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Mt Assiniboine Photo-Hiking weekend

Let's go to Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park in the BC/Alberta Rockies for a (extended) weekend of great mountain photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm hoping that we can all take Friday (19th September) and Monday (22nd September), and perhaps even Tuesday, 23rd September too, off for this trip, as really... it's hard to rush a trip to Mt. Assiniboine. If you do need to get back into Edmonton by Sunday or Monday evening then there are options available (see the itinerary below).

We will drive to the Canmore Hostel Bear first and overnight there on Thursday night. The next day we take the helicopter in to Mt. Assiniboine lodge area, stay in one of the Naiset huts (such as the 'Aster' hut) then hike down back to the helipad a couple of days later. We can then either drive back from the helipad to Edmonton or drive back to Canmore (or even Banff) and stay in a hostel there and then drive back to Edmonton the next day.

Instead of the helicopter ride, we can have people hiking in to (and/or out of) the Mt. Assiniboine area. although it is a long hike. On the other hand, we can have people both flying-in AND flying-out of there as well (especially if they're short on time). I'm assuming/hoping that most people want to (like me) fly-in and hike-out, but if you'd rather do something else, do post a comment and let us know.

As for accommodations, you don't have to stay in the Naiset Huts. Camping is available there too for $10/night. I will assume that most people would rather stay in the 'Aster' Hut as mid September nights would be a bit chilly. Let me know if you'd rather camp. (Especially if the huts are full by the time you try to reserve a bed in one)

Trip itinerary:

Thursday, 18th September:
Drive out of Edmonton around 5pm. Reach Canmore around 9pm. (Could leave early if wanting to do sunset in Calgary, or later if coming after work. Sunset will be at 7:43pm.) Once at the Hostel Bear, check-in at front-desk and get settled-in. We'll have a 'welcome' meeting at the hostel in the lobby area in front of the check-in desk at 9:30pm. (Time subject to change)

Friday, 19th September: Those wanting to hike to Mt. Assiniboine will need to drive out to the Mt. Shark trailhead and then start their hike there.

 

 

 

 

 


We can even have their backpacks flown to Mt. Assiniboine on the helicopter (cost is $2.25/lb of weight). The hike will take around 9 hours depending on hiking ability. Hikers can either do this all at once or sleep over at the Bryant Creek shelter in the middle of the hike and come the next day. (A Banff National Park backcountry permit is required for an overnight stay at the shelter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those flying up on the helicopter (at a cost of $157/per-person/one-way) can head out to the Bow River in Canmore for some sunrise photography. We can then stop by somewhere in Canmore for breakfast. Then, we can either head back to the hostel to pick up belongings or head out directly to the Mt. Shark Helipad/trailhead. The helicopter flights start around 1pm and take about ten minutes.

Once at Mt. Assiniboine, the helicoptered-in people can 'check-in' at the lodge and then go to the 'Aster' hut and get their beds etc. setup and ready. Once done, we can hike around Lake Magog and even go for a day-hike for some views of the lake.

Those hiking-in will arrive in the late afternoon or early evening (or the next day, if doing this as a two-day hike). They can also check themselves in at the lodge and then setup their beds. We can all meet up at the cooking shelter in the evening at a time (to be set later). We can all have dinner there and plan the next day.

We will head out for some sunset photography as well. Once the sun sets, we can also do some Milky Way photography by the lake-shore. We will have a good four or five hours of dark skies (ie., no moon) after sunset on this weekend, which should provide optimal conditions. (As long as the weather cooperates, of course)

Saturday 20th September:
Wake up for sunrise photography. Then we have some breakfast in the cooking shelter. Then we're off for day-hiking (exact hikes to be determined later).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will, again, do some sunset and night/milky-way photography that evening.

Sunday 21st September:
Wake up for sunrise photography. Then we have some breakfast in the cooking shelter.

There will be helicopter service today too, so if anyone wants to helicopter it back to the Mt. Shark helipad they can leave on this day and be back in Edmonton by the evening. The rest of us will go for some day-hiking (exact hikes to be determined later). We will, again, do some sunset and night/milky-way photography that evening.

Monday, 22nd September: Wake up for sunrise photography. Then we have some breakfast in the cooking shelter. Then we're off for the hike back down to Mt. Shark trailhead/helipad. This will take about 7 hours. If we set out at 9am from the lodge, we should be back at the carpark around 4pm or so. From there, one can drive all the way back to Edmonton - getting there in about five hours (so around 9pm).

Some (I, for one) will drive back into the Banff area to the HI Castle Mountain hostel to stay there for the Monday night. It's a neat place with beautiful scenery. Whoever wants to stay the Monday night (including me) will thus drive to the hostel (1h.45 min. drive) after getting to the Mt. Shark carpark. Note that you will need to either have a parks pass or pay for entry into Banff National Park at the gate, as we will thus be entering into the National Park here. We should be able to get to the hostel by 6pm. Can go to the Castle Mountain river-side lookout for the sunset (at 7:34pm). Sleep over at the hostel.

Tuesday, 23rd September:
Wake up for sunrise photography either at Castle Mountain river shore, Canmore (Bow River) or another location of our choosing. (Can even drive up to Vermillion Lakes or Two Jack Lake in Banff) Then we can either find a short hike somewhere, or just head back to Edmonton - returning home by the afternoon or early evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs
You will need to book your own 'Aster' Hut bed. A bed here costs $25/per-night. A three night stay will thus be $25x3 = $75. You can choose to stay there for one, two or three nights. Do let me know which option you choose! Regardless of how many nights you stay there, you must call the Mt. Assiniboine Lodge at (403)[masked] to book the bed (please specify the 'Aster' hut, if there is space there. If not, any other hut is fine too). Once you do, please post here in the comments section to let us know that you have (and for how many nights). Please note that when you book the bed it is non-refundable.

If you'd rather camp there, please post in the comments section here to let us know. Camping spots can not be reserved - they are taken as people arrive. They cost $10/per-night. You will have to pay this in cash when you arrive there.

You can take the helicopter to/from Mt. Assiniboine. The helicopter will cost $157/per-person/each-way. If you'd rather only have your backpack helicoptered over to the Mt. Assiniboine Lodge area, the cost for that is $2.25/lb. You will have to book the helicopter ride(s) yourself. (Same phone number as above) Note that the helicopter runs on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Please also note that when you book the helicopter, it is partially refundable: You can cancel as long as you give them at least 48 hours' notice, although they will deduct $20 from the refund.

You will also have to book your own hostel bed(s) if you're staying in the Canmore area on Thursday night at The Hostel Bear and/or in the Banff area on Monday night at the HI Castle Mountain hostel. The cost for the hostels will be somewhere in the $30/per-person/per-night area. To reserve your bed at the Hostel Bear click here. To reserve your bed at HI Castle Mountain, click here.

Food  
Bring the food you need to get you through the weekend, especially for while you're in the Mt. Assiniboine area.

There is a cooking cabin with its own propane stoves (propane is provided), pots, pans and dishes. (You do need to bring a scrubby and dish soap however)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interior of the cooking cabin looks like this:

 

 

 

 

 

There is no refrigerator here so try to not bring anything perishable. There are also food lockers at the cooking cabin where you must lock away your food. (You can't keep food in your hut)

Fishing
You can try fishing at Lake Magog if you like. There's usually fish in there accessible from the shore. (You still need a fishing license, however) Of course, no guarantees on if you may catch something. :) So.. do have a 'Plan B' for food if fishing doesn't work out for you.

Accommodations  
We will be staying at one of the Naiset Huts there, called 'Aster'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hut is essentially a cabin with double bunk-beds. Bunk beds have thin foam pads on them. Now... these bunk beds are 'double' ones, that is, each has space for two sleeping pads and sleeping bags per level, side-by-side. The cabin has two bunks. Sooo.. we can thus sleep eight people in the cabin (sooo.. 4 people per bunk: 2 per level).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost is $25 per person, per night.

The hut is essentially just a shelter with a wood fireplace (fire logs can be purchased at the lodge). There are three outhouses in the hut area (sorry, no attached washrooms here). Any garbage brought in needs to be packed out by you as well. There is water at the cooking shelter although.. I still do recommend boiling or purifying it just to be safe. There is no lighting at the huts so do bring a head-lamp or flashlight.

For the hostel(s) I will let you be responsible for calling the hostel(s) yourself and booking a bed. To book a bed at the Hostel Bear in Canmore for the Thursday night (18th September) click here. To book a bed at the HI Castle Mountain hostel for the Monday night (22nd September) click here.

Transportation
Carpooling is being organised to transport people. Please enter your information into the carpool sign-up sheet if you can offer a ride in your vehicle or if you need a ride.

Hike-in and Hike-out Information
If you'd like to hike in to, or out of, Mt. Assiniboine from/to the Mt. Shark trailhead, here are its numbers:

Distance: 26.1 km
Elevation gain: 205 meters (670 feet)
Elevation loss: 580 meters (1,900 feet)
Maximum elevation: 2395 meters (7,850 feet)
Allow: 9-10 hours going to Mt. Assiniboine. 7-8 hours returning.
Gem Trek hiking map: 26620 Banff and Mount Assiniboine
Topographical maps: Spray Lakes Reservoir 82N/14 and Mount Assiniboine 82J/13
Banff National Park information: permits are required for overnights on Bryant Creek access route.

Detailed trail information for the hiking in/hiking out trails is here.

EVERYONE ON THE ATTENDEES LIST FOR THIS EVENT NEEDS TO ADD THEIR INFORMATION TO THE EVENT ATTENDEES SHEET. THANKS!

To bring
Some things that I would recommend bringing along with you include: Camera, tripod (if possible), non-perishable food for the weekend, sleeping bag, warm clothes (may be chilly at night/mornings), backpack or daypack, water purifying pump or tablets or sterilizing UV tool, good hiking boots, hiking poles if you use them, parks pass (if you have it, in case we decide to check out Banff on the way back), dish soap/scrubber for cleaning pots/pans, head-lamp/torch, sunscreen, bear spray (if you have it, just in case), fishing gear and license (if wanting to fish), etc.

More information
For more information, photographs, hiking-in and hiking-out information, etc please check the Mt. Assiniboine Lodge Web site. To book your bed in 'Aster' hut at Mt. Assiniboine and/or a helicopter ride to/from Mt. Assiniboine, or for any other questions about your stay up at Mt. Assiniboine, please contact Mt. Assiniboine Lodge directly at (403) 678 2883. They are open from 8:30am to 2:30pm (Mountain time) on weekdays. Let them know that you're talking about the 'Canadian Rockies Photo-Hikers' stay there on the weekend of 19th September in 'Aster' hut.

Please check the 'More -> Files' menu/section on the CRPH Meetup site for checklists and the standard event attendee waiver (which you will be asked to sign when we all meet up during this weekend).  

*Please note that this event may be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather or other issues. If this event does need to be cancelled or postponed, people who have RSVP'ed will be contacted directly.

BY ATTENDING THIS EVENT YOU (AND ANY GUESTS) ARE ACCEPTING (AND HOLDING YOURSELF RESPONSIBLE FOR) ANY RISKS THAT PERFORMING THIS TYPE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITY COMES WITH, AS WELL AS ANY RISKS THE COME FROM THE TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THIS LOCATION, HOWEVER UNLIKELY. YOUR EVENT COORDINATOR WILL DO THEIR BEST TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND CARE TO ATTENDEES BUT CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS OR INJURY THAT MAY OCCUR WHILE ON THIS TRIP.

 

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  • donna m.

    Hi Charlotte. glad you made it back alright. My email is [masked]. Thanks for the extra $10.00 as I do need to wash my car.

    1 · September 23, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Hi, Donna, Hope all is well with you. Paypal just returned the $20 I had sent to you on September 23. The reason being that you did not have a Paypal account associated with your email address. Please would you let me know how I can pay you? Thanks.

      October 29, 2014

    • Joy

      Mine got returned today too. Donna I will email you.

      November 6, 2014

  • Joy

    Thank you so very much for your pictures everyone! I truly appreciate it. :)

    3 · September 26, 2014

    • Dong

      20/123....

      1 · September 27, 2014

    • Joy

      ah i see it now. heehee thank you :)

      September 30, 2014

  • Philip

    There were some glitches, but fairly amazing how so many (most who do not know each other well), came together in this venture. Imran must definitely be given a lot of the credit for this, even though he wasn't there. Thank you again Imran!

    2 · September 23, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Thanks Philip! Thanks to everyone for coming together to make this event work.

      September 25, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Wellllll... I hope everything went well! Really looking forward to hearing about how it was up there. Should have been great weather at least. I've already written up the write-up for doing this exact event in September of next year. It will be very similar although it will limit it to eight people, plus we will all helicopter up and hike down - no exceptions. Hoping that will keep it simpler to coordinate. Let me know what you think of that. ALSO.. let me know if you encountered any surprises or if you'd like me to change this event in any way for next time (besides actually being there myself). AND.. upload your pictures! :)

    3 · September 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for organizing this event. The place is 10 out of 10, repeat is a must, maybe in another month . Good hikes with good spots for photos and awesome photo hikers. I enjoyed a lot.

      3 · September 23, 2014

    • Dong

      Thank you for the driving, Artur.

      1 · September 24, 2014

  • Serena

    Hello..Every one !! It was nice to meet you over there having a great time in such a beautiful place with nice people.... Sorry to hear that Charlotte!I thought you guys hike out had more great time and enjoyed rest of hike and more chances for photos.... Want to go back next year...Thanks for riding , Nicolae! and thanks for organizing this event ,Imran. and everyone for the valuable time..

    3 · September 23, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Serena, we did have more photo opportunities and managed to enjoy the long journey. But the stunning Wonder Trail deserves more attention without time constraints. I will definitely do a day hike of this trail next time to try to capture its beauty in different lighting conditions. The other highlight is the Big Spring at BR 9, where I took my personal best "milky water". Yes, heli out would miss that place.

      2 · September 24, 2014

  • donna m.

    I agree that we should all helicopter up to Mt. Assiniboine and should all stay at the Naiset huts as it would make a more cohesive group. Transportation worked out eventually for getting out but it was a hassle especially with people realizing they couldn't cope with the trip out with what they had took with them or their level of fitness and changing to a flight out. For that reason there should be more commitment to taking a flight out as 26 k with heavy cameras and backpacs is a lot to haul out.

    1 · September 23, 2014

  • donna m.

    I had a great time. I got lots of good photos as references for my art work. I sure envied the super equipment and dedication of the photographers I was with. The scenery was super and people fun to be with. I would sure like to see some of the Milky Way photography people did! I saw Serena's super picture and would like to see more.

    1 · September 23, 2014

  • Serena

    Very sorry to hear Imran cannot come with us..Hope his father recover soon.... and hope we all will have a great time and safe trip...

    September 18, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Thank you Serena! And yes, do have a good weekend. I wish I could have joined you guys. Pretty sad about it. :-\

      September 18, 2014

  • Nicolae

    dont know how many knows the trail back to m shark . it should be fine Ill have gps garmin for our way back

    September 18, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Nicolae, I gave Charlotte my Mt. Assiniboine area map. If you would like to take it for the purpose of using it for the hike in, you should be able to borrow it from her. May be useful.

      1 · September 18, 2014

    • Nicolae

      ok thanks

      September 18, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Final Update: Donna called me back, so Plan A is in place, that means the group meeting tonight at 9:30pm at the recption area.

    Imran, it's very nice of you offering to pick up Joy and me from Calgary, we really appreciate. But Joy and I both agree that it's best that we take the bus back from Calgary. Nicolae, if you could drive us bak to the bus depot in Calgary, that would be highly appreciated. There are buses at 6pm, 8pm and 12:30 am, so we can take our time enjoying the day out. secretly, I do want to go up to the Wonder Peak on the way out, which takes 1.5 hour to go up, probally another 1.5 hour to come down given we are photo bugs, of course, that will be posible if and only if Joy and Nicolae want to do it too ;-)

    2 · September 18, 2014

    • Joy

      Yes I am in everything anything ! Lol thank u c

      September 18, 2014

    • Nicolae

      yes is fine i can drive you to bus Have correct address I dont know where is that bus depot Its good you have one at 8 pm I cant rush. its 24 km . Endurance exercising is not my best point :)

      September 18, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Good information on Mt. Assiniboine. What to do once there etc. http://www.todocanada.ca/mt-assiniboine-provincial-park/

    September 18, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Donna, you asked for the location of the Mt. Shark Helipad. The GPS Coordinates are[masked], -115.358083. To get there from The Hostel Bear, you have to drive to Spray Lakes Road (Highway 742/Three Sisters Parkway) and drive for about 37 kilometers on it. You then turn right on Rummel Pass Trail and then the next right. For the Google Map and directions visit https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/The+Hostel+Bear,+1002+Bow+Valley+Trail,+Canmore,+AB+T1W+1N6/Unnamed+Rd,+Kananaskis,+AB+T0L/@50.9609692,-115.2502578,10z/am=t/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x5370c595b854dc81:0x13c7c6e35c39966!2m2!1d-115.35007!2d51.090113!1m5!1m1!1s0x5370949107f78347:0x1d471a07fbe067ee!2m2!1d-115.3604526!2d50.8553359?hl=en.

    September 18, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Takes just over an hour from The Hostel Bear. There should also be signs for the helipad once you near it. There is a carpark area before you get to the actual helipad. If you have a lot of stuff to unload you should be able to drive to the helipad, unload everything, and then go park your car at the parking area back down the same road.

      September 18, 2014

  • Imran H.

    For details on the hiking trail from Mt. Shark to the Mt. Assiniboine area, or the trail back, check out the Mt. Assiniboine Lodge hiking-in and hiking-out information at http://assiniboinelodge.com/general-info/hiking-and-assiniboine.

    1 · September 18, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Imran, do you have Donna's phone number? I left her a message through the site, it seems that she might not be checking messages.

    Joy, as plan B in case we can not get in touch with Donna, I am going to take a bus to Canmore. There is one at 2pm and one at 5pm, I suggest the 5pm bus which will arrive at midnight. Since we are heli in on Frday, so I guess it's ok. If that's the case, then the group meeting should move to Friday evening in the Hut because the hikers will leave early on Friday morning. https://www.greyhound.ca/farefinder/step2.aspx?SessionId=_e_07DT

    1 · September 18, 2014

    • Joy

      Ok let's do that Charlotte
      Here is my number[masked] call me or text me is easier that way. Thank u! I will be in the meeting all day but I will try to be more responsive :)

      September 18, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Good work checking on the bus routes Charlotte!

      September 18, 2014

  • Charlotte

    FYI: I am thinking of doing the following: Both Saturday and Sunday require strong hikers who are comfortable with exposures.

    Friday afternoon/Eevening, Lake Magog, trail #27, 6.8km return, easy.

    Saturday, early rise, Sunburst and Cerulean Lakes/Niblet and the Nublet, Nub Peak, trail #s 27,30,31, 10+ km, moderate to strenous with scramble to the peak

    Sunday, early rise again, Og Pass and Windy Point with scramble via the west side of OG mountain, trail# 32, 15+km, moderate to strenous with scramble to the sub peak

    2 · September 18, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Of course. Joy. Imran got in touch with Donna. We just need to confirm with her on the meeting point. He gave me her phone number and I left a message. By the way, your number is always busy.

      September 18, 2014

    • Joy

      Hey got ur text. Yes! I am fine in any meeting point :)

      September 18, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Just realised that I have no idea if there is gas there for the gas stove in the cooking shelter? I called, but the office is closed already. So does anyone know if we need to bring fuel in?

    September 17, 2014

    • Charlotte

      I googled, yes, stoves with propane are supplied, also cooking wares, dishes and utensils are supplied

      2 · September 18, 2014

    • Joy

      Yes! I just called to confirm
      ! They have got them all. Please do bring ur sleeping bag and lights. If u want more info of what things they have got, she said just check out their website on Assiniboin link

      September 18, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Well, I'm really sorry about this news, but.. I am no longer able to come out this coming weekend. My father's health has deteriorated tonight and I can no longer justify leaving him alone. So.. I will stay behind. The event will go on as planned however. I'm getting Charlotte (with help from Joy) to coordinate this weekend in my place. So during this weekend, please use Charlotte as your point of contact. I was going to drive Charlotte, Joy and Esther a ride there and back - I am now getting Artur to take Esther and Donna to take Charlotte and Joy up there and back. Once at Canmore, I'm still hoping everyone can meet up at 9:30pm in the front sitting area at Hostel Bear to have a group intro session and chat. I will give Charlotte a map of the area and trail descriptions. I'm hoping everyone can come up with a good schedule of what they want to do and when during the weekend. We may even split up into two groups once there: An advanced hikers group and a slower-paced group.

    September 17, 2014

    • Joy

      Yes, sorry about Imran's father. Family comes first. Hope ur father will get better. We will pray for ur father Imran. :)
      Thank u Charlotte! I will be ur helper too. I can help. Teamwork. This is going to be fun :)

      1 · September 18, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Alright guys. I've decided to give my hut space to Nicolae as he is the only one who was going camping for all three nights there. This way everybody has at least one night in a hut. :-) My helicopter flight will be given to Hugo for his trip back down from Mt. Assiniboine on Sunday as I have no idea how else he'd be able to get a ride back home from Donna (who is also taking the helicopter down). I will call the lodge this morning to get these two changes made.

      September 18, 2014

  • Scarlet

    Have to withdraw because no bed available, too cold to camp out. Hope I have better luck next time.

    September 15, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Shoot. Sorry to hear that Scarlet! Hopefully we'll get to see you at our next event.

      September 17, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Hoping some of us are bringing some water filters/sterilisers for the time that we're up at Mt. Assiniboine.

    September 17, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Hi guys! I will have to come back home once we're off of Mt. Assiniboine and thus I will cancel my Monday night reservation at the hostel. If you're coming with me then please do the same or contact me if you're really wanting to spend Monday night in Banff. :-)

    1 · September 16, 2014

    • Charlotte

      By the way, the pickup time on Thursday is 4pm at Century park lrt station in the sign up sheet. Is this confirmed, Imran?

      September 16, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Yes. 4pm is still good.

      1 · September 16, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Do remember to bring warm clothes for the overnight as it will be chilly there in the evening and night. Do bring a headlamp as well as I'd love to do some photo-hiking when it may be dark still. (But you don't have to if you don't want to. Heh.)

    1 · September 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Dong, im leaving from Ft Saskatchewan , didn't think in passing trough Edmonton center, but if you can go to Sherwood Pk or anywhere in the southeast we can manage . I'm going down there alone until now.

    September 1, 2014

    • Dong

      Thank you, Artur.

      September 5, 2014

    • Joy

      Hi Artur, i left you a message in your inbox. thank you.

      September 15, 2014

  • donna m.

    A bed came up so I have one at the Aster Hut for Friday and Saturday night. Phillip, you still have one for Sunday night.

    1 · September 15, 2014

  • donna m.

    Phillip, a bed came up at the huts for Friday and Saturday night. They have your name if you are interested. Phone[masked]

    September 15, 2014

  • Philip

    Who else is hiking in along Bryant Creek Trail on Friday 19 about noon from the Mt. Shark Helipad? Would be nice to hook up ahead.

    September 15, 2014

    • Dong

      Woo-hoo! right here...

      September 15, 2014

  • Philip

    Artur and Dong - I would like to talk to both of you by phone this weekend if possible. Weekdays are busy. My phone # is[masked]-0608. Artur, could we get your phone #?

    September 12, 2014

    • Dong

      in the carpool sign-up sheet

      September 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dong , Philip new phone number[masked]

      September 13, 2014

  • Scarlet

    Hi, I would like the option fly in and hike out. Need car pool. Going to book the hostel right now/

    September 12, 2014

  • donna m.

    Joy, if there is no space available could you share a tent Saturday night. I have a bed in the Jonesy hut Friday. I'm leaving on Sunday by helicopter.

    September 8, 2014

    • Joy

      Hi Donna, i only have one person tent.

      September 8, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Alright everyone! As we get closer to the date of this event, I'm getting more into organising it further. (If that's possible!) ;) So, if I can get everyone attending to add their accommodations information to the 'Event Attendees' sheet at the link as mentioned in the event's description, directly above the 'To Bring' section. OR.. you can directly go to the URL here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HekbDoGnx8qZOx-aXpHw0GL9FAnimHzp5dJqjSbHNK8/edit?usp=sharing.

    1 · September 5, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Thanks guys!! This sheet is going to be very helpful in coordinating the event! Thanks for filling it in.

      1 · September 8, 2014

    • Joy

      I agree and good job Imran! :P

      September 8, 2014

  • Jo

    I have been looking forward to this trip for a long time but have to cancel. I am actually headed to Italy on the 18th! Its a well planned trip and amazing place. enjoy and hike safe!

    September 7, 2014

    • Joy

      Did u book the nights in hut? I am wondering if I can take over ur booked nights?

      September 7, 2014

    • donna m.

      Could I possibly have your Saturday night booking at the hut. Donna

      September 8, 2014

  • donna m.

    Imran, I am booked at the Hostel Bear on Thursday evening.

    1 · September 2, 2014

    • Philip

      Possibly Donna although I think I already have a space with Artur. As well, I'd be interested in the Sunday night cabin bed, if not already gone.

      September 5, 2014

    • donna m.

      $25.00 a night for the hut, Phillip. We can square up at Mt Assiniboine. Donna

      September 7, 2014

  • Philip

    Thanks a lot Donna! I owe you how much?

    September 6, 2014

  • donna m.

    Phillip, you can have my hostel space on Sunday.

    September 6, 2014

  • donna m.

    Is there anyone who has paid for the cabins but is not going now? I have a bed in the huts on the Friday night but not the Saturday. I would be willing to pay you through Pay Pal for the Saturday. I have a bed for Sunday that I will not use as I plan to helicopter out as I would have to take my full pack down on Monday as there is no helicopter service. If anyone wants that let me know. Please phone[masked]

    September 2, 2014

    • Dong

      You are a big girl by now... so nothing could move you these days.

      1 · September 5, 2014

    • Joy

      Lol! I also got Kung fu! But, still I will be out in wildness so good to know some familiar faces hahaha

      September 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello All,
    Excited to meet you and enjoy some beautiful mtn. photo taking. I will meet you at Mt. Shark for the 12:30 helicopter on Friday.

    1 · September 3, 2014

    • Joy

      Are u flying in?

      September 3, 2014

    • Joy

      Oh I just saw it haha ok me too see ya! :)

      September 3, 2014

  • Joy

    Hello team, please note that if u camp at Magog lake, they only take cash, $10 per night. So please have ur change ready :)

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • donna m.

    I'm booked at Hostel Bear on Thursday and will be helicoptering back on Sunday. Is there anyone who would like to carpool with me.

    September 2, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Just a reminder.. this event (like most of our events) does have a Carpooling Sign-up list. Check the event description for the link.

    September 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, everybody i´m a newbie on this things, anyway, Hostel bear is booked, also the heli the rest of the nights will be on tent, if somebody has room in a tent i can share, if not i´ll carry mine. I will leave Fort Saskatchewan aroumd 6pm depending on work so will arrive a litle later at Canmore. My route will be Ft sask sherword Hw2 donw to canmore. Thanks

    August 11, 2014

    • Philip

      Hi Artur, I am interested in carpooling with you and Dong on Th eve. I will hike the whole trip, send some gear to the Huts, and must return on Monday anytime. My questions : 1) 1) Can I carpool with you? 2) When will you return to Edmonton? 3) Will you hike it all?

      September 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, leave thursday, back monday night. Fly in hike out. Dont mind to share the ride with you.

      September 1, 2014

  • Dong

    carpooling from Edmonton, anyone?

    September 1, 2014

  • Joy

    Hi Imran, here is my place (it is actually the same as yours):
    1. Leave with you on Sept. 18th at 5pm, stay at the Hostel Bear (booked the reservation already.) in Canmore
    2. The next day, we will fly-in for depature (i will call them to book the Aster Hut for 3 nights and the chopper ride.)
    3. We will hike-out for return.
    4. On Sept. 22nd (monday), I booked at HI Castle Mountain Hostel in Banff.
    5. Leave with you on the next day.
    Hope this is clear. Thank you for all the details and arrangements.

    1 · August 29, 2014

  • Philip

    My wish is to do all hiking (in and out), possibly send some gear by Helicopter. I could leave anytime Th eve onwards, stay in Canmore 1 night. Return would have to be Monday (possibly Sunday night)
    My only concerns now are to book campspots along the hiking trail and at the destination hut.
    I'd like to know who has a similar itinerary before I book. Carpooling and shared tenting is possible, though not certain.

    August 29, 2014

    • Dong

      Yours is similar to mine.

      August 29, 2014

    • Dong

      camp spots (along the trail) are walk-ins. It is "first-come; first-serve"..... no reservation.

      August 29, 2014

  • donna m.

    I only have hut lodging for Friday and Sunday. Is there a lady willing to share. A tent Saturday night

    July 31, 2014

  • Philip

    I am not a flier, so would probably hike in. Anybody know how far ahead one needs to book the Aster Hut?

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Sounds good guys! Nicolae, yeah, if you could 'book' a camp site on behalf of Dong/Philip, that would certainly help them out. I'm hoping that's alright with the campground 'management'.

      July 28, 2014

    • Nicolae

      yes i will try I hope it works and accepted by management

      July 28, 2014

  • donna m.

    I would like to book hostel bear. Is it a Hi hostel or through the Alpine Huts? Any hikers going in remember for a nominal cost you can have your stuff helicoptered in and day hike up there.

    July 27, 2014

    • Imran H.

      The Hostel Bear is an independent hostel - not associated with HI or The Alpine Club of Canada. Bookings with them need to be done directly with them.

      July 28, 2014

  • Nicolae

    ok helicopter booking confirmed for 12.30 pm 19 sept

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Nicolae

    Fio or Amir you canceled your presence So pls change your rsvp so i can move up on the list i need to do my own bookings in time Thank you

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Nicolae

      hello thanks Amir but whatever i need to bring my own tent In case Now i wait for helicopter booking confirmation

      July 24, 2014

    • Nicolae

      in case i decide to use your boooking ill senf you a payment through paypal

      July 24, 2014

  • Fio

    Hey guys, I gonna need to cancel this trip :( hope to see you guys in the next one

    July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can not make for this trip unfortunately. If anybody else is interested can fill my space. best,

    July 17, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Alright guys. We should now be booking hostel bed(s) for Canmore and/or Banff. If you're staying overnight with us on Thursday, 18th September, at the Hostel Bear in Canmore, please do go to their Web site to reserve your bed. (Check the event description for the link if you need it) If you're staying with us on the way back on the night of Monday, 22nd September, at HI Castle Mountain hostel, please go ahead and reserve your bed there too (link provided in the event description). We're not going to worry about doing a group booking. Too much hassle. Let's just book individually.

    May 23, 2014

    • Charlotte

      I have booked for myself Sept 18 at Bear and Sept 22 at the HI Castle Mountain.

      June 2, 2014

    • Charlotte

      FYI: Private room at Bear is $90 per night ( for 2 beds) plus $10 per extra person up to 6 people in a room. We have 4 people there already, it would be good to book a private room while cancell the individual booking in order not to sleep in large dorm room. Anyway, just an suggestion.

      June 2, 2014

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