Blueberry Hill - SLOW Pace - Sat, Mar 12 2016

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The Basics:
Event Type:Snow Shoe
Event Location: Kananaskis, Elk Pass Area
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 12 2016  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 12 2016 6:00:00 AM
Event Duration:~ 7-8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Geoff Chiddell
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Distance: approx 10km
Elevation gain: 300m

This is an extremely challenging trip. Make sure you read this itinerary in its entirety. Please do not attend if you're feeling under the weather or have any knee issues – there will be other opportunities for you to attend in future (and actually ENJOY the trip).

Although you may be familiar with Blueberry Hill as a cross-country ski trail, that is not the route we’re taking today. We'll start off following the cut-line up the hill at the end of the parking lot. Once we reach the top of the hill we'll look for an unofficial snowshoe trail off to the right (just past the three power poles across the trail), and more directly up Blueberry Hill. We go through the Winter Wonderland forest and then begin climbing. We have a long steady climb to the top, with some quite steep sections along the way. Watch out for Spruce Traps/Tree Wells on the way up. At the top we rendezvous briefly with the x-c ski trail and use the picnic table for a lunch break. If the sky is clear, at the top of Blueberry Hill we'll have a tremendous view of Mount Fox to the south, the Elk Range to the east, and the Kananaskis Lakes and Mt. Indefatigable to the north. To finish the trip, we bushwhack and bum-oggan our way down the other side of the trail through steep sections and deadfall. Have fun but BE CAREFUL. The deadfall, and spruce wells can be particularly treacherous. At the bottom of the hill we'll find the Upper Kananaskis Lake shoreline trail and hang a right. At the first parking lot we come to, we'll head back into the trees on the connector x-c ski trail which takes us straight back to the Elk Pass parking lot.

Please attend if:
- You have plenty of experience with elevation gain and loss in steep terrain and deep snow
- You have experience navigating treacherous deadfall and uneven terrain
- You have very large, good quality snow shoes – you will need much more floatation than you do for trips which are flatter and/or have packed snow.
- You are feeling strong and healthy – at the top of your game today.
- You are willing to go with the flow, explore, and go at the posted (slow) pace.

Blueberry Hill is a physically demanding trip. If you're unsure of your ability to do it, let me know and I will organize the 'unsures' into vehicles together. When we get to the top of the first hill, anyone who is struggling, or not up for a full day of same, can form a split-off group and explore some of the official trails in the area.

Please do not attend if:
- You do not have any of the required items listed above
- You are feeling under the weather
- You are having any knee issues.

Ref: GemTrek's Kananaskis Lakes map.

Required Items to Bring:

- Snow shoes, poles. Note that if you have snow shoes that are "just sufficient" for your weight, you might want to consider renting a pair meant for a higher weight for this trip. You will need AS MUCH FLOATATION as you possibly can. When Brent and Rhonda do this one, Rhonda uses Brent's snow shoes, and they rent a size bigger for Brent. Rentals are available, if required, at U of C Outdoor Centre and Sports Rent. Note that U of C doesn't open 'til 8:00, but Sports Rent opens at 6:00. If you're renting, plan accordingly - if you go with U of C, you'll have to pick up the night before.
- Lots and Lots of uphill snowshoe climbing and downhill bum-sliding experience required for this trip.
- Route-finding skills
- Unafraid to carve out your own route down the mountain
- Lots of food and drink to fuel those muscles!
Recommended Items to Bring:
- Lunch & Water
- Warm clothing with several layers
- Protective coverings for any electronic devices for the bushwhacking/bumogganning
- Shell pants and shell coat to protect you from the wetness of the bumogganning
- Extra clothing to put on after because of the wetness of the bumogganning
- Good bum-sliders (generally good shell pants will suffice, but if you don't have slippery shell pants, you might want to consider something to sit/slide on)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take the Trans Canada Highway west from Calgary for approximately 70 km, then turn south on Highway 40 for approximately 50 km. Turn right onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail then turn left into Elk Pass trailhead parking lot (approximately 12 km).
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):260Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $83.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Thursday, February 22, 2024). 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.

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