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Galentine's Mountain Retreat
We are SO EXCITED to have you join us at our OG trip - winter style!
Below is an information package outlining all of the must know information for the trip, and more!
We will be following up with an email one week prior to the event. Until then, you won't hear much more from us. But know that you are registered, and are good to go!
Don't forget to let us know of your dietary restrictions in the Menu tab, and to share this event with your friends - because this one fills up fast!
Kieren + The Lady Alliance
February 14 - February 16, 2019
Arrive on Feb 14 at 8pm
Bell Cabin - ACC in Canmore Alberta
Here is what you need to know!
This is our most popular event - winterized!
"Strangers had the opportunity to become friends. When it’s all women, you take lead, push further, you laugh harder, and you summit that mountain." // Kieren Britton - The Lady Alliance
"This community and my experience on their First Annual Adventure to the A.O. Wheeler Hut in Glacier National Park, has left such a positive imprint in my life. For someone who was new to the hiking world at the beginning of this summer, it was very easy to find inspiration on social media, which usually turned into being overwhelmed. The true inspiration came from when I discovered The Lady Alliance." // Kelsey Derkach
Perfect for adventurers at all experience levels! Hikes span from easy to difficult!
Please Note: There are no guides on this adventure. This is a community meet up.
- YOUR CHECKLIST
- what's included
- hIKES aVAILABLE
- TIPS FOR Hikers
- Extra Info
Here's the plan...
Friday February 14
Arrival at the hut is suggested for no later than 8 pm. If you are going to be arriving later, please let us know to expect your late arrival.
No meals provided on Friday. Please have dinner prior to arrival.
Safety overview and itinerary discussion will be at 8:15 pm.
This evening is a free evening to enjoy the hut.
Saturday February 15
Breakfast and coffee/tea will be out at 8 am. We will set up a sandwich making station then.
We will pack for the day, and head to yoga in the morning at 9 am.
Hikes will begin at 10:45 am - after yoga. You must hike in a minimum group size of 6 people, and will be dependent on avalanche risk. Please remember this is a weekend retreat and meet up, no guides are present. If you do not feel comfortable hiking, you have the day to explore the area, or head into Canmore to enjoy the town.
Some other activities to enjoy in the area are: resort skiing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, caving, helicopter rides.
You must report with your retreat leader your plans for the day prior to leaving the cabin
We will all be meeting back at the cabin to cook dinner together at 6:30 pm. Cooking and cleaning will be done as a group - please volunteer where you see needed.
The evening is ours to connect! We can stick around the cabin, or head out on the town!
Sunday February 16
Breakfast and coffee/tea will be out at 8 am.
We have the morning to enjoy the hut. Check out is at 11 am. We will all check out prior to heading into town for a final yoga session.
After yoga, we will all head to either The Blake, The Tavern, or The Iron Goat for a goodbye lunch, provided by The Lady Alliance.
No dinner provided on Sunday.
This trip's schedule is flexible.
Yoga is optional.
Are you not feeling a hike that day? Check out mellow walks or sights in the area.
We all cook and clean together, so we encourage everyone to be around the hut during meals.
Pack like a pro...
Let's get you there...
The Bell Cabin is located at the Alpine Club of Canada headquarters in Canmore Alberta.
Coming from out of western Canada? We suggest flying into the Calgary airport.
From Calgary, total drive time: 1 hr 17 mins
From Kelowna, total drive time: 6 hours
*MST time zone*
*Cell service and wifi available*
What's on the menu?
- Eggs, sausage and hash browns
- Breakfast Burritos.
- Extra gluten free and non-gluten free oatmeal as backup
- Make your own sandwiches
- Group lunch at restaurant
- Friday no dinner
- Sunday no dinner
- Bars and Fruit on hike
- Fruit tray
- Veggie Tray
Please fill out THIS FORM to submit your dietary restrictions. Form must be submitted no later than one week before the event to be accommodated.
Any dietary restrictions that are submitted within one week of the event may not be accounted for.
- We can accommodate vegetarian, lactose free, and gluten free (not celiac), if you have any other dietary restrictions please clearly state so on the form above, and we will contact you for more information.
- We do not provide vegan options.
- Everything we eat is in a build-it-yourself format.
- If you are a snacker, bring your own snacks! You are welcome to bring any snacks you wish to supplement what is provided.
- We will do a roll call for allergies on site so everyone who brought extra snacks are aware of the allergies.
There are so many hikes in the area!
From easy to difficult and everything in between, Glacier National Park is known for it's hikes.
We have two days to explore different hikes in the area. We will list some of the hikes here, but please keep your top options in mind. Don't set your plans in stone just yet.
We ask on each hike that a minimum of 6 is followed at all times. We will discuss this more on Friday night. Because of this minimum, your plans will need to be flexible to fit with other attendees.
We will bring information booklets of the hikes in the area for the entire group. These booklets will explain the elevation gain, distance, and other deciding factors of each hike. You do not need to print anything out or bring information of your own. We find that some blogs mis-represent the information of the hike. We will be using Parks Canada information only.
We will decide together which hikes each group wants to accomplish. But until then here are some hikes to start teasing you on your trip!
Abandoned Rails Trail
Great Glacier Trail
Bear Creek Falls, Giant Cedars Boardwalk and Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk
Meeting of the Waters
Mount Sir Donald
Need a refresh?
Whether you're new to hiking or an veteran hiker, we want to help you prepare for this adventure!
Winter Hiking Tips:
- Cut your toenails! We don't mean to sound like your mother, but this tends to be forgotten before hiking. Long toenails while hiking back down the mountain can turn downhill fun into downhill pain really quick!
- Socks on socks. Double socking helps with blisters. Wearing a thin, high hiking sock underneath a second, lower hiking sock will help transfer the rubbing off your foot and to the two socks. The inner layer should be higher than the outter layer so that you can pull the sock tight if need be.
- Gators. Gators keep you dry, warm, and protected. Definitely suggested for winter hiking.
- Layer, so you can de-layer. Hiking should start a bit cold, get warmer, and get cold at the top. So layer up to prepare for it. Depending on the weather, it is not a bad thing to start a bit chilled, then delayering as you climb. Your legs and torso warm up as you climb, leaving you at the perfect temperature enjoying your hustle.
- Mitts, toques, buffs - all great things.
- Hiking poles for knee support. If you have bad knees, downhill can be painful! Support your knees with hiking poles to help with the pain. Winter poles should have snow baskets to keep you from sinking in.
- Bring a down layer or a warm layer for the top. Down jackets or vests are light and easy to pack. Once you are at the top, the elevation, wind, sweat and lack of physical activity will cool your body quickly. A new layer for the summit is always a great idea.
- Expect snow and waterproof. There is nothing worse than being caught in a storm, everything wet, cold, and miserable.
- Leave no trace. Products such as Kula Cloths, anti bacterial camp towels, waste containment pouches, and other items can help eliminate waste on the trial.
What's in my pack?
Our founder Kieren shares some items you may want to consider bringing in your day pack:
- Snacks - we provide an apple and a granola bar. You may find you need more with you. Please do not leave the wrapper or core behind.
- Water bottles - for the day hike I will bring two full water bottles. Remember, water = life. But water also = weight, and water = ice!
- A whistle - 3 whistle blows is an SOS sign
- A beacon, and avy kit - just in case. Rentals are available at MEC. I have linked the Calgary south store here - but each store is different.
- First aid kit - I personally like a full first aid kit when hiking with lots of people, but MEC has a great mini kit that has a lot of what you would need!
- A warm layer for the summit - I love my down jacket for the top. A gear swap store is a great place to find second hand down jackets.
- Sun Protection - because snowburn is real.
- Headlamp - there would be nothing worse than being stranded and the sun setting leaving you in the dark. Headlamps are always in my pack.
- A source of fire - waterpoof matches or a lighter are a great back up in a dire situation.
- Emergency shelter - I usually like to keep a small bivy on me just in case I spend the night outside accidentally. MEC has a cheap bivy that reflects body heat and is bright orange for rescuers to spot.
- Kula Cloth - I haaaaaate hiking somewhere and seeing old toilet paper. *insert vomit emoji here*
Knowledge is power...
Avalanches are no joke. And winter hiking can put you at risk of avalanches.
We will be having an avalanche discussion when you arrive at the hut, but we want to share a few things ahead of time.
This being said we are NOT a source for avalanche information. We encourage you to check out the online tutorial hosted by avalanche Canada, or take an AST 1 course.
We will be basing our hikes off of Avalanche Canada's Mountain Weather Forecast before our trip. If the avalanche risk is too great, we have a ton of options locally to explore!
Level of Difficulty:
No previous experience is necessary but a general fitness level is needed. Hiking in snow is a bit more difficult than hiking in the summer. You will be able to choose from the selection of hikes that best suit your needs. You will need to carry your personal gear plus food and water for a short distance each day.
Please note: There is no guide present on this adventure. These hikes are taken at your own risk.
Transportation to hut is not provided.
This adventure will be cancelled if we do not have enough registrants. In the case of a cancellation, we will refund your ticket purchase.
There are no refunds after registration.
You will be required to sign this waiver upon arrival. You do not need to print or prepare the waiver ahead of time, as it will be at the hut when you arrive. We have attached it here for your review. This waiver was also the terms and conditions you approved upon purchase.
The hostel - from ACC
Family reunions, retreats, and group get-togethers of all kinds are what the Bell Cabin was made for. The Bell is perfect for small groups (up to 15 people) that want to hang out in the same place, and away from everyone else.
In addition to a large BBQ deck with one of the best views in the Bow Valley, the Bell offers an extra cozy living room with leather couches and fireplace, dorm room accommodation for up to 15 people, 2 shower rooms, free wi-fi and a fully equipped kitchen. And all at a price that you don’t expect in Canmore.
It’s the perfect cabin for any group that is looking for a place to get together with convenience and privacy.
The Bell Cabin is a separate accommodation facility on the grounds of the ACC Clubhouse . This is a front-country facility with drive-up access.
The Alpine Club of Canada’s Clubhouse is located on a spectacular and sunny bench 4.5 km east of the of the town of Canmore, Alberta. From the TransCanada Highway take the 1A exit (#91) and travel east approximately 1 km to Indian Flats Road; follow the road to the top of the hill.
Google Maps driving directions above in Map section.
Roam Transit bus directions (From the nearest bus stop, it is about a 1.5km, fifteen minute walk to the Clubhouse. Click here for a map of the bus route showing the drop off point and the Canmore Clubhouse.)
How are The Lady Alliance events different from other events?
The number one goal is to introduce you to other kick-ass, adventurous women. It’s all about building tribes! Our second goal is to introduce you to the outdoors. It’s quite the thing to witness, putting a group of women who are passionate about the outdoors in an epic location. We know it’s a cliche thing to say… but it’s where the magic happens.
Do you arrange transport to the event?
No, all transport to and from the event will be your responsibility unless stated otherwise. You will be encouraged to join our Facebook group to help you communicate with others joining the event. This is a great way to plan carpools with other ladies.
When should I book my flight?
We have a minimum number of attendees for this trip to carry through. If you are booking a flight to the location of this event please hold off booking until we have confirmed with you that the minimum number has been reached. Be sure to book a day that allows you to get there before the arrival date and time!
Is food included?
Yes. Unless otherwise specified in the trip itinerary or information.
Is there a minimum age for this event?
Unless otherwise mentioned, 19+ for all events in Canada. 21+ for all events in the USA.
I want to book with friends. How do I do that?
The best way is to add all of the tickets to one cart, that way you know if we have enough spaces.
I'm coming solo. Is that okay?
YES! More than 70% of women who sign up for our trips, sign up solo.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are not allowed in the hut. They must sleep in your vehicle. The parking lot is not directly beside the hut, so you have to be comfortable with this sleeping arrangement.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Dogs also must be friendly with other dogs and humans to come on this trip.
There are deer, elk, bears, squirrels, marmots and other creatures on the trails to excite your dog. Holding a dogs leash while hiking can increase your risk in dangerous situations (especially on the more difficult hikes). Please be cautious if you choose to bring your dog. You will be assuming all risk in the case of a hiking mishap caused by your dog.
Please think through all the points above before deciding to bring your furry friends.
What if I need to cancel?
Please let us know as soon as possible. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds but you can transfer your ticket. If you can no longer make the event, please get in touch to discuss transferring your ticket.
What is your refund policy?
Due to the nature of The Lady Alliance getaways, we don’t offer refunds. We do, however, offer transfers. You are responsible for finding someone to transfer your ticket to and arranging the exchange of funds for your ticket. If you can no longer make the event, please get in touch to discuss transferring your ticket.
Who will be managing our trip?
One or two of our awesome trained chapter coordinators running your trip. There are no guides present.
Do I have to join in on all the activities?
Nope! The activities you want to join are there for your pleasure. The activities you want to skip, you're welcome to skip. You can still join us on the getaway even if hiking or yoga are not for you, the ticket price remains the same. You are not required to join in on all the activities. You do you!
What if the weather doesn't cooperate?
Let’s be honest, Mother Nature never cooperates. That’s why we love her. Keep an eye on the forecast and pack accordingly. We never let uncooperative weather ruin our fun!
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