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Wasootch Ridge - Slow Pace (4/14/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kananaskis Valley, Hwy. 40
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 14 2019  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Apr 14 2019 6:00:00 AM
Event Duration:~5 hours plus travelling time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Grant P
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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:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Distance: 12 km, round trip
Elevation Gain: 810 m
Pace: Slow

Proper hiking footwear required

We will be hiking at a slow pace and take several breaks on steeper terrain. This is a challenging hike, and not for beginners.

Wasootch Ridge offers an interesting series of climbs and decents. The ascents are persistent up a long ridge on the east side of Kananaskis Valley. Once on top of the ridge you'll get 360 degree views all around. We will not do the extended part beyond the ridge and will stop at the cairn on the ridge where the terrain is flat to have lunch. It is early season, the weather is unpredictable, some form of ice traction is recommended. "MicroSpikes" or "ICERS"are great! Also bring rain gear, gloves, ear warmers.

Note that your coordinator has not done this hike before except for having wandered up the initial hill. He has an ulterior motive and will be carrying a 60x spotting scope. At some point we may be stopping for a few minutes with the scope.

Required Items to Bring:
- Hiking Boots
- Layered clothes for varying weather conditions
- Rain gear
- Lunch, snacks, and drinks (hot/cold)
- First aid kit
- Plastic bag for your dirty hiking boots for the way back
- Change to pay your driver
- Icers, Microspikes, or equivalent
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
• Icers, Microspikes, or equivalent
• Hiking poles
• Gaiters
• Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:The Wasootch trailhead is just south of Barrier Lake on Hwy 40.
From Hwy 1 drive S on Hwy 40. Slow down after crossing signed Porcupine Creek. Turn left into Wasootch Creek day use area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):165Km
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 $46.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.28, effective Tuesday, April 23, 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.


Winter Safety Considerations
Entered by Grant P on April 12, 2019
Terrain Classification: Classification: Class 1
Conditions: Variable
Plan: We will follow the trail up to the ridge..flat area/up to the cairn...we will not go beyond this whereby the last 1 km is a scramble.
Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in COC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:$3.00 Event Fee for Regular Club Members.
Premier Members or Club Volunteers exempt from event fees.
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.

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