Mount Baldy - S5

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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.

http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Trail_Rating_System/

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.

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0kQ5sZfx4HIqqmXDJ7cQofUxZENcs0ZDX

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.

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  • Mike S.

    Turned out to be 5.8 KM return.

    March 27, 2013

  • Claudia A.

    It was a beautiful day out, amazing views. Definitely pushed myself more than I normally would have and thanks to the group for having patience with me.

    March 27, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Wish I was there instead of working. Next time.

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI timestamp on Morgan's photos was slow by 1 hour...it has now been adjusted for benefit of future trips :)

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mike for organizing & the group for sharing a gorgeous day in the mountains. Five stars all the way. Congrats to first time scramblers ... You guys did an awesome job!

    March 26, 2013

  • Oscar M

    Will be @ trail head for 0945 am.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes I will bring helmet, also ice axe for just in case.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Oscar M

    Will meet at Trail head and can take two passengers from Shouldice.

    March 20, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Good observation on the distance Mike. I never really realized that Alan Kane just lists elevations and not distances. My guess to the true summit via the crux would also be about 4 km RT. Have fun. I can't go on a Tuesday :(

    March 20, 2013

  • Sameea Q.

    Not sure if i will be able to make this. But it sounds intersting. If plans change and i am able to squeeze it in will notify you. THanks have a good day

    March 20, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Hi Samea, Looking at your profile I don't know if this hike would really be a good option for you at this point. Hands on scrambling is a lot different than hikes in the city.

      March 20, 2013

  • Marko

    Based on the elevation gain, I'm guessing you're only going to the first summit. That's about 4 km round trip. If you follow Alan Kane's route in the winter, you may encounter more difficulty immediately after the crux. This is the crux with some snow: http://markostavric.fotki.com/2...­

    It's not as bad as it might look. The section immediately after that is slabby and with snow it can be quite slippery. It is possible to go around this section all together, though I'm not familiar with that route.

    March 20, 2013

    • Marko

      I imagine the whole ridge with the crux is avoided by the alternate route. I personally find this section fun and have never tried to avoid it. For photographers, people coming down that crux makes for a cool shot. It was featured on MEC's walls for a while, don't know if it's still there. I've got a few shots from it, here are two more: http://markostavric.f...­

      http://markostavric.f...­

      I love Mount Baldy for having so many alternate routes and choice of difficulty. It's a great peak to gauge people's comfort.

      March 20, 2013

    • Mike S.

      I completely forgot about checking the books.... For this day I expect only the first summit. We may decide to go further depending on the group/conditions.

      March 20, 2013

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