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Burgess Shale Mt Stephen & Camp (7/21/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Yoho National Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jul 21 2017, Sat, Jul 22 2017  4:00 PM
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 21 2017 3:00:00 PM
Event Duration:1.5 days
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ben C
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Member Cost:$69.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 3 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

We will be going on a guided tour of the the Burgess Shale at Mount Stephens, one of the most significant fossil finds on earth. These exquisite fossils found in Yoho and Kootenay national parks are changing our understanding of evolution itself. Hike this short but challenging trail to the site where railway workers reported finding thousands of so-called ‘stone bugs'in the 1880’s. The sheer number of fossils at Mount Stephen has been described by some as comparable to stumbling upon a treasure frozen in time. You'll need good trail footwear. This hike is best suited for those who can very comfortably do a similar distance and elevation such as Prairie Mountain otherwise you'll be too busy catching your breath instead of enjoying the place. Expect all weather conditions, including heavy rains and snow.
Distance: 8km
Elevation: 800M
Tour duration: Approx 7hrs

The Plan:
Friday: Leave Calgary late afternoon, drive out to a campsite near Field for an overnight car camp and do a little potluck campfire cookout there. Fires permitting.
Saturday: Have an early breakfast then 7am arrive at the Yoho Visitor Centre for the start of the tour/hike. After the hike, we'll head over to Banff for dinner and a soak in the Hot Springs before heading home.

- Co-ed tent sharing since we're just getting one site. Cost quoted is based on all of us sharing the site.
- This is a fun anything goes event
- If you're not wanting to participate in all the activities then this event is not for you
- Speed will be moderate but definitely not for super slowpokes
- Be prepared for any kind of weather
- Do not be in rush to get back to Calgary. Most likely back very late.

- Payment is due immediately upon registration or you may be moved off to the waitlist
- Send payment to me via Interac Transfer at:
- The cost covers the Parks Canada guided tour and campsite fee for the night per person - 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. If a suitable replacement is found, they will send monies direct to you instead.

Required Items to Bring:
- Hiking poles (Mandatory)
- Rain gear
- Adequate layers
- Personal first aid kit
- Camping gear
- Hiking gear
- Food for Friday night dinner and the hike
- good trail footwear
- Water and food for the hike
- Money for incidentals, Banff visit and hot springs
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Bear spray
- Sunglasses
- Sun hat
- Bug Spray
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Hwy 1


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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$69.00/Person
Cost Includes:- Fee includes guided tour, camping and admin fee
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:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!