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What we're about

This group is evolving again! It has primarily been used as a hiking group but other meetup events involving various fun activities will also be posted to ensure we get the most out of this group! Hiking will remain a primary focus but other activities are welcome such as horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking, locked rooms, biking, paintball, ax throwing, sports, etc...

The plan is to continue to offer hikes of various skill levels. If any member wants to become an organizer and lead advanced/technical hikes and scrambles, plan alternative beginner and intermediate level hikes, or anything else that might be fun, please let me know.

Rules (Please see disclaimer at the bottom):

NO SHOWS - If you sign up for an event, please show up or provide notice if you cannot - the morning of the hike is not considered providing notice... If you pull a no show twice, you will be asked to leave the group.

RIDES - Please arrange rides the night before. If I am offering a ride and it is not confirmed and concrete the night before, I will assume no ride is needed.

KNOW YOUR SKILL LEVEL - This is a health & safety issue! It may also impact the experience of the group, especially during hikes.

***HIKING:

EQUIPMENT - This is also a safety issue! Be prepared out there as weather in the mountains can change quickly to rain, snow, thunderstorms, high winds, etc... If you're new to hiking, this is a great site to help you understand what you need: http://m.outdoorgearlab.com/a/11070/How-to-Layer-Clothing-for-Each-Season

Certain equipment may be required for hikes ie. microspikes, hiking poles, bivy sack, bear spray, etc... Your local Campers Village or MEC store can provide fantastic advice about gear and layering. A personal first aid kit is strongly recomended.

The following websites are also great places to find information about trail conditions and other details:

Kananaskis country trail conditions: http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports.aspx

Banff info & link to trail conditions:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking.aspx

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/

http://www.alltrails.com/canada/alberta (app also available)

http://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?cat=def

http://www.albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/visit-our-parks/activities/trails/ (https://www.albertaparks.ca/)

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/conserve/bearsandcougars.pdf

https://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/wildlife/be-bear-smart.aspx

https://www.amaroadreports.ca/conditions

***DISCLAIMER - Organizers of this group are not formally trained as guides and are volunteering to lead activities they may not be experts in. By registering and joining an event offered within this group, you agree that your safety and well being is your responsibility. This includes your ability to assess fitness level, road conditions, animal encounters, equipment/gear, vehicle/carpooling safety and appropriate insurance/licensing, hiking trail conditions, and general safety practices geared toward each type of event. Group organizers assume no liability for accidents of any nature, including carpooling as a driver or passenger. For any event that you RSVP to within this group, you are confirming that you are responsible for your own safety during any event or activity you attend. Accidents can happen, your safety is not the responsibility of group organizers and we assume no liability in the event of an accident, injury or loss.***

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