Mt Tyrwhitt Difficult Hike D5/S2 Sun Sep 29 9:00 a.m.

  • September 29, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Description: This trip may involve off-trail, route-finding, bushwhacking, scrambling, use of hands, ROCKFALL, fall exposure. I have not done it. You need to be a confident hiker and not afraid of heights. An alternative if there is a group who are not keen on Mt Tyrwhitt is going east up to Grizzly Ridge.

Total distance ~8 km. Max elevation 2874 m. Gross elevation gain: 650 m. Rated D5 / S2 (for Moderate Scramble). Helmet MANDATORY. Spikes highly recommended in case of snow. Should be amazing views. Starting at Highwood Pass parking lot we will head to Grizzly Col then west to the summit of Mt Tyrwhitt. 

This trip is weather dependent - both for trail conditions and to be able to have views when we reach the summit. If conditions are bad we will find another alternative.

No meetup fees. Gas money for drivers.

A strong level of fitness is required. About 5-6 hours on the trail including lunch and lazing and photos and play and general slow-poking around depending on conditions and contingencies. Our pace is slow.

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. 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 west end of the Dalhousie C-Train station parking lot, BEHIND (east of) the Chapters, where you'll need to sign a waiver. We usually sort out the car pooling at the parking lot, but feel free to contact someone who has offered to drive, to save a spot.

Indicate in your RSVP comments if you can drive or need a ride - we will sort out the carpool when we gather but I try to make sure there will be enough drivers. Feel free to contact someone who has offered to drive, to save a spot.

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. Also please note my cell number to be able to inform us of delays etc. Note that cell service is sketchy in the mtns.

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

Directions: Drive ~45 min west to Hwy 40 Kananaskis Trail, travel south 67 km to Highwood Pass parking lot.

Total one way driving time ~1.75 h. Be sure to get an idea of where you're going if you're thinking of driving.

Weather: Forecast for Kananaskis as of  Sep 26, high of 13 and chance of showers. Usually cooler, and subject to change quickly, higher in the mountains. Be prepared for any conditions - cold, hot, snow, rain, hail, sun, wind. :-)

Trail conditions: Could be anything - might find it has snowed. I will be likely bring my spikes just in case.

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 $50. Be prepared to spend up to 50% of the max expense in the event you are in a vehicle of only 2 people. Park entrance fees NA: $20/vehicle or bring a pass.

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

Equipment for this trip: Boots, warm water/windproof layers, spikes, poles, helmet, gaiters, headlamp, toque, water proof gloves.

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

General equipment list: 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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  • Melissa

    Definitely a fun snowy adventure! Thanks all for your excellent company and Nitin for organizing : )

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great introduction to what it's like hiking in rather harsh weather. Had fun nevertheless. More so because of the company of awesome hikers with an attitude of let's hike and have fun no matter what. Thanks to nitin for leading and organizing this. Appreciate it much.

    September 29, 2013

  • Miriam R

    My first winter hike! It was amazing views, past through larches, snow covered scree and knee deep snow. Too bad we can't attempt Trywhitt due to the strong winds ... but another day. I am happy we did reach Grizzly Col despite adverse weather conditions. Thanks to Nitin for leading (and breaking the trails!) and to my fellow hikers who were unfazed with the biting wind

    September 29, 2013

  • Nitin

    Fantastic! 5.5 hours. About two hours hiking time to the col. Total 8.4 km. Temps 0 to 8 C. Windy up to 50+ kph. Wind chills down to <-15. Too windy to continue past the col. Mostly cloudy, but clouds lifted and sun shone enough to provide some great views. 420 m net elevation gain to the col. Gross elevation gain according to my gps 585m. Larches turned! Confusing fork early on - path leading down to gully or up through trees. Go up. After the junction to grizzly col look for trail going higher up the scree (couldn't see in the snow). Falling snow, blowing snow. Lots of 50-60 cm drifts.

    September 29, 2013

  • Nitin

    Fantastic! 5.5 hours. About two hours hiking time to the col. Total 8.4 km. Temps 0 to 8 C. Windy up to 50+ kph. Wind chills down to <-15. Too windy to continue past the col. Mostly cloudy, but clouds lifted and sun shone enough to provide some great views. 420 m net elevation gain to the col. Gross elevation gain according to my gps 585m. Larches turned! Confusing fork early on - path leading down to gully or up through trees. Go up. After the junction to grizzly col look for trail going higher up the scree (couldn't see in the snow). Falling snow, blowing snow. Lots of 50-60 cm drifts.

    September 29, 2013

  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) P.

    Heh guys my heart wants to go so bad....but my body is saying "wait for a medium hike" I almost busted by foot in a car accident several months ago and my foot is still not 100 % so I guess I should be on the cautious side. Heh, if the next hike is easy to medium I promise to bring my home made double chocolate cookies! safe hiking everyone.....see ya next time for sure.

    September 28, 2013

  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) P.

    heh, if I get off the waiting list, does anyone have an extra helmut for me? I will bring chocolate cookies for ya!

    September 28, 2013

    • Nitin

      yes leila is leaving her helmet with me...but first you need a spot :-)

      September 28, 2013

  • Paul C.

    Is it possible to add more people to the hike than 12?

    September 24, 2013

  • Paul C.

    Boy, sure hope there is opportunity here. It's been 3years I've been a member and never gone out. This will likely be my last hike of the season. I have a truck that seats 6 and am able to drive 5 people with gear. There is a canopy on my truck.

    September 24, 2013

  • Shelley

    I don't scramble.

    September 24, 2013

  • Shelley

    Would like to go hiking this weekend but will determine on length and elvation gain of hike you chose. When will you post details of the hike?

    September 23, 2013

  • Trudy C.

    sorry family coming into town so need c
    cancel out of hike.

    September 22, 2013

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