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I've never done this trail, so it'll be an adventure. We'll be taking the route in the descriptions below, not the Nugara avalanche death trap route. Expect bushwacking while wearing snowshoes.
The pace will be on the slow to moderate side.
Mountain rules apply: There is a good chance that we could be turned back at any point due to snow, lack of snow, ice, wind, flood damage, rock fall, zombie marmots, bears and any number of other conditions we encounter. When it comes to safety I'm conservative. All participants are expected to act as a responsible member of the group. No rushing ahead of the group, no lagging way behind. If you don't intend to act as a member of the group, this trip is not for you. Seriously. Shared values of my trips include personal responsibility and mutual reliance (we all look out for one another), fun, safety and respect. I'm not a guide, but I have the final say in matters of safety. Research the route. Assume that everyone but you will be hit in the head by a huge rock while a grizzly and cougar are playing tug-of-war with their bodies, leaving you alone to find your way back to the car. Be prepared for cold, windy, snowy weather one minute, clear skies and sun the next. December in the Rockies can combine all four seasons in a single hour.
We should be back at Dalhousie by 5 or 6 p.m. but we could be later. Don't make plans.
Maximum group size: 10
Distance on trail: About 11 km round trip.
Elevation gain: 850 m
Time on trail: 6 to 8 hours
Dogs: Not on this one.
• Ice axe
• Head lamp--this is important. It's getting dark early.
• Winter clothing
• Waterproof winter footwear
• Water (a couple liters)
• First aid kit
• Chocolate covered almonds for the organizer
Driving and Directions:Click here to see a driving map. (https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/51.1043826,-114.1589748/50.7170858,-firstname.lastname@example.org,-115.0597931,15605m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-114.22491!2d51.13019!3s0x53716911cc6e36dd:0xe23763e10adf54d2!1m0!3e0?hl=en) From Canmore, take the Smith Dorrien / Spray Trail to Mt. Shark Road and park.