Buller Pass - Sun, Sep 22 2019

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Buller Pass (9/22/2019)

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 will then make your payment for this event at the venue, NOT in advance to the COC.

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:Sun, Sep 22 2019  9:45 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Sep 19 2019 11:55:00 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 Only, 18 And Older Only
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: 14.7km return
Elevation Gain: 670m
Pace: Relaxed.
Priority: May be given to drivers. Note that the Smith Dorrien Trail is gravel. We will be travelling from Canmore this end of the trail is quite rough.
Group: We will stay together as a group at all times. This is prime bear territory
Duration: Event duration may vary. Please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.
Refreshments: We will stop in Canmore for refreshments after the hike (probably Rose and Crown), unless we finish later than anticipated, in which case we will drive home directly from hike.

An adventurous, rewarding dayhike. After the first hour, you'll be mostly above the treeline with the surrounding mountains in view. The view from the pass is outstanding.

From the parking area, return to the highway and cross it. The trail begins on the east side. Immediately cross a small bridge, enter forest, and curve northeast. This will remain your general direction of travel for the first hour. Within 15 mins, cross a bridge to Buller Creek's north bank. The trail ascends moderately then contours for nearly 1km through pleasant Engelmann spruce forest. At 2.8km, cross a bridge to the creeks south bank. Ascend more steeply, then enjoy a level reprieve. Where the forest opens, you can look up both valleys: right (east-southeast) leads to Buller Pass; left (northeast)leads to North Buller Pass. Mt. Buller is farther left (directly north).

About an hour from the trailhead, pass a turquoise pool where the creek cascades into a rock bowl. Then cross a footlog over the creek's south fork. One minute beyond, watch closely for a fork near a tree blazed N-S. Here, at 3.7km, bear right, staying on the main trail. Proceeding on the main trail, within 15mins ascend past a gorge on the right and attain a view of the cliffs. Larches appear in the upper subalpine zone. The trail begins curving northeast. At 2240m Buller Pass is visible ahead.

Ascending gently into the upper basin, the trail grazes a creeklet and small cascade. Then it climbs the steep, rocky headwall, gaining 160m to crest Buller Pass at 7km, about 2 hrs from the trailhead. Ribbon lake is visible east, in the basin far below the pass. Behind it is 2959m Mt Kidd. North of the lake is 3144m Mt. Bogart.
We will not be making the circuit over North Buller Pass on this trip. We'll take in the view from the pass then turn around and go back the way we came.

Pace: We will be hiking at a relaxed pace. If you're not sure about a 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. If you have not hiked before or recently hiked with 500M+, this hike is not for you.

Ref: Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies Gem Trek Canmore and Kananskis Village map
This event may be cancelled if the forecast is not favourable.

Required Items to Bring:
- Cash (correct change) to pay your driver and $3 fee (no e- mail transfers)
- Suitable Hiking footwear for the season (encountering snow is a possibility)
- Bear Spray
- Water (at least one litre)
- Lunch and 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
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Highway 1 west toward Canmore. Exit onto Three Sisters Parkway and follow the signs toward the Canmore Nordic Center. Continue past the Nordic Center (reset odomoter to 0) and turn onto the Smith-Dorrien Hwy- the pavement will soon end. At 31.4km from the Nordic Center turn right (west) into Buller Mtn day-use-area parking lot. The trail will start across the hwy.
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.


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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:Event fee for regular COC members: $3
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: