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D5-Wind Ridge (Moderate/Difficult Hike)
An automatic waitlist has been set up. Please answer the RSVP questions to be moved to the Going list. Come join me on Wind Ridge! Sightseeing helicopters fly into this valley relatively often - a testament on the spectacular views available for those who reach the top. It is a long steady uphill hike, with some section of scrambling near the top. Images: Bob Spirko TRAIL DESCRIPTION: http://bobspirko.ca/Hiking/Kananaskis/WindRidge/WindRidge.html DISTANCE: ~12km return. ELEVATION GAIN: ~800m. This is a moderate to difficult hike due to distance combined with elevation gain. There is a small section of scrambling (requiring hands on climbing) near the top. TIME ON TRAIL: ~7+ hours (including driving). Please do not RSVP "Yes" if you need to be back in Calgary by a certain time as the mountains, weather, and traffic can be unpredictable. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Highway 1, take exit 98 to Dead Man's Flats, then you go South on George Biggy Sr Rd, you will find the parking lot at the end of this road, on your right. It's right beside the entrance of Banff Gate Mountain Resort. COSTS: No costs except gas money for your drivers. TRANSPORT: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We meet at the meeting point in Calgary to make organizing trips easier and help ensure we know who's showing up. Please be on time. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time. TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: CORA Trip Waiver [click to read] (http://files.meetup.com/1575023/TRIP%20WAIVER-June2012.pdf) You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. Organizers will have the waiver at the parking lot. RULES OF CONDUCT: CORA Rules of Conduct [click to read] (http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/pages/Rules_of_Conduct/). By signing up for this trip you agree to these rules. PACKING LIST: Please dress for both the expected weather and the unexpected - the mountains are unpredictable. MANDATORY: Sense of humour, good healthy lunch, at least 2-3 litres of water, hiking boots (no runners), layers (no cotton), bear spray. Be prepared for changing mountain conditions. RECOMMENDED: Sunscreen, hiking poles, gaiters. PARTICIPATION: I reserve the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria. I also give priority to CORA members, those with 0 no-shows, and those who can drive others. ****I am a volunteer, and not a certified mountain guide. Everyone attending should do their homework and know the directions to the trailhead, and the trail route. During the trip, you are expected to follow the trip organizer and stick with the group. You assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being, and should come fully prepared with proper gear and be physically fit to do this hike with the group. ****

69 Street LRT Parkade

7001 17 Avenue SW · Calgary, AB

Respond by: 6/23/2018
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    If you're looking for the premier hikes and classic scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, you've come to the right place. In winter, we'll snowshoe and ski them. Want more? We do anything outside. Come join us!

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