Jan 12, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Please read the entire posting before RSVP'ing to be sure this hike is appropriate for you.
Itinerary & Description
Elevation Gain: 790m
Event Duration: 5 - 6 hours excluding driving and optional potluck following the hike.
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate (OT3 rating) This will be a combined trail/off-trail hike.
While most areas in the mountains are still covered in snow, this area between the foothills and mountains is ideal for off-trail hiking in almost any month of the year with 360 views.
From the Sentinel Recreation Area, we'll hike up the Pack Trail Coulee (425m) to Grass Pass. At the pass we'll explore two areas: Fir Creek Point and the celebrated Boundary Pine, and also the Bull Creek Hills. You'll have a good view of the Holy Cross Mountain and Mt. Head. Our return will head further off-trail southwest from Bull Creek summit and descend the ridge (light scrambling) towards the beginning of Fir Creek. We will then follow the creek out to the highway. From there it will be approximately a 1.3km walk back along the road.
We won't be fast and furious, neither will we dawdle, lollygag, loiter or trudge...
"there's a great moment in the movie "a Knight's Tale" where Chaucer describes Trudging. "To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on."
So that everyone enjoys the day our pace will be MODERATE, not too fast and not too slow....we will be intentional, focused, motivated, inspired and "slow and steady" to the top.
You are all invited.
Please indicate in your RSVP answers if you'd like to stay on for the Potluck following the hike. A separate email will be sent to you with details on where and what to bring.
Directions: Shawnessy Starbucks in Chapters close to Empire Movie Theater (Shawnessy LRT within easy walking distance) to Sentinel Recreation Area:
• From Shawnessy, take Macleod Trail south to Okotoks Hwy 2A.
• Through Okotoks turn right (west) on Hwy 7 and continue to Black Diamond.
• At the four way Stop turn left (south) on Hwy 22 and continue to Longview.
• In Longview, take the first right (west) onto Hwy 541.
• Continue approximately 30km until you reach the Sentinel Recreation Area, which will be on the left.
Who can attend: Members, no children, guests or dogs for this hike.This is suitable for intermediate hikers and your ability to maintain a steady moderate pace for the hike is essential.
Dress for the weather - layers - you'll warm up real fast.
Snowshoes (bring'em though we might not need'em)
MICRO Spikes (bring'em though we might not need'em)
2 litres of water and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks, and/or a lunch
Personal First Aid Kit
Bear Spray if you have it
Money for commuting - $15 for gas per person, paid in cash to your driver after the event.
Please read the following: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Update_Carpooling_Etiquette_-Required_reading_io
I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trail head. 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.
Your Host is a volunteer and not a trained guide. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road, weather, trail and avalanche conditions for the trip; and, you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear, food and water, personal First-aid and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.
ALL WINTER TRIPS ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THE MORNING OF THE TRIP PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP ISN'T CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.