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Prairie Mountain 2013: Verticalorie Burner Trip #3

  • Shouldice Arena

    Hwy 1 & Home Road, Calgary, AB (map)

    51.071499 -114.164856

  • White Hyundai Tucson SUV (organizer L. Ambrose cell: (403)[masked]
  • It's Prairie Mountain Verticalorie Trip #3.  This past Friday night we ran into -24 temps, and Amazon-built trail running women from Canmore on the route, LOL!!  This is an easy hike for regular scramblers.  The trailhead starts at the winter gates for Hwy 66 west of Bragg Creek and heads up into the trees from there.

    Prairie is a popular exerciser mountain for a lot of clubs.  Estimated trip time: 4-5 hours, although please allow for varying speeds of participants.  I'm guide's pace ... not trying to hit any trail runner records here.  The expectation for this trip is to keep a consistent pace, but if you are an uphill speed maniac, my trips wouldn't be a good fit for you.  At night, I prefer to keep participants spaced a bit tighter together, so I will stop to re-group frequently if needed.  I tend to keep a brisker pace downhill and on the straights, so there's the guideline on what to expect.

    Total Group size: 8

    Meetup time: 6:00 PM at Shouldice arena parking lot.

    If participants choose to drive to the trailhead directly from areas remote to the Shouldice, carpool, I'm cool with this, but please make sure you let me know well ahead of time, so I'm not wasting time waiting for people at Shouldice.  The waiver will need to be signed at the trailhead before we start.

    Altitude: 2,210m

    Distance: 6.8 kms return

    Difficulty: Easy

    Elevation gain: 686m

    Gear required: hiking poles, warm clothes and shell layers, gloves (please!), water/snacks, gaiters, microspikes and headlamp (with extra batteries).  Please make sure you have the last two items - the trails can, and do, get very icy.

    Possible Hazards: Weather changes, ice on trail, my sense of humor.

    To participate you need to have your 2013 CSMC membership paid.  The preferred payments method is online.  Waivers are mandatory for every trip and you will be asked to sign the master waiver at the meeting location. Cost for membership with the CSMC is $20. Bring extra money to share car pooling costs.


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  • Alison S.

    I don't have anyone's email or phone number. But if people are still going I would like to come. Just email (direct from the site), phone or text me. [masked]-6836. Thanks

    ... ya, good call Laurel. i forgot about the direct from the site, its was a bit busy at work for the last few hours, but i still wanted to get this posted.

    January 17, 2013

  • Pasha

    Too late, I've already spammed her

    1 · January 17, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    Hey, Alison, just a caution for you ... posting e-mail addresses and phone numbers on an unsecured page like this could result in some spam coming your way. It happened to me after I posted an e-mail address, it was mined somehow. I don't worry as much about posting cell numbers. You might want to say something like: "please e-mail me direct from the site." That's why we have a message me button on our profiles, just make sure you don't have a red strike through it, you'd need to reset your contact settings. Your call on that.

    January 17, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    I'm sorry everyone, I will have to cancel tonight's session up Prairie due to family issues. I will reschedule it for another night next week. There are no other organizers on this trip, otherwise I would have explored whether someone could take over tonight's trip. Many of you may already know each other, so if anyone wishes to contact others to go ahead with the trip privately outside of the club, I'll leave that as an option to whoever might wish to do that. Once I have a firm idea on a date for next week, I'll re-post this third trip. Thanks everyone!

    January 17, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    Sounds good, Karen! See you there.

    January 14, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    Thanks Roxanna, so I'll see you/Pasha at the trailhead. If anyone else opts for this offer, or wishes to drive to the trailhead on their own from areas remote to Shouldice, please let me know ahead of time, so I'm not wasting time waiting for people at Shouldice. The waiver will need to be signed at the trailhead before we start.

    January 14, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    Mike, you'd think that Slow and Steady hikers would be banging the door down for your Prairie trips! Well, you know my uphill speed tendency: Tenacious Turtle 1, 2 or 3 - depending on how I feel, but the downhills are rabbit-like. I have a variance of uphill speed types on my Prairie trainers, but everybody is pretty good about re-grouping. Bottom line: we're all doing this for the same reason - with a few cross-training motives thrown into the mix, and I do it to support fellow turtles or rabbits alike. Attendance might have something to do with my theory that scramblers tend to be less repelled by weather issues like colder temps or more snow. All clubs see higher signups during better weather.

    January 12, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Yea, absolutely. I'm in for training. How long does it generally take to go up on the ones you've done? I want to know how to pack my bag, a bit lighter to go a bit faster or start loading it right up with weight for training. I'm generally slowish going up but it seemed fast when I did this last at 1.5 hours up.

      January 13, 2013

    • Laurel A.

      It can vary, I have a mix of speeds, with the slightly faster people regrouping every now and then along the trail. One trip was 2 hours up, another was 1.5 up. Go with what you would like to do, Mike. There is always someone with slower participants anyway, and that is usually me by choice as sweeper.

      January 13, 2013


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