Chester Lake & Elephant Rocks - Relaxed pace - Sat, Apr 18 2015

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Chester Lake & Elephant Rocks - Relaxed pace (4/18/2015)

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:Snowshoe
Event Location:Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 18 2015  11:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 17 2015 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4-6 hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
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:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: Approx 10 km
Elevation Gain: Approx 400 m
Pace: relaxed

We will stick together & take time to enjoy the views, the snow and the elephant rocks. If you prefer a faster pace please don't sign up for this event. We are out to enjoy the day and event duration may vary.
I anticipate there will still be plenty of snow to snowshoe, currently there are 97cm at the trail head, with more forecast for this week; however if conditions are un-favourable I may decide to change this to a hike instead, I will confirm nearer to Saturday.

Required Items to Bring:
waterproof boots
icers /microspikes
food, water
warm layers-jacket, mitts, hat
extra layers when we stop for lunch

cheerful personalities
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
hot shots for hands & feet
hot beverage
personal first aid kit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west out of town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail just before the winter gate. Turn north onto the Smith-Dorrien Trail (gravel road) and go about 20-30km. Park at the Chester Lake trail head (past Sawmill). Note that this event requires driving several kilometers up the Smith- Dorrien Road, which is a gravel road, and can be icy/treacherous, especially if your vehicle is not appropriate for winter conditions, or if you are not an experienced winter driver. Please indicate that you're willing to drive ONLY if you and your vehicle are appropriate for some more difficult winter conditions than regular highway driving.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):275Km
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 $88.00 (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 Mick Rayson on Apr 4th , 2015

Terrain Classification: This event is exempted from avalanche planning because it is on an official Kananaskis snow shoe trail.

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

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: