Grass Pass and Bull Creek Hills - Exploratory Hike - Wed, Oct 12 2016

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Grass Pass and Bull Creek Hills - Exploratory Hike (10/12/2016)

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:Southern Kananaskis - HIghwood
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Oct 12 2016  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Oct 11 2016 1:00:00 AM
Event Duration:~5-6 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Sylvia(1) A.
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:4
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 2 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: Approx:~12km
Total Elevation Gain: Approx: ~700M
Route: Official and unofficial trails. Be ready to explore. Going back on your own is not an option, you must stay with the group.

Note:Possible snow at higher elevations so come prepared.

+++ Microspikes/icers are strongly recommended.+++

+++++DRIVERS needed+++++ Group will increase if more drivers sign up.

Pls do not be a rush to get back to Calgary-event time may vary..
After reviewing the participants list, I may contact you regarding your experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Sorry NO jeans/sweat pants. Proper hiking boots required.

While most areas in the mountains are covered in snow, this area between the foothills and mountains is ideal for off-trail hiking in almost any month of the year. We'll be mostly out of the trees with views in all directions.

We'll first hike 3.2km on the Grass Pass Trail along an old exploration road. The ascent is fairly gradual (425m) up to Grass Pass. At the pass we'll head eastward and upwards into the Bull Creek Hills. The Bull Creek summit is an additional 2.5km (265 m), with 1km of ridge walking. From the Bull Creek summit we'll have wonderful views of Mt. Head and Holy Cross Mountain.

· Google Earth coordinates: 50°24'59.23"N, 114°34'56.15"W
· GemTrek Highwood & Cataract Creek Map

· Longview Weather

PACE: Relaxed pace when doing the uphill portions and moderate for the balance. If you are a speed demon please sign up for another hike.

Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are NOT trained guides. All participants are responsible for their OWN safety and equipment.

Required Items to Bring:
- Icers/microspikes- recommended
- Proper hiking boots
- Backpack - large enough to include extras (clothes, first aid kit, etc.). A small bike hydration pack that only fits your hydration/water system and small lunch is too small.
- Plastic bag for muddy/wet boots for the ride home
- Gaiters
- Extra pair of socks (to keep you feet dry when your boots get wet from rain and snow).
- Water (at least 1.5L)
- Lunch
- Dress in layers
- Mittens, toque (NO leather gloves(hands freeze right away on mtn hikes) - mountain weather is unpredictable)
- Bear spray and/or air horn and/or whistle - no bear bells
- $$ to pay your driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
-Hiking Poles _Thermos hot beverage

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be emailed to participants.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):210Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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 $67.20 (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.


- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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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.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: