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November long-weekend trip to Banff

Let's take advantage of the November long-weekend and go do some photo-hiking in and around Banff. Now.. I can't remember what Banff looks like in early'ish November. I'm hoping that the lakes are still liquid by then (can someone confirm?). That should get us some good reflections! 

Accomodations/costs
We'll stay at HI Banff Alpine Centre. I've booked a 6-person dorm room (with bunk beds) for the long weekend (ie., three nights). The total cost will be $57 per person for the entire stay (and you'll pay this online when you RSVP). Actually, I've rounded the cost up to $60 to compensate for online payment fees.

Please note that I (Imran) will pay the Hostel for the accommodations. That's why this event requires payment of the $60 (per person) initially. Once you get to the hostel you won't have to pay them as I'll pay them upon arrival for all of us. (Plus that way we can all take advantage of my HI member rate, even if you yourself aren't HI members) Please note that you can still get a refund for your payment if we cancel or postpone the event or if you decide to change your RSVP to 'Not coming' a minimum of 2 days prior to the event.

Since this is in a National Park, if you don't have a Parks Pass then you may need to pay for entry to it. I will however try to acquire a group pass. (Let me know if you have one!) :)

Do note that I will be bringing my eleven years-old boy with me and Aslinah will most likely bring her nine years old girl as well, so this will be a youth-friendly photo-hiking weekend. So if you have a young one (although not too young) then you can bring them along too. :)

Itinerary (rough):  
• Sunset at Castle Mountain  
• Sunrise at Vermilion Lakes  
• Sunrise at Bow Lake  
• Possible drive/hike to see sunrise at Floe Lake (one hour drive from the hostel) 
• Aurora-photography at Lake Minnewanka

As per usual, we will try to get up early and get to the right places on time to catch sunrise, as well as sunsets. In-between I'm hoping we can try some relatively easy hikes around lakes or up some hills for views. Nothing too crazy. At night we can do some night-sky photography and even some aurora photography by Lake Minnewanka if we are blessed with some northern lights.

Transportation
We will organize some carpooling as we near the weekend. Do comment on the event and let us know if you need a ride and back or if you are able to give someone a ride and back. Carpool cost to be determined between the passenger and the driver.

Clothing/Equipment
Please note that this is November in the mountains, so do dress warmly and bring your winter wear. Any hikes we do will not be avalanche hazard ones so no worries there. We probably won't need snowshoes or ice grippers either.

Food
Everyone is responsible for bringing their own food. Do bring some food to take with you during the day while we are out-and-about. If on a hike we'll stop for a lunch break. Or if we're driving and come across some place interesting we could also buy a lunch. I'm not planning on doing a potluck dinner or something on this trip unless people want to. (So do post a comment if you'd like to. Otherwise.. people can just bring food for themselves.)

More information to come.

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  • Brian P.

    Best crazy yoga pose weekend, ever!

    1 · November 11, 2013

    • Charlotte

      Hi, Brian, will you be the next one to be "yoga-nized"? I love the pictures you took of me, especially the ones in my camera, definitely the best look I've ever had on camera ;-)

      November 12, 2013

  • Charlotte

    My first time with this nutty photo group and my first time seeing the amazing aurora displays. It was PERFECT, TOTALLY !!! ;-)

    Sleepless in Banff !!!

    Thank you everyone for such a wonderful weekend. Special thanks to Imran for having organized this trip and driven me around back and forth.

    2 · November 12, 2013

  • Hooi Y.

    Hi,I would love to go if someone can pick me up from Calgary, I live at the northwest, it is very close with the highway.

    November 6, 2013

    • Imran H.

      Hmmm. Hooi I may be able to fit you into my car although it will be tight. Luckily you're not going all the way to Edmonton. :-)

      November 6, 2013

    • Hooi Y.

      Thanks. See you guys on Saturday then. =)

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Charlotte

    Hi, I'm new to the group, not sure how carpool works. I will need a ride, I can leave any time after 3:30pm on Friday from LRT Grandin station( 110 st nw and 99 ave) or any other LRT station(3:30pm plus LRT travel time). By the way, I have a group park pass

    November 5, 2013

    • Imran H.

      Okay Charlotte. You can come with me and my boy. :-)

      November 5, 2013

    • Charlotte

      Great. Thanks. Please let me know when and where you would like me to meet with you. Cheers

      November 6, 2013

  • Imran H.

    Brian, are you driving to Banff?

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone arranging carpooling?

    November 5, 2013

  • Ljubica D.

    Hi Imran,
    I have to cancel the trip.
    I payed for the hostel. Is there anyone on a waiting list that would like to take my place?

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Imran, I've arranged my own lodging at the Hostel, and would like to be added on please?! I think Lina has touched base with you about this?

    Thanks ;)

    1 · October 29, 2013

    • Imran H.

      Done! :) And welcome Ivan!

      October 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Imran!! Looking forward to this trip!! ;)

      October 30, 2013

  • Juozas Z.

    Hi - have a great weekend everybody!
    To Banff I'm planning to take my oldest daughter - she is 6 only, but she is very smart...

    2 · October 26, 2013

  • Maya

    Hello, I would like to join the trip but I don't have a paypal account. Can I pay cash, Imran? I also have a parks pass.

    October 25, 2013

  • Imran H.

    Hmmm. Added some more to the trip description. Looks like Floe Lake is only a 56 minute drive from the hostel. We can even squeeze that in, if we want to try sunrise there. I need to check if there is a hike from the trailhead to the lake and if so how long of a hike.

    And, of course, I'm hoping that the lake is still liquid come November. :) What do you guys think?

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • Aslinah S.

      It's sounds good to me. ;)

      October 22, 2013

  • Aslinah S.

    Hi Imran. I'd like to suggest perhaps we can do a Aurora watch at Lake Minnewanka? ;)
    http://zizka.ca/2013/10/16/who-turned-the-lights-on-autumn-northern-lights-display-in-the-canadian-rockies/

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • Imran H.

      Paul Zizka is pretty awesome a photographer. Love his work! We can definitely do this on Lake Minnewanka although, of course, it will depend on the solar conditions that weekend. But sure!

      1 · October 22, 2013

    • Aslinah S.

      Thanks Imran!

      October 22, 2013

  • Aslinah S.

    Hi everyone. Just booked a private room.
    - Can't take time off from work in Friday, so we will leave on Saturday morning.
    Looking forward to see you guys soon! :)

    1 · October 21, 2013

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