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North Molar Pass Plus (8/12/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Banff National Park, Icefield Parkway
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 12 2017  8:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 10 2017 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:a very long day plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D7: Advanced
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: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Distance: Approximately 25 kms
Elevation Gain: Approximately 800 meters
Pace: Slow ascending, moderate otherwise yet taking time to enjoy everything
Note: We may explore the meadow area which will add on a bit of distance and elevation gain to the above listed numbers.

We will be staying together as a group at my pace. This event is not for those that like to wander off or race ahead.
If you need to be back to the city by a certain time it would be best not to sign up. This will be a very long day.
If the forecast turns unfavourable this event will be cancelled and an email will be sent out Friday evening.

Hike Description
Let’s keep the momentum going on the long distance hikes while we still have many daylight hours to fill. A hike off the Icefield Parkway to North Molar Pass will fit that bill. The initial six or so kilometers of this hike will be gently ascending along the rocky & rooty Mosquito Creek Trail. We then emerge out onto the massive molar meadow where we will witness three kilometers of subalpine meadow wilderness in a huge amphitheatre of rocky peaks and talus slopes. We’ll pass by Mosquito Lake, enjoy some easy rock hopping over the creek and hopefully the wildflowers will still be in their glory. We’ll reach the end of the meadow then conquer the stiff climb over a rocky trail to our high point of the day at 2590 meters, which is our destination of North Molar Pass and our lunch spot. North Molar Pass is the third highest pass accessible by trail in Banff National Park. Upon our return we may find an area of the large meadow or its surroundings to explore, which will add on additional distance and elevation gain to what is posted above. Bring your energizer bunny fitness level, aka your “A-Game” and share in the beauty that’s too much for my eyes only.

References
"Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton & Bart Robinson
"Don't Waste Your Time In The Canadian Rockies" by Kathy & Craig Copeland
"Bow Lake & Saskatchewan Crossing" GemTrek Map


Required Items to Bring:
proper hiking boots
food, water
clothes for varying weather conditions (no cotton nor jeans)
personal first aid kit
Park Pass or Canada 150 Discovery Pass
bag for dirty boots for the drive home
small bills or change for your driver
cheerful personalities
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
bear spray
bug spray
sunscreen
camera
poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Highway 1 to the Icefields Parkway. From the junction of Trans- Canada Hwy 1 and the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93 NORTH) which is just after the turn off to Lake Louise, drive the Parkway northwest 24 km. Turn west into the entrance for Mosquito Creek campground and youth hostel. Park in the gravel lot on the left, immediately below the Parkway. The trailhead is on the Parkway's east side, just north of Mosquito Creek bridge.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):402Km
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 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 $88.44 (calculated at total Km * $0.22, effective Thursday, August 17, 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.

Notes:
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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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!