow.

    October 26, 2012

  • Bruce P.

    We'll arrange drivers at McMahon. It looks like we have enough drivers. Don't bother renting snowshoes, but you may want to buy microspikes at MEC or elsewhere. They are probably around $25-$30 and will be useful if you do any winter hikes.

    October 26, 2012

  • Anna

    Please, let me know for sure as I need to rent either. Is there anyone who could give me a lift too, please? I don't drive. [masked]

    October 26, 2012

  • Bruce P.

    We can probably get away with microspikes. I don't think there is a lot of snow out there yet.

    October 25, 2012

  • Anna

    just to make sure....are we going to be snow shoeing? Do we need them? Please let me know. Or is it better to have the icers or microspikes?

    October 25, 2012

3 went

  • Bruce P.
    Organizer, Member 2015, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • sidney w.
    MEMBER 2015
  • Deirdre
    VP Membership, Member 2015, Co-Organizer
  • A former member

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