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Old 04-11-2012, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking about hiking Highwood Pass or Parker's Ridge at some point this spring summer for some out of season boarding/work out... Anyone interested? I'd like to go with at least two other people for safety reasons...
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Enjoy!

And I hope you get some avy education and equipment, or at least experienced and knowledgeable mentors
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If you were closer I would be down. I don't think I'll make it to next season o.O
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Enjoy!

And I hope you get some avy education and equipment, or at least experienced and knowledgeable mentors
Yeah planning on taking some courses first. I think the areas I'm thinking of going into are low risk but I could be way off base (again no avy training yet!)...

There are a bunch of outdoors clubs here in Calgary so if no forum members are close enough or up for it I'll probably find some locals that know the good and safe spots to hit.

My GF still thinks I'm crazy for wanting to hike and board in the summer, but I think it'd be a great way to keep the legs in shape and enjoy some carves during the off season.

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Thanks! That's great to hear. I was thinking of doing a couple days between mid June (when the road opens) and mid July or so. At this point without splitboard gear and knowledge, I'll wait until the snow has melted enough to hike on dry ground to the top. Do you think it's still worth the avalanche awareness course? Maybe some online training would be good enough for heading out into low risk zones/times?

Thanks again...
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Definately do it! Its great exercise. I would bring my board with me if I knew I was going to hiking above the snow line, which was most of the summer last year with our rediculous snowpack. At the very least its a faster, easier on the knees way down and at best you could get some awesome turns in. Plus I always like seeing the confused looks on lay peoples faces when they see you hiking shirtless and in shorts with a snowboard on you back. The snow isnt going anywhere but you still need to keep an eye out for stuff under the snow like rocks branches, holes, creeks, etc.
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Thanks again for the responses guys! Mhaas, that's my thoughts exactly with regards to an easier way down. I'm planning on hiking a lot this summer anyway, and instead of going on the typical tourist trails in the area, I could hike up the one pass that's only about 1.5 hr from my house and then board down.

I've got my old board that I can use without worrying about dinging it up, just thinking maybe I should gram some other boots so that I don't wear out my stiff boots with all the hiking. I'm guessing light pants would keep the sun burns and snow burns away while not being too hot (I used to hike in army surplus pants all the time)?

I think it'd be a sweet way to spend a day! Grab a cold beer at the bottom after all that hard work. I'd BBQ but that'd probably attract bears.

I have to say I'm stoked for summer boarding now! Should get the legs in great shape for next year!
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This sounds tempting, but its a much longer drive for me... not really a day trip.

You should get some loose waterproof track pants perhaps? They would be cool, comfortable and waterproof. You could also ram them in a pack easily and hike in shorts, just slide them on up top.
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This sounds tempting, but its a much longer drive for me... not really a day trip.

You should get some loose waterproof track pants perhaps? They would be cool, comfortable and waterproof. You could also ram them in a pack easily and hike in shorts, just slide them on up top.
Sounds like a plan, I'll PM you if I decide to head to Parker's Ridge one day. It's about 3 hr from me and HOLY CRAP I just looked it up it's about 440 km for you. Screw that the highwood pass would take about the same amount of time.

Well if you're in the Calgary area this summer let me know and I'll head out there with you...
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeah I could see that being a problem, by June 21st our sunrise in Calgary is 5:30 or so in the morning, with some pre-dawn light starting around 4:30 or so. By 7:00 it's full on mid-day sun! lol

Just talked to the GF again about it and she doesn't get it. I said think about hiking and taking an easier way down, but I think she's out. I wouldn't want to bring her if she's not fully into it anyway as she could become a liability.
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