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D6 -- Moderate Winter Scramble -- Red Ridge

A CLIMBING HELMET IS REQUIRED. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE, YOU WILL BE SENT HOME IN SHAME ;)

This is a D6 moderate winter scramble. This means steep snow and rock with the use of hands.

Difficulty level: (see our difficulty ratings chart if you aren't sure: RATINGS CHART)

The pace will be slow-moderate. Moderate refers to the technical difficulty; you have to be in good hiking shape. We'll follow Spirko's winter description. It looks like there's interesting scrambling on the ascent and a descent on the scree.

We start out in the tree's, there might be a trail or we will be route finding. Once we break out of the tree's we will be following a ridge. Because of the unknown nature of snow on steep terrain, we will be monitoring AVI conditions as we go. If at any point the conditions are deemed unsafe we will turn around.

RISKS: Snow and ice, cold temperatures, possible exposure, rockfall.

(Photo: Looking south to Red Ridge from Read's Ridge. The steep slope in the left-hand mid-ground leads to Read's Tower.)

Ken did this trip on May[masked], with CORA if you would like to see photo's of his trip look back at the CORA calendar.

Elevation gain: 930 m to the high point (our objective)

Time on trail: 6 to 8 hours

Distance: 9 km round trip

Required Equipment:

  • Mountaineering type snowshoes. Must work on steep snow.
  • Winter Hiking boots
  • Dress for Winter it will be cold, No cotton.
  • Climbing helmet (mandatory)
  • Hiking poles or Ice axe
  • Headlamp (just in case!)
  • Water
  • Food
  • Microspikes

Recommended : Camera, personal first aid,

Driving and Directions: Take the Trans-Canada to Canmore. Drive through downtown, and when you get to the end of the main street (8 Street), turn left. Follow that up and around until you reach the right turn onto Spray Lakes Road (which turns into Highway 742/Smith Dorrien Spray Trail). Continue for about 24.5 km and turn into the Sparrowhawk 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 trail head. 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. We can arrange carpooling at the meetup.You may choose to meet us at the trail head, but please advise us ahead of time.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. The trip waiver can be found here. Please read the document before we depart. To participate you must have paid your yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting. If you have a 2012 membership, it will continue to be accepted until our AGM in February/March 2013. However, 2013 memberships, which last until the 2014 AGM, are now available to be purchased. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.

Code of Conduct

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  • Marko

    I finally got around to these pics. Here are two shots of you guys from the neighboring North Buller Ridge:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markostavric/8491356453/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markostavric/8491347355/

    February 20, 2013

  • Marko

    Saw you guys from the nearby ridge of Mount Buller. Will post a pic soon as I go through the memory card.

    January 21, 2013

  • Chris

    It was a fantastic day, thanks Darcy for setting it all up and thank you everyone for another awesome CORA hike.

    January 21, 2013

  • sidney w.

    Thank you Darcy for this hike.
    That snow was frustrating. But the submit was WOW!!!
    Franciso, no one was more tired than I was. Please upload that great submit picture.

    January 21, 2013

  • Claude

    Darcy, thanks for organising another great day in the mountains.

    January 21, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    Thanks everyone for coming out. We could not have asked for a better day. Mostly sunny the temperatures rising to about -4, but feeling warmer in the Sun. Yes, we had a long day 8 hrs, 10 km and about 1000 M total gain. I think most of us were getting frustrated with all the false summits but we made it.

    January 21, 2013

  • Francisco

    Great workout so tired but lots of fun! Beautiful weather too! Thx for organizing this one Darcy. This is one of my favorite hike/scrambles.

    January 20, 2013

  • Cathrine M

    Amazing day with everyone! Thanks for organizing Darcy!

    January 20, 2013

  • patrick

    well for the length of this i give it an eeeee!however with the great weather and the superb company it went well.oh and it so very nice to catch up too yous'

    January 20, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I will be checking to make sure everyone has the proper gear.

    January 19, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I will have member forms for those who want to, get a new 2013 membership or just update them.

    January 19, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I'm thinking of stopping in Canmore after the trip for dinner. I haven't been to La Belle Patate for awhile. We can arrange car pool for those who would like to get back earlier.

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • patrick

    layers,layers,layers, oh and miittens are always good too

    January 18, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    It will be cold Sunday, I expect around -15 C at least. Dress warm. Hand warmer and hot drinks would be good.

    January 18, 2013

  • sidney w.

    My pair do not look so impressive as Darcy's, but they have heel lifts and did the job for me on slopes

    January 16, 2013

  • patrick

    well i hope the pair i rented at mec do the trick they are the 25 inchers

    January 16, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I have posted some picture of examples of snowshoe's for those are not sure what to bring.

    January 16, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    The snowshoe's needed, just need a heel lift and lots of traction crampons on the bottom. Generally a bit smaller than normal.

    January 16, 2013

  • Anna

    i don't have mountaineer snowshoes but the ones im renting out has a lift in the back and spikes. is it ok?

    January 16, 2013

  • Anna

    Hello . I wonder if there is anyone that could pick me up from where I live. I don't drive . I live in Westhills area. It's Richmond road and Sarcee trail. Please, let me know asap as I need to rent the gear on Friday. If I don't have a ride, I think I would have to pass . Please and thank you.

    January 16, 2013

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