Carpooling / Transportation
Transportation is not included.
While covid restrictions are in place I am not allowed to arrange carpooling. You can post into the Facebook event if you want to arrange that on your own. Generally speaking plan on meeting at the trailhead.
Unless it is dangerous conditions we go in most weather. I cancel if safety is a concern or if the trail is closed. (In the winter if below -25) That being said we went on a hike last year with terrible rain storms predicted, it misted and we got fantastic misty photos. Another hike was +25 and a random thunder shower just about washed us away- We still had so much fun and a soggy but fun ride home. If hiking in May, plan for snow or rain, if hiking in June count on rain. Come prepared!! Dress in layers, bring dry clothing for the car ride home. No refunds will be given due to bad weather.
What do I need to bring?
I will be taking care of these items for you
First aid kit
Bear Spray (Only bring if you are confident you know how to use it)
Loud radios or speakers-Just don't be "that guy"
Hiking boots or shoes. Break them in before the day of the hike.
A backpack to put the gear into
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Bug spray if needed
A hat (optional)
Lipchap with sunscreen
Extra clothing- layers, layers, layers! Alberta weather can do ANYTHING.
Extra food- Plan on more than usual, you will be hungry.
Water. At least 1-2 liters per adult minimum
A camera or phone to take pictures
HIking poles (optional)
ANY and all medications you might need. I need to know of major medical conditions before we hit the trail.
What about bears and other wildlife?
Your guide has training and will include a quick bear safety talk before our hike. The plan is avoidance. All trail reports will be checked and your safety will be top priority. It is wise to travel with a group that is being loud and having fun! (That will be us!)
You will get a map and instructions on where and when to meet. This will be sent in a email 7 days before our hike. Be there at the meet up time. Your email will be very clear. Make sure you have plenty of time from where you live to get to the trailhead. Plan ahead. Take a paper map print out if you do not have maps on your phone or if the hike is out of cell service.
Am I fit enough for this hike?
Please reach out if you are unsure. You must be cleared by a doctor for this type of activity if you have a major medical condition. Please train for the hikes. I have a new rating system that should help. A hike will be labelled with a code that relates to this chart:
Why should I go with a guide?
It says 10 am start time?
What does that mean?
Your guide is ...
Going to take care of all the details.
Familiar with the trail.
Going to care of all safety concerns
A trained adventure Medic (40 hour Wilderness First aid)
Certified as a hiking guide. Always has the proper permits, certifications, and business license for the trails we will travel on.
Certified as a Interpretive guide and will be sharing all the nerdy stuff about the area.
It is JUST more Fun with a group.
Hope you can join me!