August 2019 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

Remember No August 2019 CORE Member Meeting

September 24, 2019 CORE Monthly Meeting

Members and Guests please join us for September’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

If YOU have an idea for a presenter who may be willing to give us a talk on their adventures, please send their particulars along to the executive, and we will see what can be arranged.

September Presentation by Norseman Outdoor Specialist

Norseman Outdoor Specialist is one of the oldest outdoor stores in Calgary. They specialize in technical cross country skiing, hiking, and climbing equipment.

Anthony from Norseman Outdoor Specialist will be doing a presentation on Winter Safety Gear and Winter Clothing to be wore. More details to follow in CORE’s September Newsletter.

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2019/20 membership year

We are now about halfway through our summer season, with lots of outings planned for the rest of July, August and September. If you would like to join any of our hikes or courses, you must be a CORE member. You can submit a membership form online  and pay your fees by credit/debit card. If you wish to pay your membership fee by cash or cheque, please complete the Membership Form online,  indicating that you will pay by Cash/Cheque, and mail your fees to the address indicated on the webpage. The form is on Corehike.org website on the “Join Now” tab. Please remember to include a printout of the membership confirmation (received by email) along with your payment.

As a ps, please remember that the CORE executive members are volunteers and have real jobs besides managing CORE activities. Electronic payments are generally processed in a couple of days. Mailed forms and payments may take a couple of weeks before you get your membership card and access to the Event Calendar.

 

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CORE Celebrates 20 years

Core will be celebrating 20 years in November. A “memories” photo album has been setup and club members are invited to view the album and/or upload photos of events and/or people that have a special meaning to them. There are instructions on how to upload photos to the album on the CORE guides web page.

 

 

 

Executive Updates:

  1. Event coordinators are requested where possible to scan event reports and email them to mailbox@corehike.org. or give the reports to the Executive Trip Coordinator at a CORE meeting.
  2. Event Coordinators and Participants are encouraged to post photos from ongoing outings onto the CORE website.
  3. Members/Non-members mailing in fees for courses or membership should include a note as to what/who the money is for, and ideally the associated form. Otherwise the executive may not know why we are receiving the funds.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

July and August 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for July 15 To August 14, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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July 21  4 Lakes Vista Arnica Twin Lakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 21 Fox Creek Summer Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 25 Healy Simpson Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 28 Rainy Summit Sunrise Elbow Valley Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2 Coleman, Crowsnest Pass Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 3 Crowsnest Mtn Chinook Lake

 

August 3 Crowsnest Mtn Scramble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 3 Livingstone Range Chert Quarries Hike

 

August 3 Livingstone Range Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 4 Phillips Pass Hike

 

August 4 Table Mtn Scramble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 7 Yoho Iceline Trail Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling Peak Trail Reopened

Ha Ling Peak Trail reopened on August 9, 2019 after a one-year closure.

Alberta Parks stated, The Trail needed upgrading due to erosion, which was damaging the trail’s ecosystem and creating safety issues (steep sections) for users. Portions of the old trail were exposed to avalanche hazards and endangered white bark pine trees growing on Ha Ling were vulnerable to damage from hikers.

Cost of the upgrade was $850,000. The contractor put in hand railings, ladder staircases and more than 400 overlapping rock steps. The also, made the slop more scenic, clearing out some trees and putting in benches at viewpoints along the route. The trail is a lot wider in some areas, and they have made it less steep in other areas. The construction took longer than expected due to weather.

The Ha Ling Trail can see 600 people climb the steep, three – kilometer hike during high season each year to the summit, states Alberta Parks.

Hikers struck by lighting storm in Banff National Park

A woman was hiking on Mount Bourgeau at about 1 pm on July 20th when a storm rolled in and was either struck by lighting or had a strike near her. She was knocked out by the lighting strike. When she regained conscious she called Parks Canada, not knowing where she was. Parks Canada pinpointed her location using her phone through the 911 system. Parks Canada then responded by helicopter and transported her down to the EMS crew at Sunshine Village. She was taken to Calgary for treatment of burns on various parts of her body. The woman was hiking above the tree line at about 2800 to 2900 metres.

Another pair of hikers were caught in the same storm, and were struck by lighting while hiking on Mount Temple. The hikers reported that their legs were burned, pants caught on fire and the force of the strike blew their shoes off. These hikers were above Sentinel Pass at and elevation of about 2800 to 2900 metres. There were above tree line as well.

Being struck by lighting is not common. You need to be aware of any thunderstorms coming in, especially if you are above tree line. If you are injured by lighting strike in the national parks, contact Parks Canada right away, so they can respond as quickly as possible.

Follow up to the Three Bear Cubs found in Banff Washroom

Two of the three bears are being tracked by Parks Canada, and are currently feeding in a Banff Parks Valley along with 63 other bears. Parks Canada still does not know how the three cubs got into the washroom.

Lake Louise Shuttle lineups testing tourist patience with long waits

Long line ups for Lake Louise shuttles is testing visitor patience at some popular spots on the August long weekend. Most passengers had to wait one and a half hours to two hours, to get from one destination to the next in Banff National Park. The shuttles run every 15 minutes from Lake Louise to Moraine Lake as well as other spots in the park. Each bus holds 44 people and riders have to wait in the line to buy tickets for each individual shuttle.

Some visitors missed their bucket list destination because of the lineups. One tourist stated she wanted to see Moraine Lake. They were shuttled up to Lake Louise, then they got into a one-way system which they assumed was going to Moraine Lake, instead they were taken back down to the park and ride area. On asking a Parks Canada employee, she was told that the Moraine Lake tickets were sold out. She and her husband waited an hour an a quarter in the park and ride. And Parks Canada was not taken cash only debit or credit cards which slowed the procedure down again.

This tourist stated “she would like to know why Parks Canada did not inform them, that tickets to Moraine Lake were already sold out when they were in the initial lineup.”

There were two hour waits at the Lake Louise Gondola.

Tourism director for Banff and Lake Louise stated “that tourists need to plan ahead due to the congestion in the mountains during summer months.” Parks Canada, The Town of Banff and Tourism for Banff and Lake Louise have created a resource that shows different ways of getting around Banff National Park. On explore the park website it shows you which parking lots are full and offers other options like Roam Transit and Banff Parking.

 Parks Canada adds new Signage on the Outhouses at Lake O’Hara

New signage is popping up in the Canadian Rockies to show international visitors on how to properly use the outhouses. Staff at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park have installed toilet etiquette signs, which ask users to sit rather than stand on the toilet seats in outhouse facilities in June. Per Jed Cochrane, acting visitor experience manager for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, “some international visitors who are not used to western-style toilets, have attempted to stand up on the seats, when using the toilet.” “Standing on a toilet can lead to a broken seat or seal at the bottom of the toilet as the weight is higher up than it should be. And there is the risk of falling in.” Canada’s National Parks are seeing an influx of international visitors who are not used to this style of toilet.

Yoho Toilet Signs

Jia Wang, deputy director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta, states “this is a cultural difference in how toilets are used and the sanitary conditions.” “Squat toilets are still commonly used in public spaces. For a lot of people, their argument is: I don’t find it sanitary to be sitting on the seat.” She did state “there is no excuse for standing on a toilet.” “By offering alternatives or seat covers, some tourists would be more comfortable using it.”

These tourists need to recognize that they are in front and back country (not a city)- there is no luxury here! Editors opinion.

Parks Canada are considering adding toilet etiquette signs in other locations, like Lake Louise. They have started using signs with pictures rather than words to help tourists who cannot speak English or French.

Friends of Fish Creek Park Events:

Friends of Fish Creek Park is offering different events regarding the park’s history, wildlife, archaeology and other events in the park this spring/summer/fall. Visit Friends of Fish Creek Park event calendar for daily and weekly events.

How to Deal with Grizzly Attacks

Outside Magasine has a video on “How to deal with Grizzly Attacks.”  There are some interesting facts in this video and article. Did you know that Grizzly bears can charge at 35 miles per hour and reach their stride in their first bound. Grizzles will give you no warning if they are going to attack you. Best line of defense is still your bear spray. Remember if you see a grizzly back away slowly, until you have broken visual contact, then leave the area immediately.

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Trail Closures and Trail Report Link

Alberta Parks and Banff National Park are urging people to be bear aware. There has been multiple sightings of bears, and other wildlife in the parks. Depending on which park you are in, contact either Alberta Parks (403-591-7755) or Parks Canada Banff office (403-762-1470) if you come in close vicinity of a bear, cougar, elk or wolf.  

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Members Corner

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

{member’s AD and contact info to be posted here}

 

Adventure Stories

Hiking Quote by Beverly Sill

For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment.  mailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heat Related Illness:

Heat Cramps:

Heat Cramps are painful muscle cramps, usually in the legs and/or abdomen, caused by losing too much water and salt through sweating. And by exercise or physical work in a hot environment.

Symptoms of Heat Cramps:

  •  Cramps
  • Excessive sweating. In a dry environment (hot, sunny day) the person may not seem to be sweating, as the sweat evaporates quickly.

First Aid for Heat Cramps:

  • Give conscious person water or drinks with electrolytes and carbohydrates. Person can have as much as they want.
  • If cramps don’t go away, continue to hydrate.

Heat Exhaustion:

In hot weather, your body cools itself by sweating. the evaporation of the sweat regulates your body’s temperature. When you exercise strenuously or overexert in hot, humid weather, your body is less able to cool itself efficiently. The person has lost fluid through sweating. Circulation is affected because the blood flows away from the major organs and pools in the blood vessels just below the skin.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Dilated pupils
  • Person may complain of dizziness, faintness, blurred vision, headache or cramps
  • Cool, moist skin
  • Week rapid pulse
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • May go unconscious
  • Heat Exhaustion could lead to Heat Stroke if not dealt with quickly

First Aid for Heat Exhaustion:

  • If person is conscious:
    • Stop all activity and rest
    • Move to a cooler place
    • Give water or drinks with electrolytes and carbohydrates
    • If person vomits give nothing by mouth
    • Place person in a resting position or on back in a cool place
    • Remove extra clothing and loosening tight clothing at the neck and waist
  • If person is unconscious:
    • Place in a recovery position
    • Monitor ABC’s (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
    • Get help as soon as possible.

Heatstroke (Sunstroke):

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition where the body’s temperature rises far above normal. It is caused by prolonged exposure in a hot, humid environment. The body’s temperature control mechanism fails, sweating stops and the body’s temperature rises rapidly. In exertional heatstroke, the body’s temperature rises rapidly due to the heavy physical exertion in higher temperatures, even though sweating continues. This  condition needs to be treated immediately, as it can cause permanent brain damage or death.

Signs of Heatstroke (Sunstroke):

  • Body temperature rapidly rises above 40 Celsius or higher, the person is hot to the touch
  • Pulse is rapid and full but gets weaker in later stages
  • Breathing is noisy
  • Skin is flushed, hot and dry or hot and sweaty in exertional heatstroke
  • Person is restless and may complain of headache, fatigue, dizziness and nausea
  • Vomiting, convulsions, unconsciousness

The difference between heat exhaustion and heatstroke is the condition of the skin. Heat exhaustion skin is moist and cool, while heatstroke the skin is hot, flushed and maybe dry or wet.

First Aid for Heatstroke:

  • You urgently need to lower the body temperature of the person
  • Move the person to a cool, shaded place
  • Cool the casualty, remove person’s clothing(discreetly) and place in cool water
    • Or put ice around the person
    • Or put cool wet sheets or clothing over the person
    • Sponge the person with cool water
      • Put water, ice or wet cool items around the person’s armpits, neck and groin areas
  • When person’s body feel cool to touch, cover with dry sheet or clothing
  • Put the conscious person in a comfortable position
  • The unconscious person put in the recovery position
  • Keep monitoring person
  • If temperature begins to rise again repeat the cooling process
  • Seek medical aid right away

Precautions to prevent Heat Related Illnesses:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing – wearing excessive clothing or tight fitting clothing will not allow your body to cool properly
  • Protect against sunburn – sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself,  wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses and use sunscreen with a high SPF. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply every 2 hours or more, especially if you are sweating
  • Drink plenty of fluids – staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature
  • Take extra precautions with certain medications. Watch for heat related problems if you take medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat
  • Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day – slow your pace down
  • Get acclimated to the heat – until you are conditioned to the heat, limit your exercise time

       TAKE CARE, AND HAVE FUN!!!!!!

                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

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….see you on the trails …

Jane

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July 2019 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 

July and August 2019 CORE Monthly Meetings

At the June CORE meeting a vote was taken to amend the Bylaws to remove the frequency  of CORE monthly meetings, so that the Executive can decide when monthly meetings should take place. The vote was unanimous from the members.  Consequently, it was announced that CORE would not hold meetings in July and August this year. CORE monthly meetings will resume September 24, 2019.

Upcoming CORE Special Events:

August 2 to 5 – CORE’s Annual August Hiking Weekend in Crowsnest Pass

Members wishing to join the group in Coleman for the hiking weekend should book their accommodation as soon as possible, while there are a few rooms remaining. All details on CORE calendar.

August 11 to 15 – Four Days in Jasper – Hiking and Scrambling

Three CORE members are planning a trip to Jasper from August 11 to 15 and have invited other CORE members to join them. You need to arrange your own accommodation and travel. Go to the CORE event calendar for more information.

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2019/20 membership year

We are now about halfway through our summer season, with lots of outings planned for the rest of July, August and September. If you would like to join any of our hikes or courses, you must be a CORE member. You can submit a membership form online  and pay your fees by credit/debit card. If you wish to pay your membership fee by cash or cheque, please complete the Membership Form online,  indicating that you will pay by Cash/Cheque, and mail your fees to the address indicated on the webpage. The form is on Corehike.org website on the “Join Now” tab. Please remember to include a printout of the membership confirmation (received by email) along with your payment.

As a ps, please remember that the CORE executive members are volunteers and have real jobs besides managing CORE activities. Electronic payments are generally processed in a couple of days. Mailed forms and payments may take a couple of weeks before you get your membership card and access to the Event Calendar.

 

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CORE Celebrates 20 years

Core will be celebrating 20 years in November. A “memories” photo album has been setup and club members are invited to view the album and/or upload photos of events and/or people that have a special meaning to them. There are instructions on how to upload photos to the album on the CORE guides web page.

 

 

 

Executive Updates:

  1. Event coordinators are requested where possible to scan event reports and email them to mailbox@corehike.org. or give the reports to the Executive Trip Coordinator at a CORE meeting.
  2. Event Coordinators and Participants are encouraged to post photos from ongoing outings onto the CORE website.
  3. Members/Non-members mailing in fees for courses or membership should include a note as to what/who the money is for, and ideally the associated form. Otherwise the executive may not know why we are receiving the funds.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

June and July 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for June 15 To July 14, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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June 15 Karst Springs and Mt Shark Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 16 East End of Rundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 22 Yamnuska Circuit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 26 Beehives and Devils Thumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 29 Booze Broads and Brothels Historical Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 29 High Noon Hills and Sheep River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 30 Bow Valley Provincial Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 30 Door Jam and Loder Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 3 Lady MacDonald Slow and Steady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 7 Pigeon Mt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 13 Ptarmigan Cirque and Arethusa Cirque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 14 Porcupine Ridge Scramble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Banff Black Bear feasts on Illegal Camper’s Food

On June 12, 2019 an illegal camper called 911, just before midnight, stating that a black bear had raided his unsecured food for an hour, just meters away from his tent. Charges are pending against the illegal camper. He had set up a tent in the woods near Fireside day use area on the Bow Valley Parkway. Per Banff National Parks, “the bear got into all his food, this was a substantial food reward, and this bear is at risk of becoming food conditioned.” The area of Bow Valley Parkway,  where this man was illegally camped, is closed overnight at this time of year to provide space and security to wildlife, such as bears and wolves. Illegal camping is dangerous for visitors and wildlife and it puts other future visitors at risk if its causing food conditioning in bears. Parks Canada also stated the man was lucky, once the bear was finished with the food, the bear could have gone for the tent, where the man was huddled. Illegal campsites have no bear-proof bins for garbage.

By the time wildlife specialists arrived at the illegal campsite the bear had moved on. A trap was set up later in an attempt to capture the bear. Bears can become bolder around people once they developed a taste for human food. Parks Canada continues to monitor this situation.

The number of illegal campsites in Banff National Park  has been increasing over the last few years. Parks Canada has a zero tolerance for illegal camping. They state illegal camping can lead to more issues of food conditioning of wildlife.

Alberta Parks issues warning for Food Conditioned Fox

Conservation officers state that a red fox is approaching people to within a few feet in search of food. The fox has been reported in the area of Sundance Lodges on Highway 40. This fox has been approaching campsites, and picnic areas. People need to securely store all food and potential attractants so this fox does not get any more human food. If this fox is in the vicinity and smells human food it will approach. You need to scare the fox away by acting assertive and aggressive and not letting the fox close the space between the food or a toddler.

Foxes are not very common in Kananaskis country, but there have been frequent sightings reported along Highway 40 between Barrier Lake and Kananaskis Golf Course.

Anyone caught feeding wildlife in Kananaskis Country can be issued a $287 fine and evicted from the facility.

Parks Canada monitoring a collared Banff Wolf

Wildlife specialists are monitoring a yearling wolf from the Bow Valley pack. The young gray coloured female wolf was captured and fitted with a GPS in May near Tunnel Mountain campground, allowing her movements to be tracked. The wolf has not shown any signs of aggression, but shows indifference towards people, even within close range in daylight and has been curious around vehicles. The wildlife specialists are trying to stop the wolf from becoming food conditioned. Once animals get a taste for human food, it is really hard to change their behavior.

These specialists state “Anytime an animal becomes food conditioned, whether it’s wolves or bears or foxes, it increases the risk to people, but also to the animals. We will more likely have to kill a food conditioned animal if they start acting aggressively towards people to get food. That is why, you never feed or entice wildlife.”

Great Horned Owl

Grassi Lakes, Canmore,  Climbing Closures for Nesting Owls

Some climbing routes are closed at Grassi Lakes to avoid disturbing the nesting owl site. The closure, which is in place each year to protect the great horned owls nesting in the rock face, applies to the left side of the Graceland rock climbing area, including You Ain’t Nothing But a Hang Dog, Memphis and It’s Now or Never.

The great horned owl is Alberta’s provincial bird and is commonly found throughout Alberta. Their nesting sites can vary widely, and include stick nests of other birds, snags, large tree cavities, cliff ledges, rock outcrops and caves. Pairs mate for life and share the duties of raising owlets. In Alberta, two to three eggs are laid in late February and early March. If the first clutch is lost, the female may lay a second clutch, usually with fewer and smaller eggs.

 

Friends of Fish Creek Park Events:

Friends of Fish Creek Park is offering different events regarding the park’s history, wildlife, archaeology and other events in the park this spring/summer/fall. Visit Friends of Fish Creek Park event calendar for daily and weekly events.

How to Deal with Grizzly Attacks

Outside Magasine has a video on “How to deal with Grizzly Attacks.”  There are some interesting facts in this video and article. Did you know that Grizzly bears can charge at 35 miles per hour and reach their stride in their first bound. Grizzles will give you no warning if they are going to attack you. Best line of defense is still your bear spray. Remember if you see a grizzly back away slowly, until you have broken visual contact, then leave the area immediately.

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Trail Closures and Trail Report Links

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Members Corner

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

{member’s AD and contact info to be posted here}

 

Adventure Stories

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For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environmentmailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hither and Yon

World Heritage Sites

Alberta’s Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Alberta’s Write-On-Stone Provincial Park

This year there are 35 new sites being nominated by their respective countries.  There are currently 1092 World Heritage sites across the globe. Canada currently has 20 natural and culture sites.

To be granted UNESCO World Heritage status to landmarks or areas deemed to have cultural, historical, scientific significance, which then go on to be legally protected by international treaties.

This year, the only Canadian site being considered is Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park and was nominated by Parks Canada and the Government of Canada. On July 6, 2019 Writing-On-Stone was given the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park is currently a provincial protected prairie land and now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This site is home to more than 50 Indigenous rock carvings and paintings. The Bradshaw Foundation (A Geneva based non-profit organization) calls the park the “largest collection of First Nation rock art on the Great Plains of North America.” There is evidence that people have been living in the area for 9,000 years.

UN states Canada’s plan to rescue Wood Buffalo National Park is not sufficient enough

The status of Canada’s largest park as a world heritage site remains in limbo after a United Nations body expressed major concerns about a federal plan to rescue the National Park. Canada needs to put more effort into reversing the negative affects of climate change combined with upstream industrial developments and resource extraction are intensifying, in a draft decision on Wood Buffalo National Park from UNESCO, which manages the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites.

Wood Buffalo, is situated on the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, and is one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas and breeding grounds for millions of migratory birds from four continents. The park is almost 45,000 square kilometres of grasslands, wetlands and waterways. It is the world’s only breeding ground for endangered whooping cranes and home to the world’s largest herd of free-ranging wood buffalo. First Nations depend on this area.

Wood Buffalo has been deteriorating for decades. In 2014, the Mikisew Cree asked UNESCO to examine the park and see if it still a merited designation as a World Heritage Site.

The UNESCO report prompted Ottawa to commission a 561 – page study that included 15 out of 17 measures of ecological health that were declining.

Canada proposed solutions such as artificially induced spring floods and other water flows. Ottawa also promised more careful environmental reviews of nearby development and better consultation with local Indigenous People.

Since the report, Alberta has also created a series of wildland areas around most of the park as a buffer zone.

The UN draft states these are good measures including Bill C-69 on environmental assessment.

Parks Canada has committed more than $27.5 million over 5 years to support the federal plan. But UNESCO says more needs to be done due to the size of the park and the complexity of the issues.

At the July 3, 2019 meeting, UNESCO states it will need a full report on the effects of the B.C Hydro’s Site C development on the peace river, as well as an assessment of  risks posed by more than a trillion litres of oil sand’s tailings in upstream ponds. It has given Canada to December 2020 to report on the progress. If it is not satisfactory, UNESCO says the park could end up on the list of World Heritage sites in danger.

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….see you on the trails …

Jane

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CORE Planned Summer Activities and Events

Below is a capture of the CURRENT planned hikes and other summer activities for July and August. These can change due to additions, date changes or cancellations due to weather, so members should always check the calendar.

….enjoy and see you on the trails…

Jun 28 Fri 19:30 – 20:30

MEC Bike Maintenance 101 – Fix a Flat

Jun 29 Sat 03:30 – 06:30

Booze, broads and brothels historical urban walk- 4 km – easy – Olympic Plaza

09:00 – 17:00

Hike High Noon Hills, Sheep River, 10kms, 250m, E/M

Jun 30 Sun 09:00 – 18:00

Scramble Doorjamb Mtn & Loder Peak – D (Canmore)

10:00 – 16:00

Bow Valley Wild land Provincial Park hikes middle lake; Montane and many springs trail Easy 10 km

 

Jul 1 Mon 15:00 – 21:00

Canada Day Celebration – Hike and BBQ, Edworthy Park

Jul 3 Wed 09:00 – 20:00

Lady MacDonald – slow and steady – Difficult, 9km, 900m

Jul 6 Sat 08:00 – 18:00

Hike to Pigeon Mtn summit (D).

Jul 7 Sun 09:00 – 16:00

Hike Rae Glacier, via Elbow Lake, Peter Lougheed PP, approx, 550m, 8.5kms, M/D

Jul 13 Sat 09:00 – 16:00

Ptarmigan Cirque Loop (4.5 km return – 300 m) and Arethusa Cirque (5 km return – 275 m) – Easy/Moderate

Jul 21 Sun 08:00 – 17:00

Arnica Lake Hike ~9.2 Km (M)

08:00 – 17:00

Hike to Arnica and Twin Lakes. (16km, 1065m = D)

Jul 25 Thu Healy/Simpson Pass – D
A jewel in the Rockies
Jul 27 Sat 08:30-18:30
Upper Kananaskis Lake day Hike (E-M)
Jul 28 Sun 09:00 – 16:00

Missing Link Mountain Hike – DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

Aug 2 Fri 12:00 – 12:00

Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.

14:30 – 16:00

Frank Slide Interpretive Trail, 1.5km loop, E

Aug 3 Sat 12:00 – 12:00

Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.

10:00 – 15:30

Frank Slide Livingstone Range Migration viewpoint to Livingstone Range Chert Quarries (loop), ~8km, ~550 m elevation, M

Aug 4 Sun 12:00 – 12:00

Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.

10:00 – 16:00

Phillipps Pass, Crowsnest, 14kms, 180m, E/M

Aug 5 Mon 12:00 – 12:00

Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.

10:00 – 12:00

Hike Star Creek Falls, Crowsnest, 4kms, 95m, E

Aug 11 Sun 09:00 – 22:00

Four Days in Jasper – August 11-15 Hiking/Scrambling

Aug 12 Mon 09:00 – 22:00

Four Days in Jasper – Hiking/Scrambling Aug. 11-15

Aug 13 Tue 09:00 – 22:00

Four Days in Jasper – Hiking Scrambling Aug. 11-15

Aug 14 Wed 09:00 – 22:00

Four Days in Jasper – Aug. 11-15 – Hiking/Scrambling

Aug 17 Sat 09:00 – 16:00

West Wind Pass 380m 6km M

Aug 25 Sun 09:00 – 17:00

Hailstone Butte – details to follow

 

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June 2019 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

June 25, 2019 monthly meeting, a motion to change a bylaw will be put forth

Due to frequent lack of attendance at some of our meetings, the Executive committee has decided not to hold our monthly meetings in July and August, resuming meetings in September.

In accordance with the CORE bylaws, this Special Resolution must be passed by a minimum of 75% of the votes cast at the meeting, the next one being on June 25. Please come and support your club and take part in this Special Resolution which, if passed, will mark the last meeting before we resume again in September.

June 25, 2019 CORE presentation

 Stretching for the Avid Hiker and What’s in your Back Pack

Preparing a thermal wrap

Stretching for the Avid Hiker:

Pre and Post stretches for the avid hiker and a brief introductory to reflexology by CORE member Pamela Anderson a massage therapist, reflexologist and energy worker.

 “What’s in your Back Pack”

How prepared are you for your safety and health on a hike? 12 CORE members attended a Wilderness First Aid Course on April 27th. The course really made you think about your own safety, even before you leave for the hike. I will be talking on how prepared are you and could you survive an emergency with items in your back pack. Plus a demonstration on making a splint and sling, and a thermal wrap.

If YOU have an idea for a presenter who may be willing to give us a talk on their adventures, please send their particulars along to the executive, and we will see what can be arranged.  Members and Guests please join us for June’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

On May 28, 2019 CORE elected it’s 2019/2020 Executive:

Chair: Mike, Co-Chair: Chad, Secretary: Laura, Treasurer: Craig, Webmaster: Stu, Membership Coordinator: Stu, Executive Trip Coordinator: Julia, Communication Coordinator: Jane, Presentation Coordinator: Pam, Member at Large: Marion. 

The recipient of the 2019/20 Mountain Chicken Award  was Mike G.

 

Upcoming CORE Special Events:

June 28 – Bike Maintenance 101 at MEC – Fix a Flat

With more members out cycling, this would be a handy lesson. You need to register at MEC yourself.  Register quickly as spacing is filling up. Details on CORE calendar.

July 1 – Canada Day – Celebrate with CORE

Come and celebrate Canada Day with CORE. There will be a short hike with a barbeque at Edworthy Park. For details go to CORE calendar.

August 2 to 5 – CORE’s Annual August Hiking Weekend in Crowsnest Pass

Members wishing to join the group in Coleman for the hiking weekend should book their accommodation as soon as possible, while there are a few rooms remaining. All details on CORE calendar.

 

Renewal of Membership for 2019/20 membership year

It is now time to renew your membership for the next membership year. This can be done online using a credit/debit card. However, if you wish to renew by cash or cheque at the AGM, please complete the Membership Form online BEFOREHAND, indicating that you will pay by Cash/Cheque. The form is on Corehike.org website on the “Join Now” tab. Please remember to bring a printout of the membership confirmation (received by email), signed by you, to the AGM, along with your payment. HANDWRITTEN MEMBERSHIP FORMS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.

 

2008 Hailstone Butte

CORE Celebrates 20 years

Core will be celebrating 20 years in November. A “memories” photo album has been setup and club members are invited to view the album and/or upload photos of events and/or people that have a special meaning to them. There are instructions on how to upload photos to the album on the CORE guides web page.

 

 

 

Executive Updates:

  1. Event coordinators are requested where possible to scan event reports and email them to mailbox@corehike.org. or give the reports to the Executive Trip Coordinator at a CORE meeting.
  2. Event Coordinators and Participants are encouraged to post photos from ongoing outings onto the CORE website.
  3. Members/Non-members mailing in fees for courses or membership should include a note as to what/who the money is for, and ideally the associated form. Otherwise the executive may not know why we are receiving the funds.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

May and June 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for May 19 to June 9, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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May 19 Mt Lady MacDonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 28 CORE AGM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 1 1st Peak of Nihahi Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2 Edgemont Nose Creek Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 4 Prairie View Barrier Lookout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 7 Inglewood Night Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Alberta’s Provincial Fire Watch Towers

Barrier Lookout Fire Watcher

On a CORE hike up to Barrier Lookout, we met Shelly the fire watch warden for this lookout. Shelly was very informative. In the last three weeks prior to June 4, they had spotted 10 wildfires between the Barrier, Moose Summit and Mockingbird lookouts. These fires were called into Alberta Wildfire and crews came out to extinguished them quickly, before they grew any bigger.

Lookout Towers are an important part of the wildfire detection system in Alberta. Fire Lookouts are located where visibility is favourable to detect and report wildfires. The towers are either a cabin or steel towers located on the highest ground. There are 127 lookouts located in the province of Alberta. Lookout observers are also responsible for reporting wildlife in a 40 km radius around their cabin or tower. Each lookout covers an area of approximately 5,000 square kilometers.

The province of British Columbia closed all their fire watch towers. The fires are not spotted until they are much larger. Making these fires harder to put out.

 Waterton Lakes National Park rebuilds following the 2017 Kenow Wildfire

The Kenow wildfire burned over 35,000 hectares of land in total. It burned 19,000 hectares in Waterton Park and the rest in BC. The fire burned 39 per cent of the parks area and destroyed over 30 assets.

In order to rebuild what was lost, $96 million from the federal government’s infrastructure is to be invested in 18 projects and an additional $20.9 million to support Waterton Lakes National Parks ongoing recovery from the 2017 Kenow wildfire.

Projects resulting in a closure or major impact include:

  • Bear Hump Trail – to rebuild the steps
  • Work to repair and enhance Cameron Falls viewpoints
  • Red Rock Parkway – to open in summer of 2019
  • Akamina Parkway
  • Townsite Campground, loops B and H
  • Visitor Center
  • Crandell Mountain Campground

For further projects that may impact visitors go to Parks Canada website.

Many of the hiking trails are open.

Rockies Institute in Canmore wants to share Indigenous solutions to handling wildfires in Alberta

Rockies Institute in Canmore received a $500,000 from Natural Resources Canada as part of a climate change study initiative. Minister stated that “we need to explore options where we work with local communities to empower them, tapping into local knowledge and how we actually fight wildfires and come up with initiatives that allow us to reduce the impact of climate change but also find sustainable long-term solutions to the changing climate.

Wildfires have been around along time, as well as fire management. The president of the Rockies Institute in Canmore, “we need a project that melds traditional Indigenous teachings with today’s wildfire problems, but we are not learning from the past.” The goal is to train today’s community members to collect those stories from elders and then share the information on their terms with scientific professionals to find ways to handle the problem differently that uses Indigenous teachings.

Examples: Dead Fall if left in the forest could cause a fire hazard. You can go in and use that dead fall by building something traditional with it. You don’t just clear it away. Also deliberately set burns have been done for ages. In Vancouver, they are using Indigenous knowledge in their method of burning smaller burns at different times of the year. Australia has used this concept for 20 years and is having a positive impact on the number of wildfires.

Friends of Fish Creek Park Events:

Friends of Fish Creek Park is offering different events regarding the park’s history, wildlife, archaelology and other events in the park this spring/summer/fall. Visit Friends of

Fish Creek Park event calendar for daily and weekly events.

Friends of Fish Creek Park Speaker Series:

Badgers in your Backyard:  A glimpse into the ecology of an important predator – presented by Nicole Heim a local wildlife ecologist.  June 19, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Fish Creek Environmental Learning Center. You must register thru Eventbrite.

 Alert has been issued for Canmore, Kananaskis Country, Redwood and Bragg Creek due to Grizzly, Black Bears and Cougars roaming these areas.

How to Deal with Grizzly Attacks

Outdoor has a video on “How to deal with Grizzly Attacks.”  There is some interesting facts in this video and article. Did you know that Grizzly bears can charge at 35 miles per hour and reach their stride in their first bound. Grizzles will give you no warning if they are going to attack you. Best line of defense is still your bear spray. Remember if you see a grizzly back away slowly, until you have broken visual contact, then leave the area immediately.

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

The Highwood Pass along highway #40 and the Moraine Lake Road in Banff Park are now open.

Trail Closures and Trail Report Links

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Members Corner 

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

{member’s AD and contact info to be posted here}

 

Adventure Stories

Hiking quote – unknown

For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment.  mailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hither and Yon

Poisonous Plants

3 Poisonous Plants

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a straggling or climbing woody vine and can cause an itchy rash. It grows on sandy, stony, or rocky shores and sprouts in thickets, in clearings and along the borders of woods and roadsides. It is a glossy perennial and is spread by seed or by producing shoots from its extensive underground stems.

All parts of the poison ivy plant, including the roots contain the poisonous resin urushiol. Contact with any broken part of the plant may cause a reaction. You may develop symptoms 24 to 48 hours after contact. The inflamed areas often blisters, which leads to intense itchiness. The rash spreads through exposure to the sap, not from the sores themselves. A person needs to come in contact with the sap, not the plant, to develop an allergic reaction .

The leaves of poison ivy have three pointed leaflets. The middle leaflet has a much longer stalk than the two side ones. The leaf can be smooth or toothed, but are rarely lobed. size varies from 8 to 55 mm in length. They are reddish when they appear in the spring, turn green during the summer and in fall have various shades of yellow, orange and red. The plant stems are woody. Grows as a trailing vine with an upright leafy stalks 10 to 80 cm high. Another type is an aerial vine that may clime from 6 to 10 meters high on trees, posts, or rough surfaces. The plant produces clusters of yellow-green flowers during the months of June and July. In September the plant produces berries. The berries are clustered, round, waxy and green to yellow in colour. The size of the berries range from 3 to 7 mm in diameter, and they remain on the low, leafless stems of the plant all winter.

Dead poison ivy plants can still cause rashes, as the urushiol oil can stay active on any surface for up to 5 years. Wear gloves, pants and long sleeve shirts when handling these plants.

No animal can get a rash from poison ivy, but they can get the urushiol oil on their fur, and transmit to a person.

Poison Oak

Poison Oak has an oat-looking leaves. It usually has multi-lobbed leaves, no aerial roots on the stems and fuzzy fruits and leaves. Poison Oak is usually only found in southern British Columbia.

Poison Sumac

Poison Sumac tends to grow in wet soil conditions, has tiny sweet-smelling flowers in the spring. It is brightly covered with red and yellow leaves in the fall with 7 to 15 leaflets. And has cream coloured berries.

All three can cause skin rashes from the urushiol oil in the sap.

Two other Poisonous Plants in Alberta

Death Camas

Death Camas

The Death Camas is common throughout southern Alberta. It can be found in grasslands and in moist areas (e.g. around the edges of sloughs). It flowers in early summer and has long grass-like leaves coming from the base of the stem and small bunches of cream coloured flowers. The Death Camas grows from 20 to 40 cm tall. The bulb of this flower is extremely poisonous.

 

Prairie Crocus

Prairie Crocus

The Prairie Crocus is found in the prairies, hillsides, and dry open woods. The leaves are long-stalked and divided into threes. Blue, purple or nearly white flowers that are hairy on the back. It grows 10 to 40 cm tall. All parts of the prairie crocus are poisonous when eaten, and irritating when they come in contact with the skin.

 

 

 

There are many more poisonous plants and flowers in Alberta. When in doubt, avoid touching an unknown plant until it has been identified.

Sandy Cross conversation website has a section on different wildlife, trees, plants and flowers found in southern Alberta.

 

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….see you on the trails …

Jane

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CORE’s Summer Calendar

CORE event leaders have planned out a good selection of summer events, including hikes, urban walks, scrambles. bike trips and some tennis afternoons. There will no doubt some further events posted, so members, keep an eye on the calendar.

8-Jun Sat
09:00 – 14:00
VENTS RIDGE (BRAGG CREEK) – E
9-Jun Sun 10:00 – 15:00
Bike ride, Cgy to Chestermere via irrigation canal 33kms, (E/M)
12-Jun Wed 18:30 – 20:00
Confederation Park (easy)
~6km
15-Jun Sat 09:00 – 17:00
Karst Spring Hike – Mt. Shark area – E (10 km, 300 metres)
16-Jun Sun 11:00 – 13:00
Tennis – Canmore Park tennis courts – 19th Street & Chicoutimi Drive N.W. (weather permitting).
20-Jun Thu 18:30 – 22:00
Summer Solstice Urban Hike – Glenmore Reservoir (15 km., limited elevation, approx. 2.5 hours)
22-Jun Sat 08:30 – 18:00
Yamnuska Circuit 12km 850m M/D
23-Jun Sun 10:00 – 13:00
Bike Ride – Rocky Ridge and Bearspaw Estate Tour (E)
29-Jun Sat 03:30 – 06:30
Booze, broads and brothels historical urban walk- 4 km – easy – Olympic Plaza
7-Jul Sun 10:00 – 15:00
CORE Bike Ride
13-Jul Sat 08:30 – 17:30
Rawson Lake/Sarrail Ridge PICNIC HIKE – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park – Moderate/Difficult (depending on whether you stop at the lake, or continue up the ridge)
21-Jul Sun 08:00 – 17:00
Arnica Lake Hike ~9.2 Km (M)
08:00 – 17:00
Hike to Arnica and Twin Lakes. (16km, 1065m = D)
27-Jul Sat 08:30-18:30
Upper Kananaskis Lake day Hike (E-M)
2-Aug Fri 12:00 – 12:00
Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.
3-Aug Sat 12:00 – 12:00
Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.
10:00 – 15:30
Frank Slide
Livingstone Range Migration viewpoint to Livingstone Range Chert Quarries (loop)
~550 m
~8km
4-Aug Sun 12:00 – 12:00
Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.
5-Aug Mon 12:00 – 12:00
Civic Holiday hiking weekend in Crowsnest Pass.
11-Aug Sun 09:00 – 22:00
Four Days in Jasper – August 11-15 Hiking/Scrambling
12-Aug Mon 09:00 – 22:00
Four Days in Jasper – Hiking/Scrambling Aug. 11-15
13-Aug Tue 09:00 – 22:00
Four Days in Jasper – Hiking Scrambling Aug. 11-15
14-Aug Wed 09:00 – 22:00
Four Days in Jasper – Aug. 11-15 – Hiking/Scrambling
17-Aug Sat 09:00 – 16:00
West Wind Pass 380m 6km M
     
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May 2019 CORE Newsletter

 

CORE’s Annual General Meeting and Social – Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00pm

At the upcoming AGM, CORE members will elect their new Executive committee for the 2019/20 membership year. In addition to the elections, the presentation will show achievements, financial statements, trip coordinators (with awards), the Chicken Mountain Award (with stories) and door prizes, after which will be a slide show of events from the past year, food, drinks, music and fun.

If you would like to nominate a member for the executive or would like more information please send an email to mailbox@corehike.org.

Renewal of Membership for 2019/20 membership year

It is now time to renew your membership for the next membership year. This can be done online using a credit/debit card. However, if you wish to renew by cash or cheque at the AGM, please complete the Membership Form online BEFOREHAND, indicating that you will pay by Cash/Cheque. The form is on Corehike.org website on the “Join Now” tab. Please remember to bring a printout of the membership confirmation (received by email), signed by you, to the AGM, along with your payment. HANDWRITTEN MEMBERSHIP FORMS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.

Members and Guests please join us for May’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

 

Harvey with his beloved chicken

May 27 – Deadline – For Chicken Mountain Award

If you think that someone is worthy of winning the coveted Chicken Mountain Award, you have to May 27 to submit your story to mailbox@corehike.org . At the upcoming AGM, the stories will be read and the most worthy nominee will be chosen by a show of hands. The nominee can be the coordinator of the trip where some misadventure or unusual experience happened, or a trip participant who managed to add some excitement to the outing.

 

 

 

2008 Hailstone Butte

CORE Celebrates 20 years

Core will be celebrating 20 years in November. A “memories” photo album has been setup and club members are invited to view the album and/or upload photos of events and/or people that have a special meaning to them. There are instructions on how to upload photos to the album on the CORE guides web page.

 

 

 

 

Preparing a thermal wrap

Wilderness First Aid Course 

Wilderness First Aid Course was attended by 12 CORE members. The course opened up many discussions on how prepared you are prior to the meetup of the event. What is needed for an incident while on a event. The course also, covered the ABC’s of first aid as well many different ways to treat an incident while on the event. Key item to remember is when you are out in the mountains, cell phones may not work, who is aware of your arrival time back home, and how prepared you are  in case you have an emergency in the mountains?

 

Executive Updates:

  1. Event coordinators are requested where possible to scan event reports and email them to mailbox@corehike.org. or give the reports to the Executive Trip Coordinator at a CORE meeting.
  2. Event Coordinators and Participants are encouraged to post photos from ongoing outings onto the CORE website.
  3. Members/Non-members mailing in fees for courses or membership should include a note as to what/who the money is for, and ideally the associated form. Otherwise the executive may not know why we are receiving the funds.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

 
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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

April  and May 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for March 23 to April 22, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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April 19 Elbow Valley Sulphur Springs Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Destination Moraine Lake, Banff National Park?!!!!

As we are aware, unless you arrive at Moraine Lake Road by 8 am in the morning, your access may not be allowed. Vehicles are only permitted on the Moraine Lake road when parking is available at Moraine Lake. Parking fills up quickly. Travel to the lake is restricted once the parking lots are full.

A daily shuttle is available from May 24 to October 14, 2019, from the Lake Louise lakeshore to Moraine Lake. Shuttles leaving Moraine Lake will return to the Lake Louise  Park and Ride. Moraine Lake road is open from mid-May to mid-October and closed in the winter. Tickets can be purchased at the Lake Louise lakeshore for scheduled departures.

Fares:

  • Adult: $6
  • Senior (over 65): $3
  • Youth (under 18): $3
  • Child (under 6): Free

Schedule:

  • Shuttles leave from the Lake Louise lakeshore every 20 minutes from 8:40 am to 4:20 pm headed to Moraine Lake.
  • Last shuttle to the Lake Louise Park and Ride leaves at 5:40 pm.
  • Daily between May 24 to October 14

Early Bird Shuttle to Moraine Lake

New for 2019 Parks Canada will offer morning shuttles to Moraine Lake for visitors wanting to get an early start to the day. Space is limited so arrive early. Tickets for the Early Bird Shuttle are available at the Lake Louise Park and Ride.

Fares:

  • Adult:$8
  • Senior (over 65): $4
  • Youth (under 18): $4
  • Child (under 6): Free

Schedule:

  • Starting at 6 am, four departures from the Lake Louise Park and Ride are available until 7.30 am.
  • Return shuttles from Moraine Lake to the Lake Louise Park and Ride will be available from 9 am to 5:40 pm daily

The Moraine Lake shuttled does not stop at the Paradise Valley trailhead. You need to arrive prior to 8 am to secure parking to this trailhead.

For more information go to Parks Canada Moraine Lake.

Lake Louise Ski Area Planning to Give Parks Canada 1000 hectares in exchange to upgrade their current space on the Mountain

After years of negotiating, Parks Canada and Lake Louise Ski Resort have come up with a long range plan.  Dan Markham from Lake Louise Ski Resort stated the listed changes would be done within the resort’s existing footprint. Lake Louise’s leasehold is going to be reduced by almost 50 per cent. As they will be giving back about 1,000 hectares of undeveloped land that was part of their original leasehold. They are giving this land back to Parks Canada for protection “from now until the end of time” in exchange for being able to do upgrades and developments.

What is currently proposed in the Long-Range Plan:

  • Construction of water reservoirs at the Old Gondola Base adjacent to the Pipestone River near Corral Creek in the Temple area
  • Expansion of Temple Lodge
  • New Lifts and Ski terrain on Richardson’s Ridge
  • New mountain top lodge on Eagle Ridge
  • New day lodge in the base area
  • New lifts and ski terrain on the front side of Whitehorn Mountain
  • New warming hut near the upper terminal of Top-of-the-World lift
  • Development of access and egress routes in West Bowl
  • Redevelopment of parking areas at the base

Lake Louise Ski Resort will close summer operations at its mid-mountain lodge, to move completely out of the grizzly bear corridor for the summer. This plan will give Parks Canada major gains in conservation, visitor experience and education. The next step is a 60-day public consultation on the long-range plan which concluded with open houses in April 2019. Public comment closes June 15, 2019. At the conclusion of the consultations, Parks Canada will provide direction to Lake Louise Ski Resort for any necessary changes or additions to the detailed impact assessment or long-range plan based on public input. No decisions have been made at this time. Canada’s Environment minister will have final approval. Lake Louise Ski Resort hopes to start the new proposals by next spring (2020). For more information go to Parks Canada. 

UCP Cancels Bighorn Country Parks Proposal

Last November, NDP government announced eight new parks covering 4,000 square kilometers in what is known as Bighorn Country along the eastern edges of Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Alberta’s new Environment Minister Jason Nixon states the UCP government will not go ahead with the proposal. UCP state the consultation process was flawed and there was some questions and concerns that residents, municipal officials had raised requiring how the proposal might affect oil and gas exploration, the forest industry and off-road vehicle use.

The NDP’s plan called for a variety of permitted activities and provided $40 million over five years for campsites and other infrastructure. Off-highway vehicles, horse packing and hunting would have continued with new restrictions. Grazing leases would have remained and no existing trail closures. This proposal would have protected the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River, which provides drinking water to people in central and northern Alberta (including Edmonton).

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is concerned about the cancelation of the proposal. They state the Bighorn Country area needs to be protected due to its important area for drinking water  and for the different species of wildlife and plants. CPWS hopes the UCP will do a review of the previous work and incorporate it into a new plan.

Nixon wants to see both an economic and environmental assessment of the proposal to better understand the challenges this proposal provides. And a better consultation process for all parties that are affected.

Spilled Grain from February Train Derailment still not cleaned up in Banff Park

The closure of the Bow Valley Parkway was set to end on April 1, but this deadline has now been extended to July 31, 2019. The parkway maybe open sooner depending on the cleanup. For updates go to Parks Canada Banff Bulletins.

Be ALERT for Bear Activity in this area.

Alert has been issued for Canmore, Redwood and Bragg Creek due to Grizzly, Black Bears and Cougars roaming these areas.

How to Deal with Grizzly Attacks

Outdoor has a video on “How to deal with Grizzly Attacks.”  There is some interesting facts in this video and article. Did you know that Grizzly bears can charge at 35 miles per hour and reach their stride in their first bound. Grizzles will give you no warning if they are going to attack you. Best line of defense is still your bear spray. Remember if you see a grizzly back away slowly, until you have broken visual contact, then leave the area immediately.

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Opening of Highways into Provincial Parks starts May 14 including the Sheep River Road, Highway #546. For information for other highway openings in the Kananaskis Park area go to Alberta Parks road closure bulletin.  

 

Trail Closures and Trail Report Links

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Members Corner 

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

{member’s AD and contact info to be posted here}

 

Adventure Stories

Dr Seuss hiking quote

For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment.  mailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hither and Yon

 Canada Warming up Twice as fast as the rest of the world and it is Irreversible

A new Scientific report by Environment and Climate Change Canada states “Canada is warming up twice as fast as the rest of world and that warming is irreversible.” Warming is happening even faster in winter, leaving southern Canadians with more winter rainfall and northern Canadians with melting permafrost and less sea ice. The Artic is hit the hardest, as it is warming three times as fast as the rest of the world. By the middle of this century it would leave most marine regions in the Canadian North ice-free for at least a month at a time.

If nothing is done to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions building in the atmosphere Canadians will end up with 10 times as many deadly heat waves, which will create more wildfires and twice as many extreme rainstorms. As well as a steady rise in coastal waters, which will determine how long people will be able to live in coastal communities.

2018 was one of the warmest years on record:

The surface temperature in 2018 was the 4th warmest year on record over the past 140 years since records have been kept. Per NASA and NOAA scientists there has been up and down spikes in temperatures over the last decades. But the rise in temperatures suddenly has been correlated to the rise in greenhouse gas emissions. This continuing sudden increase of warming, is causing steep challenges for governments to reverse the man-made effects. The Paris agreement had set out 1.5 Celsius degree temperature change but this could be exceeded between 2020 and 2023. Much sooner than expected, by the Paris Agreement of 2030. The climate scientists have predicated the extreme climate swings and this winter’s polar vortex.

The last four years have been the warmest:

  • 2018 4th warmest
  • 2017 2nd warmest
  • 2016the warmest
  • 2015 3rd warmest

Note: At the Paris agreement Canada agreed to lower it greenhouse gas emissions to 30% by 2030. From 2005 to 2017 actual reduction is 2%.

Parks Canada has started many new projects in protecting ecosystems and wildlife due to climate change. They are doing studies on climate change in different areas of Canada.

Listed below 3 climate change studies by Parks Canada:

  1. Study the capacity of eelgrass and salt marshes to absorb carbon (study is being done on the west coast)
  2. Finding the carbon balance – ecosystems absorb carbon dioxide through trees, soil, mosses and phytoplankton and they release the gas through decomposition and fires. Gathering information using forest inventory (type of forest) and information on wildfires, insect infestations and prescribed fires. To determine which park releases more carbon than it stores, or vice versa. This will help to understand the living landscape of carbon and how it has changed in the last 28 years.
  3. Climate Change Assessment in Norther National Parks – One of the goals is to consider the possible impacts of climate change on northern wildlife. The report to date has shown that the lemming and polar bear were extremely vulnerable to climate change.  If this wildlife is affected so will its predators – e.g. arctic and red fox. This becomes a dominion affect, not just on wildlife but on the entire ecosystem.

For more information on Parks Canada climate change studies visit their website.

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….see you on the trails …

Jane

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April 2019 CORE Newsletter

April 30, 2019 Meeting

Members and Guests please join us for April’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

If YOU have an idea for a presenter who may be willing to give us a talk on their adventures, please send their particulars along to the executive, and we will see what can be arranged.

Dave and Edna in Corsica

April 30 Presentation: A 326 KM walk thru Corsica and Spain:

Core members Dave and Edna will present their 2018, 326 km walking trip thru Corsica and Spain. You will see the Pyrenees Mountain Range in the southern area of Corsica and finish in the Basque region of Spain. Some of Dave and Edna’s journey also, took them into France. Their walking journey took 17 days to complete. Come see their spectacular photos.

 

 

 

2008 Hailstone Butte

CORE Celebrates 20 years

Core will be celebrating 20 years in November. A “memories” photo album has been setup and club members are invited to view the album and/or upload photos of events and/or people that have a special meaning to them. There are instructions on how to upload photos to the album on the CORE guides web page.

 

 

 

Coordinator’s Meeting for Summer Events  – April 23

Calling all hikers, planners, leaders, day-trippers, part-time walkers, photographers, nature lovers, cyclists, scramblers,camping even if you have never led an event – there will be lots of help and mentors and co-trip leaders who would be delighted to come along with you. Mike has many guide books, maps, computers to help navigate any unknown routes. This meeting is for all current CORE coordinators and any CORE members who are interested in becoming an event coordinator or just wishing to have some input on a particular trip.

The Executive Trip Coordinator will be holding an event coordinators meeting on April 23, 2019, at 7 pm at his home. For more information go to CORE Calendar. And as a reminder to all current and new event coordinators, please review the EVENT COORDINATORS GUIDELINES  posted on the CORE website. These guides are a collection of “knowledge” representing years of experience of people seasoned in mountain recreation. They are meant to promote safety in our outdoor activities

First Aider Kim fixes Mary’s injury

Wilderness First Aid Course Scheduled for April 27

CORE is sponsoring a “Non Certified” Wilderness First Aid training course on April 27, 2019, at Bragg Creek Community Centre – 23 White Ave. Cost is $15.00 dollars per person. Nicole Elder is the instructor. She provides first aid instruction to the Calgary Police Service members. She has extensive training and expertise and experience in Wilderness First Aid, Survival Training and Search and Rescue. There will be classroom training and outdoor scenario’s. After scenario training there will be general survival techniques. Dress for the weather as some instruction is outside. Course is limited to 24 participants. There will be a wait list so anyone unable to attend is asked to contact the coordinator as soon as possible. There will be an “option” for members to buy a wilderness first aid manual at a cost of $45.00 dollars each. You can register online, on the CORE Website Activities page. A non-refundable $15.00 dollars is requested and can be paid online via PayPal, cash or cheque is acceptable if received prior to registration deadline. Final day for course registration is April 22, 2019. Non-members need to first join CORE ($15.00 Winter/Spring membership) and then can participate in the course.   For more contact information, go to the CORE calendar for April 27, 2019.

 

May 13 – Deadline – For Chicken Mountain Award

If you think that someone is worthy of winning the coveted Chicken Mountain Award, you have to May 13 to submit your story to mailbox@corehike.org . At the upcoming AGM, the stories will be read and the most worthy nominee will be chosen by a show of hands. The nominee can be the coordinator of the trip where some misadventure or unusual experience happened, or a trip participant who managed to add some excitement to the outing.

CORE Annual General Meeting and Social May 28

We should all give thanks to our CORE executive, for their time and energy they put into running the club. At the annual general meeting on May 28, 2019 CORE members will be electing their new Executive. If you are interested and would like some further information about joining the executive, please send an email to mailbox@corehike.org.

Executive Updates:

  1. Event coordinators are requested where possible to scan event reports and email them to Mike.
  2. Event Coordinators and Participants are encouraged to post photos from ongoing outings onto the CORE website.
  3. Members/Non-members mailing in fees for courses or membership should include a note as to what/who the money is for, and ideally the associated form. Otherwise the executive may not know why we are receiving the funds.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

March and April 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for March 23 to April 22, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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March 23 Jumping Pound Loop Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 30 Mt Murray Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 30 West Nose Hill Creek Park Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 6 Silver Springs Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 6 Sulphur Mt Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 13 Foran Grade Sheep Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Internal Parks Canada report looks for ways to make money by selling, transferring assets

Parks Canada owns about 15,000 infrastructure assets – buildings, roads, dams, etc., worth $17.5 billion dollars. About $8.3 billion of that asset pool is considered non-core (highways, bridges, dams). About half the entire inventory is considered to be in poor condition or very poor condition, requiring up to $2.9 billion in deferred repairs.

Putting tolls on highways that run through Parks Canada sites in Western Canada could net the federal agency about $85 million a year, per a consultants report on how to manage the parks roads, bridges and dams. This estimate was based on using a one-way toll of $2.50 per vehicle and it would cover the costs to build the toll booths, staff them and administration costs. This proposal is not likely to happen. Under the federal parks act, there needs to be an alternative “free route available for the public.” It was suggested in the report to contract out highway maintenance to the private sector or other levels of government. The non-core bridges and dams could be transferred to the province. These proposals could save money, in its operational spending. Parks Canada is currently looking at the consultants report to determine, the best way to proceed.

Spilled Grain from February Train Derailment still not cleaned up in Banff Park

Parks Canada and CP Rail continue to clean up, the spilled grain, from the February 28 train derailment, near the Johnston Canyon hiking trail and the Fireside picnic area. This has led to a closure of the Bow Valley Parkway. Parks Canada oversees the cleanup, CP Rail is responsible for the clean-up of the derailment site.

All derailed train cars and large pieces of metal have been removed by CP Rail. There is still a lot of grain to be cleaned up. The canola is spread all through the forest floor and down into the moss areas that were heavily damaged when the cars hit.

Hibernating animals are starting to wake up, which is presenting another challenge for the  clean-up efforts. The animals may smell the grain and head to it in search for food. Parks Canada has erected an eight foot electrical fence around the derailment site, which will give animals that attempt to get inside a small shock, in hopes of stopping them from eating the grain.  They are also diverting animals to alternating food sources placed  a distance away. Bears travel the rails at this time of year, as the tracks tend to be free of snow and often have small amounts of spilled grain along them.

The closure of the Bow Valley Parkway was set to end on April 1, but this deadline has now been extended to July 31, 2019. The parkway maybe open sooner depending on the cleanup. For updates go to Parks Canada Banff Bulletins.

Be ALERT for Bear Activity in this area.

Proposed National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan – Similkameen

In a joint government announcement in October 2017 regarding a renewed commitment, the Government of Canada, the Government of BC and the Syilx/Okanagan Nation are developing recommendations, including models for cooperative management, regarding  the establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan – Similkameen.  Recent focus has been on the development of a national park reserve including a boundary.  Parks Canada sought feedback during the public consultations from December 10 2018 to March 15 2019.

In 2002 representatives of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and community members were the first proponents for protecting the area around the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area as a national park reserve. In 2003 the governments of Canada and BC steering committee was established as a result of signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on assessing the feasibility of establishing a national park reserve in the Okanagan – Similkameen. The principal difference between  a national park and a national park reserve is that the term “reserve” is used to recognize that there are unresolved claims of Aboriginal rights in the area.  Indigenous people can continue to participate in traditional land uses and spiritual activities,  and may be involved in cooperative management with Parks Canada.

By protecting this area, it will help support the recovery of over 30 federally listed species at risk, and over 60 provincially listed species. The shrub steppe ecosystem found in the interior of BC, including the South Okanagan – Similkameen, is recognized as one of the country’s most endangered natural systems. These rare areas of semi-arid desert are the only occurrence of this ecosystem in Canada. It represents an area of significant ecological, geographic, and cultural importance with a wide range of recreational and tourism opportunities.

There has been opposition to this park. Per the director of Okanagan-Similkameen Preservation Society, there has not been any discussion with the federal government regarding possible tax increases to support infrastructure for the park, such as wear and tear on roads and the strain of local first responders if the park entices more people to explore the back country. Parks Canada has not come forward with its budget for park development. Recreational and ranchers, have concerns. Highway #3 from Osoyoos to Keremeos will still be under provincial responsibility,  even thou there could be more traffic due to the new park.

Parks Canada stated that the federal government has no jurisdiction over property rights on privately owned land adjacent to the boundaries of a national park. Land owners and communities adjacent to the proposed national park reserve will retain full authority over their lands. Lands within the national park reserve would only be acquired by mutual agreement. As set out in the Canada National Parks Act. The government of Canada cannot expropriate private property in order to enlarge or establish a national park or reserve. Private lands would only be purchased on a willing seller-buyer basis, based upon independent property appraisals. A transition plan between the Government of BC and the national parks reserve is currently under development.

To learn more on this new park reserve go to Parks Canada Website.

How to Deal with Grizzly Attacks

Outdoor has a video on “How to deal with Grizzly Attacks.”  There is some interesting facts in this video and article. Did you know that Grizzly bears can charge at 35 miles per hour and reach their stride in their first bound. Grizzles will give you no warning if they are going to attack you. Best line of defense is still your bear spray. Remember if you see a grizzly back away slowly, until you have broken visual contact, then leave the area immediately.

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Trail Closures

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Members Corner 

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

{member’s AD and contact info to be posted here}

 

Adventure Stories

Andy Rooney hiking quote

For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment.  mailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hither and Yon

 Spring Time is the start of Tick season in Alberta

Male and Female Tick

Tick season has started in Alberta. Ticks are small spider like animals that bite to fasten themselves onto the skin and feed on the blood. It is important to remove a tick immediately to avoid a potential infection or diseases and submit it for testing. The testing helps to assess the Lyme disease risk to the person and pets.

 

 

 

 

Facts about Ticks:

  • There are over 800 kinds of ticks in the world. 650 are hard bodied and the rest are soft. It’s the hard cover tick that hikers encounter.
  • Adult tick’s range in size from .4 cm to 1.4 cm long.
  • They are oval shaped and appear to have a reddish leathery body with eight legs.
  • Ticks are part of the spider family.
  • Ticks hunt by clinging to grass and shrubs along paths frequented by potential hosts. When a host passes by the tick climbs on.
  • Ticks can sense its host from as far away as 25 feet by the carbon dioxide the host gives off.
  • Once on the host, the tick attaches itself to the skin and sucks the blood. A feeding tick can increase 20 to 50 times its size.
  • Detaching a tick from the host can be accomplished by waiting for it to become fully engorged and then removing it.

 If a tick is attached to your skin, you can safely remove it:

  • Using tweezers, gently grasp its head and mouth parts as close to your skin as possible.
  • Without squeezing the tick, slowly pull the tick straight up off the skin, with a steady backward force until the tick releases its hold – do not jerk or twist it.
  • You must remove any tick parts remaining to prevent infection. If the head is buried beneath the skin and cannot be seized with tweezers, you will require medical attention to remove the tick.
  • Do NOT apply matches, cigarettes, alcohol, oil, tape or petroleum jelly to induce the tick to pull out. These are not effective methods and may prompt the tick to empty its stomach contents into the wound.
  • A technique that may prove effective, is to cool the area near the tick with snow or ice. This cools off the tick’s external environment and slows the blood flow in the area. It is possible the combination of the cooling and tweezering would encourage the tick to detach in order to seek more optimal conditions.
  • Once the tick has been removed, clean the bite area with soap and water and disinfect the area with an antiseptic. Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Save the tick in a clean empty container. You can put more than one tick in the container.
  • Add a small piece of tissue or cotton ball, lightly moistened with water, put into the container to prevent the tick(s) from drying out.
  • Submit the tick for testing as soon as possible. In Alberta ticks seldom carry diseases.     

Submit a tick for testing to:

  • Alberta Health Services Environmental Health Office. In Calgary call 403-943-2400.
  • Your Health Care Provider
  • Veterinarian

Protect yourself from Ticks:

  • Walk on cleared trails whenever possible, avoid walking in tall grassy or wooded areas.
  • Wear light-coloured clothing and cover up as much skin as possible. eg: a hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants with the legs tucked into the boots.
  • Use a bug spray that contains the chemical DEET or Icaridin to repel ticks and reapply as frequently as directed.
  • It takes many hours for a tick to attach itself to a host:
    • Check yourself for ticks after leaving a grassy or wooded area where ticks may live.
    • Check your pets for ticks after they have been outside. You cannot get Lyme disease from your pet, but you can bring infected ticks inside. These ticks can fall off your pet and attach themselves to you. 

If you do get a tick bite and have the following symptoms you should seek medical attention:

  • A round, red rash that spreads at the site of a tick bite, know as a “bulls eye rash”.
  • Flu-like symptoms: tiredness, headaches, sore muscles and joints and fever.

Tick-Borne Diseases are rare but include:

  • Lyme
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Tularemia

 

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….see you on the trails …

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March 2019 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

March 26, 2019 Meeting

Members and Guests please join us for February’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

If YOU have an idea for a presenter who may be willing to give us a talk on their adventures, please send their particulars along to the executive, and we will see what can be arranged.

March 26 Presentation: Discover Parks – presented by CPAWS – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Learn about Alberta’s amazing parks from a user and conservation perspective. Discover the fascinating history and purpose of our parks through bio-facts, pictures, case studies and stories. There is a myriad of reasons for protecting nature through the creation of parks. CPAWS will, also, discuss how climate change is affecting our parks, ecosystems and species.

CPAWS (Southern branch) works with Albertans to establish and protect parks and wilderness areas from Red Deer south to the Alberta border, including Kananaskis, Castle and Bighorn.

Coordinator’s Meeting for Summer Events  – April 23

Calling all hikers, planners, leaders, day-trippers, part-time walkers, photographers, nature lovers, cyclists, scramblers,camping even if you have never led an event – there will be lots of help and mentors and co-trip leaders who would be delighted to come along with you. Mike has many guide books, maps, computers to help navigate any unknown routes. This meeting is for all current CORE coordinators and any CORE members who are interested in becoming an event coordinator or just wishing to have some input on a particular trip.

The Executive Trip Coordinator will be holding an event coordinators meeting on April 23, 2019, at 7 pm at his home. For more information go to CORE Calendar. And as a reminder to all current and new event coordinators, please review the EVENT COORDINATORS GUIDELINES  posted on the CORE website. These guides are a collection of “knowledge” representing years of experience of people seasoned in mountain recreation. They are meant to promote safety in our outdoor activities

Wilderness First Aid Course Scheduled for April 27

CORE is sponsoring a “Non Certified” Wilderness First Aid training course on April 27, 2019, at Bragg Creek Community Centre – 23 White Ave. Cost is $15.00 dollars per person. Nicole Elder is the instructor. She provides first aid instruction to the Calgary Police Service members. She has extensive training and expertise and experience in Wilderness First Aid, Survival Training and Search and Rescue. There will be classroom training and outdoor scenario’s. After scenario training there will be general survival techniques. Dress for the weather as some instruction is outside. Course is limited to 24 participants. There will be a wait list so anyone unable to attend is asked to contact the coordinator as soon as possible. There will be an “option” for members to buy a wilderness first aid manual at a cost of $45.00 dollars each. You can register online, on the CORE Website Activities page. A non-refundable $15.00 dollars is requested and can be paid online via PayPal, cash or cheque is acceptable if received prior to registration deadline. Final day for course registration is April 22, 2019. Non-members need to first join CORE ($15.00 Winter/Spring membership) and then can participate in the course.   For more contact information, go to the CORE calendar for April 27, 2019.

May 13 – Deadline – For Chicken Mountain Award

If you think that someone is worthy of winning the coveted Chicken Mountain Award, you have to May 13 to submit your story to mailbox@corehike.org . At the upcoming AGM, the stories will be read and the most worthy nominee will be chosen by a show of hands. The nominee can be the coordinator of the trip where some misadventure or unusual experience happened, or a trip participant who managed to add some excitement to the outing.

2019 – 2020 CORE Executive Election May 28

We should all give thanks to our CORE executive, for their time and energy they put in to running the club. At the annual general meeting on May 28, 2019 CORE members will be electing their executive. If you are interested in participating in running the club and would like some further information about joining the executive, please send an email to mailbox@corehike.org.

Executive Updates:

  1. Event coordinators are requested where possible to scan event reports and email them to Mike.
  2. Event Coordinators and Participants are encouraged to post photos from ongoing outings onto the CORE website.
  3. Members/Non-members mailing in fees for courses or membership should include a note as to what/who the money is for, and ideally the associated form. Otherwise the executive may not know why we are receiving the funds.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

February and March 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for January 19 to February 19, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

Due to extreme cold weather, in February, many events scheduled for these weekends were cancelled or postponed to future dates.

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February 23 XC Ski WBC Hostel Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 28 WBC Iron Springs XC Ski Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 7 WBC Moose Loop XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 9 PLPP XC Ski Marl Lake Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 9 Ranger Ridge Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 16 Grotto Mountain Ice Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 16 XC Ski Boulton-Whiskey Jack – Packers Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Cougar Warning still in effect for all areas surrounding the Town of Banff

Cougars have been frequenting the areas around the Town of Banff in search of food. Report all sightings immediately to Banff Park Dispatch at 403-762-1470.  Go to Wild Smart on “How to Avoid Cougar Encounters, Handling a Cougar Encounter and Handling a Cougar Attack.”

Greater Bragg Creek Trail Conditions :  

Are very good for Snowshoeing, Hiking and Cross Country Skiing. For more information go to Bragg Creek Trails.

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Trail Conditions:

All trails east of the Quarry area are currently closed due to winter conditions. Trail closures are handled by Alberta Parks. For more information go to Alberta Parks Glenbow Ranch.

Mountain Pine Beetle Larvae may be reduced by 90% due to Alberta’s Cold Snap

We may not be able to enjoy our outdoor events, due to this cold snap, but these frigid temperatures is helping to kill the Mountain Pine Beetle. Especially in Jasper Provincial Park where the outbreak is the worse. Alberta has been experiencing an outbreak since 2006, the last three to four years Jasper has been hit hard. The outbreak started in B.C. in 1999. More than 19 million hectares of forest have been destroyed by the beetle.

Beetle larvae are equipped to handle the cold weather up to a certain extent, tucked under pine tree bark. Starting in autumn the beetle manufactures a compound that protects against the cold up to a certain degree and length of time. As the temperature keeps dropping below a certain point, more die. Basically the colder it gets, the more pine beetles die.

Researches at U of A are seeing a decline as much as 90% of larvae killed this winter so far. With the population declining this will help the provincial government with its control tactic’s.  Province of Alberta has been handling the outbreak by doing aerial surveys of forested areas, identifying affected trees on digital maps and sending crews to find that tree, confirm its attach, fall the tree and immediately burn it. Then the crews inspect other trees in the surrounding area to see if they have been affected and carry out the same practice.

The outbreak in Jasper National Park is under the federal jurisdiction hasn’t been the same response. The severity of the outbreak within the park boundary means officials cannot take the same control measures as there is too many beetles. Later this year, Parks Canada has proposed to burn these areas. Which will leave large areas of land, treeless.

U of A is also researching to whether the mountain pine beetle is becoming more tolerant to the cold as they are found in colder, northern climates.

River Otters sighted near Edworthy Park

When hiking down the Bow River near Calgary’s Edworthy Park, you may see Two River Otters out on the ice!!

Two River Otters were sighted on the Bow River near Calgary’s Edworthy Park on February 22, 2019. These sightings were confirmed by wildlife expert Chris Fisher. River otter sightings have been rare in recent years in the Calgary area. The presence of river otters in Calgary area is a good indication of the health of the Bow River and the fish population and the surrounding environment is in good shape. The otters feed on a variety of fish in the Bow and not pose a threat to the river’s trout population. With the arrival of spring they will move into treed areas west of Calgary.

Area in Upper Kananaskis Lake closed to Grizzly Bear Siting

On February 18, 2019, cross country skiers were travelling in the area south of Upper Kananaskis Lake when they came to close to a bear den and woke a grizzly bear. The bear came out of its den and came within one meter of the skiers before the bear took off. A bear closure has been issued in the area following the encounter, which will remain in effect until the end of denning season which is usually early May, to give the bear and any others, its space.

There is no way to identify a bear’s den during winter, as there are many different kinds and they’re often buried in snow. You need to be prepared for a bear and be aware it could happen.  A grizzly bear when it hibernates, their body temperature only drops a little bit, compare to other hibernators, therefore, they are easier to awake and they can respond to anything that they perceive as danger to them.

You should carry bear spray in cold weather. Extreme cold weather may have negative impacts on the effectiveness of bear spray, including that it may not spray as far when used. You should carry the cannisters inside you coat to keep it warm. This will impact a person’s response time, but the bear spray will be more effective. Rules for going out in the front or back country are the same in winter, travel in groups, stick together, make noise, be aware of what’s going on around you.

Beware of Grizzly Presence from 1A entrance west of Banff to Johnston Canyon

Parks Canada is worried spilled grain from a derailed train in Banff National Park will attract hungry grizzly bears to the tracks as they emerge from hibernation in the coming weeks. Twenty railcars from a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train went off the tracks on February 28 west of the Town of Banff. Ten of the derailed cars contained grain, including canola that spilled. Parks Canada says the spilled grain will need to be removed quickly and thoroughly. Parks also stated the spill site will need to be cordoned off with electric fencing to keep wildlife away. The spill occurred between the entrance of 1A west of Banff to Johnston Canyon.

How to Deal with Grizzly Attacks

Outdoor has a video on “How to deal with Grizzly Attacks.”  There is some interesting facts in this video and article. Did you know that Grizzly bears can charge at 35 miles per hour and reach their stride in their first bound. Grizzles will give you no warning if they are going to attack you. Best line of defense is still your bear spray. Remember if you see a grizzly back away slowly, until you have broken visual contact, then leave the area immediately.

Friends of Fish Creek Speaker Series

Calgary Captured – Urban Wildlife Film: March 21, 2019, presented by Vanessa Carney, Calgary Parks, The City of Calgary, Need to register thru Eventbrite.

Call of the Wetland: Combining science, nature and community for the health of Calgary’s wetlands. April 18, 2019, presented by Nicole Kahal, Conservation Analyst, Miistakis Institute, Need to register thru Eventbrite.

 The Winter Permit System at Glacier National Park

Winter Permit System is now in effect for 2018 – 2019 season. Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park is a popular backcountry ski touring destination. If you are skiing or snowboarding in Glacier National Park often, you will need an annual winter pass if you plan to go into the Winter Restricted Areas. The winter permit system at Glacier National Park is divide into three areas:

  1. Winter Unrestricted areas – open to vistors all winter, you need a national pass
  2. Winter Restricted Areas – areas are open and closed daily, vistors need a winter permit and a national pass
  3. Winter Prohibited Areas – areas closed to vistors all winter

You need to check daily what areas are open. For more information go to Parks Canada – Glacier Winter Areas.

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Trail Closures

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Members Corner 

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

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Adventure Stories

Hiking quote by Mary Davis

For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment.  mailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hither and Yon

Animal Tracks

Do You Know Who is Following You, or Who you are Tracking??

Identifying tracks to the species level you need to look for certain clues. You usually do not get a full clear track (like toe or nail marks). You need to look for two clues: 1. The Track Pattern of the animal and 2. The overall trail width that the pattern makes. 

Track Patterns

Pattern:  There is a distinct pattern that species use most of the time. It is useful to group animals by their regular walking pattern. There are four basic patterns: 1. Pace  2. Diagonal  3. Bound  4. Gallop.

  • Pace Pattern:  Type of animal that uses this style of walking is the wide-bodied, slow moving types such as beaver, bear, racoon, porcupine. These animals seem to waddle along their wide bodies shifting from side to side. The legs on one side of the body seem to move together, followed by the slumbering of the two legs on the other side. Most of the animals in this category have large, soft, padded feet. These soft padded feet allow them to walk through the woods quietly. The rear feet of these animals are elongated with a long and narrow heel.

Diagonal Pattern:  Type of animals are deer, moose, caribou, elk, fox, wolf, coyote, bobcat and dog. You need to imagine a center line with foot tracks diagonally crossing over it to form the pattern. The rear right foot lands on top of but slightly behind where the front foot right foot was a moment earlier. The front feet of the diagonal walkers are considerably larger than their rear feet. All cats and foxes use the diagonal pattern but the rear foot lands directly on top of the front track. All cats walk with their claws retracted, so the claws do not show in the track. Deer and moose have heart-shaped tracks, the dog family has egg shaped tracks and the fox and cat families have round tracks.

 Bound Pattern:  Includes the weasel family, fisher, mink, otter and marten. These animals have long bodies and short legs. Look for five toes. As they move, the front two feet land first, followed by the rear two feet that land just behind the front. Some overlapping of the tracks may take place.

Gallop Pattern:  Includes the small critters, like squirrels, chipmunks and larger animals like rabbits and hares. This group moves quickly through the forest floor. Their track pattern shows the front feet landing closely together and the rear feet coming around the outside and past where the front feet landed.

Trail Widths

After examining the trail pattern, you now need to measure the trail width. This will narrow the animal to the species level (the chipmunk from the squirrels, the fox from the coyote). Trail widths are measured in various ways based on the walking pattern used. See the track pattern diagram for the proper measuring of trail widths. Below a few examples:

  • Diagonal Walkers: Bobcat 7 to 10 cm, Red Fox 10 cm, Coyote 12.5 cm, Deer 16 to 20 cm
  • Bounders: Mink 7.5 cm, short tail weasel 5 to 6 cm, Long tail weasel 7 cm, Fisher 12.5 cm
  • Gallopers: Chipmunk 5 cm, Red Squirrel 10 cm, Rabbits 12.5 cm, Hares 15 cm

Dominance: 90 per cent of mammals are right dominant. With the gallopers or other animals when their speed or gait increase to a gallop, their right foot lands first. Dominance will also state which way an animal will circle or turn.

There are many good animal tracking books online and thru the Calgary Public Library.

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February 2019 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

February 2019 Meeting

Members and Guests please join us for February’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

If YOU have an idea for a presenter who may be willing to give us a talk on their adventures, please send their particulars along to the executive, and we will see what can be arranged.

February 26 Presentation – Colorado River Trip by Core Member Jeanette

Boats at the ready

Join us for a presentation by Jeanette will show us a trip taken by Jeanette, Lynn, Geoff, Laurie and Chad’s (CORE members)  17-day, 225 mile Dory trip down the Colorado River from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek through the Grand Canyon. Come see the spectacular scenery of the Marble Canyon, Inner George, fantastic side hikes and indigenous ruins, crystalline creeks and waterfalls, cactus gardens, white water, foaming ripples and Lava Falls along with 42 spectacular rapids.

Wilderness First Aid Course Scheduled for April 27

CORE is sponsoring a “Non Certified” Wilderness First Aid training course on April 27, 2019, at Bragg Creek Community Centre – 23 White Ave. Cost is $15.00 dollars per person. Nicole Elder is the instructor. She provides first aid instruction to the Calgary Police Service members. She has extensive training and expertise and experience in Wilderness First Aid, Survival Training and Search and Rescue. There will be classroom training and outdoor scenario’s. After scenario training there will be general survival techniques. Dress for the weather as some instruction is outside. Course is limited to 24 participants. There will be a wait list so anyone unable to attend is asked to contact the coordinator as soon as possible. There will be an “option” for members to buy a wilderness first aid manual at a cost of $45.00 dollars each. You can register online, on the CORE Website Activities page. A non-refundable $15.00 dollars is requested and can be paid online via PayPal, cash or cheque is acceptable if received prior to registration deadline.  For more contact information, go to the CORE calendar for April 27.

Note: Club members intending to register should do so by mid-March to assist in the planning for the course.

Executive Updates:

  1. Event coordinators are requested where possible to scan event reports and email them to Mike.
  2. Event Coordinators and Participants are encouraged to post photos from ongoing outings onto the CORE website.
  3. Members/Non-members mailing in fees for courses or membership should include a note as to what/who the money is for, and ideally the associated form. Otherwise the executive may not know why we are receiving the funds.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

January and February 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for January 19 to February 19, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

Due to extreme cold weather, in February many events scheduled for these weekends were cancelled or postponed to future dates.

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January 19 Fox Creek  and Elk Pass XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 19 1st CORE night XC ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Unofficial Trail in “Secret Cave” area of Johnston Canyon closed by Parks Canada to protect Unique Birds

There used to be up to 15 nesting pairs of Black Swifts in Johnston Canyon, but as of August 17, 2018 there is just one or two.  The Conservation Manager believes there was a single fledgling that survived in 2017. In an effort to entice the unique bird population back to Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park they have closed a popular, unofficial trail. This area is known to locals as the “secret cave”.

Black Swifts are mostly found in coastal regions but also nest in canyon habitat in the mountains. These birds lay one egg at a time, typically in May. It takes nearly a month for the egg to hatch, then unlike most other birds, the young do not grow feathers needed for flying for another two months.  Johnston Canyon is the only nesting site for black swifts in Alberta. The main trail is not affected by the closure, only the unofficial – off trail (this trail leads down into the canyon by the water) is closed. Closure is too November 15, 2018 and could be in place next year. Parks does not want to affect ice climbing in the winter months, and by then the birds are gone. If anyone is caught in this area, they will be fined by Parks Canada.

Canada concerned about U.S. plans to drill in Caribou refuge

The Canadian government, two territories and several First Nations are expressing concerns to the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it. Environment Canada has sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, stating the potential trans-boundary impacts of oil and gas exploration and development planned for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain. As most of the wildlife that inhabits this refuge is shared with Canada. The Porcupine herd is one of the few remaining healthy caribou populations in the North. A small population of this herd migrates to Jasper National Park then returns to the North prior to calving season. The Porcupine herd in this refuge numbers 218,000 and is growing. Canada wants assurances from the U.S. about the content of the environment study.

Adult caribou can co-exist with development, but they avoid any disturbance on their calving grounds. Canada is concerned that oil and gas exploration and development will negatively affect the long-term reproductive success of the Porcupine caribou herd. And the U.S. is aware of this possibility.

Parks Canada stops plans to build a Parkway Bike Trail between Banff and Jasper Nat’l Park

Park Canada says it will not go ahead with a plan to build a bike trail along the Icefields Parkway that runs through Banff and Jasper National Park. The federal agency had budgeted about $86 ($66 million for the bike pathway, $20 million for parking lots, campsites and washrooms) for the 107 kilometer cycling route from the Jasper townsite to the Columbia Icefields that could eventually extend to Banff townsite. Per Jason Bouzanis, director of communications for Parks Canada, “Ecological integrity is a primary focus for Parks Canada in the management of the national parks, and this is the main reason the bike path is not being built.”  The Icefields Parkway is considered a classic cycling tour, but riders are restricted to its narrow shoulder. Parks Canada had proposed a separate, paved route buffered from the busy road by 10 to 20 metres of trees. Environmental groups had voiced serious concerns about the project. Stating it would cut through critical habitat for caribou, grizzly bears and migratory birds. The proposed bike trail was compared to the one in Bow Valley through Banff National Park. The big difference, there is a fence along the highway and the bike trail is inside that fence. There was not going to be a fenced-off trail along this project.  Parks Canada had acknowledged that the trail could affect wildlife and pose safety risks and induce further development. The bike path would have gone through critical habitat for two endangered species, the mountain caribou and the whitebark pine. And create encounters between grizzly bears and cyclists, who are less likely to carry bear spray and travel quietly and at much higher speeds than hikers.

Waterton Lake National Park to receive $21 million from Ottawa

The Kenow fire scorched 40 per cent of the park. The flames burned 200 square kilometres and 80 per cent of the park’s hiking trails. The visitor center and other buildings were destroyed. Waterton’s townsite and historic Prince of Wales Hotel were saved. Park Superintedendent Salman Rasheed stated the first projects will be repairs to the 14 kilometer Red Rock Parkway and a rebuild of the popular Bear’s Hump hiking trail. Restoring the 16 kilometer Akamina Parkway and Crandell Mountain campground will need more time for planning and design. Some money is going toward monitoring and protecting the park’s ecosystem.

Kenow Fire at Waterton Lakes National Park has un-covered the Past

Freshly burned environments may provide a new start for invasive species, but they can also uncover the past. Parks Canada is conducting research in collaboration with local Blackfoot people into indigenous archeological sites, plus other sites discovered due to the Kenow fire.  Lead archeologist Bill Perry from Parks Canada states “what has been uncovered shows How the Blackfoot people really lived, revealing large areas of Blackfoot camps within the last 300 years. They have uncovered arrowheads, glass trading beads and stone tools. The fire also revealed trails that the Blackfoot people used over 7000 years ago. Another find is a depression-era work camp. In 1930’s the federal government hired men to build a major roadway thorough the park. Foundation of structure’ s in the camp, rusty tine tobacco, meat, condensed milk and coffee cans from that era have been discovered. These artifacts will change the parks history and they are mapping these finds, so they can be plotted onto maps, which will be verified with archival and aerial photos as well. To create a new history for this area.

Parks Canada forces Sunshine Village to sign new 42 – year lease

Ralph Scurfield, president and CEO of Sunshine Village, Ski resort, was forced to agreed to a new site guideline for Sunshine or have his family’s business sold by Parks Canada. Parks Canada gave Sunshine owner to January 21, 2019 to sign the 42-year lease with the site guidelines appended. If the 2020 lease was not signed, Parks Canada would impose two options on the owners, either: Sunshine would sell its infrastructure to Parks Canada for $1 dollar (and Parks Canada would tender out the property) or remove all infrastructure and return the land to its natural state. The new site guidelines reduce the leasehold by 61 hectares (land that is currently zoned and previously approved) and gives Sunshine no new parking. Parks Canada is urging Scurfield to build a 500-vehicle parking structure at a cost of $50 million (not an option for the owner due to cost).

Sunshine Village was the last ski resort in the mountain parks without the guideline that allows for managed growth while protecting the environment. The new guidelines would allow Sunshine Village to have up to 8500 visitors at a time from the current 6500. And build  an additional 3,650 square metres of commercial space, add up to eight new ski lifts and develop up to 80 hectares of new ski terrain.

Parks Canada rejected Sunshine’s parking proposal which included a 750-space satellite parking lot along the resorts access road, but the guidelines allow for more transportation and parking through a combination of transit and a parking structure of no pre-determined size at the base of the resort. Parks Canada states ” The Sunshine Village Ski area guidelines will provide a long-term predictability for the operator while ensuring that ecological integrity, including the protection of wildlife is the firs priority for decision making.”

Another concern by conservation groups is the increase number of visitors, in the new lease and the ecological concerns in Banff National Park. Which currently is only ranked as fair.

Cougar Warning now in effect for all areas surrounding the Town of Banff

Cougars have been frequenting the areas around the Town of Banff in search of food. Report all sightings immediately to Banff Park Dispatch at 403-762-1470.  Go to Wild Smart on “How to Avoid Cougar Encounters, Handling a Cougar Encounter and Handling a Cougar Attack.”

 The Winter Permit System at Glacier National Park

Winter Permit System is now in effect for 2018 – 2019 season. Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park is a popular backcountry ski touring destination. If you are skiing or snowboarding in Glacier National Park often, you will need an annual winter pass if you plan to go into the Winter Restricted Areas. The winter permit system at Glacier National Park is divide into three areas:

  1. Winter Unrestricted areas – open to vistors all winter, you need a national pass
  2. Winter Restricted Areas – areas are open and closed daily, vistors need a winter permit and a national pass
  3. Winter Prohibited Areas – areas closed to vistors all winter

You need to check daily what areas are open. For more information go to Parks Canada – Glacier Winter Areas.

Kananaskis Speaker & Discovery Series: Winter Survival Skills

Join Jim Thorne of Foothills Search and Rescue, and discover basic winter survival skills, such as shelter building and fire starting. Dress warm and prepare to be outside. This is a free information series. Date: February 17, 2019  1.00 pm to be at Peter Lougheed Park, Discovery & Information Centre.  For more information email Joe Fowler (joe.fowler@gov.ab.ca)

X-Country Ski and Snowshoe Courses

University of Calgary Outdoor Club is offering different levels of x-country ski courses from beginners to refresher courses.  You can rent x-country ski equipment from the u of c outdoor club as well. If you take a x-country ski course with this organization then you can receive a 10% per cent discount on x-country ski equipment rentals. The same applies for snowshoeing. Go to the link below and search for snowshoeing or X-Country Skiing. For more information go to UCalgary Outdoor Adult Active Living

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Trail Closures

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Members Corner 

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

{member’s AD and contact info to be posted here}

 

Adventure Stories

Winter snow quote Antoine van Kleef

For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment.  mailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Outdoor Winter Activity: Cross Country skiing:

Cross Country skiing is another way to get active in the winter and enjoy the beauty of the snow-covered landscape. Cross country skiing is a form of skiing where skiers rely on their own strength to move across snow-covered terrain. Cross country skiing is widely practiced as a sport and recreational activity however some still use it as a means of transportation.

 How to Choose X-Country (Nordic) Skies:
  • Your skiing style: Do you want to glide smoothly in set tracks, or do you want a workout as you zip along at high speeds? Maybe you want to explore? Knowing how you plan to use your skies is the first step to choosing the right pair.
  • Choosing the right ski size: The correct length is critical to an enjoyable ski experience.
  • Waxable or waxless bases: For classic skiing and off-track touring, this is a key choice. There is advantages to each style.

Three Skiing Styles:

  • Classic Style: This style of skiing is the stride and glide motion.
  • Skate Skiing: Skate skiing is done on groomed paths, often next to track-set terrain. Skate uses a pronounced pole plant an angled skating motion.
  • Off Track Touring Skiing: Most of your skiing is done on ungroomed trails and terrain, these cross country skis range from models that are a little wider than classic skis up to bigger mountaineering skis that have metal edges.

Ski Length:

Your weight and skill level are the two main factors to consider when it comes to cross-country ski length.

  • When buying cross-country skis according to your weight:
    • Most classic skis will end up being longer than your height by a certain amount.
    • Some modern classic skis (for recreational skiers) are designed to be skied shorter than traditional classic skis, which makes them easier for novices to handle.
    • skate skis will be closer to your own height in length.

Waxable and Waxless Bases:

Waxable Skistraction comes from the grip wax (kick wax) applied to the middle third of the ski. When you release the kick portion of the ski by unweighting the glide that happens comes from a different was (glide wax) applied to the rest of the base. It takes time to learn to wax for all snow/weather conditions.

Waxless Skisuse a textured surface in the kick zone (rather than grip wax) that grips snow when it is weighted, but still allows the ski glide when you shift your weight off it when you are going downhill. This gripping surface is either a fish scale-like pattern cut into the base material or a replaceable skin patch made of directional fibres. Skiers due not have to worry about day to day conditions when they use waxless skis.

Both Waxable and waxless bases require a glide wax on the sliding sections of the base to glide properly along the snow.

Next step is to choose Ski Bindings:

  • There are three types of bindings:
    • Frame Bindings: heel and toe pieces are connected by a frame.
    • Tech Bindings: Toe and heel pieces have pins that attach to a specific type of boot.
    • Telemark Bindings: always has a free heel during the climb up and the descent.

Your Ski Boots and Bindings must be compatible.

Your Ski Poles, you will want to match to the type of skiing you are doing. The right pole length is based on your height. Poles are made with different materials and come in adjustable or rigid. Don’t forget baskets.

For more information on how to buy XC ski’s and equipment visit the Mountain Equipment Coop website

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….see you on the trails …

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January 2019 CORE Newsletter

EXECUTIVE CORNER

January 2019 Meeting

January’s monthly meeting is on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

If YOU have an idea for a presenter who may be willing to give us a talk on their adventures, please send their particulars along to the   executive, and we’ll see what can be arranged.

January 29 Presentation by Alberta Wilderness Association

Alberta Wilderness Association

The CORE January meeting will feature a presentation by the AWA with their Wilderness Road Show. Core members guests and friends are welcome.

The Alberta Wilderness Association is dedicated to the conservation of wilderness and the completion of a protected areas network in Alberta. AWA is a voice for the environment, since 1965. AWA is a nonprofit federally registered charitable society.

The presentation by conservation specialists from the AWA, the “Wilderness Road Show“, is meant to increase public awareness about the value of Alberta’s public lands and to inspire a greater momentum towards achieving international conservation commitments agreed to by our federal and provincial governments. Conservation specialists Nissa Petterson and Joanna Skrajny will be presenting on Alberta’s public lands and elaborating on how Alberta’s public lands offer a tremendous opportunity to conserve Alberta’s wilderness and achieve representative protection amongst all six natural regions of Alberta. The presentation will also include a segment highlighting the recent proposal for the Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

Training Courses

CORE is looking into putting on the wilderness first aid course again, possibly in April. This was a very popular course last April, so stay tuned to the calendar and next month’s newsletter for updates.

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

November and December 2018 and January 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for December 2018 and January 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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November 25 Elliston Park Lake Walk & Begim Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 25 Ptarmigan Cirque Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 27 CORE Xmas Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 1 Zoolights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2 CORE Annual Xmas Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 8 Hike High Rockies Trail

 

 

 

 

 

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December 16 Elk Pass XC Ski

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December 16 Lower K-Lake and Marsh Trail Hike

 

 

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December 18 Xmas Light Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 22 Chester Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 27 West Crystal Line Snowy Owl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 5 Rummel Lake Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 12 Cascade Fire Road XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 12 Frost Heave Snowdrift Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 12 Ingle Wood Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS & NOTES

Eight New Parks Proposed for Bighorn Country Area of Rocky Mountains for Land Protection and Recreation

Bighorn Country lies in west-central Alberta along the eastern edges of Banff and Jasper National Parks. The Alberta government’s proposal is for 4000 square kilometres along the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. The area has been under consideration for protection since the 1980’s and its core remains relatively free of industrial development. The region is home to vulnerable species from grizzly bears to bull trout to harlequin ducks.  Bighorn Country includes the designation of a new Wildland Provincial Park and new expanded or amended parks, recreation areas and public land use zones. For more information go to Alberta Parks – Bighorn Country Proposal.

The proposed Bighorn Country would support policy integration, direction and clarity needed to help guide decisions that collectively reflect and support the needs and values of Albertans.   Alberta Parks would like your feedback on this proposal to better understand how our social, environmental and economic values shape conservation and recreation management in the Bighorn Country.   For further information on the proposal and an online survey go to talkaep.alberta.ca.   Comments will be collected until February 15, 2019.

Lake Louise Ski Resort Fined for Cutting Down Endangered Trees

Lake Louise Ski Resort was fined $2.1 million dollars for cutting down 38 white bark pine along a ski run in 2013. The ski resort is being charged on two counts, one under the Species at Risk Act and the other under the Canada National Parks Act. The resort did not have a permit to cut down the white bark pine.  White bark pine is native to high elevations, close to or at tree line. This species of tree is being threaten by disease, fire and climate change.  The Ski Resort pleaded guilty last December 2017 to taking down a strand of trees, including the 38 endangered species. Lake Louise Ski Resort is appealing the decision either to have the charges stayed or reduce the fine to $200,000 dollars. They state the sentence is grossly disproportional and demonstrably unfit given the actual facts of the case.

Cave found in Wells Gray Provincial Park, B.C.

Wells Gray Cave – Sarlacc’s Pit

A massive, unexplored cave that is likely among the country’s largest has been discovered in a remote valley in B.C.’s Wells Gray Provincial Park.

The cave was initially spotted in April 2018 by a B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations helicopter team doing a caribou count. The cave was never discovered before as it was covered in snow. Geologist Katherine Hickson and a team of cave experts John Pollack and Lee Hollis spent months surveying the cave from satellite imagery and preparing before they visited the site on September 9, 2018, to confirm the cave’s significance. The cave’s opening is 100 metres by 60 metres – virtually the exact dimensions of a CFL football field. It is also extremely deep, extending more than 100 metres underground, with the first 80 metres of that being a straight vertical drop. A large volume of water rushes down the opening, flowing thru the cave and exits 2.1 kilometres away as a stream.  Hickson believes that no one has explored the cave before and it is not known to First Nations as this cave was covered by snow year around, until 20 to 50 years ago.  The initial group that discovered the cave called it Sarlacc’s pit, named after a monster’s den from Star Wars Return of the Jedi, due to how big the opening is. Currently this is only an informal name.  The status of the cave is under environmental protection due to, it is in a provincial park and its fragile environment. If any unauthorized person is caught in the area, they will be charged under the Provincial Parks Act.

Inner Ranges by Geoff Powter – CORE’s Mike Galbraith featured in this book

Inner Ranges

Inner Ranges brings together an enlightening and entertaining selection of mountain writing by one of Canada’s most respected adventure journalists and thinkers, Geoff Powter.  This collection of original and previously published pieces includes provocative editorial and opinion work about the state of adventure, personal tales from a life of exploration and risk-taking, some touches of humour, and award winning profiles of some of Canada’s mountaineering greats. Stories include conversations with and profiles of alpine personalities such as Barry Blanchard, Sonnie Trotter, Lena Rowat, Raphael Slawinski, David Jones, Mike Galbraith and many more.  Bringing these essays together for the first time has given Geoff the unique opportunity to reflect back on these stories behind the stories, the consequences of their publication, and the sometimes complex process of writing about adventure and adventurous lives.

Excerpt from “A lightening Sky” chapter on the ascent of Manaslu:

Our days were made immeasurably better by the beauty around us, and each step upwards seemed to expand the horizon. To the north, Tibet lay as a carpet of dry brown, endlessly bleak, but to the west, the garden of peaks in the Ganesh Himal seemed to change colour and form every five minutes. As we set into a daily rythm, so did the weather. Morning would dawn with a wisp of low clouds, then these would slowly well up every day into an endless field of cotton batting by mid-afternoon. Mike would always complain on his 6 p.m. radio call that it was snowing or raining at base camp, and day after day we radioed back that we were basking in sun.”

Mike has also written a short adventure blog about this same trip titled WHAT HAPPENED ON MANASLU? and it is published on the CORE website.

 The Winter Permit System at Glacier National Park

Winter Permit System is now in effect for 2018 – 2019 season. Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park is a popular backcountry ski touring destination. If you are skiing or snowboarding in Glacier National Park often, you will need an annual winter pass if you plan to go into the Winter Restricted Areas. The winter permit system at Glacier National Park is divide into three areas:

  1. Winter Unrestricted areas – open to vistors all winter, you need a national pass
  2. Winter Restricted Areas – areas are open and closed daily, vistors need a winter permit and a national pass
  3. Winter Prohibited Areas – areas closed to vistors all winter

You need to check daily what areas are open. For more information go to Parks Canada – Glacier Winter Areas.

Backcountry Ski Guide Puts Icefield Parkway on Map

Icefields Parkway has been the go to spot for backcountry skiers, but there were only a few places to go.  Marcus Baranow released a guide book for backcountry skiing along the Icefields Parkway called “Confessions of a Ski Bum: The Icefields Parkway Lake Louise to Bow Summit.” This book provides useful information about dozens of backcountry ski routes that can be easily accessed from the highway. This book also provides general information about spending time in Banff National Park, as well as safety information before travelling in the backcountry. The book can be found in stores throughout the Bow Valley.

Follow up on the Three Black Bears Found in a Washroom in Banff National Park

The three bears were fitted with GPS tracking devices when they were released back into the park in July. Two of the three black bears that were rescued last year after being found locked in a public washroom in Banff National Park are in separate dens for their first winter. One bear denned on Oct 15 and the other on Nov 5. Sadly the third bear did not make it.

 Banff Park Continues Fight Against Whirling Disease

As of November 13, 2018 Parks Canada continues habitat control due to whirling disease found in fish stock at Johnson Lake.  The 15 hectare lake remains open for the winter, but Parks Canada has issued a warning that the uneven ice surface from gillnets, buoys or natural cracking can cause a trip hazard to skaters.  Whirling disease was discovered in Johnson Lake in 2016. This disease has been confirmed in creeks and rivers throughout Alberta, including the Bow, Oldman, North Saskatchewan and Red Deer watersheds.  Whirling disease can affect several fish species.

Kananaskis Avalanche Awareness Day 2019

A free one day event being hosted by Alberta Parks on January 20, 2019 at Burstall Pass Day Use Area (Smith Dorrien Hwy 742), at 11:00 am. Activity stations and demos include: assessing avalanche terrain, snow pit testing, beacon and transceiver searches, quinzee building, fire starting strategies, and meet an avalanche dog in training. Dress warmly, bring water, snacks, snowshoes and a camera.  For more information email Joe Fowler (joe.fowler.gov.ab.ca)

Kananaskis Speaker & Discovery Series: Winter Survival Skills

Join Jim Thorne of Foothills Search and Rescue, and discover basic winter survival skills, such as shelter building and fire starting. Dress warm and prepare to be outside. This is a free information series. Date: February 17, 2019  1.00 pm to be at Peter Lougheed Park, Discovery & Information Centre.  For more information email Joe Fowler (joe.fowler@gov.ab.ca)

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival runs from January 16 to 27, 2019. The Ice Magic Festival is a world-class ice carving event. Watch as the ice artists, from around the world, at the ice carving competition, January 16 to 18.  Or view the finished ice sculptures over the following nine days. Admission: is free to attend Ice Magic Monday to Friday and on the weekends before 10 am or after 5.30pm. Tickets are required during peak times and can be purchased online up to 48 hours in advance for a 25% discount.

Driving Safely

  1. Inform family members of trip details and when you will contact then again. Send an email so it’s easy to access this info and leave message on their cell phones.
  2. Check the weather and road conditions before starting out.  Consider changing your route or adding extra time to your journey if there are adverse conditions.
  3. Where possible, plan to drive during daytime to make the drive safer.
  4. Drive on good winter tires.  They make an enormous difference.
  5. Have a recently serviced car equipped with airbags, traction control and other safety bells and whistles.  The airbags can save your life.
  6. Keep an emergency kit in the vehicle.  This kit would include food, water and first aid items. Candles are a great heat source, but don’t forget waterproof matches to light them!
  7. Wear winter clothes, with more winter gear close to you.  Definitely have an additional warm coat, toque, gloves, socks and good footwear easily accessible, and blankets.
  8. In SUV’s especially, secure loose gear as it can become a projectile in an accident. This includes putting your skis on the roof – they’re sharp and can cut you in an accident.
  9. Consider having a Garmin InReach device (or a similar device) with you in case of emergency.  On many mountain roads there are no cell phone towers.   This can save hours of waiting to get help to you.
  10. Get a CAA or AAA membership.  A roll-over on a remote road is costly.  

X-Country Ski and Snowshoe Courses

University of Calgary Outdoor Club is offering different levels of x-country ski courses from beginners to refresher courses.  You can rent x-country ski equipment from the u of c outdoor club as well. If you take a x-country ski course with this organization then you can receive a 10% per cent discount on x-country ski equipment rentals. The same applies for snowshoeing. Go to the link below and search for snowshoeing or X-Country Skiing. For more information go to UCalgary Outdoor Adult Active Living

 Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Trail Closures

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Members Corner 

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

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Adventure Stories

Winter Snow Quote Edmund Hillary

 For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment.  mailbox@corehike.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avalanche Awareness

Avalanche Awareness

What Causes Avalanches?

You. Over 90% of fatal avalanche accidents are caused by the victim or someone in the victim’s party.

If you are travelling in the winter backcountry you need to know how to:

  • Recognize avalanche terrain: Know what to look for and how to avoid dangerous slopes. and Look Up! Even if you are not on a slope, many trails travel through terrain threatened by avalanches from above.

Recognize unstable conditions: Conditions that can change quickly during the day. Know what to watch for and keep your eyes and ears open.

Recognize Terrain Traps: A terrain trap is any feature that makes injuries or burial more likely, including: Gullies, creek beds, ditches, cliffs, flats at the base of steep slopes, trees or rocks in slide paths.

Recognize Avalanche Terrain:

  • You need a steep slope at least 10m x 10m to create an avalanche that could be dangerous for a person.
  • An Avalanche normally occurs on a slopes between 30 and 45 degrees.
  • Convex rolls are prime trigger points but you can also be at risk below these slopes.
  • Cornices and wind slabs build on lee(downward) slopes.
  • Slide paths are open areas on a forested slope, cleared of trees by repeated avalanches.

If you are on or below slopes like these, you are in avalanche terrain.

Recognize Unstable Conditions:

  • Heavy Snowfall
    • Approximately 30 cm or more of new snow over 48 hours (less if snow is being blown by the wind).
    • Rapid accumulation: 2 cm of snow per hour for several hours.
  • Wind
    • Wind slabs form on the lee (downwind) side of ridge lines.
    • If there has been recent drifting, there are probably wind slabs.
  • Warming
    • Strong sunshine, warm temperatures and rain can all have a destabilizing effect on the snow.
    • the first warming (close to zero degrees C or warmer) after a storm is often when avalanches occur. 
  • Snow Pack   
    • Signs of avalanche activity form today or yesterday
    • Whumpf !!!!   This sound is a warning that weak layers are collapsing in the snowpack.
    • Cracks in the snow surface that shoot out from your snowshoes.

If you see any of these signs, avoid avalanche terrainStick to meadows and other flat or gently inclined areas.

Avalanche Rescue Equipment:

If you and your group are going into avalanche terrain, everyone needs the following essential equipment and know how to use it.

  • Avalanche Transceiver
    • Digital devices designed to locate buried victims quickly.
  • Avalanche Probe
    • Once assembled, probes pinpoint a buried victim after the transceiver search.
  • Avalanche Shovel
    • Avalanche debris sets up like cement so you need a strong shovel and good technique.
  • Avalanche Balloon Pack
    • If you are caught in an avalanche, triggering the airbags will help you stay on top of the snow.

Survival Time: The quicker you can rescue an avalanche victim, the better the chances of survival.

Attached cards is from Avalanche Canada/MEC/CP/Teck on  North American Public Avalanche Danger Scale and how avalanche danger is determined by the likelihood, size and distribution of avalanches.

North American Public Avalanche Danger Scale

5 is Extreme

4 is High

3 is Considerable

2 is Moderate

1 is Low

 

 

 

 

 

 

 North American Avalanche Danger Scale is determined by the likelihood of size and distribution of avalanches

 

5 Extreme – Avoid all avalanche terrain.

4 High – Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.

3 Considerable – Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.

2 Moderate – Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully, identify features of concern.

1 Low – Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

Before going into the backcountry check the local avalanche report.

For more information about avalanches and Avalanche Conditions, visit Avalanche Canada.

 

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….see you on the trails …

Jane

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