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Group Shelters (Bothy Bags)

Group Shelters are large windproof bags designed for use by groups of anywhere between 2 and 12 people in the mountains. Their main advantages over the individual emergency blankets and tarps used in North America is that two or more people huddled together can both keep warm and maintain morale in a stressful situation. They are now available in Canada.

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Heading up toward Mount Murray Viewpoint

Chester Sawmill Snowshoe Trails

The Smith-Dorrien area with its ample snowpack has some of the best snowshoe trails in Kananaskis Country with something for everyone. Here I am featuring the Chester Sawmill Snowshoe Trails, suggesting four loops varying from the popular 5.1 km Sawmill Loop to a 13.3 km Grand Tour.

In 2016, The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association focused on upgrading existing trails, adding new winter trails and enhancing the visitor experience. Significant investment and actions by Alberta Parks/Government of Alberta resulted in a number of important enhancements to the 141.3 km trail network that offers opportunities for just about every type of non-motorized trail user!

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New trail crossing the meadow.

Fullerton/Elbow Update

Just in time for the ski season, the trail has been rerouted away from the Elbow River,  It now continues across the meadow and crosses the side creek much higher up onto Fullerton, so doing away with the big climb up from the drift fence. Yeah! 

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Rescue at Cherry Bowl

In March, 2013 three backcountry skiers, deeply buried by a large avalanche near Terrace B.C. were dug out alive in less than 20 minutes. The group that rescued them had recently taken a companion rescue course — a choice that made the difference between life and death. Explore this micro-site — it might save your life!

The 2013 flood damaged several day use areas in the Elbow Valley including Allen Bill, Elbow Falls, Cobble Flats, Forgetmenot Pond and Nihahi Trailhead.  Alberta Parks has given notice that they plan to repair and upgrade these facilities starting this fall, with construction continuing through the winter to June 2017.

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Photo courtesy Joe Gerritsen

Tiger Jaws Falls Bridge Update

Thanks to Joe Gerritsen for the update on the new bridge construction at Tiger Jaw Falls at Indian Oils day uses are. The work crew told him the only remaining work was to backfill the bridge approaches on both sides and that it should be done by the end of the month.

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Improved tread and drainage on the Elk Pass trail shortly befoe the pass.

High Rockies Trail Crews Improve Peter Lougheed Ski Trails

The southernmost section of The High Rockies Trail from Boulton Creek to Elk Pass uses existing ski trails. Some sections of Fox Creek and Elk Pass trails were rough and rooty or badly drained and wet. So trail crews were in there this summer to fix them up.

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Arethusa Cirque the 3rd week in September 2014

Where the Larches Are

So, where are the best larches in Kananaskis Country. There are many old favourites — Burstal Pass, Pocaterra Ridge, Chester Lake — but there are many others. Here is our selection of some of the best larch hikes.

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Looking up at the summit from the lower top.

Changes to Rainy Summit Ridge

Finally got to check out unofficial trail #30 in volume 2 after a gap of a few years. As many of you have already discovered (the trail is well-trodden),  the first two paragraphs as written up in the 4th edition are now obsolete. A new and  better start has evolved.

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Trail to Old Baldy

What is  the condition of the popular (unofficial) trail  up McDougall Creek now that a few years have passed since the 2013 flood?  Undoubtably, the flood waters did a number in the valley, spreading  cobbles and flood debris across the floor and eroding the banks.

Minister Shannon Phillips

Photo: Alberta Hiking Association

Alberta Environment & Parks Minister Meets with Outdoor Community

Alberta Environment & Parks minister Shannon Phillips held an informal meeting in Calgary yesterday with members of the Alberta Hiking Association and invited outdoor leaders from all over southern Alberta. It was a very positive meeting with the minister taking question from anyone who asked, as well as talking individually with participants.

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