Burstall Pass - Snowshoe - Sat, Jun 2 2018

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Burstall Pass - Snowshoe (6/2/2018)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 2 2018  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 1 2018 7:30:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx. 7 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 15km return
Elevation gain: 475m

Expect to hike passed the lake, but there will be snow at higher elevations on the trail, hence snowshoe. Minor creek crossings may be required. It will be difficult to reach the top without snowshoes.

This adventurous hike takes you through forest and meadows to 2380m Burstall Pass. The view from above treeline stretches from tiny alpine wildflowers at your feet south to the glaciated north face of Mt. Sir Douglas.

At the outset the trail crosses open meadows below Mud Lake. You pass a left branching trail as you start to climb on old logging roads through the forest. Immediately, you veer right following trail markers and continue along the wide, rolling road that leads into the valley. The surface is hard-packed with few rocks. After Burstall Lakes, the road reverts to a narrow hiking trail.

Soon you escape the forest at the edge of an alluvial plain. To your left sits impressive Robertson Glacier whose meltwater has washed down the gravel that covers the valley floor. From here a steep and rooty path leads quickly to treeline and meadows bristling with western anemonies.

After this brief respite, you begin the final ascent to the pass. There from your windswept vantage point far above treeline, you are rewarded with magnificent views that sweep from Mt. Birdwood in the north to Mt. Sir Douglas in the south. Continue a short way west of the pass for views of Leman Lake and the Spray Valley to the west.

Ref: GemTrek's Kananaskis Lakes map.

The pace will be steady. We will be staying together as a group.

Note: For those willing to drive, we will have to drive on the Smith Dorrien Road which is gravel.

We are out to enjoy the day and duration may vary, please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.

Required Items to Bring:

- Hiking boots - Snowshoes
- Bear Spray
- Water (at least one litre)
- Lunch, snacks
- Clothes for changeable weather including rain jacket
- Warm layers
- Plastic bag for your muddy boots for drive home
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Icers or similar traction for your boots
- Gaiters
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west out of town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail, and then just a short way down the road, turn right again onto the Smith-Dorrien / Spray Road (gravel road). Park at the Burstall Pass Trailhead.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):290Km
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 $92.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Thursday, December 2, 2021). This is based on $0.16/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.

Winter Safety Considerations This information entered by Mick Rayson on May 31, 2018 Class-2 terrain. Avalanche danger may be variable, and can easily range from Low to High throughout the day. In general, reduce your exposure to avalanche terrain during periods of solar radiation, daytime warming, or rain. We will have to exercise our judgement and assess the snow condition throughout the day. Coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions and current trail conditions for the trip they are attending.
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Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: