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Mount Burke Loop - Off-Trail, Bushwhacking, Scrambling (9/16/2018)

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The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Hwy 940, Southern Kananaskis
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 16 2018  9:45 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Sep 15 2018 7:00:00 PM
Event Duration:All day. Expect a long day.
Difficulty Rating:D6: Difficult to Advanced
Event Coordinator(s): Gil
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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: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

   · This is an explorer hike. Expect lots of route-finding, off-trail hiking, a short scrambling crux, a ridgewalk,
     and the potential that we will not be able to connect to the proper summit due to the crux.
   · Pace will be relaxed, but note that there will be tricky sections.
   · Bringing a rock helmet is mandatory or you will not be allowed to attend.
     You must e-mail your coordinator immediately after signing up that you have a rock helmet, or you will be automatically moved to the waiting list.
   · Do not be in a rush to get back to the city. We are out to explore and event duration may vary. Note that on most of my big days we don't get back until late evening.

This link shows the loop that we will hike. Please familiarize yourself with this as it shows you the terrain. Note that this is not the typical out-and-back way to the lookout.


Distance: 16km
Elevation Gain: 880m
Trailhead Elevation: 1,605m
Summit Elevation: 2,541m
Difficulty: D6, but could turn into D7, depending on intensity of bushwhacking, route-finding, and the conditions at the crux

Mount Burke offers panoramic views over the Highwood area in southern Kananaskis Country. Note that this is an explorer event, which will not be an out and back up to the lookout, but instead will be an off-trail exploration to turn the trip into a loop with an extensive ridgewalk. There is no guarantee that we will reach the actual summit as there is a 3m crux (scramble) up just below it; we will need to assess conditions when we get to that point. Expect a good portion of route-finding, some slogging, and some loose rock sections. Rock helmets are absolutely mandatory or you will not be allowed to attend. This is the route that we will follow:

   · GemTrek Highwood & Cataract Creek (South Kananaskis Country) Map
Cameron Lookout on Mount Burke (Outdoor Escapade)
   · Mount Burke Loop (Bob Spirko)
   · Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies (2005 edition)
   · Longview Weather

Required Items to Bring:
ALL of these items are mandatory or you stay in the city:
   · Water/drinks/snacks and lunch
   · Hiking footwear
   · Rock helmet
   · Bear spray
· Head lamp
   · Clothes for varying weather conditions (incl. wind & rain)
   · First aid kit
   · Plastic bag for your dirty hiking boots for the way back. Spare clothes for ride back.
   · A smile and sense of adventure :-)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
   · Hiking poles
   · Gaiters
   · GPS if you have one
   · Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Distances are approximate from Somerset-Bridlewood LRT:
   · 0km - Head west on Hwy 22X. 2.
   · 17km - Turn left (south) onto Hwy 22.
   · 55km - Turn left (east) in Turner Valley, onto Hwy 22/7.
   · 78km - Turn right (south) in Black Diamond, onto Hwy 22.
   · 95km - Turn right (west) in Longview, onto Hwy 541.
     139km. Highwood Junction. STOP at this intersection as we will regroup here (no cell phone reception, road turns to gravel)
   · 153km (approx.) - Park near Cataract Campground.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):310Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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 $93.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Saturday, September 22, 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.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
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.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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