An explanation of each level of the Avalanche Danger Scale, including the transitions between levels, signs of instability at each level and the implications of slope angle, aspect and elevation.
George Pocaterra is best known for settling in the Highwood Valley and establishing the ranch made famous by R. M. Patterson in his book The Buffalo Head. The Diva & the Rancher tells the story of George and his opera singer wife Norma Piper.
A climb, on snowshoes and on foot, up the long ridge to the summit of North Kent’s outlier, a superb viewpoint with Mount Chester to the north and the many peaks of the Spray Mountain to the southwest.
Originally Alberta Parks said that the cross-country ski trails at Evan Thomas, Ribbon Creek, Skogan Pass and Sawmill in Kananaskis Country would not be groomed this winter. Now they will try to groom Ribbon Creek when resources are available.
SPOT is a handheld satellite communication device that can determine your location using a GPS system and send messages via its own commercial satellite network. A new SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger replaces the original SPOT Personal Tracker.
Persistent weak layers such as layers of surface hoar, cohesionless facets and old rain or sun crusts are the usual cause of avalanches that release in old snow layers.
Want a more interesting alternative to the almost-flat Hogarth Lakes snowshoe loop? Recently we snowshoed the scenic little pass from Hogarth Lakes over to Burstall Lakes in great snow conditions.
The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association in partnership with Alberta Parks (Kananaskis Country) is hosting a public open house on a Proposed All Season Plan for the West Bragg Creek Trail System.
The Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance (CMBA) has completed the four-section re-route of Tom Snow Trail and another group of mountain bikers has built a trail across the high ground north of Fullerton Loop that joins Elbow Trail to the ridge on the third re-route.
Avalanche Forecasts are your primary source of information whether skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, or scrambling and climbing in avalanche terrain.
A new trail has been built between the Old Mill Road and Lusk Creek. It serves as both an interpretive trail and as a new start to Baldy Pass trail.
The Alberta Hiking Association is a fledgling umbrella organization for hiking clubs from across the province. Browse their web site: www.abhiking.ca for information on how to become a member.
Bob Truman’s Cross Country Ski conditions site is back in business. Check out his first post of the season.
A plan is underway to update the West Bragg trail system in order to improve it’s value as an XC trail network, to add snowshoe trails, and to make an enjoyable, sustainable summer trail network for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Describes a short hike up Horton Hill off Hwy 40. Good for fall and early spring.