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Winter Backpack & Snow Shelters (1/6/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Snowshoe
Event Location: Some not-so-random wilderness location - TBC
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 6 2018  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Jan 2 2018 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 days
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ben Cheong
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Member Cost:$16.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Ever wonder if you are stuck out in the wilderness how comfy can you get? We will snowshoe/hike in, build ourselves a Snow Shelter or two, learn some basic bushcraft, eat lots, sleep overnight and be merry after the hard work. We'll build a Quinzee and maybe one other type of shelter depending on the snow levels and manpower available. Beginners are welcome. We'll also have a potluck dinner for the evening (The best part of the day). Optional potluck breakfast if the groups desires (yum, hot breakfast)
Distance - 2-5km one way approx
Elevation - 50m - 150m one way approx

- There WILL be a lot of snow shoveling and crawling around in tight spaces, so this might be challenging for people who are claustrophobic or allergic to cold and hard work. Hence the D4 rating, otherwise it'd be a D3 or even a D2 given the distance and elevation. So you'll need a snow shovel.
- We may be foraging for firewood so saw and hatchet could be needed
- We will be going regardless of weather conditions unless its so bad that we can't actually get there which is unlikely
- Which also means even if its cold (its winter!), we'd still be going (then you'll see why a shelter/quinzhee works well in that climate

If needed, I will conduct a pre-trip meet for gear. In addition to regular backpacking equipment, you will also need some extra gear, see list below. Some of the gear can be shared (stoves, saws etc). Wait for logistics coordination email. I will need enough drivers, winter gear tends to take up space.

You should be fit enough to carry a heavy pack or haul a sled/pulk for the indicated distance one way whilst wearing snowshoes. You should also be fit enough to be shoveling a lot of snow. If you have back problems, get clearance first.

You can rent winter backpacking stuff at MEC or UofC Outdoor Center

Costs are currently an estimate only. If you have any questions, ask me.

Required Items to Bring:


- Snowshoes
- Liquid fuel stove ((like white gas, propane/butane stoves pretty much don't work well in the cold) or cook over a fire
- Pot to melt snow for water
- Small 8x6 tarp for ground sheet
- Thick sleeping mat with at least 1.6 R value
- Sleeping bag rated to your personal temperature comfort levels.
- Long handled SNOW shovel (don't bring a dirt shovel), leave the uber lightweight and short handled backpacking snowshovels ones at home. Your back will thank you.
- Backpacking Axe or Hatchet
- Small backpacking saw for firewood foraging
- Lots of yummy food
- Sun glasses/goggles
- Sun screen, lip balm, moisturizer

- Potluck dinner

- WATERPROOF, breathable, outer clothing - Jacket and Pants. Goretex type is good.
- Adequate layers to stay warm. Would hate to have to thaw you out.
- Dry change of clothes including extra gloves and socks. You WILL very likely become wet especially if your outer clothing isn't as waterproof as you think
- Synthetic waterproof insulated snow boots like Sorrels. Do not wear leather boots even if they are waterproof.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

- Camera
- Gaiters
- Pulk/Sled/Toboggan
- Tropical palm tree for ambience
- Compass and map, so you know where you are

How to Get There:
Event Directions:TBC
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):275Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 AM
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $82.50 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Wednesday, July 18, 2018). This is based on $0.15/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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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$16.00/Person
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the COC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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