The Ink Pots via Moose Meadows - Slowpokes & Dawdlers & Photographers - Mon, Feb 16 2009

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The Ink Pots via Moose Meadows - Slowpokes & Dawdlers & Photographers (2/16/2009)

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:Snowshoe
Event Location:Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Feb 16 2009  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 14 2009 9:05:00 PM
Event Duration:5 hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ed
Karen D
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Please only register if you intend on joining us. Should you need to cancel, please cancel before the registration cut-off time (Thank you.)

Note: Karen D is coordinating the event, and Ed is coordinating the carpool.

Elevation Gain: 220m
Approximate Distance: 11 km

Starting out at the Moose Meadows parking lot, we will wind our way up through the forest to the Ink Pots. The Ink Pots are the outlets of seven cold mineral springs, fed by rainwater and snowmelt that has percolated into the surrounding bedrock. Two of the springs run murky due to the sediments disturbed by the rising water - hence the name Ink Pots. It is extremely important that we stick to the trail here, as the natural vegetation is fragile and cannot withstand constant trampling.

We may return via Johnston Canyon (which will add another 3 km and require not only icers, but also a 1.4km walk along the road. Or we may just return the same way we came and drive to the canyon for a short walk up to the lower falls.

Altho this is a slowpoke/dawdler event, this is not a beginner event, participants should have snowshoed previously.

IMPORTANT - Read: - Print off and bring your 2009 COC waiver. Read it, sign the last page, fill in your COC username on the last page, and initial the first two pages. Then you're good to go for the rest of 2009!

Required Items to Bring:
- snowshoes - Rentals are available, if required, at Mountain Equipment Co-op and University of Calgary Outdoor Centre
- icers or other traction for your boots if we decide to come back through the canyon

- $ or park pass for entry into Banff National Park
- sturdy hiking shoes or boots
- water
- lunch
- warm clothing/layers
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Hwy 1 to Castle Mtn junction (Hwy 93). Turn right across the Bow River to the Bow Valley Parkway. Turn right approximately 5 km to the Moose Meadow parking lot on your left.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):290Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 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 $101.50 (calculated at total Km * $0.35, effective Monday, June 5, 2023). 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.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at

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.
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: