Grotto Canyon Ice Hike - Sun, Jan 15 2023

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Grotto Canyon Ice Hike (1/15/2023)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Exshaw/Canmore
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 15 2023  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 14 2023 7:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2-3 hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Julie
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 6 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
6 km to the Frozen Waterfall
3 km additional to the Hoodoos

Walk on a frozen creek through Grotto Canyon, past unusual rock formations, ancient Native rock art, and icefalls. The Native pictographs are just before the falls, on the left.

From the falls we will continue further up the creek bed through a high walled corridor which eventually opens into a wide open valley. We will return the same way.


Required Items to Bring:
A good pair of winter/hiking boots(no cotton) and Ice-cleats or Micro-spikes or Crampons are mandatory! **If you do not have the crampons and the proper winter gear at the carpool, you will not be allowed to attend.

- Weather appropriate clothing (Gaiters, face covering, toque and windproof gloves). Please note it is quite windy out of the canyon.
- Lunch, munchies & drinks
- Cash for carpool
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Camera
- hiking poles (I found that they did not help much on the ice and most of the hike is flat)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Calgary take the 1A though Cochrane and Exshaw, or go West on TC #1 to the Seebe exit, go North then turn left on 1A for 10.9km. The Grotto Mountain Day Use area is on the North side of the highway and well marked. Trailhead is in the parking lot with an information board at the start.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):167Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $50.10 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Saturday, May 25, 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.

Notes:


Winter Safety Considerations

Entered by Julie Jack on January 9, 2023

Terrain Classification: This event is exempt from avalanche planning.

Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road, weather, trail and avalanche conditions for the trip.


- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com.

Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.
Cost Includes:Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $58.30 (calculated at total Km * $0.35, effective Monday, January 9, 2023). 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.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: