We're off on a ski to a great view of Kananaskis! Provided the conditions are nice, we'll start at Wedge Pond, and work our way along the easy flat trail to the base of Skogan Pass. At this point, its a fun exercise in practising hill technique. The return offers a quick descent, followed by a nice recuperation ski back to Wedge Pond.
This is the fifth in a series of monthly skis that increase in endurance. To be allowed on the trip, you must have accomplished 20km in a single day this season.
A good level of fitness is required as the pace is moderate to fast and the ski is long. Please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event.
Note: Location may change, or event may be cancelled depending upon the conditions.
Rating: Difficult XC Ski (D4 (http://www.calgaryoutdoorclub.com/events/difficultyratings.asp#xcski))
Distance: 30 km
Elevation gain: 600 m
Time: 5 - 6 hours (+ driving time; 1.5h one way)
XC skis, boots, poles, waxes (as necessary) Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers, mitts, toque, snow pants etc, spare socks) Lunch, snacks and water (+ tea/coffee) Sun glasses, sunscreen, SPF-rated chap stick No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind! No camelbacks/hydration packs (lines freeze) Equipment can be rented at a variety of places, including the University of Calgary Outdoor Center or MEC. If renting, have equipment ready and with you at the start time.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in-Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. You must arrive 15 minutes prior to departure if you wish to carpool. We will be leaving promptly at the meetup time.
Take the Trans-Canada turning south at Highway 40. Follow the road 30km until you reach Wedge Pond parking lot. (Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Montgomery+View+NW&daddr=Kananaskis+Trail&hl=en&ll=51.013755,-114.65332&spn=0.931363,1.917114&sll=50.878506,-115.138264&sspn=0.02919,0.05991&geocode=FeQqCwMdpDAy-Q%3BFZlJCAMdjvgi-Q&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=14&t=m&z=9))
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.