Tent Ridge Horseshoe - Fri, Aug 6 2010

Tent Ridge Horseshoe (8/6/2010)

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:Kananaskis - Smith Dorrien/Spray Trail
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Aug 6 2010  9:45 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:50 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 5 2010 5:00:00 AM
Event Duration:5-6 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Sylvia(1) A.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 9 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 11.5km loop
Elevation Gain: 650M
Cumulative elevation gain: Approx. 900m
Hiking footwear required- sorry no runners/sandals/addiddas or jeans

Before signing up, please read all the event details carefully and familiarize yourself with the club's difficulty ratings and safety policy. I am not a guide, just a volunteer coordinator. Sign up only if you feel you could do this event as easily if you were to do it yourself. You must be comfortable with challenging hiking-EASY scrambling, as well as minor exposure. Tent Ridge can be done as a hike or as a scramble; this is the EASY scrambling edition.

This is a combined off-trail hike / ridgewalk / EASY scramble, which will require route-finding and potentially some bushwhacking. It traverses the Tent Ridge horseshoe, taking in three summits. Views of Robertson, French, Sir Douglas, Commonweath, Birdwood, Smuts and The Fist are part of the reward, as are Watridge Lake, Marushka (Shark) Lake, Spray Lake and the Bryant Creek Valley. The pace will be slow on all the uphill portions and moderate on gentler terrain. The ridge does narrow with mild exposure, so please make sure you are comfortable with this type of terrain (see photos under References below).

Please note that this is an exploratory trip-pls allow time/patience. We are out to enjoy the day, pls do not be in a rush to get back to Calgary-trip time may vary.

Trail Directions (clockwise loop):
- Walk back on road for 200m to steep, grassy, former logging road on right (west).
- Ascend right (northwest) on bootbeaten path through grass.
- Soon Tent Ridge will be visible west and southwest above forest.
- Reach small fork and turn right (southwest) on path marked by a cairn, teepee of logs, and flagging (do not go straight through grass).
- Ascend generally southwest. Lots of bushes, then forest.
- Trail levels at small clearing at 2,076m, about 30 minutes from trailhead.
- Five minutes past clearing, reach T-junction. Go left (southeast).
- Continue to large meadow of Tent Ridge basin.
- Go left at flagging tape. Get to the ridge by skirting northeast around bottom of rockslide.
- Attain ridge at 2,226m, just above treeline. Turn right and follow crest upward.
- Rest of the horseshoe is self-explanatory - you will see the full route via saddle and all along other side.
- Follow ridge into trees. Descend NNE, then SW, then NE into Gawby Gulch. Trail descends gulch, then veers left into cutblock.
- Stay generally left until trail hits old logging road. Turn right and follow it southeast to intersect the trailhead access road.

PACE: Please note that this is not a speed demon's hike(getting to the top in record time) nor is it for very slowpokes, we will be hiking at a Moderate pace on Gentler grades and at a Slower pace on Steeper terrain. If you're not sure about a hike, feel free to contact the coordinator's and remember to always hike within your ability in order to be able to keep up with the group. If you have not hiked before in the mountains probably a good idea to select another hike with lower elevation and build up from their.

- GemTrek maps: Kananaskis Lakes | Canmore and Kananaskis Village
- Google Earth Coordinates: 50�49'13.53"N, 115�22'27.16"W
- Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies (Kananaskis) by Kathy & Craig Copeland
- COC Tent Ridge photos from July 11, 2009
- COC Tent Ridge photos from September 27, 2008 (note the hands-on scrambling parts)
-Pls note if it rains this event will get cancelled.
- Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Weather
- Canmore Weather

Required Items to Bring:
-Plastic bag to put muddy boots in.
-Proper hiking footwear and pack (ensure your pack is big enough to include extras -- a small bike pack that only fits your hydration pack and small lunch is too small...one should always be ready for the unexpected)
-Plenty of water (2L minimum, more if hot)
-Dress in layers
-Mittens, toque (yes even in August -- mountain weather is unpredicatble)
-First-aid kit
-Bear spray and/or air horn and/or whistle - NO BEAR BELLS
-Change to pay your driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Gaiters
- Rock helmet (optional)
- Headlamp (always good to have!)
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:- Head west on Trans Canada to Hwy 40.
- Drive 50km south on Hwy 40.
- At Hwy 40/Kananaskis Trail Junction, reset odometer to 0. Turn right onto Kananskis Trail.
- 2.2km - Turn right (northwest) onto Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (Hwy 742, gravel road).
- 28.6km - Turn left (west) towards Mt. Shark and Mount Engadine Lodge. Reset odometer to 0 again.
- Cross bridge over Smuts Creek.
- 0.8km - keep right (Commonwealth trailhead is on left - we don't want this).
- 1.8km - Park in grassy clearing on right (elevation 1,900m).

ALTERNATIVELY, follow Hwy 1 to Canmore, from Canmore Nordic Centre follow Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail to Mt. Engadine Lodge/Mt. Shark and turn right, follow 1.8km in and park. (Both routes are about the same driving time.)
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):295Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:50 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 $94.40 (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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