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Mount Burke – OT5 – Relaxed Pace
This is a difficult hike for experienced hikers only. Due to spring conditions, we will only go as far as is feasible and safe. Be prepared for postholing, mud and everything else that spring can throw at us. Car-pooling will be arranged by the organizer: • to be more sustainable by having fewer cars on the highway • to ensure people that do not have transportation have the opportunity to join • to share the gas expense • to meet new people who share our love of the outdoors • and last but not least, to keep your organizer sane by not having to figure out who will be meeting us where through all of the cancellations, changes, etc.! The organizer will arrange the carpooling on the day of the meet-up to ensure we can meet these goals. If you do not plan on joining the carpool, please do not RSVP to this event as we do not have a meet-up point at the trailhead with the exception of those that live outside of Calgary. We will be stopping in Black Diamond for a bite to eat on the way back. Trip Description: Distance: 8 kms one way (16 kms return) Elevation Gain: 880 m (2885 ft) Physical Difficulty: OT 5 routes usually encounter short sections of scree (small loose rocks on low angle slopes). Rock outcrops can usually be negotiated without the use of hands. Occasional exposure to heights is to be expected. Sturdy boots with an aggressive tread (such as Vibram) are best for this type of trip. Pace: Relaxed. It is expected that everyone stays together in a group for safety. Please bring a change of socks/footwear for after the hike and a plastic bag for dirty/wet hiking boots or shoes and microspikes (keep your driver's car clean). A word about mandatory microspikes - recommended brands are Kahtoola Microspikes, Hillsound Trail Crampons (these are available for rental at the UofC Outdoor Centre) or something similar. Yak Trax are not appropriate. If you are unsure, send a photo to the organizer prior to the hike to see if what you have is acceptable. Suggested Gas Fee Contribution: $20.00 WAIVER: The organizer will have a group waiver for you to sign at the meetup location and/or the trailhead. You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club Waiver prior to arriving: Disclaimer: You are fully aware that your hosts are volunteers and not trained guides and you assume all responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current physical condition, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions (if applicable) for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

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How many times have you seen hiking clubs where if you're not a super fast uber- hiker they don't want you going on any harder hikes or scrambles. They believe that if you are slower you should only stick to the easier stuff. Boring!! This is a club for those of us who still wish to do all styles of hiking from easy walks to scrambles. We just don't feel the need to make a "mad dash" for a summit or to finish a trail in record time. Hiking and being in the outdoors is meant to be an enjoyable activity for all of us. Slow and Steady is about hiking at a consistent, manageable pace -- which may vary from slow to moderate depending on the organizer -- and finishing the hike or scrambling to a summit together. If this is more your style and wish to meet like minded hikers please consider joining our club. We will be doing all kinds of summer and winter activities such as day hikes, scrambles, backpacking trips, XC skiing, snowshoe trips, downhill ski trips and any other outdoor related activity. Remember slow and steady wins the race. Lets all enjoy the great outdoors together. Just in a more relaxed pace.

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