RESCHEDULED TO Saturday June 24: Medium scramble: Mount Collembola/Allan - Saturday, Jun 24, 2023

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Scramble 
Event Location: Mount Collembola / Allan, Kananaskis Country 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Jun 24, 2023 08:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 07:15 AM @ Valley Ridge Outdoor rink, east side of the parking lot as requested by the Community.)  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Jun 23, 2023 05:00 PM  
Event Duration: Full day 
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):    

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests: 2
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 1
Number Registered So Far:   3 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


RESCHEDULED to June 24 (Saturday)!

The Centennial trail will open June 21, 2023.

Start at the parking lot reached from the Dead Man's Flats (beside Banff Gate Mountain Resort).

Pace: Medium to medium-fast with multiple stops as required.

Technical parameters:

- distance: 22km;

- absolute elevation gain: 1387m;

- accumulated elevation gain ~2200m. 

We are doing the Loop.

Everyone carpools to the Dead Man's Flats Parking lot, hike to Mount Collembola, scramble up the crux and hike to the top; traverse to Mount Allan (another crux to scramble up); descend via Centennial ridge towards the tarns and back to the Dead Man's Flats parking lot.

Mount Collembola to Mount Allan from the Dead Man's Flats loop

Weather Forecast

Weather at

Fire Smoke forecast

Decision-making points:

1) Valley Ridge Parking lot;

2) Dead Man's Flats Parking lot;

3) Trail fork (Collembola vs Centennial ridge);

4) Collembola East Face Crux.

Possible options if the scramble crux is not in the best scrambling shape:

- ridge walk via Centennial trail to mount Allan and back;

- hike to Jubilee Tarns and back.

Trip Hazards – Must read BEFORE registering.

·       Rockfall

·       Rockfall can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (e.g. climbing/scrambling/hiking). What are the risks? Impact from a falling rock can result in injury or death and can also damage equipment.

·       Terrain

·       Trees, forest deadfall, and tree stumps

·       Creeks

·       Rocks and Boulders

·       Variable and difficult walking terrain

·       Impact or collision with other persons or objects

·       Encounters with domestic or wild animals

·       Contact with poisonous flora or fauna

·       Loss of balance or control

·       Slips, trips and falls.


·       Falls and Belaying

·       Scrambling and climbing presents the risk of falling from the wall causing the climber to collide with the wall or ground, which can lead to injury or death

·       The risk of belay failure is also present which can contribute to the risk of a ground fall


·       Communication, rescue and medical treatment

·       Communication can be difficult and in the event of a accident rescue and treatment may not be available

·       Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment and transport out of the field

·       If an Injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow

·       Mitigated by

·       First Aid Training

·       Rescue Training

·       Satellite Communications

*  Other

·      Slips, trips and  falls

·      Infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact

·      Equipment failure

·      Negligent first aid

·      Negligence of other people

Required Items to Bring:

-Helmet mandatory.

-Kananaskis Conservation pass

-Sturdy/medium stiff hiking boots suitable for a scramble

-Water (I recommend up to 3L as the day is going to be long). Water sources are creeks along the way (the Wind creek at the start and the Jubilee tarns in the middle of the hike for Option 1; the Wind creek at the start and the Ribbon creek at the end of the hike for Option 2).

-Water filtering system if you plan using the water sources;

-Enough Food for a full day hike with scramble;

- Bear Spray

- Personal Med Kit

Recommended Items to Bring:


-Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat/cap

-Synthetic/Wool Socks as required

-Waterproof/rain and wind Jacket and Pants

-Warm Jacket

-Gloves/scramble gloves

- Multitool

- Communication system

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  


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Parking lot approached from the Dead Man's Flats.

Carpool Departure Time:   07:15 AM
Carpool Location:   Valley Ridge Outdoor rink, east side of the parking lot as requested by the Community.
Carpool Directions:  

Parking lot beside the Valley Ridge Outdoor rink at 7:00-7:15am.
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MENTOR(S) invited, especially for the scramble part.

Mentorship required for: conditions assessment/decision making; other important considerations.

Co-Coordinator(s) is(are) invited!

This is a medium scrambling event and is suitable for experienced hikers with a good level of fitness. These members are strong hikers who are looking to get off the trail and higher into the mountains. Having been on other scrambles would be helpful. Having climbing climbing experience would be very helpful on the scramble.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

Weather and wildfires smoke dependent.

Decision making points:

- Carpool location (Valley Ridge);
- Trailhead;
- Along the trail as necessary;

- first scramble section;

- Mount Collembola summit;

- Second scramble section;

- Mount Allan summit.

*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event closed on Friday, June 23, 2023 at 05:00 PM.