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Old Goat Glacier (7/17/2017)

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The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Spray Lakes Provincial Park along the Smith Dorrien Trail
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Jul 17 2017  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 15 2017 11:00:00 PM
Event Duration:a nice number of hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Andra
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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
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: Approximately 12 - 13 km
Elevation Gain: Approximately 730 - 780 meters
Pace: slower on steep sections, moderate otherwise, taking time to admire the views

We will be staying together as a group at my pace, no exceptions.
If you need to be back to the city by a certain time it would be best not to sign up. We are out to enjoy the day and our time on the trail may vary.
If the forecast turns miserable this event will be cancelled and an email will be sent out Sunday evening.


Hike Description
It will be seven years to the day on Monday that I last hiked into this Glacier. It’s time to freshen up my memories of that Old Goat. If it’s time for you to hit refresh or if you are looking to hike this trail for the first time why not join in. From our parking spot we'll walk along the road for about 200 meters, then turn right at a wired-off opening. A good trail runs alongside Old Goat Creek. This route has three parts: easy valley stroll to the waterfall; a steep grunt on a rough trail up the headwall into the hanging valley; and the hike on the lateral moraine to the viewpoint for Old Goat Glacier. We will explore and try to work our way to the tarn that sits below the glacier, which is why the variation in distance and elevation gain. A creek, a glacier, a tarn, nice on the eyes scenery and an opportunity to play in snow all packaged together make for a lovely place to visit on a hot Monday.

Required Items to Bring:
proper hiking boots
bear spray
food, water, electrolytes
clothes for varying weather conditions (no cotton nor jeans)
personal first aid kit
bag for dirty boots for the drive home
money (coins or small bills) for your driver
cheerful personalities
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Highway 1 west toward Canmore. Exit onto Three Sisters Parkway and follow the signs toward the Canmore Nordic Center. (Reset odometer to 0.) Continue past the Nordic Center and turn onto the Smith-Dorrien Hwy (gravel road the rest of the way). At 13.6km, pass the Ranger Station and slow down. At 13.8km, pass a sign for Spray Lake West. Turn right 100m farther and proceed across the Three Sisters Dam (signed “Spray Lakes West Campground”). At the end, turn left and drive West Side Road. Park at gravel parking lot by self registration kiosk.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 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 $52.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.22, effective Saturday, July 22, 2017). 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.

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 for the trip.

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

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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