Wilderness Backpack - Sat, Apr 17 2021

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Wilderness Backpack (4/17/2021)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Kananaskis Country South Foothills.
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 17 2021  10:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 16 2021 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 Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


COVID-19 Questionnaire:
Participation in this event is conditional upon the acceptance and adherence to COC COVID-19 protocols (see link at the top of our home page). Failure to comply with these protocols may result in removal from this event and/or future events.

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  • Have you travelled in the last 14 days?
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This will be a random off the grid wilderness backpack and camp in the Alberta foothills. With interesting landforms in different shapes and sizes, it is usually one of the underrated places to visit, bridging the gap between the mountains and the prairies. There will be a wee bit of bushwhacking at the end of the trail to find a suitable campsite otherwise the route in will be fairly straightforward on a closed road with rolling hills. You can tent it, hammock it, build a shelter, its up to you. This trip is basically to shake off the winter cobwebs for upcoming summer trips. Beginners are welcome. Email me if you have questions.
Distance: 6-7.5 km approx one way
Elevation: 250 m approx one way

We will hike in to a remote location next to a creek in south kananaskis foothills west of Hwy 22. Some residual snow leftover, so good idea to bring microspikes in case its needed. Bears are up and running, bearspray will be mandatory. Practice your bear hang for food storage or bring an approved canister to store your food and scented items. We will be foraging wood for a fire but be prepared for possible firebans. Bring a small folding backpacking saw . Note there are no facilities. Wilderness at its finest.
Basically this is a getaway weekend. Plan is for an easy weekend mostly with activities around the campfire and over the fire cooking. if there is time, maybe an additional short hike to the surrounding area. Eat lots, sleep overnight and be merry. Don't be a rush to get back into town.

- As of 12 April 2021, forecasted temps, high 19 low 0. This may change. - We'll be doing individual tenting unless you're from the same cohort.
- For meals, it will be individual but you're welcome to bring something to share if you'd like. Adult beverages are welcome. Plan for an enroute lunch, dinner and next day breakfast at camp. For sunday lunch, might look at doing a takeout outdoor lunch somewhere nearby.
- This is an anything goes, fun weekend. If you're uptight about stuff, might not be the event for you.
- No carpool unless you can be in the same cohort
- The lighter your gear, the better
Any questions email me.

Required Items to Bring:

- Bear spray
- Bear hang bag and cord or a bear canister
- Backpacking camping gear and adequate warm dry clothing. Shells should be waterproof and dress warm in layers
- Microspikes
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Small backpacking folding saw
- Light backpacking stove
- Sleeping bag and sleeping mat rated to your personal temperature comfort levels. Suggest a bag with a comfort rating of an extra -5c over the lowest expected overnight temps (ie if expected is 0 bring a -5).
- Sunglasses
- Lots of yummy food
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Personal covid PPE
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

- Hand warmers
- Camera
- Poles
- Small hatchet
- Small shovel or trowel

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be off Hwy 22. Will send out event location friday or earlier.

- Winter considerations. Foothills, non avalanche terrain.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.
Cost Includes:$3 suggested donation to the club

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