CORE Adventure Articles:

  • Backcountry Greenhorns Backcountry greenhorns keep rescuers scrambling in Kananaskis
    Reprinted from the Kananaskis Country Facebook Public Safety Section, Aug 25, 2017
    Southwest ridge of Mount Cline looking towards Banff and the White Goat Wilderness area. K-Country Public Safety
     
    Inexperienced backcountry hikers have K-Country rescuers hopping, with an astonishing 19 people needing to be retrieved from Bow Valley mountains in the last week alone.
    Kananaskis Country Public Safety Section said that “luckily” …
  • The Perfect Pine Tree Pollen Storm A group of CORE hikers, myself included, headed out to the Bragg Creek area of Kananaskis Country this week to do a a little exploring around the Fullerton Loop trails. As we drove up the valley towards Allen Pond, we noticed that the air seem awfully hazy, and assumed that there must be logging trucks in the area, or maybe just the gusty wind that …
  • Wilderness Emergencies What’s in your pack?  What’s in your plan? Takeaways from CORE’S Wilderness Safety Workshop at Bragg Creek Community Center, April 22, 2017.
    Contributors: Ron Gamp, David vanden Eikhov, Mindy Woolcott

    It’s a mountain hike. Something goes wrong. Could be caused by weather, or an accident on the trail, or a hiker’s asthma attack. Could be caused by a bear. A lightning strike. A landslide. Someone gets lost.
    How …

  • Waterton’s Rowe Lakes/Lineham Ridge Trail Waterton’s Rowe Lakes/Lineham Ridge Trail
    A Must-Do for Calgary Hikers and Scramblers
    By Carol Miyagawa
    Looking for a hike that has almost everything? Outstanding views, incredible flowers, spectacular glacier-fed lakes, lush greenery, and dramatic natural beauty? Then the Rowe Lakes/Lineham Ridge Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park is a must-do hike for you.
    Members of my hiking club, the Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (CORE), did this hike several years …
  • Chilkoot Trail Adventure By Longtime CORE Member Carol Miyagawa
    A trail full of contrasts and contradictions, the Chilkoot in Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park straddles two countries, three eco-systems, and thousands of years of human history. Its flat, undemanding stretches have little resemblance to its challenging boulder pitches. Its rain-prone sections are far removed from the stretches of semi-arid landscape. Travel along its route can involve short, effortless …
  • WHAT HAPPENED ON MANASLU? Mike Galbraith, mountain safety guru and a long time member of CORE, was the leader of the Canadian Manaslu Expedition in the summer of 1992 – here is his story.
    Manaslu is number eight in the world of peaks over 8000 meters, which means it’s the eighth highest peak in the world. It is in fact 8165 m. (26,788 feet). In terms of oxygen content, the …
  • A View from the Top
    Climbing mountains has become a popular sport despite its potential dangers. Avalanches, slips and falls, altitude sickness, and adverse weather have never given pause to long-time CORE member Harvey Kwan who scrambles up mountains to see the earth from a God’s eye view.
    Not to be confused with hiking, alpine scrambling is referenced as one of the most dangerous and aggressive forms of outdoor recreation. Every …
  • Canoeing the Land of the Voyageurs  
    Cathie Newsome and John Hitt, long time CORE members, spent 5 days canoe camping in the McLennan Lake area of Northern Saskatchewan in the fall of 2015. Here they recount their experiences on that adventure.
    If you like to paddle to experience true serenity and remoteness, have you ever considered Northern Saskatchewan? We’re talking north of La Ronge where the highway becomes a dirt road, and …