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Piper Pass (9/1/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kananaskis Country near Elbow Lake off Highway 40
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 1 2018  9:45 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 31 2018 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:9 to 10 hours including driving
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Geoff C
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:4
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Rating difficult due to distance, a scree slope and a creek /river crossing. 21 km round trip, 770 m cumulative elevation gains. The hiking trail follows a wide valley past Elbow Lake and a side valley north of the Elbow River headwaters. Some water wading to about 30 cm deep will be involved; expect wonderful scenery.

The trail is "wickedly steep" on scree for less than the final 1 km up to the pass itself - option is to wait by a huge boulder at the base of this climb.

Coordinator has done this hike once before.

Required Items to Bring:

-Boots or good hiking shoes
-2 L water minimum and/or water-treatment supplies
- clothing layers for varied weather and water conditions

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

-Sandals or water shoes
-trekking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Go left from Home Road onto the Trans-Canada Hwy 1, drive west to the Kananaskis Highway 40 turnoff. Then drive 62km south on Hwy 40 (Pass the junction with Kananaskis Lakes Trail at 50km). Turn left (east) into the trailhead parking lot named the Elbow Pass day-use area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):260Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 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 $67.60 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Monday, February 18, 2019). This is based on $0.15/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Note that drivers with large vehicles have the option to adjust this cost based on their vehicles. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual amount among all people in the vehicle and bring some change as drivers are not expected to carry change.

GPS track from my scouting trip in August 2016


Downloadable GPX File for Piper Pass route -click HERE and wait several seconds for the download button to appear.

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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $3.00/Person.

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