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Simpson River Backpack (10/17/2020)

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The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Kootenay NP/ Assiniboine PP
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 17 2020, Sun, Oct 18 2020  11:30 AM
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Oct 13 2020 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Ben Cheong
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests:2
Minimum Group Size:2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:1
Number Registered So Far: 0 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

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This is a fall hike with very little elevation change on a designated trail through regrowth terrain from the Mount Shanks forest fire in 2001. Allowing for scenic viewing usually not possible through normally dense forest that would otherwise be here. We will be following the Simpson River named after Sir George Simpson, Governor-In- Chief of the Hudson’s Bay Company who had been first there in 1841. There are extensive views of the surrounding peaks, Mount Shanks to the North, Indian Peak and Octopus Mountain far to the East and Spar Mountain to the South. The trail begins in Kootenay National Park, the destination at the Surprise Creek campground which lies within the borders of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia. The cabins there are currently closed so we will be tenting it. There are metal bear lockers and an outhouse at the campground. We'll take about 3 hours to hike in give or take. Expect possible early winter conditions. Good opportunity for those wanting to try pseudo winter camping without the super freezing cold. Trip may be weather dependant, will provide updates closer to the date. Expect a possible Plan B (like bringing snowshoes?) TBD.

Distance: 10.5km one way
Elevation: 675m one way approx.

SATURDAY – Early morning drive to the trail head. Hike in to the site, chill, or explore the local area. Have dinner. Bring a light snack or adult beverages to share for dinner, lunch on the trail. Relaxing weekend.
SUNDAY - After a morning breakfast hike out and head back. Lunch on the trail. Do not be in rush to get back to Calgary, we'll be back late as we'll probably stop over in Banff or Canmore for an early dinner.

- NO CARPOOL . Meet at trailhead
- Expect early winter conditions
- Bring a lightweight pack if you can. The lighter the better.
- This is a fun anything goes event
- 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 unless you're from the same cohort. Be prepared to be self- sufficient. See link for personal ultralight backpacking gear if you are new to this, but lighter is more. Contact me if you have not backpacked before.
Typical Lightweight Backpacking List.

Required Items to Bring:
- Lightweight backpacking gear. The lighter the better. See if you can get under 30lbs
- Bear spray
- Personal first aid kit
- Adequate layers and rain gear for the conditions
- Face mask and Hand sanitizer.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Camera
- Gaiters
- Poles
- Lots of yummy food, adult beverages are welcome
- A Neanderthal spear to scare very very large brown furry scary looking (but cute) critters away. Probably won't work but will be good for a laugh and you might be the next youtube sensation if we get it on video.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Simpson River trailhead on Highway 93 approx. 46.5km from the Castle Junction turn off.


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