Foran Grade and Windy Point Ridge - Mon, Apr 26 2010

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Foran Grade and Windy Point Ridge (4/26/2010)

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:Hike
Event Location:Kananaskis (West of Turner Valley)
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Apr 26 2010  9:40 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:40 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Apr 25 2010 4:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~ 5 hours plus driving
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Sylvia(1) A.
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Distance:~ ~12-13km
Total Elevation Gain: ~500m
Please come ready to explore, chances are we might at times go off trail. :-). Pls remember no runners or jeans.

The grassy flanks of these foothills ridges offer enjoyable early season hiking with stunning views towards the mountains. We will encounter a variety of steep and level terrain through mostly open meadows. Near the southernmost summit of Windy Point Ridge lie two shallow caves and some unique rock formations which we will explore. Note that there will be a couple of brief steep sections (heading up Windy Point Ridge from Foran Grade, and by the shallow caves).

Trail Directions:
From winter gates, walk 1.6km west along Hwy 546 (closed to May 14).
Head north on Foran Grade Trail for approx. 3km to GR722153.
Bushwhack west/northwest
Ridgewalk along Windy Point Ridge to southernmost high point.
Head around east side of cliff band.
Explore two shallow caves.(hoping to find these)
Explore rock formations.
Explore rock flake.
Descend scree slope back towards Hwy 546.
Easy walk back to the cars.

References:
Ridgewalks in the Canadian Rockies by Mike Potter
GemTrek Bragg Creek & Sheep Valley Map
Google Earth Coordinates: 50�39'29.24"N, 114�34'28.54"W
Turner Valley Weather

IMPORTANT - Read:
� Pace & sticking together as group:
If you like to race ahead or race to the top, do not sign up for this event, this is not a speed demons hike. We will be going at a slowish pace for the uphill portions, more moderate for the rest, and will be sticking together as a group.
If you cannot abide by this, please do not sign up.If you've never hiked before or switching from urban hikes to mtn hikes you should start with lower elevation.
� Drivers are needed:
If you can drive, please indicate how many people you can take, including yourself.
In case of a shortage of drivers, the last people to sign and who are unable to drive will be moved to the waiting list until drivers are available.
� Do not be in a rush to get back to Calgary.
We will be out to enjoy the day and event duration may vary.
� This a 'Meet at Carpool' only event.
Sorry, no meeting at the trailhead.


Required Items to Bring:
Water and lunch
Proper hiking boots
Clothes for varying weather conditions
First aid kit
Plastic bag for your dirty hiking boots for the way back (spring = mud)
A smile and sense of adventure :-)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Hiking poles
Gaiters
Bear spray or whistle or airhorn. Camera
Icers or some sort of traction device

How to Get There:
Event Directions: Take Macleod Trail South.
Head west (right) on Hwy 22X to Hwy 22.
Head south (left) on Hwy 22, through Millarville, and to Turner Valley.
In Turner Valley, head west (right) on Hwy 546.
Contine to the winter gates and park there.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):140Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:40 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 $44.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Thursday, December 2, 2021). 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.

Notes:


Winter Safety Considerations

Entered by Sylvia A. on April 23, 2010
Terrain: Unrated
Conditions: This lies within the zone considered "front range" and is presently accepted according to the COC interim winter safety policy.
Plan: In the event of significant snowfall in the area on the day of the event, the event will be canceled.
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 content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com.

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.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: