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Waterton Camping/Hiking Weekend - Crypt Lake and Bertha Lake

  • Jul 26, 2013 · 8:00 PM
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Important: Participants will be manually selected for this trip. As such, take your time to read the description and understand what is required of you to be on this trip; order on the waitlist has limited significance. I will be selecting people based on their commitment to the trip as well as past hiking experience.

Day 1 - D5:Crypt Lake

Day 2 - D3: Bertha Lake

People: 6-8 people (if you have your own accommodation in Waterton and I only have 6 campers, I can take 2 hikers for either/both hikes – email me if you would like to know more)

Where: Waterton National Park (Park pass required)

When: July 26 (afternoon) – July 28

Non-refundable Cost: $32.90 per tent or $16.45 per person if sharing tent

($27.40 per night per site plus $11 reservation fee per site, total of $65.80 per site for  the two nights. Since we can put up two tents per site, the cost per tent is $32.90) 

About camping

I have reserved and paid for two campsites side-by-side accommodating two tents each at the Town Centre campground for Friday and Saturday nights. Depending on the number of people willing to share a tent, we can have up to 8 people participating. The cost for the campsite is NON-REFUNDABLE. It can be time consuming and difficult to get refunds or find appropriate members to fill spaces. 

About the hikes

The Crypt Lake Hike while challenging, is one of the most rewarding hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. The hike is accessed via the local ferry service, and begins with a gradual climb through shaded forests. As you progress into the hanging valley, the forest begins to thin out, and you begin the strenuous section of the hike.

We will be crossing a ledge that is about 50 cm wide, and continues over to a steel ladder and access to the tunnel. For nearly 100 ft you crawl through a natural mountain tunnel before arriving at the cable traverse. This section of the hike involves a scramble along a sheer cliff, with the assistance of a steel cable. Please ensure that this is within your comfort zone.

The hike is a total of 17.2 km round trip, with a gradual 2,300-foot elevation gain.

On Day 2 we will be hiking the popular but scenic trail to Bertha Lake. The shorter trip will allow us to be back in Calgary at a decent time.

How to sign-up

1.   Read the entire trip description

2.   Add yourself to the waitlist and answer all the questions (if you are not answering all the questions in a meaningful way, your attendance will be automatically updated to No)

3.   Once I added you to the list of attendees, you will have 5 days to pay me for the cost of campsite and if applicable, your CORA membership/guest fee. You can either email me the money (I will give you my email address once you are on the list of attendees) or suggest an alternative to get the cash to me.

4.   If I have not hiked/camped with you before, attending the pre-trip meeting in July will be absolutely mandatory. I will be announcing the date/time shortly. In the pre-trip meeting we will go over transportation, gear, food, clothing, and anything else that we need to discuss.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have brought all the required equipment, clothing, and food for this trip. All outdoor activities involve a certain degree of risk, so you need to be prepared, self-reliant, responsible, cautious, and aware of hazards. As well, mountain weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for changes. Check the weather before the trip to determine appropriate clothing.

If you have any questions please email me.

PLEASE READ CORA RULES OF CONDUCT

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  • Katalin

    Thank you Meghan, Brad and Nicole for coming out! Great weekend all around. Could have not asked for more!

    July 28, 2013

  • Meghan

    Most spectacular weekend with the perfect weather! Thanks so much for organizing the trip (as well as campgrounds and boats) Katalin! Hope to see all of you again soon!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sick.. :(

    July 26, 2013

    • Katalin

      Sorry to hear Joanne! :( I hope you feel better and can come down tomorrow night. We will be doing a shorter hike on Sunday so if you feel better, join us. Just text me so I know if you are coming.

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Katalin, I will not be able to make this trip.

    July 18, 2013

  • Meghan

    Brad and Joanne, I have a group park pass for us! Hopefully between the three of us we can remember to bring it! :)

    July 15, 2013

    • Katalin

      Joanne will drive herself since she finishes work later and will come from Banff.

      July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Meghan, I have a pass too, we should be good to go :)

      July 16, 2013

  • Katalin

    Those of you who are on the list of attendees and haven't contacted me yet regarding payment, please do so or risk of loosing your spot. If you are affected by the flooding and need extra time to make arrangements, please contact me.

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am pretty sure I have to pay you Katalin through email, although I don't seem to be able to find that information anymore.

    June 19, 2013

    • Katalin

      You are correct! :)

      June 20, 2013

  • Katalin

    Pre-trip meeting is scheduled for July 18 (Thursday). I will manually add participants as the list of attendees is getting finalized.

    June 19, 2013

  • Katalin

    Brad pointed out to me that the campsite fees don't add up so please stay tuned regarding fees. I am investigating the matter with Parks Canada as I may got overcharged.

    June 19, 2013

    • Katalin

      I have clarified the above issue and updated the fee section. Please note that the reservation fee Parks Canada charges for on-line reservation is $11 per site.

      June 19, 2013

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  • Katalin
    Member 2015,
    Event Host
  • Meghan
    Assistant Organizer
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