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Smuts Birdwood Burstall (8/11/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Off the Smith Dorrien Trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 11 2018  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 9 2018 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:7 - 8 hours +drive time
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ben Cheong
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Member Cost:$3.00/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:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 9 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

This event involves a short car shuttle - drivers will be given priority.
Great event for early risers and experienced hikers who love gorgeous scenery. It'll be a long day but very rewarding, so don't be in a rush to get back to Calgary as we'll go for dinner in Canmore after the hike.
There might be some very minor bushwhacking and scrambling involved. Our pace will be brisk given the distance we will be covering, so not for super slowpokes. There will be enough stops for photo taking to catch your breath. If you're not sure about this hike, feel free to contact the coordinator and remember to always hike within your ability in order to be able to keep up with the group. You should have recently completed hikes with over 700m in elevation and similar distances. This is a through hike, no turning back once we go in. Note I haven't done this specific route before so allow for route finding.

This has to be one of most scenic loop hikes in K-country. If you like open terrain, far-reaching views and opportunity to hike out on a different path from hike-in then this trip is for you. We will leave one vehicle at Burstall pass parking lot where the hike will finish, then car shuttle down the road. Our hike will consist of the following:

DISTANCE - approx 19KM
ELEVATION - approx 1100M gain in total, give or take:
Esimtated hiking time ~ 6-7 hours give or take.

Route plan:
- Smuts Pass Trail. 6 km, approx 700m elevation. Valley floor hiking for first 5 km, followed by steep headwall ascent (Scramblish at places) to Smuts Pass. Enjoy the views of the Birdwood lakes with Birdwood mountain behind them.
- Highline Smuts - Birdwood base - Burstall Pass Traverse. 4.5 km, approx 300m elevation gain. Highlight of the hike. Mostly off-trail with some ups and downs with spectacular views throughout.
- Burstall Pass trail hike out. 8 km, 470 m elevation loss. Extremely popular trail, mostly forest hiking in the valley south of Mt. Burstall, Pigs Tail and Commonwealth Peak.

- Bear country. Bear Spray is MANDATORY
- Fun anything goes adventurous event, if you're picky about stuff, this may not be the event for you.
- Car shuttle required. Need minimum 2 vehicles to go. We'll be on the gravel road Smith Dorian Trail.
- Need a minimum of 4 people to thwart any beary attempts at nibbling
- Dinner in Canmore

Required Items to Bring:
- Bear Spray MANDATORY
- Water minimum 1.5L. Bring a filter or puri tabs if you plan on refilling along in stream/lake
- Lunch & Snacks
- Small headlamp
- Appropriate clothing including rain gear. It can cold at higher elevations
- Personal first aid kit
- Hiking poles
- Spare change of clothes and footwear(leave in car)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- GPS and or map/compass
- camera
- sunscreen and sunglasses
- snacks to share

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be emailed to participants
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):270Km
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 $70.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Saturday, January 19, 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.


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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:For non-premier members
Make a Payment:$3.00 Event Fee (if applicable) to be paid to your event coordinator. Activity fee, if applicable, (i.e. court fee, bowling fee, camping fee, etc.) to be paid as instructed by your event coordinator.

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