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I'd like to make an attempt up Baldy, having never done it before. During World War II, when the nearby Forest Experimental Station was an internment camp, prisoners were occasionally allowed to make ascents of this mountain--if they promised to return.
There may be route finding needed - I have never done this before.
Distance: ~4KM Return
Elevation Gain: ~800M
Difficulty: S5 If unsure what this means, please familiarize yourself.
Estimated trip time: 5-7 hours (on the mountain), always be prepared for 24 hours.
Trailhead: From Highway #1, follow highway 40 south. Go past the information centre and go beyond the Barrier Lake Day-use area. The southern basin of Lake Barrier should be to your right. You will see a falling rock sign on the west side of the highway, and a trail nearby. You'll know you've gone too far if you see the O'Shaughnessy Falls wishing well on the side of the highway.
Required gear: Sturdy hiking boots, mitts/gloves, toque, layered clothing with a waterproof shell, microspikes, rock helmet, personal first aid kit, food and water - you can never have too much, thermos with hot drink of choice.
Absolutely no cotton clothing.
Recommended gear: Hiking poles, Ice Axe, Gaiters, Headlamp(s) with extra batteries, Camera
Please bring cash for car-pool drivers. Gas for this location is $15 each.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me,[masked]
Real-time tracking while we're out, feel free to share with emergency contacts. Be aware this is not always 100% and authorities shouldn't be called because it misses a few updates.
Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers; I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility 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.