1515 Home Road N.W., Calgary, AB
It is a requirement to read the following trip posting very carefully and to make the proper and responsible preparations for it. Failure to do so, will result in participant not allowed on this trip. If the organizer deems it necessary to obtain additional information from you, please provide it, otherwise, you will remain on the waiting list. As a potential participant, you must check this trip posting for additional directions from the organizer, including up to trip cancellation.
THIS TRIP WILL BE WEATHER DEPENDENT. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE THE MORNING OF THE TRIP TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.
We will be hiking at the pace of the "SLOWEST" hiker. We will be stopping for plenty of rest breaks and photos. You must stay with the group for the duration of the hike. If you cannot stay with the group and want to move faster, PLEASE CHOOSE ANOTHER EVENT. SPEEDSTERs and Ultra SLOWPOKES will not fit into the PACE for this event. For everyone’s safety, we hike as a group. If you are ahead of me and I cannot see you, you MUST slow down. If you come to a fork in the road, you MUST stop. If you are unable to RESPECT these "guidelines", PLEASE CHOOSE ANOTHER EVENT.
Please note that map coordinates are approximate.
Distance: 7.8km return, Elevation Gain: 305m
An absolute must for this hike are MICROSPIKES/SNOWSHOES and BEAR SPRAY. Please do not put me in the position of having to turn you away from the hike if you do not have them. :(
Regarding Microspikes: Recommended brands are Kahtoola Microspikes (NOT the Nanospikes, those are for city walks); Yaktrax XTR (NOT the cheapo ones with the wire wrapped around the rubber, those are junk); Hillsound Trail Crampons (these are available for rental at the UofC Outdoor Centre, $4 a day) – going cheap on these is a poor idea, safety-wise. If you're not sure, ask the Organizer if what you have is acceptable.
Time: We are out for the day. If you have evening plans, please do not sign up for a hike, as we cannot guarantee return times.
No dogs, no children, no guests.
If you have not already done so, please read the Slow and Steady Code of Conduct here: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/CODE_OF_CONDUCT/
Required Gear: Absolutely NO cotton clothing. Water (2 litres or more including warm drinks), microspikes, snowshoes, bearspray, winter boots, spikes, snowshoes, backpack, appropriate layers for the temperature plus additional layers for when we stop, winter hat and gloves/mittens, sunscreen, personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), lunch/snacks.
Suggested Gear: hiking poles, bandanna, camera/small binoculars, outdoor “bathroom” kit (toilet paper, plastic bag to carry out used T.P., hand sanitizer, etc.), lightweight emergency blanket, lightweight pad to sit on, hand/toe warmers, change of socks/footwear for after the hike.
Gas Fee contribution: $20.00 per person.
Safety and navigation as warranted: Backcountry roads may be icy or snowed in, so be prepared to deal with roadside emergencies. On the trail, watch for lake/river surfaces that are insufficiently frozen, and for cornices at the edges of steep drops.
Carpools - I do not arrange carpools. But, if you can offer a ride, please make a comment as to what part of Calgary you are coming from. If you wish to have a ride, please look for those offering a ride and message them or post a comment that you would like a ride, have gas money and where you are located in Calgary.
WAIVER: You must sign our club waiver before you are allowed to go on this trip and you shall arrive prepared with an emergency name and phone number to be recorded on the waiver. Organizer will have a group waiver for you to sign at the trailhead. You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club Waiver:http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/
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 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.