Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Chinook Hikers

Trevor sent me some information on the Chinook outdoor club based in Lethbridge. They don't have a website, but I thought I would post the relevant information here. If anyone has questions, hopefully one of the members can chirp in.

CHINOOK OUTDOOR CLUB : general information

Regular monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month,
September through April, at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Schuler Coulee Center
in the river bottom, north of Fort Whoop Up, Lethbridge. No meetings
during the summer months. There is a short business meeting, followed by
a slide presentation.

Please register with the coordinator of the outing between 5:00 and 8:00
p.m. on the evening before the trip. To facilitate car pooling, please
arrive at the meeting place 5 - 10 minutes before the scheduled
departure time. If it is your first Chinook Outdoor Club outing, please
ask the coordinator about car pooling arrangements.

All distances are round-trip. Elevation gains and distances are
approximate. Scheduled trips may be changed because of weather
conditions, and may become more difficult.

Whether hiking or skiing, come prepared with adequate waterproof boots
and warm clothing (e.g., touque, mitts, fleece jacket, anorak, long
undies, waterproof overpants). Bring a lunch and adequate fluids (e.g.
hot tea, water). Please check with the coordinator to see whether any
other gear is needed (e.g. ice axe, avalanche shovel, skins, transceiver).

Reminder: In the interest of safety, stay together as a group with your

Non members must sign a Guest Waiver/Membership form before leaving the
town point of departure for a trip. If you need blank waiver forms,
contact Lucie Linhart (329-8324). Please turn in trip logs to Barbara

For information about becoming a member of the Chinook Outdoor Club,
please call Lucie Linhart at 329-8324 or email: linhart@uleth.ca.

- Soccer Centre: Parking lot south-east of building (access via 28
Street S.).
- University of Lethbridge (U. of L.): northwest corner of Far West
parking lot, next to service buildings (near Printing)

Destination: Ski somewhere in Waterton
Leader: Barbara Dickinson
Elev gain: moderate
Dist: Moderate
Dept: 8:00am Soccer Center

Barbara would really love to ski to Forum Ridge/Lake, but will settle for the best snow available, likely a tour to Wall or Summit Lakes.

Sunday, December 18
Destination: Join ron for a truly binding ski experience, Waterton
Leader: Ron Renwick 328-9594
Elev gain: 1300ft
Dist: 10km
Dept: 8:00am Soccer Center

Ron plans on touring/telemarking in the Summit lake area in lots of fresh, light powder, so don't miss out on this truly binding experience!


At 12/13/2005 03:29:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've gone out with this group on and off for years. While they're a great bunch of people, it's typically been the same people for the last few decades, and as the cohort has aged, they are typically now just into primarily very easy and primarily social-based trips into the mountains....typically capped off by an early to mid-afternoon trip to the Kilmorey lodge!

Some of the winter trips can involve a bit more ambitious backcountry skiing/telemarking, but it usually all depends on the particular leader.


Posted by Brad

At 12/16/2005 08:25:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the two trips they posted, I think they will be disappointed. Blair and I were up on the ridge between Forum and Wall Lakes last weekend (on the lee side of the ridge). It was very wind scoured, and then as you went around the bowl to the north face of Akamina (on the Forum Lake side), you'd find a semi-breakable wind slab. It was hard in spots and breakable in others. Once in the trees, the skiing was fun. On the Summit Lake side of things, there wasn't a lot of snow over there. Alderson and Carthew were completely dry from the wind.

With the weather not doing much over the week, I can't imagine things have changed. These artic high pressure systems suck for snowfall.


Posted by Dave Stephens

At 12/16/2005 09:17:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's too bad. Sounds like a good weekend for ice climbing. Warm temperatures, sunny skies, and everything seems to be in shape.

Oh I did pick up a pair of used tele ski's with skins. I have to decide if they actually make it out as a Christmas present, or if I keep my really light old ones. They are light touring Karhu's. They are lighter than my snowshoes, and seemed to do allright on soft groomed runs. Not much floatation though. Plus, with their striaght cut I would have to ditch my goretex and fleece and pull out a wool sweater and knickers. On second thought, I wonder if I would fit in with the chinook hikers then? 

Posted by chris goble

At 12/16/2005 04:07:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up with this tele stuff? Lock yourself into a real binding, get yourself a pair of mid-fats, press your shins hard against the boot and let 'er rip.

Tele is for hippies and Liberals!!!


Posted by Dave Stephens

At 12/17/2005 09:51:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually think tele is fun. It certainly is much more challenging. It just feels more like skiing than regular downhill. THat feels more like skating.

As for the hippie part, I would probably vote libertarian if I actually knew what they stood for. 

Posted by chris goble

At 12/03/2011 09:34:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chinook Outdoor Club (COC) or Chinook Hikers do have a website now http://www.chinookhikers.com

At 12/04/2011 09:22:00 AM , Blogger sigob said...

Thanks for the update. I'll add it to the sidebar links.



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