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Healy Pass Hike - Relaxed Pace (7/31/2020)

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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 inexpensive).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sunshine Village overflow parking lot (Banff)
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jul 31 2020  8:30 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 30 2020 7:00:00 PM
Event Duration:7 Hours + Travel
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Shelley R
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

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

Please answer these questions in the comments 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: 17.6km return
Elevation Gain: 655m
Pace: Relaxed but steady (3 - 4 km / hr) with brief stops as needed.
Register only if: you have experience with (or close to) the above stated elevation/distance, are not on a timetable and understand the plan is to spend up to an 1 hour for lunch, photos and general enjoyment of the view at the pass. If you are a fast hiker who dislikes stopping and waiting for the group, this hike will not be a good fit for you.


Due to COVID 19 there is no official carpool for this event. If you are in need of a ride feel free to contact me and we may be able to work something out.

Trail description (from Parks Canada): "This trail follows Healy Creek to its source amid open meadows above the treeline. Wildflowers bloom profusely from mid-July to late August..."

The trail starts in the trees with a gradual incline, becoming steeper as it approaches the treeline. Once in the meadow, the trail continues up, but the flowers and views will allow for plenty of opportunities to justify a few stops to catch your breath and enjoy the moment. We should be there at the right time to see Paintbrush (in every shade of pink!), Anemones, Asters, Heather, Arnica and maybe even some late Glacier Lilies in the meadows on either side of the pass - to go along with stunning views of Egypt Lake and many nearby peaks. Hopefully our earlier start will also give us fewer crowds on the trail and at the pass - and allow us to miss any afternoon thunderstorms that pop up. Note that lunch may be shortened or delayed until we are back in the trees if weather becomes a concern.

Required Items to Bring:
-Breathable quick dry hiking attire
-Jacket/wind breaker
-Rain gear
-Plenty of water or a filter
-Hat/Sunscreen (highly recommended)
-Bear spray (no bells, please)
- National Park pass
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
-Warm layers (it can be windy / cool at the pass)
-Hiking poles
-Toilet paper & ziplock bag (to pack-out)
-First aid kit
-Bug Spray
-Change of footwear / clothes for the car ride in case it's really hot or wet

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Highway 1 west from Calgary. Pass by the Banff townsite and take exit for the Sunshine Village Ski Area. Follow the Sunshine Village Access road (~6 km) until you reach the parking area. You'll see a barricade preventing you from nearing the buildings, but there will be Parks Canada parking with portable outhouses in the overflow lot to your right. I'm driving a silver Toyota Matrix with a roof rack. If it's really busy (likely, I will stand near the outhouses to meet everyone.

Allow at least 1hr 40 min if driving from Calgary (city centre).

We will be starting our hike at 8:30 a.m. to try and beat the heat (and afternoon T- Storms), so please aim to arrive 10 - 15 min early to allow time to meet, dress and use the facilities - thanks!


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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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