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Sheep River / Junction Creek Backpack (9/2/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 2 2017  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Aug 29 2017 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ben C
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 6 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Random backcountry overnight. Looking for a few adventurous souls. We'll be backpacking in a remote densely forested valley, paralleling scenic a creek the whole time. While it’s in the trees most of the way, there’s enough views of surrounding mountains to make it all worthwhile. An added bonus, and the real reason you’ll want to come here, are the many waterfalls, one of them especially spectacular, seen along the route (most near the end). The going is easy, flat, or mostly so. It’s a bit rough and wet in places, and is frequented by equestrian types, so expect to play in the mud from time to time. This trip will involve crossing the Sheep River at the start (bring crossing sandals or just go in bare feet or with shoes, its your preference), maybe more creeks, mud crossings, mountains, waterfalls and beautiful views. We will be doing a bushwhack dayhike (bring small day pack or empty your backpack and use that) up one of the mountains nearby. Your coordinator hasn't been this way before so it is definitely exploratory, be prepared for the occasional U- turn and/or bushwhack. Bring a lightly weighted overnight pack, you'll get a chance to measure the weight of your pack at the trailhead, so we can enjoy the trail instead of huffing under a heavy pack.
Distance: Approx 7-9 km one way to the campsite. Approx 300m elevation gain one way.
Expect about 3-4 hours to hike in give or take

As we will be camping in a remote wilderness area, we will be practicing Leave no Trace principles. Pack out what we pack in. We may or may not have a fire depends on conditions then.

Itinerary:
SATURDAY – Early morning drive out to the trail head, haul in to the site, chill for a bit, explore the area. Have dinner, do a mini potluck. Main meal is your own but bring a very light snack to share. Note - having a campfire may not happen so don't count on it, be prepared.
SUNDAY - We will explore the area, dayhike climb a (big) hill or two, go for a swim and just chill out.
MONDAY - After a morning breakfast hike out and head back. Do not be in rush to get back to Calgary, we'll be back late as we'll stop in Black Diamond for refreshments (like ice cream) depending what on time we get out.

Note:
- This is a fun anything really goes event
- Co-ed event so be prepared to share tents. Sharing is good as it means a lighter pack
- This is a random camping event. NO facilities. Practice Leave No Trace.
- Speed will be moderate but definitely not for super slowpokes
- It's bear country so you'll really need to practice bear awareness and safety.

Gear: You will need your own backpacking gear. Tent mates can be arranged if you don't already have one. Co-ed tenting. Any group gear will be pre- arranged. Be prepared to help carry any group gear if needed. See link for personal backpacking gear if you are new to this, but lighter is more. Contact me if you have not backpacked before.
Typical Backpacking List (the lighter the better).


Required Items to Bring:
- BEAR SPRAY
- lightweight backpacking gear + garbage bags to pack garbage out.
- a trowel
- food
- sandals for river crossing
- swimsuit for dips in waterfalls
- Adequate cord and bag for a bear hang or have a bear cannister
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- camera
- gaiters
- poles
- small backpacking saw
- a Neanderthal sword to scare very very large brown furry scary critters away. Probably won't work but definitely good for a laugh
- If you want to fly fish, bring your rod and permit, not sure if there is fish in the creek though.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:- Wait for email. Carpool will be pre-arranged.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 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 $39.60 (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:

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