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Lower Kananaskis Lake Trails from Lower Lake Day Use Area - Exploratory

Slow and Steady Hikers
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Feb 10 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Pace - VERY SLOW. Level - Beginner
Distance: 6-8km, Elevation Gain: Minimal
We will snowshoe around the east shore of the Lower Kananaskis Lake. I have not done trails in this area before, so your patience is appreciated as we find our way. Some bushwacking may be involved.

Trailhead location from west edge of Calgary:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/51.0886815,-114.2412165/50.6341971,-115.1222222/@50.6337752,-115.1201623,15z

It is a requirement to read the following trip posting very carefully and to make the proper and responsible preparations for it. Failure to do so, will result in participant not allowed on this trip. A waiting list has automatically been created to determine this trips suitability for you as a potential participant. You must meet all the pre-requisites to be eligible to attend this trip. If the organizer deems it necessary to obtain additional information from you, please provide it, otherwise, you will remain on the waiting list. As a potential participant, you must check this trip posting for additional directions from the organizer, including up to trip cancellation.

THIS TRIP WILL BE WEATHER DEPENDENT. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE THE MORNING OF THE TRIP TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Attendance for this event is at the discretion of the organizer. The waitlist for this event is NOT first come, first serve, but based on pace and ability to fit into the group to make the hike enjoyable for everyone. We will be hiking at the pace of the "SLOWEST" hiker. We will be stopping for plenty of breaks - rest, water, lots of photos, delayering, fixing equipment, bathroom or just to look at something interesting. There is no running or scooting ahead of the group. And no trying to get the group to move faster. If you are ahead of me and I cannot see you, you MUST slow down. If you come to a fork in the road, you MUST stop. If you are unable to RESPECT these "guidelines", your future attendance on events I organize will be denied.

An absolute must for this hike are BEARSPRAY and SNOWSHOES. MICROSPIKES are optional as there will likely be plenty of snow for snowshoeing. Please do not put me in the position of having to turn you away from the hike if you do not have them.

Regarding Microspikes: Recommended brands are Kahtoola Microspikes (NOT the Nanospikes, those are for city walks); Veriga Ice Track (http://www.veriga-lesce.com/en/veriga-search/?querry=ice%20track) and Veriga Mount Track (http://www.veriga-lesce.com/en/veriga-search/?querry=mount%20track); Yaktrax XTR (NOT the cheapo ones with the wire wrapped around the rubber, those are junk); Hillsound Trail Crampons (these are available for rental at the UofC Outdoor Centre, $4 a day) going cheap on these is a poor idea, safety-wise. If you're not sure, ask the Organizer if what you have is acceptable.

Time: We will likely be home for dinner, but I cannot guarantee a return time for you.

No dogs, no children, no guests.

If you have not already done so, please read the Slow and Steady Code of Conduct here: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/CODE_OF_CONDUCT/

Required Gear: Absolutely NO cotton clothing. Water (2 litres or more), lunch/snacks, bearspray, snowshoes, winter boots, backpack, appropriate layers for the temperature plus additional layers for when we stop, hat, mitts, toque, sunscreen,hand/toe warmers, bag for dirty boots if you are a passenger, personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), (NO BEAR BELLS).

Suggested Gear: hiking poles, bandanna, camera/small binoculars, outdoor bathroom kit (toilet paper, plastic bag to carry out used T.P., hand sanitizer, etc.), lightweight emergency blanket, lightweight pad to sit on, change of socks/footwear for after the hike.

Suggested Gas Fee contribution: $20.00 per person. https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/7328562/GAS_FEES_BY_AREA_AND_PRICE/

Be Bear Smart! Bears can still be up and about at any time of year, so be prepared with your bear spray. http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/wildlife/be-bear-smart.aspx

Carpools - I do not arrange carpools. But, if you can offer a ride, please make a comment as to what part of Calgary you are coming from. If you wish to have a ride, please look for those offering a ride and message them or post a comment that you would like a ride, have gas money and where you are located in Calgary.

WAIVER: You must sign our club waiver before you are allowed to go on this trip and you shall arrive prepared with an emergency name and phone number to be recorded on the waiver. Organizer will have a group waiver for you to sign at the trailhead. You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club Waiver: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/

Disclaimer: You are fully aware that your hosts are volunteers and not trained guides and you assume all responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current physical condition, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

How to find us:Hwy 1 to Hwy 40. Hwy 40 to Kananaskis Lakes turnoff. Follow Kananaskis Lakes Trail to the Lower Kananaskis Lake Day Use Area on the right by the Lower Lake campground. (Across from Boulton Creek campground.)

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