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Wilderness Backpack - Bluerock (6/9/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 9 2018  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Jun 5 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:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
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

WCT Backpack Training event. Priority given to those going to the West Coast Trail event in June.
Random backcountry overnight. We'll be hiking in and random camping in a valley with really nice views of Gorge Creek and the nearby mountains. While it’s in the trees some of the way, there’s enough views of surrounding mountains to make it all worthwhile.

Distance: 12 km
Elevation gain : 200m

SATURDAY – Early morning drive out to the trail head, hike in. Exact campsite is dependent on trail conditions/location, expect some exploration/bushwhacking to find a suitable site. There should be a water source nearby. Chill for the rest of the day or go explore. Expect about 4-5 hours of hiking in, depends on your speed. There should be enough stops on the trail for photos etc but I tend to stay moving. Lunch on the trail. Bring some snacks to share for dinner as a mini-potluck. There may or may not be a fire depending on conditions then and at the site. Don't count on it.

SUNDAY - Wake up nice and early, hike back out after an earlyish breakfast. Do not be in rush to get back to Calgary, we may be back late. If we get out to the parking early enough we could stopover in Black Diamond for a late lunch or afternoon refreshments. It all depends on what time you get up and how fast we hike out.

- A lightly loaded backpack is a good thing. - Exact route will be determined closer to the event when we will have a better idea of trail conditions then
- This is a really fun anything really goes event, If you're uptight about stuff, might not be the event for you.
- Speed will be moderate but definitely not for super slowpokes
- It's bear country so you'll really need to practice bear awareness and safety. We will be doing a bear hang or bring a bear cannister. BEARSPRAY and Bear Hang or Bear Cannister is MANDATORY

- Standard backpacking gear the lighter the better
- No group gear expected, be self sufficient.
See link below for backpacking gear. If you are new to this, contact me if you have not backpacked before. Beginners are welcome, just note the distance, elevation and remember you're carrying a heavy pack
COC Backpacking List (you don't need everything, the lighter the better)
Equipment can be rented from MEC or UofC Outdoor Centre.

Required Items to Bring:
- lightweight backpacking gear + garbage bags to pack your garbage out
- a trowel
- food
- 2 litres of water minimum
- Adequate cord and bag for a bear hang or bring a bear cannister
- A fun anything goes attitude
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- camera
- gaiters
- poles
- small backpacking saw
- a Neanderthal sword to scare very very large brown furry scary critters away. Probably won't work but definitely good for a laugh

How to Get There:
Event Directions:- Wait for email. Carpool will be pre-arranged.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 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 $48.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Tuesday, November 20, 2018). 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.

Winter Consideration:
The routes we be on are either official snowshoe trails or class I terrain in and/or below the treeline. Should the avalanche conditions be judged high or extreme then, the event will be moved to a non-avalanche risk area. - Ben C - 23 April 2018
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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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