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Berg Lake Mount Robson Provincial Park backpack - 4 days

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    Mount Robson Provincial Park
    Aug 30 - Sept 2, 2013





    Please read the trip description in its entirety to make sure this trip is suitable for you. Do not overestimate your experience or abilities.

    One of the premier backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies, Berg Lake is located at the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.  We will leave Calgary early in the morning Friday, August 30, 2013 to make the approx. 5-1/2 hour drive to Mount Robson Provincial Park.  After we check in with the Visitor Centre, we will hoist our packs and hike 11 km to our first campsite at Whitehorn Campground. Day 2 is a 10 km hike that will begin with a stiff ascent but the payoff is viewing three impressive waterfalls including the 60m high Emperor Falls before reaching our campsite at Berg Lake.  Day 3 we will trade our backpacks for a daypack and hike to Snowbird Pass for great glacier views. Our last day will be another early start as we pack up and hike the entire 21 km downhill back to our cars and drive back to Calgary.  We will stop for a celebratory dinner on our way home and probably won't reach the city before 9 pm.



    This trip is for intermediate and experienced backpackers only please. It is not intended to be an introductory backpacking trip and is not suitable as a first backpacking experience.



    Berg Lake: 42 km; 796 m gain
    Snowbird Pass: 19 km; 780 m gain
    Difficulty: T3 - trail is well marked and heavily used.

    Mandatory pretrip meeting: tbd. We will discuss equipment and logistics.

    Who can come: Members only over 21 years old, no guests, no dogs.

    Max group size: 6 participants.  Must be willing to share a tent.

    Interested participants will first be placed on the waitlist and depending on your level of experience and answers to questions I will ask, you may be moved to the attending list.  If you are not accepted for this trip, don't take it personally, you likely just need to get more experience and there is always a next time!

    The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria.

    Costs:  $38.65 per person for the permit (based on 6 people) plus a carpooling contribution tbd.  We will also need park passes if stopping in either Banff or Jasper NP en route.

    The rest:

    Waiver: Your consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiver by clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form with me to the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on the trip.

    Your Host is a volunteer and not a trained guide. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road, weather, and trail conditions for the trip; and, you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear, food and water, personal first-aid and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.


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  • Barbara B.

    Haven't gotten e-mail responses these past few days, so am posting this here. The group is out $60 for this cancelled reservation, so $15/person. As I already paid $36, could I please get a refund for the difference ($21)? Thank you.

    September 1, 2013

  • Barbara B.

    Very disappointed that people would bail out of this just three days before. Was really looking forward to it. As a coordinator myself (different club though), I refuse to let people sign up for a trip unless they have paid in full upfront. If they cancel, that is their problem, no refunds, but others still get to enjoy the trip. Thanks to Karen for the effort that was already put into coordinating this! Darn, Berg Lake on a long weekend with a great weather forecast would have been magical.

    August 26, 2013

    • morley

      I am a coordinator for a couple of meetups would you like to reorganize for another weekend? Regards

      August 29, 2013

    • Barbara B.

      I'd be happy to go, but this was the only weekend where I would have had four days. So, will need to wait until next summer for Berg Lake.

      August 30, 2013

  • Brenda

    I am very interested in this trip. I have over 1,000 nights at camp (in a tent). I have done several wilderness trips in Ontario. I have just returned to Calgary (my home town) and would like to back pack in the Rockies!

    July 21, 2013

  • Karen L

    I have a permit for 6 people maximum. If there are people who are not novice backpackers and are interested in going on this trip, email me privately to discuss. The permit cost was $231.90 so I will be asking confirmed attendees for their contributions soon.

    July 20, 2013

  • Karen L

    Alright folks, I'm the trip organizer now. Sandy has transferred the backcountry permit for 6 campers to my name. Once I pay Sandy for the permit I will be asking for your portion of the cost.

    July 17, 2013


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