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Rocky Mountain Backpacking/ Camping - Cline River to Pinto Lake (7/8/2017)

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The Basics:
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Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Cline River/ David Thompson Country/ Bighorn Backcountry
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 8 2017, Sun, Jul 9 2017, Mon, Jul 10 2017, Tue, Jul 11 2017, Wed, Jul 12 2017  12:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 5 2018 1:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5 days, 4 nights, 64 KM
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mark G
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will keep a fairly brisk pace with some steep hills. Good physical condition is a recommended prerequisite. Please sign up to the hiking weekly events and try carrying a full backpack if you are unsure about your ability to hike and camp in the backcountry. This backpack trip is challenging since it's 32 kms one way and a 4 day trip (64 Km, plus day hikes).

The trail head is just on the south side of the Cline River bridge, on the west side of Highway 11. Coordinates are shown on the map.
This full backpack trip will be along the Nordegg Cline River to Pinto Lake area back country established campsite (with new toilets, bear hangers, and fire pit). Pinto Lake is a very popular and scenic place to get to. The Continental Divide Trail Association has cleared and improved the trail just last Summer. We plan on Staying first at the established Waterfalls Creek campsite (potential for day hikes in the area to the waterfalls). We will then continue on to the Pinto Lake campsite with backcountry facilities (optional return to the cars sooner if necessary to do more day trips/weather permitting event). Click HERE FOR BROCHURE & MAP for more info about the Cline River/Pinto Lake Trail ( the trail is on the top of the map on the second page of the brochure ) . We can also do many more trails around Pinto Lake itself such as the waterfalls, caves, and the "Trees of Renown".
Pinto lake was named after renowned geologist Arthur Coleman's cantankerous pack horse in 1893 (the lake is below Mt.Coleman and Sunset Pass). Seems Pinto created enough grief to get this lake named after him. The White Goat Wilderness area and the Cline River Valley are in view from the trail. This is the same trail that the famous explorer Mary Schaffer travelled with her companions over Sunset Pass/ Pinto Lake Pass from the Banff area.

To minimize the load everyone will carry, we will coordinate to share gear as necessary, and assign you to a cooking/ tenting partner.

Please let Mark know whether you have cooking utensils and a tent. You will be contacted by e-mail prior to the event for information about gear you are able to provide and what you need to share. Please note that although we do not expect all participants to bring a tent/ cookstove, if not enough people are able to provide these we may need to bump people to the waitlist.

To assist in the organization of this trip, we may have a meeting/conditioning hike in advance.

Carpool payment: for those that do want the EOC to arrange the carpool for you, we have a new communal payment system. Please DO NOT pay your drivers en route. Passengers will pay Mark when they get to the staging area and he will distribute the money to the carpool drivers evenly.

Click HERE for more info and tips on backpacking and hiking.

Required Items to Bring:
Hiking boots
Sleeping bag
Cooking utensils
Please see our events checklist for a full list of supplies for this trip. The coordinator will contact participants with items to be shared.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Backpacking stove
Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head south on Highway 2 to Red Deer, then west on Highway 11 through Sylvan and Rocky Mountain House. More detailed directions will be given out at carpool (or emailed if you are not meeting at carpool)
The trail head is just on the south side of the Cline River bridge, on the west side of Highway 11. Coordinates are shown on the map.
Be sure Check out the AMA Road Report before driving. See AMA website for conditions.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):700Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 AM
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: The event coordinator(s) will help you to arrange a centralized carpool if you require it, but it's not guaranteed. Please DO NOT pay your driver en route. Passengers will pay the coordinator, and he/she will distribute the money to the carpool drivers. SO PLEASE BRING CASH!!! Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $161.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.23, effective Monday, August 21, 2017). This is based on $0.09/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divided by 9. This cost will be multiplied by the number of carpooled cars, and divided by the number of carpool participants.


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