Let's drive out to Kootenay National Park in BC this summer for some backcountry camping, hiking and photography.
If you can leave town on Thursday after work, then drive out to Banff for a sleep there on Thursday night and do sunrise at Banff on Friday. Then we hike to Floe Lake on the Friday morning, camping there until Sunday morning, when we pack up and hike back to the trailhead, and then drive back home. (You can also come out to Floe Lake later during the weekend too, just let us know in the comments section)
Drive out of town in the early evening (~5pm) and reach Banff National Park. Stay overnight at HI-Banff for that one night.
For those that stayed overnight at Banff, wake up and go for sunrise (at 7:47am) at Two Jack Lake or another lake of our choosing. Then have breakfast. Then we drive the 45 minutes west to get to the Floe Lake trailhead around 10am. Then we will hike the 10.7Km trail to the Floe Lake backcountry campground. Should take us approximately 4-5 hours. We should be there in the early-to-mid afternoon. For those arriving at the trailhead from Edmonton (or wherever else), park there and hike to the Floe Lake campground and meet us there. Lets get our tents setup and do some day hiking in the area, then catch the sunset (at 7:14pm). In the evening/night we can also try some night sky photography, if the conditions are right. The moon will set at 12:42am on Saturday morning (ie., late Friday night) giving us a good four or so hours of darkness.
Wake up early and set off on a pre-dawn hike of Numa Pass (around 3-4Km) away from the campground. Catch sunrise at Numa Pass (around 7:47am) looking towards Floe Lake. Breakfast on the trail. Then do some more hiking in the area. Then.. sunset in the evening around the lake (around 7:14pm).
Wake up early, pack up our tents etc. and then set off on a pre-dawn hike of Numa Pass AGAIN (around 3-4Km) away from the campground. Catch sunrise at Numa Pass (around 7:47am) looking towards Floe Lake. Breakfast on the trail. Then do some more hiking in the area. At noon we need to return to the campsite to gather our stuff and make the 10.7Km trek back to the trailhead. We should get there by 4:30pm or 5pm. Get into our cars and we're off. Back home, via Banff. We should be back in Edmonton around 9:30pm.
Rockwall at sunrise on Floe Lake
And more! TBA.
If coming out on Thursday evening (ie., on 2nd October), we'll be staying the night at HI-Banff hostel. Please book your own dorm bed there for that night. You will be responsible for your own booking and payment for that hostel bed. The cost for a bed there is approx. $30 per night. Do mention (in the comments) that you're with the 'Canadian Rockies Photo-Hikers' and they will try to keep us in the same dorm room, although not a guarantee.
On Friday and Saturday nights we'll be camping at the Floe Lake campground (which has 18 camp sites - each site can have a medium-sized tent). We have reserved four campsites. We can put up four tents, sleeping two per tent. We will thus take eight (8) people up on this trip and camp there.This is a backcountry campground. There are outhouses. No electricity. No water taps. There are tent pads, picnic tables and food storage cables or lockers.
The four campsites have already been booked at the Floe Lake Campground. When you RSVP for this event on our site, it will ask you to pay the per-person cost of $21.06; this cost includes the two nights of camping at Floe Lake plus the backcountry camping fee. Please note that you will be sharing a tent with another person.
We will be planning a carpool for this event. Details TBA.
You will need to pay for a National Parks pass or a daily pass (if you don't have a pass already). You can do so at the park gate once we arrive there. More cost information from Parks Canada can be found here. You will also need to pay for the camping spot reservation ($21.06, as described in the 'Accommodations' section above) when you RSVP for this event. If you are carpooling with someone then you may need to pay the driver something for their trouble too. Costs for any food purchases, etc. will be your own.
A good review of the Floe Lake hike(s) is here. The hike to the lake itself sounds fairly do-able (10.7 Km). Once there we can just explore the area and do day-hikes. We may need to take two cars if we want to do any one-way hikes. More details TBA.
For more information, contact the Kootenay National Park Visitor's Center at [masked] or see their Web site. Also see the Parks Canada Backcountry guide to Kootenay National Park as well as the Backcountry Map.
Please check the 'More -> Files' menu/section on the CRPH Meetup site for checklists and the standard event attendee waiver (which you will be asked to sign on Friday evening when we get together at the campground).
*Please note that this event may be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather or other issues. If this event does need to be cancelled or postponed, people who have RSVP'ed will be contacted directly.
BY ATTENDING THIS EVENT YOU (AND ANY GUESTS) ARE ACCEPTING (AND HOLDING YOURSELF RESPONSIBLE FOR) ANY RISKS THAT PERFORMING THIS TYPE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITY COMES WITH, HOWEVER UNLIKELY. YOUR EVENT COORDINATOR WILL DO THEIR BEST TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND CARE TO ATTENDEES BUT CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS, ILLNESS OR INJURY THAT MAY OCCUR WHILE ON THIS TRIP OR DURING THE PROCESS OF TRANSPORTATION TO AND/OR FROM THE DESTINATION. ANYONE CHOOSING TO GET A RIDE FROM SOMEONE ELSE FOR THE PURPOSES OF CARPOOLING MUST DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY. THE CRPH CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE IN CASE OF ANY INJURY, DAMAGE OR ANY OTHER ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE FROM CARPOOLING.