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Difficult Hike D5 Bow Peak Sun Aug 19 8:00 a.m.

  • Aug 19, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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Note: there is a water crossing of calf-deep cold water - bring footwear/poles etc. Bring a headlamp or flashlight.

Description: Exceptional views. ~12.6 km up and back with 960+ m elevation gain. This is a very steep off-trail hike. Some route finding. No technical scrambling. Max elevation ~2869m. Trail mostly bare, but actual conditions will depend on weather. D5 according to COC rating scale. Our pace is slow.

A strong level of fitness is required. Up to 7-8 hours on the trail including lunch and lazing and photos and play and general slow-poking around depending on conditions and contingencies. Our average pace is about 3 kph, faster on the level, slower uphill. We will plan to stop at Bow Lake or Lake Louise for snacks after the hike. This will be a full day - don't expect to be back before late evening.

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.

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. Please read the waiver in advance. It's found under the More drop-down list, Files section.

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. After 3 no-shows you may be asked to leave the group.

Late/Cancellation: If there is a last minute update, call or text (not email or 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 Dalhousie C-Train station parking lot (WEST end BEHIND Chapters), 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.

Directions: Drive 1 h 45 min west on Hwy 1 to Lake Louise. Continue 5 min to the junction with Hwy 93 Icefields Parkway and head north toward Jasper. Travel about 20 min (34 km) to Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint. We will navigate to the trailhead together from there. Total one way driving time: ~2 h 15 min. Be sure to get an idea of where you're going if you plan to drive.

Weather: Forecast for Lake Louise as of Jul 13: Sunny, high 17 low 7. Subject to change quickly in the mountains. Be prepared for any conditions - cold, hot, snow, rain, hail, sun, wind. :-)

Trail conditions: Mostly bare, subject to weather.

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.

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: Park entrance fees; gas $$ for drivers depending on # of passengers - max vehicle expense for this trip is $80.

Pets/Kids under 16: No kids under 16; no pets.

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes mandatory. e.g., protection against sharp and heavy rock, grip for sloped and slippery surfaces, ankle support. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, lots of food and water for a long day. All-weather clothing. Poles and sandals (something with a heel to stay on your foot in a current) and a small towel for creek crossing. Park pass if you have one.

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

about ~2-3 litres water, lunch, snacks, extra snacks, 2-3 layers including tops and bottoms that are wind/waterproof (no denim/jeans), warm socks, toque/scarf/gloves/mitts, sunscreen, spare socks, 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, yaktrax, sunglasses, camera, kleenex, lip balm, moleskin, mosquito repellent, waterproof sit-upon (a jacket in a garbage bag works), wind or rain pants, a change of clothes/shoes for the car, etc.

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  • Nitin

    Great views even though not all of us made it to the top. Between late day, flagging energy, and threatening weather we stopped perhaps a bit more than halfway up the boulder slope. Beautiful views and lakes at Crowfoot Pass. Wildflowers, rock-hops, rushing creeks, 40-50 cm deep cold ford at the outlet of Bow Lake (perhaps 20-30 m across), fallen logs. Helps to follow the book right from the trailhead, but no time lost. Mostly dry conditions on the trail, but rain falling from the sky, and thunder rumbling. 7 hours at a slow pace. For next time: could park on the road perhaps 150 m further south from the pullout. Might be better to try an angled gully approach to the right when ascending the boulder field to the summit.

    August 20, 2012

  • Nitin

    I've perhaps confused things a bit. We will meet up at Dalhousie. I am hoping that either Ken or Blaine can drive the two of them and perhaps any late sign-ups who can't drive, since Leila and I won't be able to take any passengers. The comment about meeting at Crowfoot, and timing of that, was for Dave. Hope that helps.

    August 17, 2012

  • David T

    I think the instructions on meeting time at the trailhead are for me, since I'll be in the area overnight. There is still a carpool leaving from Dalhousie at 8 AM.

    August 17, 2012

  • Blaine B.

    Anybody left to carpool at Dalhousie?

    August 17, 2012

  • Nitin

    It will probably be closer to 10:45 or 11 by the time we get there.

    August 16, 2012

  • Nitin

    To add, I'm pretty sure that will be the trailhead - but let's just meet up first at the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint.

    August 16, 2012

  • Nitin

    "Travel about 20 min (34 km) to Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint. We will navigate to the trailhead together from there."

    August 16, 2012

  • David T

    Trailpeak states that the start point is "...on the southeast side of the road in the small gravel pullout 0.9 km southeast from the Crowfoot Glacier Veiwpoint." Is this the meeting spot?

    August 15, 2012

  • Ken H

    Is there a typo in the title for this hike or is it really planned for July 19, 2015? That's a looooooong time away, isn't it?

    August 13, 2012

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