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Snowshoe to Chester Lake and Elephant Rocks (2/15/2020)

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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:Snowshoe
Event Location: Smith Dorrien - Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 15 2020  11:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 14 2020 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~ 6 hrs plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Len M.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only
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

We'll take the snowshoe trail up to the lake, and then proceed up to the Elephant Rocks for a quick break.
The pace will be relaxed and we will stay together as a group, so speed demons and slow pokes will need to adjust their pace. Look forward to awesome scenery.

Distance: ~ 11km
Elevation Gain: ~ 375m

Note that this event requires driving several kilometres up the Smith Dorrien Road, which is a gravel road, and can be icy/treacherous. Obviously we need drivers to make this event happen, but please indicate that you're willing to drive ONLY if you and your vehicle are prepared for driving in more difficult winter driving conditions.

Rentals are available, if required, at:
Sports Rent
UofC Outdoor Centre

Required Items to Bring:
- snowshoes
- hiking boots + gaiters, or winter boots
- warm clothing, including hat & gloves
- easy-to-eat snacks + drinks
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- hiking poles
- camera
- hand warmers (if you need them)
- hot drink

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 just before the winter gate. Turn north onto the Smith- Dorrien Trail (gravel road) and go about 20-30km. Park at the Chester Lake trail head (past Sawmill). See Peter Lougheed Map.
Ref: GemTrek's Kananaskis Lakes map.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 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 $83.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Wednesday, February 26, 2020). 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
updated by Len M on 2020-02-13
The trail up to Chester Lake is considered to be free from avalanche danger. Beyond the lake may not be safe from avalanche danger. We will confirm with Peter Lougheed VC information staff before proceeding up to the Elephant Rocks.

Forecasted Kananaskis Country Avalanche Danger Level for Saturday is:
Alpine 2 Moderate Treeline 2 Moderate Below Treeline 1 Low
    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.
- Questions about equipment or rentals? Contact the Event Coordinator for suggestions and recommendations.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!