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Adventure in the Canadian Rockies




The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: Banff, Alberta   Adventure: Adventure in the Canadian Rockies  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 31 2021  12:00 pm >> Sat, Aug 7 2021 8:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 5 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:72 Miles
Pace:Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Ron Jacobs
Leigh B
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Member Cost:$1,161.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:2
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.

Itinerary:

Join us on an EPIC ADVENTURE in the Canadian Rockies!

We will be exploring Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks while maximizing our time above the tree line and away from the crowds. Vistas, Glaciers, Waterfalls and awe inspiring views will be our goal every day and we have an itinerary overwhelm your senses! If you love adventure, are a STRONG hiker and are willing to challenge yourself to new heights, this is the ADVENTURE you have been waiting for.

The Trip

Saturday: Arrive in Calgary (by TBD o'clock), pack up the minivans and head to Canmore for our first of two locations. It is about a 90 minute drive, when the mountains come into view you will know the fun is about to start. 

Sunday: Paradise Valley Circuit & Moraine Highline (18 miles/4k, D6 ). We start our trip with a BANG!  This hike is epic and may be the best hike of your life. Sentinal Pass, Giant Steps waterfall and Lake Moraine... Google some images and you will be convinced you came to the right place.

Paradise Valley trail map

Monday: Iceline Trail Loop (13 miles/3k, D5). A day in Yoho National Park will be long remembered and the Iceline trail is our ticket to adventure! This trail has a steep climb and quick access to mind blowing views of glaciers, waterfalls and alpine fields. Yoho NP is known for its' concentration of jagged peaks and glacial moraines and the Iceline trail is the best way to take it all in.

Iceline trail map

Tuesday: Mount Bourgeau Trail (15 miles/5k, D6). Bourgeau Lake, Harvey Pass and Mt. Bourgeau will fill our day with AWE!  Another day, another epic trail... we enjoy our last full day in Banff NP.

Mt. Bourgeau trail map

Wednesday: Icefield Parkway (3-7 miles). Today is a travel day to Jasper NP, but never fear the Icefield Parkway has many sights to see and we will be stopping at several of the headliners for short hikes to view Glaciers, Waterfalls and alpine lakes. After our drive we will settle in to our second basecamp in the town of Jasper.

Thursday:Verdant Pass (14 miles/3k, D5). The meadows at Verdant Pass are HUGE and will be full of wildflowers! But that is not all... The views are outstanding and will give us a great look at the majesty of Jasper NP.

Verdant Pass trail map

Friday: Sulphur Skyline (5 miles/2k, D4). Our legs will get a well deserved break today, but our senses will not! This trail is well traveled for good reason, once at the peak the views of the Fiddle Valley will remind us of why we came on this adventure. After the hike, a quick dip in the Miette Hot Springs will make our trip weary legs feel alive again. After the hike, the group will drive back to Calgary (with a stop in Banff or Canmore for dinner).

Sulphur Skyline trail map

Saturday: Sadly our trip has come to an end and we will fly back to ATL.

 

Lodging

Our first four nights will be in a very nice VRBO in Canmore. It is a large house (2600 sq. ft.) that easily sleeps 10 people. There are 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. We picked this property to ensure everyone has their own bed. To sleep 10 people with different beds, this will mean that some people will get beds and 2 people will get a sofa bed and 2 people an air mattress. Trip leaders will be assigned a bedroom. After that it will be based upon time of sign up and possibly the mix of male and females. We will try to have genders together for the beds not in the bedrooms. Also the sharing of bathrooms by gender may influence the arrangements. The Trip Leaders will assign sleeping quarters prior to the trip start date. All hikers will be paying the same rate regardless of sleeping arrangement (included in the trip cost). The house has a gourmet kitchen and a dining area spacious enough for all of us to prepare our lunches and snacks and make and eat breakfast. The house is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and bars and has stunning mountain views. 

Our accomodation for 2 nights in Jasper is in a motel style hotel. We have 5 rooms reserved each with two queen beds. Once we see our male/female mix of who signs up, we may be able to tweak the reservations to suit depending upon availability. The hotel has a restaurant for dinner/breakfast and a store for sundries. It is also within walking distance to town with more dining options. 

Friday night lodging back in Calgary in preparation for your flight home is booked on your own. There are numerous hotels near the airport for a good price. Once we have a full roster, we will give options for a couple of hotels. It will be easier if everyone stays at the same location to avoid too many drop offs. However, once the car is dropped off, there should be plenty of hotel shuttles from the airport to the hotels. There is also an in terminal Marriot hotel. It is a little more expensive than some, but very affordable if shared. 

 

Transportation

All participants will book their own flights, but be sure to arrive by TBD o'clock as we have two minivans to whisk us away. If you will be arriving late, you will be responsible for obtaining a shuttle to Canmore to meet the group.

 

The Group

We are looking for fellow adventure seekers that are STRONG hikers with low-drama personalities. A total of 10 people will be allowed on the trip. All AOC members are welcome to sign up, we will be selecting the group based on the following criteria:

  • When you sign up
  • Strength of hiking experience
  • Activity in the club
  • Low drama personality 
  • Fit within the group dynamic

At signup time you will initially be placed on the waiting list. The group will be selected based on the above criteria and you will be added to the active roster and be given a link with which to pay. Once the attendee roster is published, we will give a time frame for attendees to pay.

Failure to pay within the given timeframe will result in your removal from the active roster.

The date of July 2021 allows us to switch out anybody who has to drop the event. 


Required Items to Bring:

A full gear list will be provided prior to the trip. 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Notes:
Important information for paid events in which payment is managed through the AOC:

     - Payment must be received by the payment due date and prior to participation in the event.

     - Some paid events require a minimum number of registered participants. If that number is not met, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued to those who have already paid.

     - Third-party vendors often require damage deposits. Each registrant agrees to be liable for and required to reimburse the Atlanta Outdoor Club for any withheld deposits due to the actions of or damages caused by that registrant.

     - No partial payments. All registrants must pay the posted Member Cost regardless of any agreement you may have with any party involved in the event.

     - Read the event description carefully for additional information, and contact the trip leader(s) with any questions.


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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$1,161.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Park Passes

Lodging in Canmore and Jasper

Bear spray

Breakfast and Lunch supplies in Canmore (cannot guarantee special dietary needs)

Some trail snacks

Minivan transportation and gas

 

Not Included

Dinner

Transportation to/from Calgary

Breakfast/Lunch in Jasper (Readily available at hotel or nearby)

Alcohol

 

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Mon, Oct 19 2020.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
*Note:

Currently there is a travel restriction to Canada due to Covid 19. We are assuming that these restrictions will be lifted by next July. The accommodation we have booked is refundable through June 1 2021 and we will be looking at restrictions as the cancellation dates draw near. We are holding on booking the cars and buying park passes for this reason but have researched all costs. AOC fee of $25 and any pay pal fees incurred are not refundable. We will cancel the trip before money is due to the accommodations etc. if Covid 19 restrictions are still in place, ensuring refunds will be available. Updates via e mail will be regularly sent to attendees on the roster. 

Anyone signed up who drops out will be refunded when a replacement person has paid in full (minus the AOC trip fee).


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