Lake of the Horns Backpack - Sat, Jul 18 2020, Sun, Jul 19 2020

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Lake of the Horns Backpack (7/18/2020)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Cat Creek Trail Head - Hwy 40
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 18 2020, Sun, Jul 19 2020  9:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 17 2020 7:00:00 AM
Event Duration:2 days
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ben Cheong
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

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This will be a random backcountry lightweight (sub 30lbs backpack) overnight camp. We'll be backpacking in to the waters of Lake of Horns surrounded with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. There will be one shallow river crossing, a possible pond crossing and a few smaller creek crossings. Bring your water crossing shoes. We will need to go up the headwall to the lake at the end of the trail, this is easy scramble, however there is still some exposure which will become more challenging if its windy or wet. We may or may not be camping by the lake depending on conditions then. The preference is to be by the lake.

Distance: 15 km one way
Elevation: 900 m gain. There is 400m of climbing in the last 3km. We will be going up a headwall to get to the lake.

If we get there early enough, there are options to do side trips. I haven't been to the area before so the conditions are unknown at this time and allow time for route finding and maybe bushwhacking involved. Adventures R Us! Expect about 6 hours to hike in give or take. Backcountry at its finest and most basic. No facilities. We may or may not have a fire as the wood in the area could be scarce or there could be a fire ban.
This is bear country so food prep and storage awareness is important. Have a bear canister, ursack or some super sturdy odour proof container if we're camping by the lake. Not have enough trees to do a hang at there.

SATURDAY – Early morning drive out to the trail head, hike in to the site, chill, go fishing or explore the local area. Have dinner. Bring a light snack to share.
SUNDAY - After a morning breakfast hike out and head back. Do not be in rush to get back to Calgary, we'll be back late as we'll probably stop over in a town (like Black Diamond) somewhere for refreshments (aka early dinner) depending on time.

- NO CARPOOL. Meet at trailhead
- Bring a lightweight pack (sub 35lbs total). The lighter the better. Leave the kitchen sink at home. See elevation gain.
- You'll need to bring a bear food canister or Ursack with odour proof pouch.
- This is a fun anything goes event
- This is also a random backcountry camping event. No facilities.
- Speed will be moderate but definitely not for super slowpokes as would want to make camp in a reasonable time.
- It's bear country so you'll really need to practice bear awareness and safety. Bear spray is MANDATORY.

You will need your own backpacking gear as we will be tenting separately. Be prepared to be self- sufficient. See link for personal backpacking gear if you are new to this, but lighter is more. Contact me if you have not backpacked before.
Typical Lightweight Backpacking List (the lighter the better).

Required Items to Bring:
- BEAR SPRAY (it's Teddy's backyard)
- Lightweight backpacking gear. Under 35lbs total, the lighter the better, enough elevation gain to make you huff.
- Personal first aid kit
- Adequate layers and rain gear for the conditions
- Backpacking trowel for your bathroom needs or use a big big stick
- Food storage: a small bear canister, ursack, metal can anything odour proof and sturdy to keep critters out. Might not have places to do a hang.
- Face mask and Hand sanitizer.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- camera
- gaiters
- poles, oh yes poles
- sandals/water shoes/scuba gear for a river and creek crossing
- a Neanderthal spear to scare very very large brown scary critters away. Probably won't work but will be good for a laugh and you might be the next youtube sensation.
- If you want to fish, bring your own rod and have a valid permit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Wait for email.


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Cost & Payment:
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Cost Includes:voluntary donation of $3 is suggested.

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