Moose Meadows to Ink Pots to Johnston Canyon Falls-Exploratory - Sat, Feb 18 2017

Moose Meadows to Ink Pots to Johnston Canyon Falls-Exploratory (2/18/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Banff National Park, Bow Valley Area
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 18 2017  9:50 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:50 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 17 2017 1:00:00 AM
Event Duration:~ 5 1/2 hours plus 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, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Please read:
-Spikes are required for this event

We will either Hike with icers OR Snowshoe depending on the conditions we encounter.

Distance: ~13 - 14km return

Total Elevation Gain with ups & downs: ~475m

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

*******DRIVERS needed*****Please indicate in comments how many people including yourself can be in your car.

Moose Meadows to Ink Pots
Starting out at the Moose Meadows parking lot, we will wind our way up through the forest to the Ink Pots. The Ink Pots are the outlets of seven cold mineral springs, fed by rainwater and snow melt that has percolated into the surrounding bedrock. Two of the springs run murky due to the sediments disturbed by the rising water - hence the name Ink Pots.

Ink Pots to Johnston Canyon Upper Falls to see ice climbers.

We will be returning the same way we came.

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.

Pls do not be a rush to get back to Calgary-event time may vary.

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:
-Park pass
- Microspikes
- 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
- Extra pair of socks (to keep you feet dry when your boots get wet ).
- 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)
- $$ to pay your driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:emailed to participants
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):285Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:50 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 $91.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Thursday, January 27, 2022). 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 Sylvia A. on Feb 14, 2017

Terrain Classification: This event is exempted from avalanche planning because it is on official snowshoe trails

Plan: The coordinator will check with Banff Information Center and the Backcountry Avalanche Report for current avalanche information and will modify the route or event location if necessary. The event may be cancelled if the avalanche danger rating is High or Extreme.

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.
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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: