Forecast claims winter is over, spring is developing and summer is on its way! Time to stretch those legs, dust off those hiking boots and remember how this all works. We'll make a loop out of the south-facing Grass Pass, check out the Boundary Pine and provided the conditions are good (and obvious - as I haven't done it before), come back via Bull Creek Hills. Note: If we loop via Bull Creek Hills, there will be a 30-40 minute road walk.
A good level of fitness is required as the pace is moderate to fast. Please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event. It is also tick season, so be sure to check yourself after the trip.
Rating: Medium (D4-D5 (http://www.calgaryoutdoorclub.com/events/difficultyratings.asp#hike))
Distance: 15 km
Elevation gain: 719 m
Time: 4-5 hrs (+ driving time: 1.5h)
Hiking boots, post-hike shoes Hiking poles Proper clothing (rain jacket/pants/cover for pack, toque, gloves, wool socks) Lunch and drinks (water, warm tea, beer, baileys) Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm, sunscreen Micro spikes or crampons No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind! Gear can be rented at MEC and UofC Outdoor Center.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.
Drive south on Hwy 2 (Deerfoot Tr), and taken Hwy 2A to Okotoks. Drive through Okotoks, past most of the lights until you reach Hwy 7 - go west (right). Drive along it until you reach Black Diamond - turn left (south) onto Hwy 22. Drive 17km towards Longview, turning right just before onto Hwy 541. Drive 37.8 km, and turn left into the Sentinel Recreation Area parking lot. (Google Maps (https://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=AB-1A+E&daddr=Hwy+541&hl=en&ll=50.797255,-114.326477&spn=0.982595,1.853943&sll=50.392611,-114.582124&sspn=0.007743,0.014484&geocode=Ff2FCwMdXXwy-Q%3BFb_oAAMdKZ4r-Q&t=m&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=9))
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.