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Commonwealth Peak (8/13/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Scramble
Event Location: Smith Dorrien Area
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 13 2017  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 12 2017 4:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6-7 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D6: Difficult to Advanced
Event Coordinator(s): Gil
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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:3
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

Please read the ENTIRE description before signing up. Thank you!

*** A rock climbing helmet is required for this scramble. No helmet = no event ***

Distance: 13.5km round trip
Elevation gain: 850m

While Commonwealth Peak is lower than most of the the nearby peaks, the panorama it affords is spectacular. Some of the surrounding peaks includes Mount Birdwood, Mount Smuts, The Fist, Mount Nestor and Mount Chester.

We will follow the Burstall Pass trail for about 3.5 km at which point we'll descend right down to the marsh area. Be prepared for creek and marsh crossing. It shouldn't be more than calf deep. Following the marsh/creek crossing we'll gain a col through a gully and work our way to the summit. It'll be mostly a scree slog with a 15 meter scrambling section near the summit.

I like to take long breaks at the summit (if conditions permit). I also travel at a low moderate pace and like to take breaks for snacks and photos.

In the event that the weather turns nasty (ie. snow), another scramble (up to moderate difficulty) or difficult hike will be selected in another area. If registered, please pay attention to your email for updates.

Please note that the coordinator has not done this trip before. Please allow time/patience for unforeseen circumstances.


Required Items to Bring:
  • Rock helmet
  • Water
  • Lunch and snacks
  • 2 pairs of footwear. One pair (runners) for marsh creek crossing and another pair of proper hiking boots for scramble and gear (including wind and rain gear, regardless of forecasts)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking poles
  • Bear spray
  • First aid kit
  • Camera
  • Gaiters

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Hwy 1 (Trans Canada) to Hwy 40 (Kananaskis Country exit). Travel 50km south and turn right on Kananaskis Lakes Trail (Peter Lougheed Provincial Park). Follow for 2.2km and turn right on Smith-Dorrien road. Follow Smith-Dorrien Road for approximately 20km and turn left at the Burstall Pass Trailhead (opposite of the Chester Lake Trailhead).
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):280Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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 $61.60 (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.


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

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