Grotto Canyon Ice Hike - slow pace - Fri, Apr 1 2011

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Grotto Canyon Ice Hike - slow pace (4/1/2011)

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:Just west of Exshaw
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 1 2011  10:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 31 2011 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~4 hours plus driving
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): David Meisner
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 11 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

NOTE: If the ice is too slushy or otherwise not suitable for hiking then we will switch to another, easy, hike in the area - possible Heart Creek.

Distance: 6 - 7km
Elevation gain: 235m
Note we will be travelling at a slow pace - in no rush at all - in order to explore and enjoy the ice and rock formations along the way. Hopefully we'll find the pictographs as well :-)

Grotto Canyon is one of the Rockies' least travelled ice hikes. The further you go into the canyon, the higher the cliffs around you. Ice falls rise to 28m and we may see some ice climbers.

   · Grotto Canyon - Treailpeak
   · Grotto Canyon - YouTube (touristy video)
   · Exshaw Weather

   · You must have some kind of ice cleats or crampons to complete this hike as we will be walking on ice.

     Good ice cleats (Icers) can be purchased at Lee Valley Tools or MEC.
     Crampons can be rented from the U of C Outdoor Program Centre. Make sure you get the flexible kind that strap onto your hiking shoes.

Required Items to Bring:
   · Water and lunch
   · Proper hiking boots and icers
   · Clothes for varying weather conditions
   · First aid kit
   · Plastic bag for your dirty hiking boots for the way back
   · A smile :-)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
   · Hiking poles
   · Gaiters
   · Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on the Trans Canada for approximately 70km to Exit 114 (Hwy. 40 north/old Seebe turnoff), travel north for approximately 3km, and at the 'T' intersection go left (west). Continue through Exshaw and approximately 1km through town park at Grotto Canyon Day Use Area (signed) which will be on your right.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):190Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:30 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 $60.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Saturday, June 22, 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.


- 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: