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Floe Lake/Kootenay National Park camping weekend

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  • Let's drive out to Kootenay National Park in BC this summer for some backcountry camping, hiking and photography.

    If you can leave town on Thursday after work, then drive out to Banff for a sleep there on Thursday night and do sunrise at Banff on Friday. Then we hike to Floe Lake on the Friday morning, camping there until Sunday morning, when we pack up and hike back to the trailhead, and then drive back home. (You can also come out to Floe Lake later during the weekend too, just let us know in the comments section)


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Itinerary:

    Thursday: [Optional]
    Drive out of town in the early evening (~5pm) and reach Banff National Park. Stay overnight at HI-Banff for that one night.

    Friday: 
    For those that stayed overnight at Banff, wake up and go for sunrise (at 7:47am) at Two Jack Lake or another lake of our choosing. Then have breakfast. Then we drive the 45 minutes west to get to the Floe Lake trailhead around 10am. Then we will hike the 10.7Km trail to the Floe Lake backcountry campground. Should take us approximately 4-5 hours. We should be there  in the early-to-mid afternoon. For those arriving at the trailhead from Edmonton (or wherever else), park there and hike to the Floe Lake campground and meet us there. Lets get our tents setup and do some day hiking in the area, then catch the sunset (at 7:14pm). In the evening/night we can also try some night sky photography, if the conditions are right. The moon will set at 12:42am on Saturday morning (ie., late Friday night) giving us a good four or so hours of darkness.

    Saturday: 
    Wake up early and set off on a pre-dawn hike of Numa Pass (around 3-4Km) away from the campground. Catch sunrise at Numa Pass (around 7:47am) looking towards Floe Lake. Breakfast on the trail. Then do some more hiking in the area. Then.. sunset in the evening around the lake (around 7:14pm).

    Sunday:  
    Wake up early, pack up our tents etc. and then set off on a pre-dawn hike of Numa Pass AGAIN (around 3-4Km) away from the campground. Catch sunrise at Numa Pass (around 7:47am) looking towards Floe Lake. Breakfast on the trail. Then do some more hiking in the area. At noon we need to return to the campsite to gather our stuff and make the 10.7Km trek back to the trailhead. We should get there by 4:30pm or 5pm. Get into our cars and we're off. Back home, via Banff. We should be back in Edmonton around 9:30pm.

    Photography/Hike options: 
    Rockwall at sunrise on Floe Lake
    Numa Falls
    Numa Pass 
    And more! TBA.

    Accommodations: 
    If coming out on Thursday evening (ie., on 2nd October), we'll be staying the night at HI-Banff hostel. Please book your own dorm bed there for that night. You will be responsible for your own booking and payment for that hostel bed. The cost for a bed there is approx. $30 per night. Do mention (in the comments) that you're with the 'Canadian Rockies Photo-Hikers' and they will try to keep us in the same dorm room, although not a guarantee.

    On Friday and Saturday nights we'll be camping at the Floe Lake campground (which has 18 camp sites - each site can have a medium-sized tent). We have reserved four campsites. We can put up four tents, sleeping two per tent. We will thus take eight (8) people up on this trip and camp there.This is a backcountry campground. There are outhouses. No electricity. No water taps. There are tent pads, picnic tables and food storage cables or lockers.

    The four campsites have already been booked at the Floe Lake Campground. When you RSVP for this event on our site, it will ask you to pay the per-person cost of $21.06; this cost includes the two nights of camping at Floe Lake plus the backcountry camping fee. Please note that you will be sharing a tent with another person.

    Transportation/carpooling:
    We will be planning a carpool for this event. Details TBA.

    Costs:
    You will need to pay for a National Parks pass or a daily pass (if you don't have a pass already). You can do so at the park gate once we arrive there. More cost information from Parks Canada can be found here. You will also need to pay for the camping spot reservation ($21.06, as described in the 'Accommodations' section above) when you RSVP for this event. If you are carpooling with someone then you may need to pay the driver something for their trouble too. Costs for any food purchases, etc. will be your own.

    More information:
    A good review of the Floe Lake hike(s) is here. The hike to the lake itself sounds fairly do-able (10.7 Km). Once there we can just explore the area and do day-hikes. We may need to take two cars if we want to do any one-way hikes. More details TBA.

    For more information, contact the Kootenay National Park Visitor's Center at [masked] or see their Web site. Also see the Parks Canada Backcountry guide to Kootenay National Park as well as the Backcountry Map.

    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 on Friday evening when we get together at the campground).

    *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, ILLNESS OR INJURY THAT MAY OCCUR WHILE ON THIS TRIP OR DURING THE PROCESS OF TRANSPORTATION TO AND/OR FROM THE DESTINATION. ANYONE CHOOSING TO GET A RIDE FROM SOMEONE ELSE FOR THE PURPOSES OF CARPOOLING MUST DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY. THE CRPH CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE IN CASE OF ANY INJURY, DAMAGE OR ANY OTHER ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE FROM CARPOOLING.

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  • Imran H.

    Sorry about the change guys but I would like to move this trip by a month to the weekend of 26th September. The reasoning is that we can then capture the fall golden larch colours here. The end of August will most likely be too late for wildflowers and too early for fall colours. Sorry again for any inconvenience!!

    June 25

    • Jo

      Oh this would work way better for me. I hope a spot opens up!

      June 26

    • Lina A.

      I hope I can make it for this trip really wanna go so badly!! :)

      June 26

  • Imran H.

    Due to the change of date for this trip, I will be resetting this event in the upcoming day or two. This means that everyone who has RSVP'ed or is on the waitlist will be kicked out and we will, essentially, start this event again. Group members will receive an email announcing this event. You can then RSVP for it. When you RSVP you will get to pay your share of the cost of the campground fee (and any other booking fees for Floe Lake). Just think that's the most democratic way of doing this. Sorry again for any inconvenience.

    1 · June 25

  • Amir

    Who was the wise that said "The more the merrier"? To the organizer, please have mercy on us and transcend to YES those among us who are suffering in the Purgatorio [waiting list]. ... On the second note, for those who are in the waiting list, is it possible that we individually organize our trip and join you guys there?

    1 · April 30, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Lol! Well, the one who said "The more the merrier" wasn't coordinating hikes into the mountains. ;) I'll increase the size of this a bit though. Regardless, we do have a long way to go until the end of August (when this event is) and people always tend to shuffle about. I wouldn't lose hope yet.

      1 · April 30, 2014

  • Mike L.

    I'm out in Vernon these days but I'd love to catch up with you guys out there.

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Lina AS changed the date and time from Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM to Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    September 16, 2013

  • Lina AS changed the location for this Meetup

    September 16, 2013

  • Anna­ changed the location for this Meetup

    September 13, 2013

  • Anna­ changed the date and time to Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    September 13, 2013

  • Anna

    I can go anythime.

    September 10, 2013

  • Anna

    What I only think,can I have a chance to hike this year?

    September 10, 2013

  • Lina A.

    My July is fully booked, so any holidays in August30th-Sept2nd (Labour Day) or October Thanksgiving (Oct14th) it works for me.

    June 14, 2013

  • Esther F.

    I cannot leave on that Thurs either, could we leave on Friday afternoon and come back Monday evening?

    May 9, 2013

  • Imran H.

    Lol! Ok so everyone has different preferences. :-) Looks like the weekend of the 23rd August works best for me. Wondering if we should leave on Thursday afternoon and return on Sunday evening.

    May 8, 2013

  • Esther F.

    anytime in September will work best for me, other times may work but have to depends on exactly which weekend... my calendar is looking busy now

    May 8, 2013

  • Andrew G.

    Can we start figuring out a date for this? My July is booked up, but anything else could work, I just need to know soon. It would be best for me to go over a long/extended weekend. Those trailheads aren't too far apart via car, if we had a larger group we could always just shuttle cars around at the end just like the beginning.

    April 9, 2013

  • Israel G.

    I would love to go

    March 14, 2013

  • Lina A.

    I'm definitely interested. Pls let me know the date that we are going and also it depending on my schedule work.

    March 12, 2013

  • Carol A.

    I would love to join this trip a long weekend would be best for me but when we get the dates set I will try to work my schedule it would be awsome

    2 · March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This one might be a little long for me, just started a new job and going to try and keep the time off requests to shorter spans... This might be a good one to do in tandem with a long weekend so most will only have to take 4 days off but have 9 available for the trip

    February 20, 2013

  • Esther F.

    I am interested will say yes but will have to see if it works for my schedule and see about the hiking plan. I would prefer more and longer hikes. It doesn't worth the long drive to just do a little light hike and rush back.

    February 19, 2013

  • Stan L.

    Also very interested
    Thinking a 4 - 7 day trip as you loose 2 days for traveling time
    Would be nice to cover a couple different trails while there

    February 8, 2013

  • Imran H.

    Yeah, this should be an awesome trip. Amazingly, I've never been out to Kootenay National Park and I'm eager to check it out. Anyone have any recommendations on campgrounds or hostels here? I'll try to get this planned for the Spring/Summer.

    January 29, 2013

  • Linh T.

    I would love to join y'all on this trip! Landscape photography is what I love to capture and Kootenay National Park has a lot of beautiful landscapes!! If there is anything I could help with let me know. Just need to know the date range we are going to see so I could be some time off work. :D))

    January 28, 2013

  • Arun

    I'd be very interested. Of course I can confirm once dates are finalised. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    January 24, 2013

  • Leslie

    Depending on getting time off from work, I may be able to do this. I'd like to do a longer section of the trail if I can:)

    Leslie

    January 24, 2013

  • Puneet J.

    i really wanted to go... I am going to Jasper on Sep 29th weekend but free after that any weekend for now... lets go on Oct 8th weekend wht do u say??

    September 23, 2012

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