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Burstall Pass (9/8/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 8 2019  10:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:15 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Sep 7 2019 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx. 6 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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Member Cost:$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:2
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 15km return
Elevation gain: 475m

Minor creek crossings may be required.
Those willing to drive, may be given priority.

This adventurous hike takes you through forest and meadows to 2380m Burstall Pass. We may still see the larches in their glory, as well as 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:

- Suitable Hiking Footwear
- 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
- $3 COC event fee (exact change) or valid Premier membership
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- 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: 8:15 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 $75.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Wednesday, September 18, 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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- 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
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:Note there is a $3 event fee if you are not a premier member.
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!