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Hiking & Camping Weekend (6/23/2018)

PRE-REGISTRATION & PAYMENT 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 EOC.

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The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Lac Des Arcs campground
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 23 2018, Sat, Jun 23 2018, Sun, Jun 24 2018  9:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 15 2018 10:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 days, 2 nights
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ryan
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Member Cost:$20.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Prerequisite for this trip: regular hiking (this means attend weekly events), pace of 5 km/hr, and must have experience hiking previously in the mountains on trails with >500 m elevation gain. Dogs are permitted, subject to the event coordinator (Ryan)'s approval. Dogs must be kept leashed at all times while we are camping and hiking. If you do bring a dog, please ensure that you follow "No Trace" principles, including picking up up and disposing of your pet's waste properly.

Due to the heavy rain in the forecast for the Canmore area on Friday, we are delaying departure to Saturday morning at 7 AM, and now plan to camp at the Preacher's Point campground near Nordegg. Those of you who are coming - please check your email today as plans are updated.

Registration notes: At the moment there is a limited amount of space for additional members to be added to this event. If you would like to attend this event, please put your name on the waiting list and send a payment ($20) through PC banking or PayPal to Ryan. Please contact Ryan if you have any questions. Members will only be added after payment has been received.

Camping:I have pre-booked three campsites for the nights of Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd at the Lac Des Arcs campground, near Exshaw. The campsites can each accommodate up to 2 tents. Amenities at the Lac Des Arcs campground include fire pits, water pumps, pit toilets and a warmup shelter.

Please note: Alberta Parks' rules are that a maximum of two tents and one vehicle is permitted per campsite. I do expect that there may be options for overflow parking nearby. As much as possible, I am encouraging members to carpool together, so that we can minimize the number of vehicles needed. If you do intend to travel along, please note that you may have to park your car some distance from our campsites.

When you sign up, please let me know (either by entering information in the Notes section, or by email) if you have a tent that you would be able to bring, and if there is anybody who you would prefer to share a tent with. Depending on the number of people attending, I may need to partner people up in the tents. Dogs are permitted on this trip, but will need to be kept leashed while at the campground and while on the hiking trails.

Hiking: Hiking objectives for the weekend may include some, or all, of the following trails:
  • Moose Mountain: Our primary objective on Saturday will be to hike the Moose Mountain trail, which is located near Bragg Creek. The Moose Mountain trail steadily climbs to the summit of Moose Mountain, where a fire lookout is located. On a clear day, the Calgary skyline is visible from the summit. The trail is 7.3 km in length (14.6 km return), with 473 m of elevation gain to the summit. Hiking time should be approximately 4-5 hrs (return).
  • Prairie Mountain: Depending on how long it takes our group to hike Moose Mountain, and our energy level after completing the hike, we may also complete a second hike to the summit of Prairie Mountain, which is located near Moose Mountain (4 km away). Both Moose Mountain and Prairie Mountain are very popular hikes, owing to their relative proximity to Calgary. The Prairie Mountain trail is shorter than Moose Mountain (7 km return), but features 701 m of elevation gain.
  • Ha Ling: The Ha Ling trail may be an alternative objective for Saturday, or an objective for Sunday. The trailhead for Ha Ling is located near Canmore. Like Prairie Mountain, the Ha Ling trail is short (5.4 km return), but features a relentless uphill climb, with 741 m of elevation gain. The summit of Ha Ling offers a gorgeous overlook of Canmore.

    Note: I am aware that the government of Alberta is conducting trail realignment work on Ha Ling this year, and they have advised that the trail will be occasionally closed throughout the summer. My understanding is that these closures are not set to begin until July, in which case we should be able to complete this hike. I will be seeking updated information on the trail closures nearer the weekend when this trip will occur, and if necessary will identify alternative hiking objectives in the region.

  • Required Items to Bring:
  • Headlamps
  • Daypack
  • Water and food
  • Warm clothing and layers
  • Bear spray
  • Tent
  • Broad-spectrum protection formulated sunscreen
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking poles

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):700Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 AM
    Carpool Location:   Log in for location
    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 Tuesday, May 21, 2019). 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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    - Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.

    Cost & Payment:
    Member Cost:$20.00/Person
    Cost Includes:Cost: Each site costs $64 for the two nights ($26 camping fee, plus $12 reservation fee). Actual camping fees per person are dependent on the number of participants; any excess funds collected by me will be used to purchase firewood and other camping supplies.

    Carpool costs will be approximately $50 per person, assuming 4 per vehicle. Please ensure that you bring cash to pay drivers for carpool costs.

    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.
    Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
    Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
    Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!