Snowshoe to Blueberry Hill OT3 (RSVP on Feb 11th, 7:00 PM)

  • February 16, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Fats Domino found his thrill on Blueberry Hill.

So, can you guess where we're going?

Read this page in its entirety before you RSVP.

The Basics:

  • Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM Shouldice Arena - RED Dodge Caravan
  • Event Duration: 4 - 5 hours plus driving time (option to grab a bite in Canmore - Après-snowshoe)
  • Difficulty Rating: OT3: Intermediate
  • Distance: 10 ish km (some route finding may be required)
  • Elevation gain: 300 ish meters

Directions to trail head
From the intersection of highway #1 and highway #40 turn left and head south on highway #40. Proceed for 50 kilometers on highway #40 and turn right on Kananaskis Lake Trail. Drive 9 kilometers on Kananaskis Lakes Trail and turn left into the Elk Pass Parking Area.


Hike Description (thanks to Scott McMillan's Blog "Hike Alberta")
This is NOT for beginners, your ability to maintain a steady moderate pace for the climb is essential. "The trail to Blueberry Hill is a very popular trail for cross country skiing in the winter and is probably the most scenic spot I have come across for a picnic. At the Blueberry Hill Lookout there is a fantastic view of Upper Kananaskis Lake, Mount Lyautey(to the west) and Mount Indefatigable (straight north)".

To get to Blueberry Hill the shortest route approximately 3.5 kilometers involves following the trail to Elk Pass to the intersection with the trail to Blueberry Hill.

Please note - your Host has been to Blueberry Hill, but not on this route - you have been warned!

Who can attend: Happy members, no guests, no children, no dogs.

Betty Blueberry will be serving cappuccinos at the top.

Gear Requirements:

  • Dress for the weather - layers (no jeans) - you'll warm up real fast & cool down quick.
  • Hiking boots - Snowshoes - Hiking poles
  • Bear spray if you have it
  • 2 liters of water and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks, and/or a lunch
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Bring your crazy carpet for the slide ride back down the hill.

Any questions on clothing and/or gear requirements please shoot me an email.

  • Money for:
    • commuting - $20 for gas per person, paid in cash to your driver

Please read the following: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Update_Carpooling_Etiquette_-Required_reading_io

Please take the time to answer question #1 when you RSVP so that we can make arrangements for carpooling. If you choose to not answer, then I may choose to move you to the wait list (you wouldn't like that).

WAIVERS: Your consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiverby clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form with me to the Calgary Meetup location and the trail-head. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike.

Your Host may be slow, but he is steady; however, he is a volunteer and not a trained guide. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current condition , current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible 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.

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.

COMMENTS & QUESTIONS: Please message Event Host directly for a speedier reply. Thanks for reading.

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  • Sidney

    Who is who? by the shoes.
    Ken's riddle has been solved.

    February 20, 2013

    • Barb

      1. Katalina. 2 me 3 Barry 4 George 5 Olga 6 Erina 7 Paul 8 Moca Joe 9 Ann 10 Tobi 11 Sidney 12 Ken.

      February 21, 2013

  • Paul

    We found our thrill on Blueberry Hill......
    Perspective is where you stand and perception is what you see from where you stand. Change your perspective and you'll change your perception. Growing from the bottom to the top and/or the top to the bottom will change your perspective and your perception. Throw is a few good friends on the journey with their perspective and you'll gain insights that you would have never seen before...it will be unique and create balance.
    Creating a sense of belonging within the safe sanctuary of friends and new friends is a worthwhile effort every single time whether we follow a groomed trail to the top or create our own tracks through the trees on the way down. Today, each persons perspective and perception forged an intense sense of belonging and memories not soon to be forgotten on Blueberry Hill. Thanks for making my day.....

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Barb

    Contentment is the deep sense of awe knowing that everything is just as it is meant to be. That is how I feel after this wonderful day with new and old friends. Thank you everyone for the adventure and time exploring! it was so fun to go off trail and sink into some soft fresh snow :D And honourable mention to Betty blueberry for her cappacino bar overlooking Upper Kananaskis lake. I highly recommend the mocha and the timtam cookies :D

    February 16, 2013

  • Olga

    Thanks so much for the great adventure! I want more!

    February 16, 2013

  • Anne M.

    Had a wonderful hike, with wonderful people. Thanks for organizing this Paul and especially for the Tim Tams.

    February 16, 2013

  • Katalina D.

    Thank you all for an awesome day like always... And thank you Betty Paul for the mocca it was very nice of you.

    February 16, 2013

  • Paul

    Here are your answers to the question:
    "If at first you don't succeed"....now, you finish the sentence.
    “have a double double”
    “That's what She said :)”
    “Try again...except, of course, if it's Morris dancing.”
    “Roll it, ice it, apply Japanese mint oil, rest, and BELIEVE... Then go do it. ”
    “you keep on trying.”
    “... you're out! (You should have bunted if you wanted to get on base.)”
    “try, try again”
    “destroy all evidence that you tried in the first place!”
    “skydiving is not a good idea. , stop trying so hard? NO - Joking! ... try try again”
    Now try to figure out who said what....
    Cheers!

    February 12, 2013

    • Barb

      Macarena: 'Try again...except, of course, if it's Morris dancing.”

      February 15, 2013

    • Barb

      no answers from some????

      February 15, 2013

  • George

    I'm riding with Anne. We always have room for a third, but we will be coming straight back to Calgary after the hike (i.e. no pub stops).

    February 15, 2013

  • Barb

    Betty Blueberry???? That's insentive??? Does she work at Starbucks???

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Paul

      Ya sure ya betcha...Betty Blueberry the Barista.

      February 12, 2013

    • Moca J.

      Nope, she's not with Bravara Gourmet Coffee :-)

      February 14, 2013

  • Malu C.

    sorry! next time.

    February 12, 2013

  • Atash

    May be

    February 11, 2013

  • Malu C.

    I'll do my best to attend, sounds v cool! Will change my RSVP asap if my situation changes but, until now, YAY!

    February 11, 2013

  • Anne M.

    driving

    February 11, 2013

  • George

    I'll be riding with Anne.

    February 11, 2013

  • Tobi

    passenger

    February 11, 2013

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