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Skoki Loop Backpack (6/30/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jun 30 2017, Sat, Jul 1 2017, Sun, Jul 2 2017  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jun 15 2017 11:00:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days 2 nights
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ben C
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Member Cost:$22.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests:2
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Beautiful high alpine meadows and lakes. Beginning at the Fish Creek trailhead (next to the Lake Louise ski area), this trip starts with a 4 km hike up the Temple access road. Climb over aptly named Boulder Pass and pass by beautiful Ptarmigan Lake before descending to Baker Lake and the campground. The second day involves travelling around Fossil Mountain and past historic Skoki Lodge to Merlin Meadows campground. On the way out, after climbing Deception Pass, re-join the access trail at Ptarmigan Lake back to the trail head. Please read notes below.
Distance: 38km round trip
Elevation: 1300M gross gain, give or take

FRIDAY - Drive out to the trail head at Lake Louise. Hike in to Baker Lake Campground. 14k 600M. No camp fires at this site.
SATURDAY - Head over to Merlin Meadows Campground. Set up camp and then go explore the area. 8k 200m. There is a communal firepit here so bring your pack saw. We'll have to gather fire wood.
SUNDAY - After breakfast, hike out and head home. 16k 500m. I'd like to stop over in Banff for dinner and hot springs soak if possible.

- Co-ed tent sharing event as I only have 3 tent sites booked per campground. 2 ppl to a tent as needed (maximum 4 people to a tent pad in one tent)
- This is a fun anything goes event
- Pace will be moderate, there will be stops for photos but definitely not for super slowpokes
- Note there might still be snow at the higher elevations so be prepared. Winter conditions could possibly be in effect as it is in a mountain range. Who knows? Be prepared, we’re still going anyways.
- Do not be in rush to get back to Calgary will be back late for sure

- Send payment to me via Interac Transfer at:
- The cost is per person for 2 nights. Whether you share a tent or if you're lucky enough to have your own pad because everyone else is squeezing into a 4 man, it is still the same cost. So sharing gear will make it lighter.
- You must pay in full when registering or I will have to move you to the waiting list.
- Do not send payment if you’re on the waitlist, wait for my email to get on.
- No refunds if you're cancelling and if a suitable replacement cannot be found. If no one responds from the waitlist then you’re out of luck.
- Your coordinator will not be dealing with payment beyond the original payment. Replacements will send monies direct to you instead.

Gear: You will need your own personal backpacking gear. Tents, stoves, packsaw, water filters and pots can be shared between tent mates. Bear hangs are available at the campsites so bring a small sack for hanging food and other scented stuff up. If you're brand new to backpacking, see link for backpacking gear and email me for info:
Typical Backpacking List (the lighter the better. Did I mention 1300m [or more] elevation gain?).

Required Items to Bring:
- Bear Spray. Grizzly country
- Usual backpacking gear
- Adequate layers. It might be winter there still
- Rain gear
- 1 Litre of water/liquids
- Food
- Microspikes or equivalents
- Small pack saw
- National park pass
- Small day hike pack.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- sunglasses
- camera
- gaiters
- poles
- small tarp

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west to Lake Louise Ski Hill/Skoki Lodge trail head
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):370Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 AM
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $81.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.22, effective Friday, January 19, 2018). This is based on $0.12/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:
Member Cost:$22.00/Person
Cost Includes:- Backcountry permits and reservation fee for each person for 2 nights
- Bank and admin costs
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the COC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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*Note: - no refunds if a suitable replacement cannot be found for you.