Moderate Hike Prairie View Viewpoint D2/3 Sat May 17 9:00 a.m.

  • May 17, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Description: There's still a lot of snow in the mountains... This trip is weather dependent. I may change or cancel if the forecast doesn't improve. Prairie View Viewpoint is 9.8 km return, 475 m elevation gain. A good early season workout. I'm not sure of conditions, but I expect xpect snowy, muddy, slippery conditions especially at the top. Microspikes might be a good idea. There is a steep almost scrambly section.

No meetup fees. Gas money for drivers. No park fees.

A strong level of fitness is required. Be sure to consult a physician before engaging in strenuous activity. 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.

There are questions in the RSVP. If you don't answer, I may change your response to No, without further follow up.

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. NEW: repeated cancellations after the RSVP deadline may result in no-shows. Don't take a spot from others.

Transport: 
We'll carpool at Dalhousie C-Train station parking lot, BEHIND (east of) the Chapters, where you'll need to sign a waiver. 

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: 45 min west on Hwy 1 to Hwy 40 Kananaskis Trail. A few minutes south to Barrier Dam Day Use area. 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 Seebe as of May 16 high 14 low 2 isolated showers. Be prepared for any conditions - cold, hot, snow, rain, hail, sun, wind. :-) 

Trail conditions: Expect snow/ice/muddy/slippery. Or dry. :-)

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 $30. Be prepared to spend up to 50% of the max expense in the event you are in a vehicle of only 2 people. No park entrance fees: 7/person or 20/vehicle. NA: Bring a pass if you have one.

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

Equipment: Boots, gaiters, rain gear. Trekking poles and spikes (?)

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

minimum 1-2 litres of water, lunch, snacks, extra snacks, 2-3 layers including tops and bottoms that are wind/waterproof (no denim/jeans), warm socks, sun/rain hat, gloves, 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

    Great day, thanks everyone. Lots of variety. Snowy, icy, muddy, and dry trail. Sunny, cloudy, and rainy weather, temps 10-15. Rewarding views east over prairie and foothills, and south over Barrier Lake and the mountains such as Mount Baldy down the valley. Just over 4 hours on the trail. 510 m elevation gain. There was a chance for a couple of the group to join another group for the push to Barrier Lake Lookout while the rest of us enjoyed the sun.

    May 18, 2014

    • Nitin

      Great to have you along.

      May 18, 2014

    • Daniele

      Thank you ;-)

      May 19, 2014

  • Dhinesh

    Awesome... Shine and rain

    May 17, 2014

  • Daniel S.

    I need a ride

    May 15, 2014

    • Dhinesh

      I live in Arbour lake..If you need a ride let me know @ 4038088474.. Hope you live nearby.. If you are in south, then C-train is the best..

      May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Nitin, Is this same as Barrier lake lookout?

    May 15, 2014

    • Nitin

      same trail but not to the top

      May 15, 2014

  • Sharon C.

    Hi Nitin, any idea if where you may go will require icers?

    May 10, 2014

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