Rae Lake -- Moderate Pace - Fri, Oct 16 2009

Rae Lake -- Moderate Pace (10/16/2009)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Kananaskis
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 16 2009  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:45 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 15 2009 11:00:00 AM
Event Duration:~ 6 hours plus travel time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Sylvia(1) A.
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 10 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 17.2 kms
Elevation Gain: 366m
Proper hiking footwear(no runners) & no jeans(fabric of death in cold weather)

We will begin our hike by passing after 30 mins. the beautiful Elbow Lake. Instead of remaining here, as many do, we will continue through the Elbow Valley where we will cross rolling, sparsely-treed meadows in search of our goal: Rae Lake.

The trail itself will begin along a road-trail through some meadows. After passing Elbow Lake, we will get some views of Piper Creek canyon and occasionally get a glimpse of the Elbow River. The trail will branch off and eventually end up following a cairned path to Rae Lake, at the foot of Mt. Rae. The trip promises many views of the neighbouring peaks, passage by a couple of lakes and exploration into one of the less commonly explored parts of the area. Please note that there will be snow on the trail therefore gaiters are strongly recommended(majority of hiking trails now have snow)and that we will be hiking at a steady moderate pace, so no "very beginners" or if you are used to "slowpoke hikes" with a lot of stops, the pace for this hike will likely be TOO quick for you. .Please remember, it's a lot more of a workout to hike in snow than on dry terrain. One tires out more quickly, so although this is rated a D3, and you're switching from urban hikes to mountain hikes and never hiked in the mountain before with elevation this will be too hard for you. Please make sure this is within your hiking ability. Nontheless pls read "required items to bring, since we are now hiking in "winter conditions" and everyone needs to come fully prepared so that one can fully complete a hike and not freeze and need to turn back.

Required Items to Bring:
-Hiking boots - snow in the area - sorry no runners
-Sleeve over camelbak tubing so your water tubing doesn't freeze.
-2 pairs of gloves.(you sweat going up, so if you don't have extra pair in pack to switch to your hands will freeze)
-2 pairs of socks...if your boots are not waterproof or your feet just get cold with snow going into your boots and you don't have extra dry pair in pack to switch to, your feet will freeze.
-Extra layer under hiking pants and waterproof/wind proof pants(if cold/alot of snow(wet/dry))and you just have 1 layer regular very light hiking pants and they get wet, you will freeze.
-Well equipped day pack
- Bag for dirty boots
- Gaiters strongly recommended
- Lunch and water
- Remember to dress in layers
Icers(at this time of year you never know when you might need them)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Sunscreen
- Bear spray and or air horn and or whistle
- First aid kit
- Headlamp

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 to Hwy 40. Follow Hwy 40 South for 62km. (Keep going straight at the junction with Kananaskis Lakes trail at 50km.) Turn east into the trailhead parking lot at Elbow Pass day-use area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):260Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:45 AM
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** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $83.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Thursday, January 27, 2022). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


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Cost & Payment:
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

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