Difficult Hike Pasque Mtn D5/S5 Sun Jun 16 8:00 a.m.

  • June 16, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Description: This trail follows an exploration road to the ridge line. Should be good views of peaks to the west from Crowsnest to Mist. Elevation gain of about 725 m and about 15 km return. Max elevation about 2543 m. Expect dry, muddy, marshy, and snow patches, perhaps with a creek crossing for good measure. Rated D4/D5 for distance and elevation, mostly on-trail, steep sections (following the COC scale). We will decide if we want to proceed to the south summit, which involves some scrambly bits and exposure on the ridge, which would make it S5. This trip is weather permitting. Bring lots of food and water for a longer day.

No meetup fees. Gas money for drivers.

A strong level of fitness is required. About 7-8 hours on the trail including lunch and lazing and photos and play and general slow-poking around depending on conditions and contingencies.

These are not guided trips - organizers are not trained guides and do not accept any responsibility or liability. There is a waiver of liability form to sign at the carpool location. Please read the waiver in advance. It's found under the More drop-down list, Files section. You'll also find Tips and Safety, and FAQ there.

We are a group - we try to hike together, be sociable, have fun, enjoy the scenery, take pictures, bask in the sun, and our pace is usually slow. If you don't want to wait to allow the slowest members to catch up and have a breather, this meetup group is not for you.

Attendance: Please respond early - there may be a trip minimum - 3 or 4 depending on the trip. Update your response as soon as possible, especially if you've responded that you can drive. Use the waiting list responsibly - it is automatic: if you are next on the list you will automatically be added, and informed. Please cancel as soon as possible if you can't make it. After 3 no-shows you may be asked to leave the group.

Late/Cancellation: If there is a last minute update, call or text (as well as meetup update) the organizer (in this case Nitin at[masked]) as soon as you know you can't make it or are running late. We'd like to not wait, nor worry.

Transport:
We'll carpool at the north end of the Anderson C-Train station parking lot, where you'll need to sign a waiver.

Indicate in your RSVP comments if you can drive or need a ride. If you respond that you can drive, we're counting on you, so be sure to update as soon as possible if you can't make it.

Please don't leave valuables in the car at the train station or trailhead.

Directions: Drive south on Hwy 2 10 min, then on 2A 15 min through Okotoks to Hwy 7. 15 min west to Black Diamond. Left at the 4 way stop in the centre of town. 15 min south to Longview. West 40 min to Hwy 940, and about 21 km/ 20 min south to the trail head at a gated logging road on the west. Total one way driving time 2.25 hours. Be sure to get an idea of where you're going if you're thinking of driving. Includes lots of gravel road. I don't think there are outhouses at the trail head so we will have to find what we can along the way.

Weather: Forecast as of June 15 for Longview: 19, sun/cloud. Usually cooler, and subject to change quickly, in the mountains. Be prepared for any conditions - cold, hot, snow, rain, hail, sun, wind. :-)

Trail conditions: Dry, mud, patches of snow and ice, creek crossing all are fair game.

Etiquette: Radios, ipods, etc, with speakers are not welcome. Texting, cell calls, and other electronics are discouraged beyond the trailhead. Leave no trace except footprints, take nothing but pictures. Pack out all garbage including organics. Stay on the trail and watch what you step on.

Photo and Video: You should expect that you will be in pictures and short videos, and that these may be shared on the Meetup website or in other ways. Ongoing video (e.g., helmet cam) of lengthy (>1 minute) parts of the trip is NOT welcome to preserve privacy and group atmosphere. Please do share SOME highlight photos (NOT your whole collection) on the website. I reserve the right to delete duplicate, blurry, and excess photos to provide participants with a viewable album.

Costs: Gas $$ for drivers depending on # of passengers - max vehicle expense for this trip is $60. Be prepared to spend up to 50% of the max expense in the event you are in a vehicle of only 2 people. NA: Park entrance fees $20/vehicle or bring a pass.

Pets/Kids under 16: Fit kids over 12; no pets.

Equipment: Boots, gaiters, water/windproof layers, poles.

Are you prepared to survive an unexpected night in the mountains?

minimum 2 litres of water, lunch, snacks, extra snacks, 2-3 layers including tops and bottoms that are wind/waterproof (no denim/jeans), warm socks, sun hat, toque/scarf/gloves/mitts, sunscreen, spare socks, a plastic bag for muddy boots, cash, toilet paper and a ziplock bag to carry it out, patience, a sense of humour, group-mindedness, medium sized daypack preferably with padded hip strap to carry all that stuff

Optional/suggested equipment, depending on trip and terrain and conditions and season and preference: Trekking poles, road map, trail map, compass, gaiters, flashlight/head lamp, whistle, bear spray (NO bear bells), pocket knife, first aid kit, spikes/yaktrax, sunglasses, camera, kleenex, lip balm, moleskin, mosquito repellent, waterproof sit-upon (a jacket in a garbage bag works), water purifier, a change of clothes/shoes for the car, hot drink, hand/toe warmers, pack cover, etc.



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  • Miriam R

    Excellent hike with wildlife sightings along the highway. The view at the top was worth the effort. Nobody else was there until we heard human voices on the way to the trailhead. Picturesque ridges, pretty wild flowers and excellent company.

    June 17, 2013

  • Nitin

    Amazing day! Starting with a grizzly cub beside the highway near Longview, and a mystery highway crosser. Between map and description, found the trail. Slowly improving views as we gained elevation, and panoramic mountains from the top. Flowers of many colours including shooting stars and forget-me-nots, mosses, lichen, streams, bear tracks, bear scat, threatening clouds but only a bit of pellet snow (falling from the sky on the way down), snow patches on the trail which we sometimes avoided by tramping through the brush. A steep section heading straight uphill attempting to avoid snow. We spent about six hours in total, including a full hour lying in the sun at the first summit. Didn't have the inclination to carry on along the ridge. 675 m elevation gain, 9.5 km return. Topped off with sightings of a moose calf and a coyote near the highway on the return to Longview. Paula must be our good luck charm - more wildlife on her first hike in Canada than most of us see in years.

    June 16, 2013

    • Nitin

      Also, temps 10-15 C, light winds.

      June 16, 2013

  • Elizabeth Maeghan W.

    I would have absolutely loved to go on this trip! I have plans with my dad and if driving time had been down by 2 hrs I could have made this work. I just can't say no to my dad on father's day. I hope you all enjoy and I really hope I meet you soon!

    June 16, 2013

    • Nitin

      Dads are important! (From a dad)

      June 16, 2013

  • Joy L

    I hurt my leg... sorry i cannot go.

    June 14, 2013

  • Frederic A.

    Hi all and congrats for this group, it looks really interesting.
    I see that there is no more spot left, but I will stay posted for coming activities!
    Enjoy your hike.
    Cheers

    June 11, 2013

    • Nitin

      You can join the waitlist. Often people drop out.

      June 11, 2013

    • Frederic A.

      Thank you Nitin and thanks for this group.
      I will check that yes. There is already 4 persons waiting for it.
      See you soon!

      June 12, 2013

  • Joy L

    Would need a ride too

    June 5, 2013

  • Miriam R

    Hello, I need a ride please. Anybody has room for an extra passenger?

    June 5, 2013

  • Katie Lynn T.

    Will this be okay for my first hike?

    June 3, 2013

    • Nitin

      hi. if you are strong and fit and not afraid of heights... probably would recommend something easier e.g. d3

      June 4, 2013

  • Nitin

    oops it's pasque mtn. I will update the title

    June 4, 2013

  • Miriam R

    Hi Nitin,
    Which trail is this?

    June 4, 2013

  • Pearl T.

    sorry. Doubled-booked.

    May 26, 2013

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