Alright! Let's head to the Nordegg area this winter for some sunrises/sunsets on Abraham Lake which.. should have some frozen bubbles in it.
We'll be staying at the HI Shunda Creek Hostel. All members are responsible for reserving their own bed at the hostel. The total cost for the two nights' stay there will be $54 per person (slightly more if you're not an HI member). Please call the hostel directly at[masked] to make a reservation (and do mention that you're with the 'Canadian Rockies Photo-Hikers group so they can keep us together).
You can get more information about the hostel at their website:
Once your bed is reserved, please do post a comment on this event's page and let us know that you've reserved a bed. As well, if you end up cancelling your reservation with the hostel then do update your RSVP here as well.
Friday, 21st February: Arrive at the hostel. Put our things down. Depending on when we arrive we may try some photography that night.
Saturday, 22nd February: Wake up early to catch the sunrise at 7:41am. We'll actually get to the Abraham Lake site by 7am to find a good spot and wait for some good sunrise colours. After that we can go for breakfast and to warm up. :) Then we can go for a hike somewhere (to be finalized later). We can then catch the sunset at 6:11pm.
Sunday: Similar wake up schedule as Saturday's. We can then decide if we want to do a short hike before heading back home.
For some photography ideas for Abraham Lake, check out this link: http://www.oopoomoo.com/2013/07/bubbles-and-lace-winter-in-the-canadian-rockies-photo-workshop/
As is the case for any outdoor activity in the Alberta winter, please dress accordingly. Please check the CRPH hiking checklist available in the files section for some ideas.
Since this event will involve walking on ice I will highly recommend using ice-grips or spikes on your hiking boots. I personally use Kahtoola Microspikes and find them quite useful. Although Yaktrax are nice, they may not provide as much traction as Microspikes (or similar grips). Please consult with your local outdoors store for recommendations and prices.
To be finalized closer to the date of the event. Please do leave a comment on the event's page if you do require a ride or are willing on giving one.
*Please note that this is no longer a long-weekend trip. It's just a standard weekend (leave on Friday and return on Sunday) trip. I will be putting up a second trip to here on a different weekend if you're unable to make it to this one.
*Also, 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, 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.