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Snowshoe - Elbow Lake and Beyond

  • Nov 16, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Our route will follow the summer trail from Hwy.40 to Elbow Lake from which we will continue snowshoeing along Elbow River towards Tombstone campground.

Snowshoeing experience is not necessary, but one has to have proper equipment (see list below) and feel comfortable doing 12 km summer hikes.

Difficulty: Intermediate - D3         Trail Length: 9 km (return)
Time to Complete: 5 hours     Elevation Gain/Loss: about 150 m
Drive Time to trailhead: 2 hours

From the carpool location we will drive to Barrier Lake Info Centre in Kananaskis and from there will follow Hwy.40 to the trailhead at the Elbow Pass day-use area.

The group will snowshoe along the summer trail to Elbow Lake, then go around the lake and follow the Elbow River trail towards Tombstone campground for another 2-3 km. Return the same way.

Expect and be prepared for:  hiking with snowshoes strapped to your backpack; helping to break the trail; snowshoeing in the snow occasionally 50 cm deep; possible wind in the Elbow River valley.

Required items to bring:
o snowshoes – they can be rented for $12 at the University of Calgary http://www.calgaryoutdoorcentre.ca/rental
o or at Mountain Equipment Coop http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Services/Stores/Calgary/Rentals.jsp
o waterproof hiking boots + gaiters or high winter boots
o hiking poles or ski poles with snow basket (mandatory)
o MICROSpikes, ICETrekkers etc. - if one already has them
o food and drink sufficient for 6-7 hours (snowshoe + trip back to civilization)
o something to sit on at lunch break (piece of foam, garbage bag)
o pants and jacket which will not get wet when you fall; toque, neck warmer, gloves, windbreaker (with hood if you have one); spare pair of dry socks; dress in layers, have something warm to put on when we stop for lunch and a set of dry clothes to change into when we get back to the cars.

Snowshoes:
Mountain snowshoes (see picture below) which have teeth along and across a snowshoe are strongly recommended. They provide much better stability when traversing a slope.

Tubular snowshoes with “mountain grip”  (see picture below) are acceptable, but they do not have as good grip and are more awkward to strap to a backpack, so make them a second choice when renting.



Old style, wooden snowshoes or military ones of similar design are not acceptable.


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  • Vicki L.

    Sorry weather does not seem to have cooperated. Looks too nasty for the drive! Next time!!

    November 16, 2013

  • Tony F

    It's supposed to snow 20cm

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry unable to attend.

    November 15, 2013

  • Marek R

    I live in Bridlewood, next door to Somerset

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone leaving from Somerset?

    November 15, 2013

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