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Cirque Peak (7/15/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Scramble
Event Location: Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 15 2017  8:45 AM  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 13 2017 10:00:00 PM
Event Duration:7-8 hours (plus driving time)
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Lorrie W
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Maximum No. Guests:2
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 11 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Distance: 17.0 km return
Elevation gain: 1050 m

The summit of Cirque Peak is small but the panorama is vast and one of the best you can find in the Rockies, and the trail to Helen Lake is among the quickest routes to alpine meadows and views that you will find in the Banff area.

Cirque Peak (2993m) is a non-technical scramble up scree slopes from Helen Lake. The summit offers stunning panoramic views. The name "Cirque" describes the amphitheater formed by adjacent peaks.

Note: This trip is best suited to strong hikers. We will be going at a relaxed pace. You must agree to stick with the group for the entire trip in order to participate.

Required Items to Bring:
  • National Park Pass
  • Lunch, snacks, water
  • Warm layers, gloves/mitts and windbreaker no matter what the weather forecast
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Icers (MANDATORY)
  • Bear Spray
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera
  • Helmet
  • Bear-whistle
  • Bugspray
  • Gaiters for the scree

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:Head west on the Trans-Canada Highway and the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) drive the Parkway North 33.2km (20.6mi) to the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint. Turn into the trailhead parking on the north side of the parkway.
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):350Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 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 $77.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.22, effective Sunday, January 21, 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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    - Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
    - Questions about equipment or rentals? Contact the Event Coordinator for suggestions and recommendations.
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    - Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year

    Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
    Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
    Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!
    *Note: Please do not cancel last minute