Grass Pass and Bull Creek Hills - Sat, Jan 7 2017

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Grass Pass and Bull Creek Hills (1/7/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Snowshoe
Event Location:Southern Kananaskis - Highwood
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 7 2017  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 6 2017 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~5-6 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: Approx:11-12km
Total Elevation Gain: Approx: 700M

The hills in this area are often fairly wind swept however the snow tends to be deep in the treed areas, hence snowshoes are required.
Pls do not be in 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: Please ensure you have proper winter attire. Forecast max is -15C for Saturday

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.

We will return the same way as we came up

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

· Longview Weather

Please note that this is not a speed demon's hike (getting to the top in record time). We will be hiking at a moderate pace on flat areas and at a slower pace on steeper terrain going up. If you're used to "slowpoke- paced hikes" then this hike is not for you. Please remember that it's a lot harder to hike in snow/winter conditions than summer conditions.

Plan: Hike along Grass Pass Trail and up to Bull Creek summit as per Gemtrek Map.
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.

Required Items to Bring:
Good winter boots
Gloves or mitts suitable for long periods in the cold
Head lamp
-Plenty of water
-Dress in layers
Money to pay your driver
Plastic bag to put muddy boots in.

NO cotton clothes or jeans.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Hiking poles
Micro spikes/Icers
Thermos with hot drink
Extra socks(if your boots aren't waterproof and your feet get wet you will freeze)

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


Winter Safety Considerations

This event is exempt from avalanche planning, as it is considered to be generally free from avalanche hazards because it is listed in "A Beginner's guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies" by Andrew Nugara

Avalanche Forecast Danger Level for Kananasis
This information entered by Mick on 6-Jan- 2017 (
Avalanche Forecast Avalanche Danger Level:
Alpine : Moderate
Treeline : Moderate
Below Treeline : Low

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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: