Description: Nihahi Ridge - to the saddle, formal trail end, only. 6-9 km total, depending on where we are able to park. Elevation gain 400 m Maximum elevation ~2000 m. Rated D2/3. Expect WINTER - temperatures 0 to -10, and wind chill below that. Snowshoes, lots of deep snow 30 cm new as of Nov 19. I will be checking weather. If highs are below -12 or it looks like high wind chills, I will cancel. No point in freezing, but so far looks like it will be warm on the weekend. We may have some random adventurous off-trailing, etc.
No meetup fees. Gas money for drivers. No park fees.
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. 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.
We'll carpool at 69 St S.W. LRT Station, SE corner of the surface Park n Ride, 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 west on Hwy 8 to Hwy 22, south on Hwy 22 through Bragg Creek to Hwy 66, 30 km west to Little Elbow Recreation Area . Total one way driving time < 1.5 h. Be sure to get an idea of where you're going if you're thinking of driving. Paved roads, but winter conditions.
Weather: Forecast high around zero for Bragg Creek as of Nov 19. Usually cooler, and subject to change quickly, at higher elevations. Be prepared for any conditions - cold, hot, snow, rain, hail, sun, wind. :-) Okay, probably not hot. Notoriously windy location.
Trail conditions: Lots of snow/ice. Snowshoes required.
Etiquette: Radios, ipods, etc, with speakers are not welcome. Texting, cell calls, and other electronics (other than GPS) 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
Pets/Kids under 16: Fit kids over 12; no pets.
Equipment: Snow boots, snowshoes, snow pants. Poles optional.
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