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CANYON CREEK ICE CAVES-S5

This hike is a which involves a walk 5.9km. walk down a closed off paved road and then a short scramble like approach about 1km. up a steep section to the ice cave.The caves 494 M of passageways beyond the great hall had been all explored by the 1970's. This is the first hike I done in the Calgary area when me and a bunch of classmates from M.R.U.did it in 1971,since then have done it 2 times,just last January.The cave stays at a constant -5C year round.

Location: Ings Mine parking lot 16 km. west of Bragg Creek on Hwy.66

Round trip. 14km.

Elevation:350M

Hiking Time 4-5 hrs not including time exploring cave.

Difficulty S5 because of the off trail scramble like approach to the cave entrance. It is a short section which is steep,but not really that difficult.If your not sure what S5 means look on the website for the ratings.

Required Equipment:Good boots,ROCK HELMET(no other helmet type),Head lamp with backup batteries,warm clothes(dress in layers)Coveralls or clothes that you don't mind getting dirty are good to wear,or have a clean set to change in to after the hike.Micro spikes are highly recommended for the last part.Bring your pack with lunch,snacks and water. Rock helmets can be bought at M.E.C.starting at around $40,or rented there and at the Uof C.WE WILL BE MEETING ON THE EAST LRT PARKING LOT(Wendys/Tim Horton side, so grab your cup of Tim's BEFORE we leave.There are some good videos of the cave on U-tube. If you have any questions or concerns about gear or this hike you can contact me thru the site or text/call me at[masked]-3790.

 

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  • Teresa

    Id have to say great group 5 stars all around

    2 · November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Someone decided that the hikers also get rated and not just the hike. So here is my ratings: (max of 3 stars)

    Tari: 3 stars (she was the driver and allowed me to call shotgun)
    Michelle: 3 stars (you started a snow ball fight...sorry I missed it.)
    Teresa: 3 stars (just because. :) )
    Stephen: 2 stars (chocolate and cashews -- too long in cave. lol)
    Jennifer: 2 stars (VP of fun was fun, but her mitts smelled of animal pooh lol)
    Wayne: 2 stars (would have been three but you missed my snowball men, snow angles, messages and arrows in the snow for the path I took. All my great art work never noticed. lol)
    Christine: 1 star ( for suggesting we rate each hiker.. lol)
    Dan: 0 star (took the lead on the way back and disappeared)

    2 · November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike! Loved the caves

    November 9, 2013

  • wayne

    Thanks to everyone who came out for the hike,we took the hard way up,but made to the cave,nobody fell and got their eye poked out by a sharp rock,so its all good.Now l know how to get 5 star ratings from my hikers,just bring chocolate.LOL

    November 9, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Sorry for backing out last minute! I ended up working really late last night.

    November 9, 2013

  • Jamie

    Sorry Wayne, slipped on the ice tonight and my ankle is not good. Enjoy!

    November 9, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    I did this trip privately 4 times last winter (the last one with colored laser wands to light up the ice in the cave!. You will love it!!)

    2 · November 8, 2013

  • wayne

    Should be a great day tomorrow for the hike.Make sure you dress for winter conditions,you can always peel outer layers off if you get to warm.There is still one spot left and 13 waiting,so if you want to go put yourself on the list go ahead.Bring some cash to pay your driver if riding, $10 should do it.Will take about 45 minutes to drive to trail head.I will be parked in the east lot Somerset LRT in a red Ford 4 door truck.If you are coming on the LRT and can't be there by 8am due to unexspected delays(sleeping in doesn't count) give me a call or text at[masked]

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just came back from MEC and Atmosphere! Both of them are great stores but damn they can be damaging to the credit card. lol

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Well you're a real hiker now. Join the spending club. ;-)

      1 · November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am looking for a ride. I have a park pass..

    November 6, 2013

    • Candice B.

      You will not need the park pass this is down by bragg creek.

      November 6, 2013

  • Cobe

    Hi, I don't know what the ratings mean and don't know where on the website there is a description of S5. I checked out the canyon creek ice cave website and the difficulty rating just said "easy"

    November 3, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Hey Cobe, Here's the link for the ratings: http://www.meetup.com...­

      The reason this is rated as a scramble is because the rating always has to use the most difficult section, even if it's only a 50 meter section. The majority of this is a walk down a gravel road to a trail that climbs up.

      This trail is pretty straight forward, however can be icy. Near the cave entrance the trail goes up pretty steep, slippery rock and hands are generally need thus making it a 'scramble'.

      3 · November 3, 2013

    • Cobe

      thanks for the info Mike

      November 6, 2013

  • Erika J.

    Hi Wayne. I've eagerly been anticipating this trip but I need to go out of town this weekend for family obligations. Looks like lots of people are eAger to take my spot though. Have fun and be safe everyone!

    November 6, 2013

    • Erika J.

      Nevermind it looks like I never rsvp'd like it thought I did! I

      November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we need to bring snowshoes strapped to our backpacks?

    November 4, 2013

    • wayne

      No need for snowshoes

      November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking so forward to this trip, but as of today I have to be in Edmonton this weekend. I hope you have another trip to the caves.
    will change rsvp

    November 4, 2013

  • Tari

    I can drive and take 3 passengers.

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Shotgun!!!

      November 3, 2013

  • Maggie H

    I am hoping someone can host any hike on that day, just look at how many people who want to go:))

    November 3, 2013

  • wayne

    Also make sure you have a headlamp. This will enable you to have your hands free to grab rock.A good idea would be to have spare batteries,or at least maybe a bike light or small fashlight in your pack for backup. I find that a bike light is good since it is compact and weighs very little.

    November 3, 2013

  • wayne

    Make sure you have a rock climbing helmet for this hike or have made arrangements to rent or borrow one.NO OTHER HELMET TYPE INCLUDING BIKE HELMETS will be be adaquate.In the late 90's there was two incidents,with falling rock one resulting in a death.If you show up without a proper helmut forget about coming on this hike!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Stephen B.

    Could use a ride from the lrt station.

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can also drive and take 3

    October 23, 2013

  • wayne

    I can drive and take 4 besides myself from Somerset If you are coming by LRTmake sure you get off on the east side(Wendy's/Tim Horton's side.Look for a red Ford 150 truck.

    October 23, 2013

  • wayne

    Don't dispair,if you don't get to go on this trip me or one of the other organizers will probably be doing this hike again in the New Year.

    2 · October 22, 2013

    • Mike S.

      I will likely be posting this again a few weeks after this.

      2 · October 22, 2013

  • wayne

    Due to the huge popularity of this kind of hike there is no auto wait list it is up to each member to put themselfs on the main list once a vacant spot comes open.

    October 22, 2013

  • "Fellla

    Can bring a friend?

    October 21, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Hi Fella, not sure if Wayne has a different policy but the policy usually for slow and steady is no guests because the organizers want to know what level hiker everyone is who has signed up.Your friend would just need to join up and RSVP to get around that:)

      1 · October 22, 2013

    • wayne

      Also due to having over 1,800 members who have trouble getting on some hikes ,we would like to give a chance for the active members,like Jennifer said anyone can join S+S only takes 5 minutes and its free to join

      1 · October 22, 2013

  • Christine W.

    Hi Wayne, I think I signed up for the waitlist?

    October 22, 2013

  • "Fellla

    I wanna bring a friend.

    October 21, 2013

  • Marianna

    Yes icers are required!

    October 21, 2013

  • wayne

    It would be advisable to wear icers or micro spikes in the cave due to possible ice on the cave floor. Neoprene gloves would be good also since there is a lot of jagged rocks you will be grabbing on to.Otherwise at least a pair of gloves of some kind.The inside cave floor conditions can change from year to year.

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    when is the rsvp open

    October 15, 2013

    • wayne

      The rsvp info is on the announcement page

      1 · October 15, 2013

  • Teresa

    Wear do we rent the helmets?

    October 10, 2013

    • Mike S.

      UofC outdoor center or MEC

      October 10, 2013

    • wayne

      You can rent them at M.E.C. or the U of C

      October 10, 2013

  • Teresa

    So excited can't wait :)

    October 10, 2013

  • Mike S.

    It's a nice change and a fun little cave.

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • wayne

    For those who want to we will meet in Bragg Creek at the local pub for snacks and drinks after the hike.

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • wayne

    We will form a carpool from the LRT station. You can also drive directly to the trail head from north Calgary to the Trans Canada thru Bragg Creek and come out on hi-way 66 going west

    October 8, 2013

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