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D6 Moderate Scramble - Cegnfs & Mt. Murray

  • A climbing helmet is required. No other types of helmet are acceptable.

  • Note that "moderate" refers to the level of technical difficulty. The trail is all uphill, even on the way back. You need to be in good shape. Please be realistic about your ability to participate in physical activity of this nature.

  • Be prepared for cold, windy, snowy weather one minute, clear skies and sun the next. You should have a very full pack on this trip.

    Now that I'm finished shouting, I've never done these two mountains, so it will be an adventure. We'll roughly follow the route in Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies by Alan Kane. From the research I've done, there will be much bushwhacking, route finding and off trail travel. Most people following Kane's instructions end up taking the wrong ridge, and we may too.
  • The pace will be slow to moderate. "Moderate scramble" refers to the technical difficulty. This scramble will require a good level of fitness. "Moderate" means that the use of hands to get up and over stuff will be necessary. Note that all participants are expected to act as a responsible member of the group. If you don't intend to act as a member of the group, this trip is not for you. Shared values of this trip include personal responsibility and mutual reliance (we all look out for one another), fun, safety and respect. The organizer is not a guide, but he has the final say in matters of safety. Once the location is announced, please do your best to research the route.

    Elevation gain: 1060 m (combined elevation gain will be more due to having to lose and regain elevation between Cegnfs and Mt. Murray)

  • Distance: 14 km return
  • Time on trail: 6 to 10 hours; we may not get home until 7 or 8 p.m. (I like to be home by 5 or 6 though)

    Required Equipment:

    • Hiking boots (absolutely mandatory)
    • Dress for fall/winter (absolutely mandatory)
    • Climbing helmet (absolutely mandatory)...man, I yell a lot
    • Headlamp (just in case!)
    • Sunscreen
    • Water (absolutely mandatory)
    • Food

    Optional Equipment:

    • Hiking poles
    • Ice axe
    • Cleats/icers/micro-spikes

    Driving and Directions: Trans-Canada west to Highway 40. Follow the 40 south to Kananaskis Lakes Trail and turn right. In a couple of kilometers, turn right again on the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail. In 22 kilometers turn left into the Burstall day use area.

  • CLICK HERE TO SEE A DRIVING MAP.

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

    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.

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  • Maya

    Awesome group and a fun scramble despite the snow. Thanks Ken for yet another great trip!

    October 12, 2012

  • Ken

    Thanks for coming out everyone. The snow turned a moderate scramble into a borderline mountaineering experience, but everyone fought their way up and out of that gulley! a little less snow and we'd have made both summits (and maybe put the headlamps to use getting back to the cars).

    October 8, 2012

  • Danny

    Never been so close to the summit and felt so distanced today

    October 7, 2012

  • Anna

    I have a climbing helmet for myself. Was thinking if anyone needed anything else....a biking helmet was what I could offer, but I see it's not an option.

    October 7, 2012

  • Ken

    You must have a climbing helmet. No bike helmets, ski helmets, hockey helmets, hard hats...

    October 6, 2012

  • Anna

    I only have a bike helmet if that helps, Sarah. text me at[masked] if you would like me to bring it

    October 6, 2012

  • Sarah

    Hi Everyone,
    Does anyone have an extra climbing helmut? I didn't get a chance to get one today.
    Thanks

    October 6, 2012

  • Nathan B.

    Hey Kristen, I plan on driving so you can jump in with me if you like. See you tomorrow!

    October 6, 2012

  • Kristen

    Hi everyone! I just moved to Calgary and this is my first meetup - I'm just wondering if I can catch a ride with someone since I don't have a car here yet? I'm good company c: Looking forward to tomorrow!

    October 6, 2012

  • Ken

    I can guarantee that we'll be going less than 14 km. I'm all about short approaches. The quicker we get above treeline, the better!

    1 · September 24, 2012

  • Maya

    Lol nice explanation for pain Ken :). Umm, Danny, it will be an awful painful trip, as many of u will be wise to drop out (I'm on the waiting list so trying all nasty ways to get on, mwahahhha)

    1 · September 24, 2012

  • Ken

    Danny, it'll be somewhere between short and sweet, and long and grueling. I'm guessing the snow will be flying on the tops of bigger mountains, so probably closer to short than long. Sweetness is subjective, and much overrated. Always remember: pain is weakness leaving the body.

    1 · September 24, 2012

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