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Raspberry Ridge Fire Lookout (7/2/2020)

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.For some events a payment may be required. Payment is not made directly to COC - please review event details fully for information about if and how you will be required to make payment.

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: South end of Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jul 2 2020  9:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 1 2020 9:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6 hours or so
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Jim Fischer
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests:2
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:1
Number Registered So Far: 6 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Have you travelled in the last 14 days?
Are you showing any symptoms, been in contact with a confirmed case, or been tested positive at all?
Have you read and understood the current restrictions that are club policy during the COVID-19 situation?

Please answer these questions in the comments or medical section during the sign up process, in addition to signing the waiver. Your coordinator has been instructed to remove you from the event if you do not answer or comply with these questions. Failure to follow the guidelines could result in you being evicted from the event even after it has commenced. Your coordinator has this discretion and you could be reported to the club if you create problems. The COC is attempting to keep all members safe and asks for your respect during these difficult times. If you do not wish to follow these temporary restrictions you should not sign up but are welcome to continue after the restrictions have been removed.

Distance: 10km return
Elevation Gain: 645m
Pace: Moderate and steady.
Group: We will stay together as a group at all times.
Duration: Event duration may vary. Please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.

The views from Raspberry Ridge are excellent with Crowsnest Mountain visible to the south and Mt. Burke visible to the east. Wildflowers should be abundant!

There are two options to get to the lookout. We'll be taking the steeper, more direct route up (300m in about 1 km) and for variety and to save the knees, the switchback route down.

Ref: GemTrek's Highwood and Cataract Creek map and Mike Potter's Fire Lookout Hikes in the Canadian Rockies pg. 41.

Please be respectful of the fire lookout and its attendant who makes their home there, and stay away from helicopter landing pads.

Please be warned that your event coordinator has not completed this hike. Allow time/patience for unforseen circumstances please.

This event may be cancelled if the forecast is not favourable.

Required Items to Bring:
- Cheerful disposition
- Suitable footwear (may be muddy)
- Water (at least one litre)
- Lunch, snacks
- Clothes for changeable weather including rain jacket
- Warm layers (top may be windy)
- Plastic bag for your muddy boots for drive home
- Bear spray
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Camera
- Bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Drive south on Highway 2, and turn onto 2A towards Okotoks. Past Okotoks, turn west on Highway 7. Just past Black Diamond, turn south on Highway 22 and then west on Highway 541. At Highwood Junction (the meeting of Highways 541, 40 and 940), drive 11.2km south on Hwy 940 (gravel) to a small parking area at an unmarked, gated road on the right (west) side of the highway).

In keep with our COVID-19 protocols, the coordinator will not be organizing a carpool. You are welcome to travel with other participants if you feel comfortable doing so.

- 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.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!