Wilderness Backpack - Rescheduled - Sat, Jun 12 2021

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Wilderness Backpack - Rescheduled (6/12/2021)

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:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Fording River Trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 12 2021  11:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 11 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: 8 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: Participation in this event is conditional upon attendee compliance with government restrictions currently in place. If you have COVID-19, or may have COVID-19 due to a recent exposure, you are expected to withdraw from this event and stay home. We will be more than happy to see you at another event once it is considered safe for you to do so! Failure to comply with these protocols may result in removal from this event and/or future events.

CARPOOL: Note that for Stages 1 and 2, carpooling is allowed, but only for attendees who arrange it for themselves. We will meet before leaving town, and those of you who wish to carpool are free to organize yourselves. The club will resume "normal" carpooling in Stage 3.

This will be a random off the grid wilderness backpack and camp in the Alberta foothills. With interesting landforms in different shapes and sizes, the foothills are usually one of the underrated places to visit, bridging the gap between the mountains and the prairies. There might 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 an overgrown former forestry road with rolling hills. This trip is basically to shake off the winter cobwebs for upcoming summer trips. Beginners are welcome.
We will hike in to a remote location next to a small lake in south kananaskis foothills west off Hwy 940. Bears are up and running, bearspray will be mandatory, as well as good practices for food storage. If you don't have a bear canister or ursack, you will have to hang your food. We will be foraging wood for a fire but be prepared for possible firebans. Bring a small 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 a lookout point. Eat lots, sleep overnight and be merry. Don't be a rush to get back into town.

NOTE: EFFECTIVE 1 JUNE 2021, if you are driving you will need a Kananaskis Conservation Pass

Email me if you have questions.

Distance: 9km approx one way
Elevation: 300m approx one way

- 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. Aim for under 35lbs total pack weight.
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
- 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 940 south. Will send out exact event location and trailhead on friday or earlier.


- 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.
Cost Includes:$3 suggested donation to the club

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