Devil's Thumb - Lake Louise, AB
Followed by Pub Party at Rose & Crown in Banff
Halloween Costume Mandatory!!
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 8:00 AM
This will be a FUN hike, co-hosted by our very own VP of Fun!! We are going to hike in outrageous Halloween costumes, on a very busy trail in Lake Louise!! I would love to see at least one BEAR costume (dare you!).
Devil's Thumb, as the name suggests, it's not actually a mountain. Calling it a peaklet would be generous. It's just a promontory. Yet its location is astounding: overlooking Lake Louise, on the edge of a glaciated cirque, among a coterie of 3,000-metre, ice-encrusted goliaths comprising the most celebrated massif in the Canadian Rockies.
This is a short hike, mostly on an exceptionally well-maintained path. But the Thumb is a detour. The route deteriorates, narrows, contours a precipitous slope, then points you at the final, trail-less, skyward pitch and says, "Good luck."
This climactic passage is very short. Strong hikers accustomed to off-trail rambling pound up it unconcerned and would testify in court it doesn't qualify as scrambling. The footholds, however, are small and shallow. (Description credit: Kathy & Craig Copeland)
Photograph Credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Doran Clark
The only costume not allowed is one of a Canadian hiker! costumes are highly recommended on this Halloween hike! Please remember that every goblin, megatron, and princess must wear proper hiking boots and be ready for any sort of weather. The more outrageous the costume the better. Best costume will win gloating rights for the next 365 days.
Distance: 8.4 km circuit
Elevation: 2458 m
Height Gain: 778 m
Time: 3 -4 Hours
Difficulty Rating: T2 - end is OT4 (optional). If unsure what this means, please familiarize yourself. http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Trail_Raing_System/
Location: Banff National Park, above Lake Louise
RSVP's open Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:00am.
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: HALLOWEEN COSTUME!!, Sturdy Hiking Boots, Icers, backpack, extra socks, mitts/gloves, toque, gaiters, hiking poles, sunscreen, personal first aid kit, sunglasses, layered clothing with waterproof shell, headlamp with extra batteries, lunch & snacks, and minimum 2L water.
Carpool fare will be $25.00 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.