Moderate Snow Hike Mt Hoffmann D3 Sun Nov 10 9:00 a.m.

Description: Mt Hoffman is a short, unofficial trail in the Foothills 8 km return and 450 m elevation gain. I haven't done it. It's mostly on old road, but there may be rough, off-trail segments, bushwhacking, and route-finding. Maximum elevation 2018 m. Rated D3. Spikes, gaiters, poles highly recommended. Expect WINTER - temperatures below zero, and wind chill below that. Expect up to knee deep snow and ice. If you feel like hauling snowshoes, feel free.

No meetup fees. Gas money for drivers. 

A strong level of fitness is required. About 4-5 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 even if you are on the waiting list so you don't take a spot from someone else. 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, closer to the car dealership, 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 south a few minutes to Hwy 22x Marquis of Lorne Trail. Travel west 15 min to Hwy 22. Go south 20 min to Turner Valley. Turn right at the 4 way stop. Travel 35 km to Indian Oils trailhead. Total one way driving time ~ 1 h. Be sure to get an idea of where you're going if you're thinking of driving. 

Weather: Forecast for Turner Valley as of Nov 5 high around -6, low -10. Chance of flurries. Brrr. Usually cooler, windier, and subject to change quickly, at higher elevations. Be prepared for any conditions - cold, hot, snow, rain, hail, sun, wind. :-) Okay, probably not hot. Trail conditions: Plenty of snow/ice. Spikes, gaiters and poles highly recommended. 

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, unflattering 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 $40. 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: Winter boots, spikes, gaiters, warm, winter-grade water/windproof layers. 

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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  • Nitin

    Did anyone take a picture of the animal tracks? I checked my guide and it might have been a lynx, but just going on memory is tough.

    November 11, 2013

  • Nitin

    Thanks everyone. Great day. Fantastic views. Fine weather. 3.5 hours; 345 m net elevation gain; a bit under 6 km; after our trip down to the river to find that the bridge is gone, we went along Indian Oils trail and then a little bit of off-trail and routefinding adventure up a hill to a rocky viewpoint; packed snow trail; no more than 30 cm drifts off trail; temps -8 to -3; hardly a breeze; clouds lifted to give us panoramic views: Bluerock, Burns, Shung La She, Junction; lots of animal tracks; a bighorn sheep on the road; and pie at the Chuckwagon Cafe.

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Pascale

      I am so sad I missed it. Migraine is gone now tough. Next time.

      November 11, 2013

  • Pascale

    Nitin - Sorry. My headache is still around. I won't be joining you. I'll call you too tobmake sure you've got this message.

    November 10, 2013

    • Nitin

      Thanks, received. Hope you feel better

      November 10, 2013

    • Pascale

      I am so disappointed if not going. Have a great day.

      November 10, 2013

  • Deb

    Sorry I have to cancel. A key piece of gear for a cold day died.

    November 9, 2013

  • Pascale

    If my migraine is gone by tomorrow morning, I will still be going and can take up to 3 people with gear in my vehicle.

    November 9, 2013

  • chris

    Hi Nitin

    Raphael and I would love to join you and your group on this. The 2 of us will need a ride.

    November 6, 2013

    • Nitin

      sounds good. snow shoes should do but have a way to carry them if needed

      November 6, 2013

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