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Jura Creek

Distance:
7.2 km
Difficulty:
Easy
Elev. gain:
262 meters
Time required:
2 - 4 hours
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Discover Alberta through Toporama

The federal Department of Natural Resources offers free topographical maps for Canada at Toporama. I will be adding this link to hikealberta.com The maps are of high quality and can be printed. They are also can be searched by latitude and longitude.

Here is a view of a topographical map of the Bow Valley Parkway at the 1:40,000 scale. The Edith Pass and Brewster Creek Trails are visible.

1:40,000 resolution

At maximum resolution 1:20,000 scale here is the view of the same area.

1:40,000 resolution

Unfortunately, trails for less popular areas like those in the Elbow Valley do not appear on the maps. Another interesting feature is that satellite imagery is available for the area you are interested in as well as information such as water saturated soil, vegetation and designated areas for everything from campgrounds to golf courses. Have a look at Toporama if you are looking for trail or other information about an area or looking to plan an extreme backcountry adventure.

Hogarth Lakes Loop

Distance:
4.5 km
Difficulty:
Easy
Elev. gain:
43 meters
Time required:
2 - 3 hours
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Stabalicer vs. Yaktrax

Given the recent snow and ice in Kananaskis I thought it was a good idea to do this review. I picked up a pair of Stabilicers Sport and Yaktrax Extreme and have been using them for several weeks. The Yaktrax look like a web of flexible rubber, which is wrapped on the sole area with coils. They stretch around the shoe and have a strap that goes over the front of the shoe. The Stabilicers are molded rubber, which pull over the toe and heel of the shoe. There is a strap that holds the heel portion onto the shoe. A series of removable studs on the toe and heel provide traction. When I first examined both of these products I was skeptical about how they would hold up. The Yaktrax because they are made of the relatively thin rubber and the Stabilicers because that the spot at which the Velcro strap goes through the heel is thin and I expected it would break. Because I bought them at MEC I figured that I could return either if I did have a problem because MEC is usually good at taking stuff back, no questions asked.

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