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Fall 2018 Field Trip: A Structural Excursion along the Rundle Thrust in the Front Ranges, Canmore, AB

Field Trip Leaders:
 Francois Tremblay, P.Geo. and Leena Markatchev, Geologist
With contributions from Dr. Gerry Reinson

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Registration for this event is full.
Add your name to the waitlist and if a spot becomes available we will fill it at a first come first serve basis - Register for the waitlist here

The Rundle Thrust Sheet is composed of Cambrian to Triassic rock thrust on Mesozoic shales, sandstones and coals. In the lower part of the thrust sheet, several faults complicate the stratigraphy. A section of Cambrian and the Fairholme Group strata appear to have been thrust upon an additional section of the Fairholme Group. This trip aims at recognizing the different faults making up the Rundle Thrust and reconciling its structural architecture.

The trip consists of a strenuous hike on the southwest side of the Bow Valley along the Rundle Thrust in Canmore. We will gain exposure to key outcrops by venturing up several gullies for short distances. Participants will have to be a in good physical condition and willing to get their feet wet (depending on water levels).

The trip is weather dependent, and if the forecast is poor it may need to be postponed. The group will meet at a prespecified location in Canmore and start hiking at 9am. We will aim to return to the cars at 5pm. Participants have to cover their own food (breakfast/lunch) & Transportation

The trip will be limited to 20 CSPG members. For those that are not able to make it, we will try and organize a summary and discussion session for one of the regular lunchtime talks.

What to Bring:
Daypack, sunscreen, 2 liters of water, your own food, pencil, notebook, sturdy hiking boots and a helmet.

hiking poles, sunglasses, and layered clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.

Elevation Gain and Distance:
Approximately 7.5km roundtrip and 650 meters elevation gain.

Folded Sulphur Mountain Formation in the footwall of the Rundle Thrust