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Stanley Glacier Snowshoe & Avalanche Awareness

  • Mar 2, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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Read this page in its entirety before you RSVP Please be sure to answer question #1

Included in our day will be some avalanche safety and awareness with Bruce Hendricks. Canadian born, he grew up in Minnesota and California. He's surfed with killer whales, conversed with the late Michael Jackson, and survived an avalanche that should have wiped him off the face of the earth.
He has traveled and climbed mountains around the world: Bavaria, France, Mexico, Bolivia and Australia.
He was a tenure faculty member at the University of Calgary for 12 years as the Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits and Kinesiology.
Today he teaches young people the Outdoor Pursuits at Strathcona Tweedsmere School and keeps overly active in his own pursuits of mountain biking, mountain climbing, ice climbing, back country skiing, hiking and backpacking etc. etc. etc. He is basically a great, awesome really cool dude kind of a guy who scales gnarly frozen waterfalls for

Although this will not be a formal training course (this is not an AST (Avalanche Skill Training) session), you will gain a general awareness of what to look for when planning trips into avalanche effected areas including researching and recognizing avalanche terrain and avalanche conditions. As well, you will become familiar with tools and techniques used in avalanche rescue. It's one thing to have the equipment and another to know how to use it if you are ever called upon to do so. Each participant will be supplied with a shovel, probe and beacon and taught how to use them. Some pre-study of on-line resources is highly recommended (specifics to come later for those who register)"

Stanley Glacier in the summer is an easy, popular, 10 KM return hike. We'll drive from Calgary to Hwy 93 turning south at Castle Junction past Boom Lake at the Continental Divide to the trail-head.

The Basics:

Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM Shouldice Arena - RED Dodge Caravan
Event Duration
: as long as it takes...

Please Note: Our arrival time back to Calgary is not set so please do not sign up if you have to get back for another engagement - even if it's your engagement...I'm sure you fiancee will understand.

If there's time at the end of the day we'll connect with the Slow & Steady Redearth Creek Trail XC Ski Group for plunge in the pool and a pint in the pub. So bring your swimming togs.

Difficulty Rating: T3: Intermediate
Distance: 11 km
Elevation gain: 310 meters

Who can attend: Members; no guests or children for this event.
Gear Requirements:
Dress for the weather - layers (no jeans) - you'll warm up real fast & cool down quick

Hiking boots - Snowshoes - Hiking poles

Bear spray if you have it

2 liters of water and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks, and/or a lunch

Personal First Aid Kit
Money for commuting - $20 for gas per person, paid in cash to your driver
Swimming suit for the Hot Springs

WAIVERS: Your consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiver by clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form with me to the Calgary Meetup location and the trail-head. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike.

Your Host may be slow, but he is steady; however, he is a volunteer and not a trained guide. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current condition , current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.


COMMENTS & QUESTIONS: Please message Event Host directly for a speedier reply. Thanks for reading.

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  • Paul

    "You can never tell the depth of the well by the length of the handle on the pump." The beep of the beacon does not dictate the depth of the victim... Ellick, Sandy and Oscar! Anna hopes her first rescue is handsome so she can "RSVP" him....she might have meant CPR but she did say "RSVP". Great day with Bruce H ... always is! We saw a mini avalanche pour off the face of the Stanley headwall, and I'm sure there was avalanche activity at lunch, but the accuracy of the attach was deplorable...easy to survive. Assumptions have no place in avalanche terrain. Through Bruce we now know how to be prepared before heading out and we earned a working knowledge on the use of Transceivers, probes & shovels. I also learned that I wouldn't want either Olga or Barb probing if I was ever caught in an avalanche. I believe there would be ulterior is a tool for locating, not dissecting.

    We all had a great day and through labor and laughter the bonds were strengthened yet again!

    4 · March 3, 2013

    • Barb

      It really was surprising what was under the snow... especially the pockets of nothing that the logs and branches create... like a trap for the unsuspecting hiker!!! Note... it is the logs that create the traps... And because Olga and I are loving and innocent we would hate to see anyone suffer... so we use our probes in the best interest of our victims... did I say our victims...I meant natures victims... it really is a mercy kind of thing :D

      March 3, 2013

  • Sidney

    You never know
    the depth of the hole
    under the snow. - I ended up with a sprained left knee. Ouch!!
    In defense of Barb and Olga, I thank them for pulling me out of the deep hole into which the the beacon was intentionally dropped.

    March 3, 2013

    • Barb

      Hey Thanks Sidney :D True friends stick together... like birds of a feather... whatever that means! I'm not surprised you hurt your knee after being caught up under that huge log. i hope you are icing it today and getting some R&R!!! and if you have any.... Japanese mint oil is my very best friend!!!

      March 3, 2013

  • Barb

    What a beautiful day in the Rockies. I loved the feel of the low clouds and misty rain.... It felt so cozy and fresh! Thank you Bruce for sharing your love of the mountains and giving us an intro to avalanche awareness. Thanks Ken for almost costing me $385 for a lost beacon and sending me on a chocolate binge :-p. have a peacefilled week everyone :D hope to see you all again soon!!!

    2 · March 2, 2013

  • Ellick

    Fun and educational!

    2 · March 2, 2013

  • Malu C.

    Hi peeps, happy to join you all again. I can get to Shoudice by bus but I'll need a ride after that. Let me know if it works.

    February 28, 2013

    • Malu C.

      hi guys, Paul, I dont have anyone's number... mine is[masked] The bus should get there 7:22am. I dont forsee traffic this early on Sat but just in case.

      March 1, 2013

    • Paul

      Don't worry, we'll be there and you'll have a ride.

      March 2, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Looks like a great trip Paul . I might even consider tagging along. Everyone needs a refresher.

    February 11, 2013

    • Anna

      if you're going Andy, please let me know if it;s possible for you to pick me up , please.

      March 1, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Sorry Anna, I'm not going this weekend. I have too much to do :(

      March 1, 2013

  • Oscar M

    I can drive and take two passengers.

    February 24, 2013

    • Anna

      Oscar, I sent you an email. I wonder if you gt it. my cell[masked]

      March 1, 2013

  • Peter C.

    With regrets, I hope you guys have an amazing trip...

    February 27, 2013

    • Barb


      1 · February 27, 2013

12 went

  • Paul
    Platinum Member Šung'manitu-tanka, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Tobi
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Olga
    Gold Member
  • Anna
    Gold member
  • Oscar M
    Platinum Member, Co-Organizer
  • Sidney
    狼 láng (Wolf) - Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Barb
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • A former member
  • A former member

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