Sawmill - Sun, Jan 17 2010

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Sawmill (1/17/2010)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Snowshoe
Event Location:Smith Dorrien - Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 17 2010  11:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 15 2010 7:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~4 hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Judy T
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 13 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:3
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:1
Number Registered So Far: 5 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: ~5 km
Elevation Gain: ~121m

This is a nice short snowshoe trail with some great scenery. We will be travelling at a moderate pace (and I mean moderate not fast).

Please note that part of this trail is shared with x-country skiers so we need to be careful not mess up the skier-set tracks.

Ref: GemTrek's Kananaskis Lakes map

Note that this event requires driving several kilometers up the Smith Dorrien Road, which is a gravel road, and can be icy/treacherous, especially if your vehicle is not appropriate for winter conditions, or if you are not an experienced winter driver. Obviously we need drivers to make this event happen, but please indicate that you're willing to drive ONLY if you and your vehicle are appropriate and equipped for some more difficult winter conditions than regular highway driving.

Required Items to Bring:
- snowshoes
- proper clothing for variable weather, layers are best
- hiking boots + gaiters, or winter boots
- rentals are available, if required, at U of C Outdoor Centre.
- snacks and lunch + drinks
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- poles are recommended
- camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west out of town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail just before the winter gate. Turn right again onto the Smith Dorrien and drive approx 20 km. The Sawmill Parking Lot is on your right and is well signed.

Ref: GemTrek's Kananaskis Lakes map.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):300Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $90.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Thursday, May 23, 2024). 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.


Winter Safety Considerations
Entered by Judy and Janet on January 14, 2010
Terrain Classification: Class 1
Conditions: Moderate at and above treeline as well as alpine
Plan: The coordinator will be going to Peter Lougheed Visitor Center on the morning of the event for current avalanche information and modifying the route or event location if necessary. The location will be changed if the avalanche danger rating is High or Extreme.
Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip.

- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at

Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: