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D4 Moderate to Difficult Hike - Mt Indefatigable

Distance: 8 km total (approx. 4 - 5 hours hiking + 4 hrs driving)
Elevation Gain: 920m

We will be going at a good pace, so no slow pokes or beginners! We will also have to stay together as a group since this is Grizzly Bear country. If you want to hike by yourself or away from the group, please don't sign up.

Mt Indefatigable is one of the best hikes in Kannanaskis for 360 degree views


PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION. IF YOU PLAN ON DRIVING, CHECK WHERE WE ARE GOING BEFOREHAND

RSVP:
Update your RSVP as early as possible. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. Please indicate in your COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants.

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TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. if you are not a "2014 member" yet. Yearly membership fee is $20, or $5 for the day.

Level:
You must have done enough hiking so far this year to endure the elevation gains involved.
Please let me know ahead of time if you have any medical conditions.

Driving and Directions:
To get there we'll meet in the parking lot of the Dalhousie C-Train Station behind Chapters / Starbuck at 8:30 AM. We will then follow Hwy 1 west and turn south on Hwy 40 to the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, about 50km south of the Hwy 1 turnoff. We will then follow each other from there to the trailhead at the inter-lakes.

Trail conditions: Unknown since this trail is no longer maintained by the parks, but lots of people hike it all the time..

Costs:
Members are free. Non-members fee is $5.

Gas contributions for drivers is expected by all participants(see below).

Transport:
CORA trips start at the trailhead. As a convenience to participants only, we meet at the meeting point in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. We don't want to have to wait around long. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise me ahead of time. Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON! Dress for Winter/Spring not Summer!

Mandatory - sense of humour, good healthy lunch, at least 2-3 litres of water, layers, sturdy boots & poles highly recommended.
Recommended - camera

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  • Tamara

    Could not ask for nicer weather and a bag up group, tons of fun and loads to see!

    September 7, 2014

  • Larry M.

    Some of you will remember me mentioning the sound of an angry bee on the summit. Well...found the poor guy in my lunch bag when back in my condo! Took him outside and he would not fly so put him in a plant so that he could hopefully recuperate. Hope he goes on to fly again and serve his Queen faithfully. Either way Good Karma for me hopefully!!

    1 · September 6, 2014

    • Tiffany P.

      That bee was far too concerned about getting into people's lunch bags it seems! Far away from his home here :)

      1 · September 6, 2014

  • Larry M.

    Thanks Conrad for organizing a great hike! Great weather, group and we even got to see some bears (from a very safe distance!) and goats (or sheep).

    September 6, 2014

  • Dan

    Great hike -- even better weather! You can find some pics posted.....if you want me to email them to you, shoot me off a msg.

    BTW, feel free to find Yogi and Booboo amongst the pics!

    2 · September 6, 2014

  • Armand P.

    Great hike, nice & short with a great view. Everybody in the group was a pleasure to be around. Enjoyed myself thoroughly.

    September 6, 2014

  • Armand P.

    Great hike, nice & short with a great view. Everybody in the group was a pleasure to be around. Enjoyed myself thoroughly.

    2 · September 6, 2014

  • Conrad

    Thanks for the info. Ugur.
    Those of you new to CORA, you only need to make a payment online. I will bring the waiver to the parking lot on Saturday morning. Remember to make a payment by Thursday evening or you will be moved to the waitlist.

    September 3, 2014

    • Tamara

      Hi Conrad, I am new to CORA, to make a pmt. the default is set to $20. the term is not specified. If I pay $20 now will the membership expire Dec 30, 2014 or will it be for a full year? Also, in that case can I change the amount from $20 to $5 in the PayPal link if only good till end of Dec. Thank you.

      September 4, 2014

  • Mario

    Parks Canada has posted a large sign at the Indefatigable trail head. It is titled "Prime Grizzly Habitat" and reads:
    "The Indefatigable Trail was decommissioned in 2005 because it passes through prime bear habitat. We request that you consider not hiking into this area to allow bears use of this space and prevent any human/wildlife encounters."

    The club should respect the wishes of the park and in particular, respect the dwindling grizzly habitat by adopting a policy to not hike in this area. Another club I belong to, Rocky Mountain Ramblers, have already adopted said policy.

    September 2, 2014

    • Ugur

      Mario, I think you are presuming that we don't care about bear conservation. Clearly you are not aware that last April, right before the bear season began, we held a special bear aware event called "Cohabiting with the Wild," addressing precisely what the title itself suggests. I also personally attended to Dr. Gordon Stenhouse's lecture in Canmore in April to collect more data-based information on how to better cohabit with our bears in Alberta. The major causes of bear mortality, it turns out, are not low recreational activities (e.g. day hikes), but illegal hunting, self-defence (sourced by hunting), road kills, and campers/hotels with sloppy garbage disposal system (which in effect creates the so-called problem bears). Here's the data showing a 9 year trend from 2004 onwards: http://esrd.alberta.c...­

      1 · September 4, 2014

    • Mario

      Yes, I am aware. Meetings are good, actions are better.

      September 4, 2014

  • Ugur

    I phoned up a friend from K-Country Public Safety just a minute ago. The trail is being decommissioned in 2005. Meaning it isn't an official trail, but this doesn't mean you are prohibited to hike it. It's a do-at-your-own-risk hike. There may of course be Grizzlies frequenting the area --- just as any other area in Upper and Lower lakes. But this only acts as a deterrent to inexperienced hikers, or very small groups and solo hikers.

    You can see the report on trail closures here:
    http://www.albertaparks.ca/peter-lougheed/advisories-public-safety/trail-report.aspx

    In addition to this, Mt Indefatigable isn't in Parks Canada's jurisdiction. They didn't put put that sign there. It is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

    I've asked another colleague in Canmore about this mountain. Will post it if I hear from him.

    4 · September 3, 2014

    • Tiffany P.

      Totally agree. Not to mention that whilst south peak is more of steep hike, scrambling routes in general would be considered 'off trail/ unmaintained' so regarding risk with either wildlife or safety there is no difference to any other outing in the region. We would not act any less vigilant to wildlife or hiking safety if hiking another mtn in the area whether it was under provincial park or nat. Parks jurisdiction.

      September 3, 2014

  • Conrad

    At this time, this hike is still on. I hiked it 4 years ago with a CORA group and there were more people on the trail than most hikes I do in Kananaskis.

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • Michelle B

    Pretty clear message….

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • Armand P.

    I will make sure to pay by Thursday

    September 2, 2014

  • Conrad

    Those who are not 2014 Members, you will need to make an ONLINE payment of either $5 for the day or $20 for the year - good to the end of March 2015. Payments must be made by this Thursday evening to stay on the Attendance list

    September 1, 2014

  • Conrad

    No dogs allowed. There are a few sections with some scramble and this is grizzly bear habitat.

    September 1, 2014

  • chris

    are dogs allowed?

    September 1, 2014

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