Cascade Mountain - Scramble 6 - NO BEGINNERS
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 6:30 AM
Photo Credit: Bobspirko.ca
Cascade Mountain is the spectacular peak seen to the northeast from the main street of Banff. There are technical climbing routes up the visible face, but the safest and easiest route is hidden from view far around on the west side of the mountain.
Most of the Cascade climb is a steep, strenuous hike, but a quarter of the route is on loose scree and talus. A few places require using hands for balance. Technical climbing gear is not usually required. There is no built trail on the route. Some worn footpaths have formed but these are intermittent, and some are “off-route” — in other words, the wrong way.
The floods in June washed out some of the footbridges and we will need to ford some creeks, creek crossing shoes are required. NB: If the creeks are impassable we will have to turn back.
Parks Canada Scramblers Guide to Cascade: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2012/pc/R64-392-2012-eng.pdf
Distance: 18 Km return
Elevation: 2998 m Peak
Height Gain: 1460 m
Time: 10 - 12 hours (or more) at a moderate (not slow) pace with limited breaks to to the length of the trip and daylight hours available.
Difficulty Rating: Moderate Scramble - S6. If unsure what this means, please familiarize yourself. http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Trail_Raing_System/
Location: Norquay Ski Area parking lot, Hwy 1 Banff west overpass.
RSVP's open Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:00am. RSVP to the WAITLIST. We will move you to the YES list if questions are answered and we are satisfied that you can complete this trip.
NOTE: ROCK HELMETS ARE MANDATORY, Ice Axe recommended, creek crossing shoes required.
ONLY THOSE WHO ANSWER THE RSVP QUESTIONS WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE HIKE. Organizers have the authority to decide who is allowed on their trip based on your profile and hiking history. Please ensure your profile is up to date, including a current photo. NO WHINERS.
Gear Required: Rock Helmets, Ice axe recommended, creek crossing shoes required, backpack, sturdy hiking boots, extra socks, mitts/gloves, toque, gaiters, hiking poles, sunscreen, bug spray, personal first aid kit, sunglasses, layered clothing with waterproof shell, headlamp with extra batteries, lunch & snacks, and minimum 3L water.
Carpool fare will be $20.00 per passenger for this trip.
NO GUESTS, you must be a member to sign up! & Please don't ask to be added to the RSVP's prior to the RSVP date.
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 event. You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.
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 event with the group.