Burstall Pass - Slow Pace - Sat, Jul 5 2014

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Burstall Pass - Slow Pace (7/5/2014)

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 Country
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 5 2014  10:45 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 3 2014 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx. 7 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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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:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Distance: 15km return
Elevation gain: 475m

Note there is currently still about 40cm of snow at the pass, but this may change by the weekend, when the weather is expected to be good

This adventurous hike takes you through forest and meadows to 2380m Burstall Pass. The view from above treeline stretches from tiny alpine wildflowers at your feet south to the glaciated north face of Mt. Sir Douglas.

At the outset the trail crosses open meadows below Mud Lake. You pass a left branching trail as you start to climb on old logging roads through the forest. Immediately, you veer right following trail markers and continue along the wide, rolling road that leads into the valley. The surface is hard-packed with few rocks. After Burstall Lakes, the road reverts to a narrow hiking trail.

Soon you escape the forest at the edge of an alluvial plain. To your left sits impressive Robertson Glacier whose meltwater has washed down the gravel that covers the valley floor. This is where you may need that spare pair of shoes to wade across the icy river in times of higher flow or later in the day. From here a steep and rooty path leads quickly to treeline and meadows bristling with western anemonies.

After this brief respite, you begin the final ascent to the pass. There from your windswept vantage point far above treeline, you are rewarded with magnificent views that sweep from Mt. Birdwood in the north to Mt. Sir Douglas in the south. Continue a short way west of the pass for views of Leman Lake and the Spray Valley to the west.

Ref: GemTrek's Kananaskis Lakes map.

The pace will be slow and we will be stopping to take photos. We will be staying together as a group.

Note: for those willing to drive, we will have to drive on the Smith Dorrien Road which is gravel.

We are out to enjoy the day and duration may vary, please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.

Required Items to Bring:
-hiking boots
-water (at least one litre)
-lunch, snacks
-clothes for changeable weather including rain jacket, toque and mitts
-Icers or similar traction for your boots (there may be snow at higher elevations)
-plastic bag for your muddy boots for drive home
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
-a spare pair of shoes for the unbridged stream crossings
-hiking poles
-bear spray
-headlamp
-gaiters

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west out of town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail, and then just a short way down the road, turn right again onto the Smith-Dorrien / Spray Road (gravel road). Park at the Burstall Pass Trailhead.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):290Km
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 $92.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Tuesday, November 30, 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:

- 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.

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