Cline River/ David Thompson Country/ Bighorn Backcountry/ Banff|
|Date(s) & Time:||Thu, Jun 21 2018, Fri, Jun 22 2018, Sat, Jun 23 2018, Sun, Jun 24 2018, Mon, Jun 25 2018, Tue, Jun 26 2018
12:00 PM (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM *log in for location*)
|Registration Cut Off:
Wed, Mar 21 2018 10:00:00 PM
|Event Duration:||6 days, 5 nights, ~50 KM|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
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|Member Cost:||$21.50/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
Members Only, 18 And Older Only
|Maximum Group Size:||9|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||
9 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
|Are Dogs Permitted:||
|PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE
ITINERARY BEFORE SIGNING UP. THIS EVENT IS RATED
AS D5+. THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS Member
participation at coordinators discretion
We will keep a fairly brisk pace with some steep hills.
Good physical condition is a recommended prerequisite.
Please sign up to the weekly hiking events for conditioning.
Try carrying a full backpack over time to help with conditioning.
If you are unsure about your ability to hike and camp in the
backcountry please talk to Mark, and see the helpful links at the bottom of
this itinerary. This backpack trip is challenging
since it's around ~50 kms one way, 6 day trip. This is a one
way thru-hike. We will park one or two of the vehicles at our
exit point in Banff National Park.
If you are
in attending, first add your name to the
list for the event, and then please
contact Mark to discuss your experience and training plan.
Open spots will
given to members who have previously attended
conditioning events that have been organized
through the Edmonton Outdoor Club
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 in the last couple of years. We plan on
Staying first at Landslide Lake junction campsite along Cline
River. The second night at the established Waterfalls Creek
campsite (with a plan for day hikes in the area to the
waterfalls after we get camp set up). We will then continue
on to the Pinto Lake campsite with backcountry facilities. Click
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 on Sunday while
we're there, such as the waterfalls, caves, and the "Trees of
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.
On Monday we will hike up Sunset Pass to Norman
Creek Campsite and stay one more night before heading to
the exit point where we will have the exit vehicles. We will first
have to conquer Sunset pass to get to Pinto Lake Lookout
where views from there are absolutely stunning of the Cline
River Valley and mountains from where we came. We will
pass through the Great Divide. Pinto Lake lies 415 meters
below you and reflects a beautiful aqua blue colour. Click HERE for more info about Sunset Pass.
Once you reach the back side of the pass the trail enters the
forest again and works it's way up past Mount Coleman
situated to your right. In another km or so you'll pass by the
Banff National Park boundary. From there we will hike the
Sunshine meadows and visit the waterfalls and possible
shower before camp at Norman Creek.
We will also do Sunset Lookout hike on the way out Tuesday.
Here's one description: "After passing by Norman Creek
waterfall take the trail to your right towards the lookout.
Continue on for another 1.6kms as it slowly climbs through an
old spruce and fir forest then veers left towards the top of a
cliff ledge located just below you. Be careful here, the cliff
ledge is narrow with little standing room. There are also old
cables and steel bars you can trip on that have been left from
an old fire lookout. Views from here are well worth the effort.
The confluence of the North Saskatchewan River and the
Alexander River are located on the valley bottom 390ms below
you. One would never know the Alexandra river existed as the
north Saskatchewan River makes it difficult to view from the
highway. Both rivers are braided at this location creating a
mesmerizing view of the valley bottom and the Icefields
Parkway. The two major glaciated peaks in view are Mount
Saskatchewan to your right and Mount Amery straight ahead".
To minimize the load everyone will carry, we will coordinate to
share gear as necessary, and assign you to a cooking/ tenting
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
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.
for more info and tips on backpacking and hiking.
AND HERE for backcountry
supplies, and tips from The Great
Divide Trail Association.
|Required Items to Bring:|
Please see our events checklist for a full list of supplies for this
trip. The coordinator will contact participants with items to be
|Recommended Items to Bring:|
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
|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:||
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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 Saturday, May 26, 2018). 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.
Please pay Mark directly for the one night fee in Banff National
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|Cost & Payment:|
|Cost Includes:||One night stay at Banff Norman Creek campsite including
|Make a Payment:||Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the EOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.|
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