Grotto Mountain Scramble - Sunday, Jun 23, 2024

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The Basics:
Event Type: Scramble 
Event Location: ACC Canmore Clubhouse, 201 Indian Flats Rd, Canmore, AB, T1W 2T8 
Event Starts:   Sunday, Jun 23, 2024 08:45 AM  
Event Ends:   Sunday, Jun 23, 2024 05:00 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Jun 21, 2024 11:59 PM  
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Michael Persson
Heather Chamberlain

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome  
Attendee Screening:   Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Maximum Group Size: 12
Number Registered So Far:   0 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   Yes


-We will meet at 8:45 a.m. in the main lounge of the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore.  

-The hike will begin at 9:00 a.m.

-I have allocated 8 hours for the hike, which will be adequate for completion at a moderate pace and return to the clubhouse for the start of the Rocky Mountain Section's annual BBQ, which begins at 5:00 p.m.

-We're planning to do the loop variation of this route, in a counter-clockwise direction. If conditions are particularly wet/soggy, I may alter this to take the west ridge for both ascent & descent, but I do not expect this to be necessary.  


Required Items to Bring:

-Comfortable footwear for scrambling (hiking boots, hiking shoes, or trail runners, depending on your preference)

-Comfortable, layered clothing for warmth and comfort in variable weather conditions (pack a wind/rain resistant jacket and pants) 

-Food and water to keep you comfortable for ~8 hours of strenuous hiking (recommend 2-4 L water, per person)

-Desired additional clothing items (hats, extra socks, gloves, etc.)

-Any medications or personal items you desire or need, based on your own situation (think: inhalers, medications, allergy medications, etc.)

-Small daypack to carry your clothing layers, food and water, etc.

-Sun screen, sunglasses

-*Moleskin or other blister protection equipment*

-Hiking poles, if desired 

-Helmet, if desired

-Bear spray, if desired

Recommended Items to Bring:

-I have specifically designed this trip to occur at a moderate, comfortable pace, to make it friendly and accessible for a wider segment of our membership, while also not starting TOO early, for folks who are coming in from out of town to attend this and the BBQ. This is not a race to the summit. 

-With that being said, this is still a Rockies scramble, and will involve 8 hours of hiking on variable, steep terrain, including dirt, mud, rock, and scree. You may need to use your hands, in sections, and areas will be steep and muddy. 

-The route (round-trip) is just over 12 km, with ~1,450m of elevation gain and loss.

-Please do your own research on the route to ensure that you and your fellow attendees will be comfortable and enjoy your time on this scramble!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  



Hazards include, but are not limited to: Weather, rockfall, wildlife, slips and trips

*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Rocky Mountain Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event opens on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 12:00 AM.