The Forks Beginner / Novice Overnight Backpack - Sat, Jun 29 2024

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The Forks Beginner / Novice Overnight Backpack (6/29/2024)

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 will then make your payment for this event at the venue, NOT in advance to the COC.

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:Upper Kananaskis Lake - PLPP
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 29 2024  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 21 2024 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Shelley R
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Member Cost:$18.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 8 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Are you an avid day hiker who has always wanted to try backpacking, or maybe you went a few times a long time ago as someone's guest and want to learn to do it on your own? This is your chance!

This early season trip will be geared towards never-ever and beginner backpackers who would like to see what it is all about and learn a few tips to make it easier. To enjoy this trip the most, members should have a good level of fitness and be able to get some shoulder season milage done (carrying some extra weight in your pack) before we go.

We'll go over what to expect and what to pack before the trip and we'll learn how to use all our stuff as we need it while we are out there. Priority will go to those with little / no backcountry camping experience (we are trying to make new backpackers!) but if we have spots remaining, experienced backcountry campers will be welcome to join and share their expertise with our newbies. If you are experienced and want to be considered for one of those spots, please contact the coordinator directly. :)

The plan is to hike from Upper Kananaskis Lake to The Forks campground. Once we have set up camp (tents up, food / scented things locked away), those who are interested can do more exploring, either up to 3-Isle Lake (if there's no snow) or back over to Kananaskis Lake to check out The Point campground. Those who aren't looking to do more walking are welcome to relax in camp with their favourite book... or nap... until supper time. :)

Trail Details:
7.3 km distance (each way)
100m elevation (approx)
Est. speed: 3 - 3.5 km / hr with full packs

**Day hike distance / elevation will depend on where we go and we'll make a plan once the group is set up.

Your coordinator will provide you will a packing list and some recommendations about what to bring for food. She has 4 sites for 8 people booked, so we will be sharing tents (and stoves / water filtration) in pairs. Participants will be responsible for sourcing shared and personal gear (tent / backpack, stove, water purification and sleep setup etc). Once everyone has signed up, we'll organize the group / pairs to minimize the need for rental gear whenever possible.

Required Items to Bring:
* Backpack
* Clothes (layers)
* Raingear
* Sturdy Boots
* Sleeping bag and pad
* Stuff sack for food / scented items
* Utensils / dishes
* Food for 2 days
* Headlamp
* Toilet paper
* Water Purifier (shared)
* Tent (shared)
* Backpacking stove & Fuel (shared)
* Bear Spray
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
* Hiking poles
* Camera
* Quiet time materials (cards, book, e-reader)
* Tarp
* Full packing list to come!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Follow Hwy 1 west out of Calgary. Take the Hwy 40 exit south. Turn right on the Kananaskis Lake Trail (near the winter gate ~ 50km); Follow KLT for about 10 km. Follow the signs to the Upper Kananaskis Lake Boat Launch parking.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):216Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $69.12 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Saturday, June 22, 2024). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


- 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:
Member Cost:$18.00/Person
Cost Includes:Camping fee for 1 person (each site costs $36 for 2 persons). Please e-transfer fee to coordinator within 24hrs of registering to secure your spot. Thanks!
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the COC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
*Note: If you need to cancel and there are willing participants on the waitlist, a full refund is possible. If it's last minute, you will only be entitled to whatever funds we can get back from Alberta Parks.

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