Wind Ridge D4/5 winter hike scramble

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.


Rules of Conduct (click able): 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 "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 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day. Love the people and the beautiful sun.

    November 12, 2012

  • Francisco

    Great views on a sunny cold day!. Thanks for organizing Darcy& Nicole

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good. Less snow than expected which wasn't a bad thing in my books.

    Long, gradual hikes aren't my thing, but it is what it is! I like the ones that start at the base of the mountain :)

    November 11, 2012

  • JR

    Thanks for the last minute notice. I arrived at the parking area only to discover no one was there this morning. Waited 10 minutes and then headed out to do the Saturday hike that was planned for Saturday. Turned out to be a gorgeous day with sunshine all round and ended up doing the summit with a wonderful couple from Saskatchewan who were visiting for the holidays. Anyways, I can confirm that there is very little snow on the trail (about 1 cm or less). I won't be attending for obvious reasons. Enjoy!!

    November 10, 2012

  • Cathrine M, A.

    Oh too bad. I have a commitment to wear my medals at a Remembrance day ceremony in town. Will have to bow out. have a great day guys!

    November 10, 2012

  • Timur A

    I was also trying to stick to Sundays in Calgary :( Oh, weather gods

    November 9, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    Sorry Catherine, I just changed to Sunday. The weather is going to be better and the roads will have cleared up a bit by then.

    November 9, 2012

  • Cathrine M, A.

    Dying to use my new snowshoes!

    November 9, 2012

  • Cathrine M, A.

    Less than 1 cm forecast for Kananaskis and Canmore. Flurries overnight with a low of -20 I hope you don't cancel! I'm going to the Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday

    November 9, 2012

  • Dave A.

    OK looks like the trip will be cancelled or rescheduled due to road conditions, and I won't be able to attend Sunday due to other commitments, so I've updated my RSVP as not attending. Will try next time, and have a great trip!

    November 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This Darcy I am moving the trip till Sunday I will change later.

    November 9, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    Me and Nicole will have to discus the road conditions, may change the date to Sunday. Or cancel will post late tonight. Sorry.

    November 9, 2012

  • Dave A.

    I don't have snowshoes, nor will I have a chance to go grab some btwn now and then. Will this be an issue?

    November 9, 2012

  • Timur A

    Thanks for the snowshoe comment. I will bring mine

    November 9, 2012

  • Darcy K.

    We may want to bring snowshoe's. I just finished finding all my cold weather gear, almost all of it is coming with me, Saturday.
    I guess, I have to put my winter tire on.

    November 8, 2012

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