Tent Ridge Horseshoe - Sat, Sep 12 2015

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Tent Ridge Horseshoe (9/12/2015)

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).

Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)
The Basics:
Event Type:Scramble
Event Location: Kananaskis - Smith Dorrien/Spray Trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 12 2015  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 11 2015 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:5-6 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Gil
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: You must have participated in at least three D4+ outdoor events with 600m+ elevation gain this year. Although we will be going at a slower pace, this is not an event for beginners. 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 scrambling edition.

Distance: 11.5km loop
Total elevation gain: Approx. 900m
Maximum Elevation: Approx. 2,550m

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).

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.

· Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Weather
· Bob Spirko Tent Ridge August 2013
   · 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)
   · Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Weather
   · Canmore Weather

   · Do not be in a rush to get back to Calgary.
     We will be out to enjoy the day and event duration may vary.

Required Items to Bring:
   · Water (3L), lunch & snacks for dinner
   · Proper hiking boots
   · Clothes for varying weather conditions, including rain & wind gear
   · Bear spray (no bells)
   · 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.
   · 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).
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):330Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 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 $89.10 (calculated at total Km * $0.27, effective Friday, June 18, 2021). This is based on $0.15/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:
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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