heli-hiking Assiniboine 2017

Aug 20-22, 2017. Rick McCharles organizer

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Hikers interested in this trip so far:

  • Kendra Gowdy
  • Kori (Gowdy) Yipp
  • Ashley Pascos 
  • Jim Sportun
  • Keenan Pascos
  • Andrew Vetter
  • Aundrea Dube
  • Amy Miller 
  • Kelly Mock
  • Rick McCharles

Email RickMcCharles@gmail.com to be added to this list.

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If you want to join us, there’s only one thing you need to do. Book your seat on the helicopter. No rush on that — but eventually they’ll sell all the seats available for that day.

  • book your flight Mt. Shark Heliport to Assiniboine
    • $175 per person + 5% tax (one way) = $183.75 total by credit card
      • I booked on Feb 15th. There are still plenty of seats available.
    • Sunday, Aug 20th (the day after Camp finishes)
    • 403-678-2883 Mon – Fri  8:30 am – 2:30 pm Mountain Time
    • cancellation costs $50 up until 48 hours before, but we MIGHT be able to sell your seat to someone else and save you the $50
    • 6 hikers / helicopter
    • if you want to fly out as well, book the return flight for Wednesday. (Helicopter does not fly on Tuesday.)
    • consider having the helicopter carry some of your gear back by helicopter ($3 / pound). Pick it up late afternoon Wednesday at the Canmore Heliport.
  • organize your gear
    • the lighter, the better
    • sample gear list (delete as many items as possible)
    • my gear, as an example VIDEO
    • bigger people should bring a larger backpack & offer to carry more when we hike off the mountain
  • Campground (2 nights Aug 20 & 21)
    • Assiniboine campgrounds do not take reservations. It’s first come, first served.
    • we’ll try for Magog Lake campground on arrival
    • $10 cash per adult / night (16 years of age and older). Each adult will need $20 cash.
    • if campsites are full the overflow area in an alpine meadow is a good backup
    • group campsite can be prebooked at O’Brien meadows IF we end up having 15 people or more
    • you could stay in the Lodge or Naiset Hut instead of tenting, if you like. Wimp. 🙂

Timeline – Sunday

  • arrive Mt. Shark Heliport by Noon Sunday, Aug 20th (location)
  • helicopter flights begin at 12:30pm
  • choose a campsite, set up your tent on arrival
  • meet at the restaurant for 2pm departure
  • day hike

Monday

  • 9am depart restaurant for the BIG day hike
    • Niblet, Nublet, Nub, Elizabeth, Chuck’s Ridge, Cerulean and Sunburst Lakes
  • second hike late afternoon for keeners (likely Hind Hut)

Tuesday

  • 6am wake-up
  • 8am depart restaurant
  • 26 km hike out via Wonder Pass & Bryant Creek (8-9 hours)
  • if that sounds too long for one day, consider booking a night en route at another campground. Contact Banff National Park and ask them about availability at Big Springs  Campground. Reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance and there’s a good chance Big Springs will fill up quickly.

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Hind Hut

Hind Hut