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Old 05-06-2020, 08:15 PM   #561
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Drove out to Elbow Falls just to get out of the house, was busier than I've ever seen. We didn't get out of the car, but it was packed to the point it felt like a viral breeding ground.
I went and hiked prarie Mountain Saturday Morning. I came down around 11 and it was definitely busy with the parking lot filling up. However on the trail coming down I only encountered 5 or 6 groups and with Prairie the trail is so braided you can easily keep good spacing. Also I think a lot of the traffic is bikers headed down highway 66.

So at least when I was leaving there were lots of cars but very low density of people.

What will cause issues though is the number of clearly separate homes hiking in non-spaced groups. If the 10 or so groups that I would suspect being from separate homes only 1 was socially distanced.
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Social distancing shouldnít be a problem for me, Iím usually so far behind the rest of the group I may as well be by myself.
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Anyone willing to share somewhere for a nice hike where they would have an outhouse open?
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:47 PM   #564
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Anyone willing to share somewhere for a nice hike where they would have an outhouse open?
Little Elbow has outhouses open.

So you have Forgetmenot ridge,, Powderface, Nahahi ridge from that parking lot.

Fullerton loop had outhouses open as well.

The whole highway 66 was really busy last weekend so make sure you are getting there before 10 or parking is an issue. I did forget me not ridge last weekend and because you have to Ford a stream wasnít that busy. Powder face and Nahahi looked busy.
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I went and hiked prarie Mountain Saturday Morning. I came down around 11 and it was definitely busy with the parking lot filling up. However on the trail coming down I only encountered 5 or 6 groups and with Prairie the trail is so braided you can easily keep good spacing. Also I think a lot of the traffic is bikers headed down highway 66.

So at least when I was leaving there were lots of cars but very low density of people.

What will cause issues though is the number of clearly separate homes hiking in non-spaced groups. If the 10 or so groups that I would suspect being from separate homes only 1 was socially distanced.
Those people just see some things opened up and government says numbers are down so they figure they can resume normal social activities.

Besides it's too much effort to maintain distance during a grueling hike!

We'll probably see the effects of all these low key group outings in a month or so.

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I forgot to add bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. I think they had signs on them saying they weren’t sticking them.
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With this pandemic I've been noticing people in Alberta don't seem to know or care about yielding to ascending hikers, which is pretty standard hiking etiquette. Normally I wouldn't care but on narrow trails it can be annoying trying to maintain physical distancing.
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With this pandemic I've been noticing people in Alberta don't seem to know or care about yielding to ascending hikers, which is pretty standard hiking etiquette. Normally I wouldn't care but on narrow trails it can be annoying trying to maintain physical distancing.

Thereís probably too many other unwritten rules of this ilk (not too mention real rules that do need to be written down), but it would be nice if they could include it among the trailhead map/signage.


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Incredibly excited for banff/jasper/yoho/kootenay parks to reopen this week.

Might give it several days though for people to fan out and drive the wildlife back into the deeper woods.
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With this pandemic I've been noticing people in Alberta don't seem to know or care about yielding to ascending hikers, which is pretty standard hiking etiquette. Normally I wouldn't care but on narrow trails it can be annoying trying to maintain physical distancing.
I honestly was not aware this was a thing. Normally I yield to descending hikers but that is because it gives me a chance to stop and catch my breath!
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I honestly was not aware this was a thing. Normally I yield to descending hikers but that is because it gives me a chance to stop and catch my breath!
95% of people yield to the people coming down because its easier and quicker.

We did Lady Mac on saturday and it was totally packed. Like we passed probably 300 people easy if not more. Basically everyone coming up stopped for us before we even had a chance to react while coming down, and we stopped for people coming down while going up. I get it might not be the proper thing but it just seems so much easier and what the majority of people do.
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How do you die on a scree slope? I honestly don't know. Two others wiped out after the guy who died too. They've closed the trail now, I'd assume for the rest of the summer. I know people like to boot ski down the scree in this spot. There are just too many people in the mountains now and way too many people on the same ten hikes.



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How do you die on a scree slope? I honestly don't know. Two others wiped out after the guy who died too. They've closed the trail now, I'd assume for the rest of the summer. I know people like to boot ski down the scree in this spot. There are just too many people in the mountains now and way too many people on the same ten hikes.



https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/hiker-dea...u8Vjm9O4Myc3OM
Without looking at the article, Rock fall. Yamuska is a helmet mandatory hike. Most don’t wear helmets.

After reading the article I don’t quite understand how you fall 6m on the scree slope without being off trail. Maybe they mean skid or roll but it’s what I would describe as a fall.

They should take down the cable accords the sketchy section.
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Without looking at the article, Rock fall. Yamuska is a helmet mandatory hike. Most donít wear helmets.

After reading the article I donít quite understand how you fall 6m on the scree slope without being off trail. Maybe they mean skid or roll but itís what I would describe as a fall.

They should take down the cable accords the sketchy section.

There was a video of the helicopter picking the guy up and he was right at the bottom of the scree slope, no where near any of the cliffy bits. He was just running down the scree when it happened. I guess he wiped out and a couple small scree rocks must have got him in the head. I really didn't know it could be dangerous like that.
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THREE incidents in one day on Yam? Yikes.
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How do you die on a scree slope? I honestly don't know. Two others wiped out after the guy who died too. They've closed the trail now, I'd assume for the rest of the summer. I know people like to boot ski down the scree in this spot. There are just too many people in the mountains now and way too many people on the same ten hikes.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/hiker-dea...u8Vjm9O4Myc3OM
It's nuts. Again. The past few years have been crazy busy. Was talking to some friends yesterday who headed out to cycle on the Bow Valley Parkway but turned around at Hwy 68 due to traffic. I went to Springbank airport yesterday morning, just before 10. Stoney Trail was backed up past Tuscany and it was stop and go on the TCH as far as I could see even after I turned off at Springbank. My wife was in K Country and said it was as busy as she's seen it in the past few years. Barrier Lake was a zoo, people treating it as a beach hangout based on what they were carrying from their vehicles.
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Weekends are clearly insane now. I went Thursday morning and Moraine had barely anybody in the morning, 93 had nobody on it up to Sask Crossing, and I was the only one at Crescent Falls. I wouldn't even consider heading west on a Saturday.
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It's nuts. Again. The past few years have been crazy busy. Was talking to some friends yesterday who headed out to cycle on the Bow Valley Parkway but turned around at Hwy 68 due to traffic. I went to Springbank airport yesterday morning, just before 10. Stoney Trail was backed up past Tuscany and it was stop and go on the TCH as far as I could see even after I turned off at Springbank. My wife was in K Country and said it was as busy as she's seen it in the past few years. Barrier Lake was a zoo, people treating it as a beach hangout based on what they were carrying from their vehicles.

It's really sad. It seems like when the Hike Alberta FB page took off people started going out more. It went from like 3k members to 35k in a couple months. Week days are not too much better.
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It's really sad. It seems like when the Hike Alberta FB page took off people started going out more. It went from like 3k members to 35k in a couple months. Week days are not too much better.
As long as your out of the city before 8 usually you can avoid the crowds and traffic on the way in

Hopefully this results in more investment into trail maintenance and development. As much as I donít like busy trails people getting out on them is good.

Personally I blame the free park passes for Canada 150 for the dramatic increase in use.
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It's really sad. It seems like when the Hike Alberta FB page took off people started going out more. It went from like 3k members to 35k in a couple months. Week days are not too much better.
As long as your out of the city before 8 usually you can avoid the crowds and traffic on the way in

Hopefully this results in more investment into trail maintenance and development. As much as I donít like busy trails people getting out on them is good. Personally I blame the free park passes for Canada 150 for the dramatic increase in use.

The traffic is likely because of the bridge work they are doing knocking it down to single lane in a few places
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