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Mount Lady Macdonald (4/17/2010)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Scramble
Event Location: Canmore
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 17 2010  10:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 16 2010 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6-8 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Barbara B.
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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:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: You must have completed at least three D4+ hikes/scrambles with at least 700m elevation gain recently in order to attend. Your coordinator will be checking your event history. Although we will be going at a slower pace (gaining about 275m/hr), this is not an event for beginners and you must be comfortable with difficult hiking/easy scrambling on loose rock.

Distance: 10km
Elevation Gain: 1,193m
Trailhead Elevation 1,383m
High Point: 2,576m
Eye Candy: Views over Canmore, seeing Knife-Edge Ridge
Difficulty: This is a hike to the teahouse, and a scramble from the teahouse to Knife-Edge Ridge.

We will head up to the not-built-teahouse, have lunch there, then continue on to gain an additional 200m of elevation to the summit ridge (scrambling portion). Here we can see the knife-edge crux of Lady Mac, with sheer drops on either side. This will be the turn-around point.

Description excerpted from Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies by Kathy & Craig Copeland:

It's ironic that Lady Mac's early availability is due in part to its steep incline. While it gives the entire slope sun exposure, and causes snowmelt to run off rather than pool, it makes this an excruciating first hike of the season for anyone whose fitness level has slipped over the winter. Expect a muscle-straining ascent and joint-pounding descent. The lady is merciless. She'll generously reward you, however, with inspiriring views. Within 30 minutes you'll overlook Cougar Creek canyon and survey much of the Bow Valley and its west-wall peaks. Chief among them is Mt. Rundle - a fantastically crenulated, fortress-like mountain stretching all the way from Canmore to Banff townsite. It's an awesome spectacle, especially from the aerial vantage of Lady Mac.

Though you can abandon the ascent midway up and feel compensated for your effort, try to reach level ground atop Lady Mac's 2,300m south shoulder. It's a 2.5-hour dash if you're swift, a 3.5-hour plod if you're slow. Here, at 3.3km, you can lounge on the wooden platform intended to serve as a helipad for an aborted tourism venture. Nearby is the foundation for what would have been a teahouse unless Canmorites had said "no way!". Imagine helicopter flights constantly shuttling tourists between downtown and Lady Mac.

The trail ends on the shoulder, so most hikers turn back there. But an obvious route, bootbeaten into the scree, continues beyond. It climbs 200m in 0.5km to Lady Mac's summit ridge. If you want more exercise, a heightened sense of adventure, and a bit better panorama, go for it. From the ridgecrest, you'll see the summit of Lady Mac farther north, at the end of a long, alarmingly sheer arête. Unless you're a fearless, black-belt scrambler, spare yourself the risk.

   · GemTrek Canmore and Kananaskis Village Map
   · Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies by Kathy & Craig Copeland (Shoulder Season Trip #42)
   · Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies by Alan Kane
   · Climbing Mount Lady Macdonald (YouTube)
   · Kananaskis Avalanche Bulletin
   · Kananaskis Country Updates
   · Canmore Weather

   · We will stay together as a group.
     If you like to race ahead or race to the top, do not sign up for this event.
   · Do not be in a rush to get back to Calgary.
     We will be out to enjoy the day and event duration may vary.

Required Items to Bring:
ALL of these items are mandatory:
   · Water, lunch & snacks
   · Proper hiking boots
   · Icers/Microspikes or equivalent
   · Rock helmet
   · Gaiters
   · Clothes for varying weather conditions, including warm toque & mitts
     (no jeans or cotton allowed)
   · Sunscreen & hat
   · Headlamp (you should always carry this)
   · First aid kit
   · Plastic bag for your dirty hiking boots for the way back
   · A smile & sense of adventure :-)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
   · Hiking poles
   · Camera
   · GPS

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take the Trans Canada Highway west to Canmore. Take Exit 91, signed Canmore and Highway 1A. After curving to the stop sign, turn left (east) onto Bow Valley Trail/Hwy 1A. Turn left (north) onto Elk Run Blvd. Proceed uphill. Immediately after crossing the bridge over Cougar Creek, turn right into the paved parking lot.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Km
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 $44.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.22, effective Sunday, October 22, 2017). This is based on $0.12/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 Barbara B. on April 15, 2010.
   · Terrain Classification: This event is exempted from avalanche planning because it falls under COC's Avalance Safety Policy items 4 and 6.
     It is in unrated front-range terrain in the Bow River Valley, east of Banff townsite.
     As of April 11, this face of Lady Macdonald was virtually snow-free.
   · 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.

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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!