Opal Ridge - Wed, May 5 2021

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Opal Ridge (5/5/2021)

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.

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 free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Scramble
Event Location: Kananaskis Receation Area
Date(s) & Time:Wed, May 5 2021  9:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Tue, May 4 2021 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5-6hrs plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Fanny
Marcel B
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 6 kilometers return
Elevation Gain: 1000 meters
Pace: Relaxed (no slowpokes or speed demons please)

Trail description Opal Ridge south is mostly a CHALLENGING and VERY STEEP OFF-TRAIL hike (no switchbacks). It is a bit of a slog heading up until we reach the rock pinnacles where the slope eases. The ridgewalk to the summit is gentle and unexposed.The summit offers SPECTACULAR views of the Opal Range to the east, Kananaskis Range to the west, and Kananaskis Lakes to the south. Note that we will be returning the same way.

This hike/scramble is best suited to experienced hikers. You should have completed in recent weeks hikes with at least 700 metres elevation gain - Icers remain mandatory as it is likely that there will be lingering snow / ice on the summit ridge. The trail conditions will determine how far we go. The beauty of Opal Ridge is that you get rewarded very quickly with some amazing views regardless how far we go.

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.

Please answer the following questions in the comments section during the sign-up process, in addition to signing the waiver:

  • Have you travelled in the last 14 days?
  • Are you showing any symptoms (fever, cough, loss of taste or smell) of COVID-19, flu or cold?
  • Have you been in contact with a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19, or with someone who has any symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold?
  • Have you tested positive in the last 10 days or are you waiting for COVID-19 test results?
  • Are you associated with a setting that is currently having an outbreak and been instructed to get tested or self-isolate?
  • Have you read and understood the current restrictions that are club policy during the COVID-19 situation?

Required Items to Bring:
Hiking Boots
Lunch or Snacks
Clothing for variable weather
Toque/Gloves or Mitts
Mask is required if you need anything at the gas station
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Calgary, head west on Highway 1 to Highway 40. Take the Highway 40 exit and head south for about 41 kms to the Fortress Junction gas station. We'll park at the north end of the gas station parking lot.


- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com.

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.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: