Wind Ridge is a fairly easy trip in the summer for experienced hikers. This is not a summer trip IT WILL BE COLD AND LOTS OF FRESH SNOW ON THE GROUND. Microspikes or crampons needed. Waterproof boots and gaiters are mandatory.
Hazards: Weather, snow and cold, bears and wildlife, rock fall and possibly exposure.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION (There will be a test). I DO NOT PROVIDE GUIDED TOURS. IF YOU WANT A GUIDE YOU ARE ON THE WRONG TRIP.
Rules of Conduct (click able): http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/pages/Rules_of_Conduct/. By participating in this CORA activity, you automatically agree to follow the CORA Rules of Conduct. Please read them by clicking here.
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, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. You cancel in less than 48 hours without a “really juicy story” (involving flying monkeys or UFO abduction) at your peril; I may not take you on my future trips. This is not a dating service; either you’re committed or you’re not. Be courteous to those waiting to attend. If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/pages/Rules_of_Conduct/ "no show".
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.
Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly.
Participation: The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria. Hey! It’s my trip.
TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. I will bring the waiver to sign. Your organizer will be your witness. Yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.
Winter day hike, with one section of easy scrambling
http://files.meetup.com/1575023/Difficulty%20Ratings.pdf Difficulty Rating (clickable): D5. The difficulty scale is more logarithmic than linear.
Distance: 12 KM (round-trip)
Round-trip Time: 4.5-6 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)
Height gain: 730M (Calgary Tower is 191m high)
Elevation: 2200 M
An average level of fitness is required but our pace is moderate-slow. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. I don’t want to “Waste My Time in the Canadian Rockies.”
Bushwhacking and Off-trail: With many of my trips there is a good likelihood of bushwhacking and off-trail and that naturally means some route-finding. I tend to get off the beaten track and try to avoid “tourist” routes. If you want the tourist route, you’re on the wrong trip. You are warned. Don’t be surprised.
Dogs: Not this time.
Driving and Directions:
To get there we'll meet in the parking lot at Dalhousie station, we head West on hwy #1 till Deadmans flats interchange, follow signs for Banff Gate Mt. resort, but turning into the Pigeon Mt. parking lot.We follow a maze of trails toward Wind Ridge. There is one spot of easy scrambling.
Weather forecast: Mostly Sunny but cold, -15 c for the high
Trail conditions: unknown
Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).
CORA trips start at the trail-head. 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 trail-head, 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! Must have rain Jacket.
Mandatory – sense of humour, lunch, at least 2 litres of water, layers, sturdy waterproof boots (unless you’re going shopping, runners or sandals are never appropriate footwear) Microspikes or Crampons, Gaiters.
Recommended - camera, hiking poles, bear spray.