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D5: Pocaterra Ridge Circuit South-to-North

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PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION FIRST!

I AM NOT A MOUNTAIN GUIDE AND I DON'T PROVIDE TOURIST HIKES!

• THIS TRIP REQUIRES A CAR SHUTTLE!

• CORA 2013 Members Only!

Pocaterra ridge is one of the most scenic hikes to do in Fall, due to the dramatic landscape changes. Larches turn into yellow, red, and orange, so I don't even need to mention how spectacular the terrain becomes. I'm hoping that this will be the case by that time and hopefully, we'll hike on a snow-free terrain.

This trip is best done with a car shuttle. So we will need at last two drivers to do the hike from South to North.

Sign up for the waiting list, as I first need to give priorities to the drivers.

Where: Highwood Pass (Kananaskis Hwy 40)

Max: 12 people.

Distance: 11km

Elevation gain: 570 m (Calgary tower is 191 m)

Hiking time: 7 hours (roundtrip). Only an estimate.

Difficulty: Strenuous hike.

Skill level: A good level of fitness with strong legs required.This is not a beginner's trip. This is a steep hike with lots of ups and downs, and you must be comfortable with the elevation and heights as well. I'll be asking your level of experience.

Pace: Slow-Moderate

Hazards: Mountains are obviously dangerous places! Bring your bear sprays.

Trail Conditions: Unknown

Weather Conditions: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/kananaskis

Driving/Carpooling: The trip starts at Highwood Pass parking lot. We must leave one of the cars in Little Highwood Pass area in the beginning.

Mandatory Gear: Backpack (20+ litres with straps), waterproof hiking boots, trekking poles, windstopping shell layers, food and snacks, 2-3 litres of water, gaiters, headlamp, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, first aid kit (minimum blister and wound care kits).

Optional Gear: Camera, map and compass, microspikes, GPS, sunscreen, sonic balaclava, fire starter.

• Do not bring the following:Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers), cotton layers, small running packs.

Costs: CORA membership is $20. If you are not a CORA member, you're required to make paypal online payments. (Trip organizers will not accept cash payments). There are two options: (1) Paying $20 and purchasing a full annual membership. (2) Paying $5 as a casual day hiker.

Cancellation Policy: 48 hours prior to the trip. Friday late night cancellations will result in having 'No Show.'

During the trip, you are expected to follow the trip organizer(s) and stick with the group. However, CORA trip organizer(s) are NOT certified mountain guides, but only experienced hikers volunteering and sharing their knowledge. As such, you are responsible for your own safety and equipment.

PLEASE READ CORA RULES OF CONDUCT!

YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO SIGN A TRIP WAIVER.

My cell phone is # 403-862-1727

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."

Henry David Thoreau