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Backpacking/ Hiking - Buller Pass to Ribbon Lake (8/9/2020)

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$30.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)
The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Spray Valley Provincial Park in K-Country
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 9 2020, Mon, Aug 10 2020, Tue, Aug 11 2020  10:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Jul 27 2020 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days, 2 night
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Noel Sam
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 12 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

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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 co ordinator 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.

Itching to get out and backcountry camp and hike? If so, please join me for this overnighter backcountry hiking/camping trip.

Please note, we will be trekking at a moderate pace, starting the trek from the Buller Mountain Day Use carpark on the Smith Dorrien-Spray Lakes road (Highway 742); and trekking up to Buller Pass. From there we will descend to Ribbon Lake and set up camp for the night.

First Day - Buller Pass to Ribbon Lake Campground (plus optional late afternoon/early evening side hike to Ribbon Falls):
Distance: 10.5 km to campsite (plus 6 km optional round trip distance to Ribbon Falls for a late afternoon/early evening side hike)
Elevation gain: 671 m gain to Buller Pass, 432 m loss down to Ribbon Lake (plus optional 250 m loss then gain round trip to Ribbon Falls)

We will travel the Buller Pass trail to Ribbon Lake (approximate time will be 4 hours). We will be taking some breaks along the way to relieve our bodies of our pack weight and to take in the beautiful views of where we will be going. Once at the Ribbon Lake campground, we will set up camp. For those interested in doing a late afternoon or early evening hike, we will be hiking down to Ribbon Falls (which entails going down and back up the infamous chains) - 3 km one way (250 m loss) down to the falls.

Second Day - hike to Guinn's Pass
Guinn's Pass hike distance: approximate 10 km round trip
Guinn's Pass hike elevation gain: approximately 709 m gain, then 709 m loss on return

Third Day - pack up gear, return to Calgary
Ribbon Lake to carpark distance: 10.5 km Ribbon Lake to carpark elevation: 432 m gain to Buller Pass, 671 m loss to the carpark

This trip is rated D5 because it is a backpacking trip with hiking. The campground has two toilets, bear lockers, two fire pits and tables. Water source is close for filtering water.

Please note, the coordinator will be vetting all sign-ups for fitness level and past experience, to ensure all sign-ups are approximately the same level. You will be moved to the waiting list until payment has been sent. The cost is $15 per person per night.

Required Items to Bring:
- Backpacking experience
- Bear spray
- Appropriate clothes, gear and equipment for a 3 day - 2 nights backpacking trip
- Water for the trip in and either a water filter or chemicals
- Proper hiking boots
- Headlamp with spare batteries
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Poles
- Extra clothes and foot wear for the evening
- Reserve of food, water and clothing for after the trip. We will put into the car(s) at the end of the trail for Sunday
- Gloves for the chains if doing them
- Good cheer (can be in liquid form), cards and/or other fun games for the evening
- Bathing suit for those who wish to take a dip into the lake!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W to Three Sisters Pkwy/AB- 742 in Bighorn No. 8. Take exit 93 from Trans- Canada Hwy/AB-1 W.


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