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Nordegg Shunda Creek Hostel - 2 Days of Hiking (9/7/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: HI-Shunda Creek Hostel - Nordegg Alberta
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Sep 7 2018, Sat, Sep 8 2018, Sun, Sep 9 2018  5:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 5:30 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jul 15 2018 2:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 Days, 2 Nights
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Steve S
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Member Cost:$64.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 15 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please join me for an awesome weekend of hiking in the beautiful David Thompson Country around Nordegg. We will start with 2 easier hikes on Saturday but will be challenged to summit Coliseum Mountain on Sunday.

We will be spending 2 days and 2 nights at the HI- Shunda Creek Hostel in Nordegg. This will be our base for the weekend. We will leave together from the carpool at 5:00 PM on Friday evening September 7, and head to Nordegg, arriving at the HI Shunda Hostel around 8:30 PM. Please ensure to eat prior to the drive or bring food with you for dinner as the local Nordegg restaurant closes at 7:45 PM.

I would like to be on the road by 9:00 AM on Saturday for a brief 45 minute drive to the Siffleur Falls trailhead. Starting at 10:00 AM we will begin the 9.7 kilometer out and back trail which should take us 2-3 hours. With only a 208 m elevation gain, we should have plenty of energy left to stop at Crescent Falls on the way back to the Hostel. We should arrive at Crescent Falls sometime between 2:00 - 3:00 PM. As Crescent Falls is only 5.6 KM with 144 m of elevation gain we should be back at the hostel around 6:00 PM.

Dinner will be pot luck style at the hostel. While moderate consumption of alcohol is permitted at the hostel, NO HARD LIQUOR is permitted and quiet time begins at 11:00 PM.

Sunday, COLISEUM MOUNTAIN...The Main Event. I have unfinished business with this 13 kilometer out and back mountain after only making it to the tree line with snowshoes. Don't drink too much on Saturday, this 808 m elevation gain will require some energy. I would like to start by 8:00 am so we can be finished around 2:00 PM. Please ensure to pack a snack which we can enjoy at the summit. After the hike we can have a late lunch at the Nordegg Lodge before driving back to Edmonton.

Plan for all types of weather; hopefully it will be sunny, but we could have rain conditions, and/or windy conditions.

Click here for the Shunda Creek Hostel website

We will be staying in a co-ed dorm cabin. Bedding will be provided and sleeping bags are NOT permitted. There is a well equipped kitchen with appliances, pots and pans, dishes to cook your own food for the weekend. There is running water, hot showers and electricity in this hostel.

Payment for hostel received from
Heather - (has own reservation at hostel for Saturday)

The maximum number of people for this trip is 16. There will be a pre-trip mandatory meeting to decide carpooling and other details. Date and time TBD.

  • You should be fit enough to go on strenuous day hikes (Coliseum trail: 13 km, elevation gain 2250 ft). If you haven't been on any of the EOC D4 events (e.g. hiking/stairs/conditioning) please send me an email with your hiking background before you make the payment.
  • Payment is due by July 15, 2018,
  • Refunds after the cut off are not possible, but you can find a replacement and work out the payment amongst yourselves.
  • Missing gear? Equipment rentals are available at MEC!

The event cost is $64.00 for two nights at the hostel. Please pay ASAP, or before the cut-off date of July 15th.

For detailed instructions on using either method, please see the payment guide.

If you have any questions, please email me or text my cell phone.

For those who are unfamiliar with the area, here are a few more notes about Nordegg and the Bighorn Backcountry Region:

The David Thompson Corridor/Bighorn Backcountry Region stretches along an 83 km section of Hwy 11 in west-central Alberta, from Nordegg west to the Banff National Park boundary (where Hwy 11 intersects with Hwy 93 at Saskatchewan Crossing). The hamlet of Nordegg (pop. ~200), located approximately 200 km west of Red Deer, is a former coal-mining town that once had a peak population of ~2500 people. Coal mining activities shut down in Nordegg in the mid 1950s and the remnants of the former Brazeau Collieries mine site are now a National Historic Site of Canada. The Shunda Creek Hostel, where we will be staying, is located to the north of the townsite.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Overnight items
  • Towel (for showers)
  • Food for entire weekend
  • Desired equipment
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Hiking Shoes
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • BYOB
  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking Guide: "The David Thompson Highway"
  • Board Games
  • Slippers (or other house shoes for in the dining hall)
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Earplugs (to protect you from nighttime evils such as party noises and snoring)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:The Hi Shundra Creek Hostel is located in David Thompson Country. 110 Km West of Rocky Mountain House. This is beautiful country with lots of choices for hiking right around the hostel. From Edmonton, head South on Hwy. 2. Take the Rocky Mountain House exit onto Hwy. 11 westbound. Go West on Highway 11 until you come to Nordegg. The Hostel is just past the turn off for the Town of Nordegg. Turn right onto the Shunda Creek Recreational Area road. Keep left at the fork on the road. The Hostel is about 2-3km down the Shunda Creek road.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):721Km
Carpool Departure Time: 5:30 PM
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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 $165.83 (calculated at total Km * $0.23, effective Sunday, February 17, 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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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$64.00/Person
Cost Includes:2 Nights Accommodation
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the EOC on Sun, Jul 15 2018.
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