Heart Mountain-loop - Sat, May 15 2010

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Heart Mountain-loop (5/15/2010)

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:Scramble
Event Location:Near Lac des Arcs
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 15 2010  9:55 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 14 2010 5:00:00 AM
Event Duration:~ 5 1/2 - 7 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
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:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Elevation:890 metres
Approximate distance: 11 kms round trip
Hiking boots required.-Sorry no sneaker type footwear or jeans.

Heart Mountain is described an easy scramble with one moderate (3 meter) step/wall that you will need to do(no turning back-see photos) on the northwest ridge. It can often be ascended year-round thanks to the chinooks that blast the route bare, and "remains a favourite early season pilgrimage where you can reintroduce flabby muscles to the rigours of steep hiking" (Kane). 800m of elevation gain occur on the slabs between km 1 and 4. We never know what we encouter at this time of the year therefore ICERS/micro spikes or some type of ice traction device will be mandatory, and gaiters are strongly recommended.

Trail Directions:
· Easy 1km approach from trailhead to the base of the ridge.
· Follow path as it climbs rapidly to the right side of the heart shape.
· Two thirds up, scramble up 3m high wall identified by red metal markers.
· From first summit continue on to second summit.
· Continue northeast along rounded ridge.
· Reach additional high points along ridge.
· Descent into mature forest towards the highway.
· Take Quaite Valley Trail back to trailhead.

Canmore and Kananaskis Village GemTrek Map
Scramble in the Canadian Rockies by Alan Kane
Kananaskius Country Trail Guide by Gillean Daffern
COC trip photos from August 7, 2007
Exshaw Weather

Helmets are optional.
Helmets can be rented from the U of C Outdoor Program Centre, MEC, or Sports Rent.

Please note this is not a speed demons scramble/hike. Nor is it for slow pokes. We will be going slowish pace Uphill portions, more Moderate for the rest, and sticking together.
If you cannot abide by this, please Do Not sign up.If you've never hiked before with 600M or more and switching from urban hikes to mtn hikes you should start with lower elevation. I will be checking you COC history and might touch base with you.
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:
ALL of these items are mandatory:
Proper hiking boots
Water, lunch & snacks
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.
-Bear spray and or air horn or whistle.
-Gaiters-keep your pants dry-snow
-Hiking poles(steep)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Hwy 1 (Trans Canada). Take the Lac des Arcs exit (Exit 105), and go over the overpass to the south side of the highway. Just before the loop meets eastbound Hwy 1, turn left into Heart Creek Day Use area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Km
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 $51.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Wednesday, December 1, 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.

Winter Safety Considerations
Entered by Sylvia A on May 11, 2010
Terrain Classification: Unrated
Plan: Heart Mountain is in unrated front-range terrain in the Bow River Valley, east of Banff townsite. As of May 11, there is still snow on top on ridge according to the Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre. However, the forecast for the remainder of the week calls for VERY warm weather (well above freezing) which will likely melt alot of the snow. The forecast for Saturday is 22. In the case that it snows alot until Saturday another location (Ha Ling Peak or Mount Lady MacDonald) will be selected or the event will be cancelled if none of the other options are safe to proceed.

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

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: