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Tent Ridge Horseshoe (10/3/2020)

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 inexpensive).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Smith-Dorrien Hwy
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 3 2020  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 2 2020 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5-7 hrs (plus driving)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Lorrie W
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 8 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Distance : 10.4 km
Elevation Gain : 747m
Pace: Easy to Moderate

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? These can be found on the Home page of the COC website.

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.

Note that the coordinator has not done this trail before so please be patient. Please go to the included link below and read the write up explaining the trail.

This lesser-known trail is located near Mount Engadine Lodge in Kananaskis Country. This is "one of the most enjoyable ridge walks you will ever take," according to the Gillian Daffern's Kananaskis Country trail guide.

This hike traverses the Tent Ridge horseshoe taking in three summits with one section of easy scrambling and mini crux. Views of Robertson, French, Sir Douglas, Commonweath, Birdwood, Smuts and The Fist are part of the reward. Not to mention Watridge Lake, Marushka (Shark) Lake, Spray Lake and the Bryant Creek Valley. The pace will be easy to moderate with steady with stops for photos. The ridge does narrow somewhat so please make sure you are comfortable with this type of hiking. No beginners please. It also gets very windy, so bring appropriate clothing.

Some of the folks will likely head into Canmore for a apre-hike drink/snack.

Please bring bear spray. No bear bells please.


Required Items to Bring:
- Good hiking boots as the trail is rocky and loose.
- Bear spray
- Bring plenty of water.
- Bring gaiters in the event there is snow in the area.
- Warm/wind breaking layers, gloves, toque as it can get quite windy on top - Icers just in case of snow.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles - See COC hiking checklist

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Follow the Trans Canada Hwy (Hwy 1) out of Calgary to the junction with Kananaskis Hwy 40. Turn south on Hwy 40 and follow to the Kananaskis Lakes turn- off (just before the winter gate). Follow Kananaskis Road to Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail and follow this until you reach the Mt. Engadine Lodge/Mt. Shark turnoff, turn left and park 1.8 km in.

ALTERNATIVELY, follow Hwy 1 to Canmore, from Canmore Nordic Centre follow Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail to Mt. Engadine Lodge/Mt. Shark and turn right, follow 1.8km in and park. (Both routes are about the same driving time.)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):290Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 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 $78.30 (calculated at total Km * $0.27, effective Wednesday, October 21, 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.


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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!

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