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3 days at Lake O'Hara + 2 nights at Elizabeth Parker Hut (5/19/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 19 2018, Sun, May 20 2018, Mon, May 21 2018  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 15 2018 11:55:00 AM
Event Duration:3 Days, 2 Nights
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Lorrie W
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Member Cost:$110.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 13 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
PLEASE NOTE THOSE THAT WERE HIGHLY INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK IN NOV 2018 HAD ADVANCE NOTICE TO SIGN UP ON THIS EVENT AS PART OF THEIR TRAINING. IF YOU MISSED GETTING ON THE FIRST 13 AVAILABLE SPOTS AND ARE ON THE WAITING LIST, YOU WILL NOT HAVE PRIORITY PLACEMENT IN THE WAIT LIST. AVAILABILITY OF FUTURE SPOTS DUE TO CANCELLATIONS WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS FROM THOSE REMAINING ON THE WAITING LIST.


Elevation Gain: Will vary by day – depending on which hikes we agree to do.
Distance: Will vary by day - depending on which hikes we agree to do.

LAKE O’HARA AREA, 3-DAYS OF AWESOME HIKING, 2 NIGHTS IN THE ELIZABETH PARKER HUT

The Lake O'Hara area is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We will get to enjoy the hut and the company of other nature lovers who will be there that weekend.

We will be carpooling in groups based on the area of town you live in and each group will go in a single vehicle.

ITINERARY:
Day 1 (Sat, May 19):
• Depart Calgary from your agreed upon carpool location 7:00am
• Drive to Lake O’Hara car park off of Hwy 1 to arrive at 9:00am
• Hike up the 11km road to the Elizabeth Parker Hut (anticipated arrival around noon)
• Claim sleeping berths; quick lunch; leave our packs at EP Hut
• For those interested, we will do an afternoon hike.
• Return to EP Hut, dinner, card/board games, astrophotography for the enthusiasts (if the skies are clear!)

Day 2 (Sun, May 20):
• Breakfast
• Choose from many options of hikes or scrambles, depending on the amount of snow still around - i.e. Hike the lakes loop around Lakes O’Hara, Opabin, Hungabee, Moors, Cascade, & Mary
• Return to EP Hut in the late afternoon
• Dinner, card/board games, astrophotography (if the skies are clear!)

Day 3 (Mon, May 21):
• A leisurely breakfast
• Pack bags, clean hut and leave for the 11km hike back to the vehicles.
• Drive back to Calgary

EP Hut is equipped with gas stoves and utensils. No need to bring those. The hut no longer has cooler boxes. So don’t count on fresh food or uncooked meats to last the whole weekend. Sleeping is dorm-style. Just bring your sleeping bag, and if you’re a light sleeper, ear plugs. There’s always a snorer (or two)!

If we are able to do some scrambling, please bring your helmet is it will be mandatory to participate in any scrambling hikes in the area.. Though there isn’t much exposure, the helmet is to keep us safe from rock-fall.

Please have your bear spray in an accessible place (e.g. on a holster or pant pocket, and not in the bottom of the backpack).

If you have questions send me an email or call me.

PAYMENT NOTE & INSTRUCTIONS:

(1) You must pay the coordinator by noon on March 15, 2018. If the coordinator does not receive payment by noon on March 15, 2018 you will be moved to the wait list and the next person on the wait list will be offered your spot on the event. Your spot will only be confirmed once payment is received. Please do not pay if on the wait-list until you hear from the coordinator.
(2) You can pay by email transfer to lorriewz@telus.net. Please make sure to send a separate email with the password.
(3) There will be no refunds after Mar 15, 2018 as the coordinator will be paying the Alpine Club the full payment on that date and will be non-refundable by ACC. If you have to withdraw, you will have to arrange for a person on the wait-list to take your spot and reimburse you.
(4) If the coordinator has reason to doubt your ability to complete the hike up to the hut and back on day 3, she may contact you by phone or email with questions.
(5) Light to moderate alcohol consumption is okay at EP Hut. However, please note that everyone is expected to be sprightly in the morning and to be ready for the group hike(s).


If you don't do online banking contact me on my cell and we can figure it out. Do not send money to the club.


Required Items to Bring:
Food (3 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts) - Will likely organize pot lucks for 2 dinners
Water & water filter/tablets
Climbing helmet (if doing any scrambling)
Headlamps (you don’t want to go to the outhouse at night without one!)
Bear spray
Toilet paper
Sleeping bag
Personal medication
Layered clothing (including rain-gear)
Daypack
Hiking poles
Hiking boots
Garbage bags
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Sunglasses
Sun hat
Tea/coffee
Earplugs (there’s always a snorer or two)
Camera
GPS
Sandals or hut booties
Snacks
Favorite drink (see note)
Sunscreen
Bug-spray
Snowshoes (conditions permitting)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Meet at pre-arranged carpool.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):380Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 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 $114.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Friday, August 17, 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.

Notes:
No refunds past the registration cut-off date of Mar 15, 2018 will be available. If a suitable COC member can be found to take your place, the funds transfer will be handled between yourselves.



Winter Safety Considerations
This information entered by Lorrie Wazny on March 5, 2018
Terrain Classification: Simple (Class-1)
The Lake O'Hara fire road and south shore of lake O'Hara is rated Class-1 terrain. The north shore of Lake O'Hara and Opabin Plateau is rated Class-2 terrain. We will have to wait closer to the event date to determine what the avalanche risk will be to determine which day hiking we can do. Should the avalanche danger rise to High or Extreme at any elevation on the day of the event, it will be cancelled.

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 and current avalanche conditions for the trip.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in COC events.
- 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.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$110.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$4.00/Person
Cost Includes:Cost of $110.00 is approximated and covers 2 night’s hut rental and 2 night's backcountry wilderness passes. Carpool cost and COC donation for regular members is not included in the $110.00. If you hold a valid ACC & Annual Backcountry Wildnerness Pass on Mar 15, 2018 (and a valid Annual Backcountry Wildnerness pass for May 19-21, 2018) you will receive a reduction of approximately $40-45.00 from the $110.00 cost. I have already paid the deposit to ACC to secure the 14 spots and will be sending in the remainder due on Mar 15, 2018 with all the ACC membership numbers and expiry dates, as well as all Backcountry Wilderness Pass numbers and expiry dates. Once full payment has been made to ACC, there will be no refunds or changes allowed through ACC. Parks Canada can check for valid Backcountry Wilderness passes when we enter the Lake O'Hara region or during the weekend so it is imperative you have this information on hand at all times during the weekend.
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: $5.00/Person.

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