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South + North Burstall DUE TO AVALANCHE CONCERNS (10/14/2017)

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The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park - Smith Dorrien Highway 742
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 14 2017  8:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 12 2017 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:a full day plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D6: Difficult to 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: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: Approximately18 kms
Elevation Gain: Approximately 800 meters
Pace: slow ascending, moderate otherwise, yet taking time to appreciate the views
Note: While rated a D6 the snow conditions could make it more challenging
Note: Microspikes or similar traction devices with significant spikes are mandatory


This event is best suited to those who have completed some longer hikes recently and who are ready to embrace winter conditions (snow, wind, cold).
We will be staying together as a group at my pace for the entire hike.
This event is not for those that are use to a quick pace or like to wander off or race ahead.
We are out to enjoy this adventure and our time on the trail may vary so it is best not to join in if you need to be back to the city by a certian time.

Hike Description
Hiking the Burstall Passes is a great opportunity to enjoy a winter hike on a mid-autumn day. With the snow that is already there and what is to fall this week there should be just the right amount to offer up a winter-wonderland. Soon enough this area will become off limits so it’s go time. Our route will take us along a short portion of road onto a well-defined trail, through the alluvial flat section (which could be wet), then we climb through a dense forest where after thirty minutes or so, we’ll arrive at a subalpine meadow. Enjoy the level trail for a brief distance before we ascend again to Burstall Pass at 2380 meters. Expect a few steeper sections along the way where microspikes will be necessary. The plan is to explore both the South and North Burstall Passes if conditions and time are on our side. We will assess as we go. Come prepared for snow, cold, wind and awesome scenery.

Required Items to Bring:
proper waterproof hiking boots
microspikes (icers or yaktrax not suitable)
food, water
clothes for varying weather conditions (no cotton nor jeans)
warm layers (hat, mitts, jacket)
personal first aid kit
bag for dirty boots for the drive home
change for your driver (small bills or coins)
cheerful personalities
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
bear spray
hot beverage

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Highway 1 west. Turn south on Hwy 40 and follow 50km to the junction with Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Turn off on Kananaskis Lakes Trail here. (Reset odometer to 0.) At 2.2km turn right onto the gravel Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail. At 22.2km turn left into the Burstall Pass day use area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):276Km
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 $60.72 (calculated at total Km * $0.22, effective Tuesday, October 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.

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:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!