October 2020 CORE Newsletter

October 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 

CORE is Having a Halloween Bash

JOIN CORE’s HALLOWEEN BASH ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, AT 12 NOON

CORE is hosting an outdoor gathering at Bowness Park on Saturday, October 31 starting at 12 Noon to 4 pm.

The Halloween Bash will be held at Bowness Park, located at 8900 – 48th Ave. NW. We will be gathering at Picnic Site 3 (the PDF map is at bottom of Calgary Parks page) for campfires, picnic and a cookout at noon, followed by a walking circuit through Bowness and Barker Parks, along 85th street bridge (approx 6kms). CORE will supply the wood for the fires. All you need to bring is your own lunch e.g. weiners, sausages, marshmallows, smores and a hot or cold beverage. Plus campfire roasting sticks. We will have a fire for roasting and a BBQ going for other cooking. MASKS are welcome! Get creative and let’s see who can come with the scariest, funniest and most imaginative masks! There will be prizes awarded. Since there is a large shelter available at the site, the event will go, unless we are having torrential rainstorms! For more information email Carol at mailbox@corehike.org . (Large parking lot accessible near the site).

CORE, ACTIVITIES/EVENTS DURING THIS UNPRECENDENTED TIME

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the Alberta government has re-opened the provincial parks and has announced that groups of up to 50 people can gather in the outdoors (while maintaining such practices as social distancing), CORE  re-started the club on June 15th.  CORE executive has put in place guidelines and recommendations for trip coordinators, and COVID-19 guidelines for keeping members safe, when participating in CORE activities/events. CORE executive would like to thank all CORE members that put on hikes, bike rides, urban walk’s for their club members during this unprecedented time.

Fall is now with us, Many more activities are planned for the coming months. Continue to watch your emails and CORE calendar for activities/events. Since restarting the club on June 15th, 2020 CORE has put on many activities/events. Have a look at the Activity Scoreboard below and/or go to CORE photo album .

Members are encouraged to read the Guidelines “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic.”

If the province of Alberta mandates different requirements, the organization may have to make appropriate changes.  If the situation changes a newsletter with the updated information will be sent to the members.

No October Monthly Meeting, Join CORE for a Halloween Bash, Oct 31, for information see above.

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Activities/Events

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar of hikes from September 29, 2020 to October 8, 2020.  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent and past activities.

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September 29 2020 Saddleback Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 2 2020 Cox Hill Summit Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 3 2020 Goats Eye Gondola Station Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 8 2020 Lake Louise Big Beehive Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Unsafe Catwalk leads to closure of a Section of Johnston Canyon Trail

Johnston Canyon Upper Falls

Effective October 2, 2020, the lower viewpoint to the Upper Falls at Johnston Canyon has been closed until further notice. This is due to damage to a section of the canyon-clinging catwalk. Parks Canada stated “a routine engineering inspection discovered that a section of the catwalk located on the trail has structural damage to its footings, making it unsafe. It is not clear what has caused the damage, engineering professionals are assessing the infrastructure.”

The closure affects the trail to the 30-metre high Upper Falls where it intersects with the catwalk that leads to the lower viewpoint of the Upper Falls.

This closure does not prevent people from accessing the upper viewpoint of the Upper Falls, the Ink Pots or the viewpoint at the Lower Falls.

The closure is clearly marked. If you are caught in this area, you could be fined up to $25,000 dollars. Parks Canada has no timeline for reopening this area.

 

Kootenay National Park is 100 Years Old

Marble Canyon Tokumm Creek, Kootenay National Park

Originally called Kootenay Dominion Park, this park was established in 1920 as part of an agreement between the province of British Columbia and the Canadian Federal government. BC was to build a highway, in exchange for title of land, approximately 8 km on either side of the 94 km highway, across the western side of the Rockies. The road was called the Banff-Windermere highway. This land was to be used only for park purposes. There is no towns inside this park.

Kootenay national park is part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site.

Located in this park is Radium Hot springs. A natural occuring mineral springs. September 18, 2020, Radium Hot Springs reopened to visitors. The hot springs had been closed due to construction. The aquacourt is a federally designated heritage building. It was built between 1949 and 1951. Radium Hot Springs pools facility was the first major post Second World War building project in Canada’s western national parks.

 

Female Grizzly Defending cub attacks hiker in Kananaskis Country

Bow Valley Parkway

A man, hiking in the Pasque Mountain, at the southern end of Kananaskis country, in a cut block area, when he was attacked by a female grizzly bear. The man had come into a area where a cub and mother were feeding. The mother bear swatted him and knocked him down, then grabbed the man by the elbow and bit him. He played dead and the bear dropped him and ran off.

Playing dead will work if you are being attacked by a mother grizzly defending her cubs. As you are not a threat anymore, she will leave and go find her cub. She is not attacking because she wants to eat you but to tell you to leave us a alone.

Playing dead is the wrong thing to do if attacked by a predatory bear.

The hiker did have bear spray but was not easily accessible, the bear spray was in his back pack.

When hiking in bear territory, travel in groups, make lots of noise, carry bear spray and have the bear spray easily accessible(within reach), be aware of your surroundings.

Bears at this time of year spend their time in open areas such as meadows and cut blocks. As the food source is plentiful in these areas. In these areas make alot of noise, also scan the area before  proceeding into it for potential wildlife activity.

Bears will have more trouble in hearing you near water. Once again make alot of noise and scan the area before proceeding.

Update to Canada Park Passes

For pass holders with a Discovery Pass valid as of March 2020, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes by 4 months. E.G. A Discovery Pass that would have originally expired March 2020 will now expire July 2020, similar if a Discovery Pass would have expired September 2020 will now expire January 2021. A Discovery Pass expires on the last day of the month. E.G. July 31, 2020. For more information go to Parks Canada website.

Defend Alberta Parks Campaign

Defend Alberta Parks Lawn Sign

CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) and AEN (Alberta Environmental Network) have teamed up to raise awareness of the Alberta Governments plans for provincial parks. This campaign is called Defend Alberta Parks.

The website has information regarding the governments decision to close parks and to contract out parks as well as coal mining in these parks. Parks are vital for Albertans and Canadians. They are asking Albertans to write to their MLA, Minister of Environment and/or request a Lawn Sign stating, “Defend Alberta Parks.” The two organizations are asking for a donation for the lawn signs. For more information go to Defend Alberta Parks, website.

 

Kananaskis Cross Country Ski Trail Grooming Update

CORE members cross country ski trip

February 20, 2020, Albertans were advised by the UPC provincial government, they would no longerbe funding trail maintenance and grooming in three areas in Kananaskis Country: Ribbon Creek, Mt Shark and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

In April 2020, the MLA for Banff/Kananaskis brought together a number of stakeholders in the Kananaskis area to hear their concerns and to discuss possible solutions to the issue. May 7, 2020 MLA Miranda Rosin sent a letter to the Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon providing suggestions for a fee-based approach to winter activities in Kananaskis to help offset some of the costs.

On August 2, 2020, Fortress Mountain Ski Resorts submitted a proposal to the Alberta Government to keep cross country ski trails going in Kananaskis. The proposal is based on a groomed trail user fee program that would have direct users contributing to the grooming services in the three areas.

August 20, 2020, it was brought to Nordiq Alberta’s attention that the complete cancellation of grooming within Kananaskis Country is going forward as planned by the provincial government. This could mean, in the future, more cross-country skiing locations will be at risk of shutting down.

Individual Albertans need to voice their concerns to their local MLA and/or the Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon.

To keep up to date on this issue go to Kananaskis grooming update by Nordiq Alberta.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

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 have 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

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

 

Wind Mountain or Mount Lougheed

 

Mount Lougheed

Mount Lougheed can be seen from the Trans-Canada Highway. this 3150 metre (10,335 ft), 5-peak massif mountain is named for Sir James Alexander Lougheed. He is the only Albertan to be knighted.

Mount Lougheed was originally named Windy Mountain by Eugene Bourgeau of the Palliser Expedition in 1858. In 1903 the federal government surveyors and map makers shortened the name to Wind Mountain.

In 1925 a prominent Calgary lawyer and businessman, Conservative party leader and Senator, Sir James Lougheed passed away. In 1926, with the consent of Lougheed’s wife a mountain near Wind Mountain was named Mount Lougheed. This mountain was within the Rocky Mountains Park, and later renamed to Banff National Park. In 1928, Lougheed’s son Clarence petitioned the Geographic Board of Canada to remove his father’s name from the smaller peak, which he felt did not honour his father. He proposed Wind Mountain to be renamed to Mount Lougheed. The Geographic Board of Canada objected, the change received consent on February 8, 1928, Wind Mountain officially became Mount Lougheed.

The change of Wind Mountain to Mount Lougheed created a problem as the names were used interchangeably on some maps and in official publications for years. In 1972 the Canadian Geographical Names board affirmed the decision made 44 years prior, and the name Wind Mountain no longer was used on maps produced by the federal government. In 1982, Alberta’s Historic Sites Board confirmed this 5-peaked massif would be know as Mount Lougheed and the name Wind Mountain was dropped from official use.

Some historians and local residents wanted the name Wind Mountain to be retained in some form. The Alberta Historic Sites Board was supportive of this ideal and a nearby peak was named Wind Mountain. The decision was made official on January 14, 1985. 

 

 

Have Fun and Stay Safe!!!!

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Executive News

 

CORE is planning a Halloween Event

CORE executive is planning a Halloween Picnic, Cookout and a Urban Walk in Bowness Park on Saturday,  October 31. Stay tuned for more details.

 

 

 

 

  CORE, ACTIVITIES/EVENTS DURING     

                                                THIS UNPRECENDENTED TIME

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the Alberta government has re-opened the provincial parks and has announced that groups of up to 50 people can gather in the outdoors (while maintaining such practices as social distancing), CORE  re-started the club on June 15th.  CORE executive has put in place guidelines and recommendations for trip coordinators, and COVID-19 guidelines for keeping members safe, when participating in CORE activities/events. CORE executive would like to thank all CORE members that put on hikes, bike rides, urban walk’s for their club members during this unprecedented time.

Fall is now with us, Many more activities are planned for the coming months. Continue to watch your emails and CORE calendar for activities/events. Since restarting the club on June 15th, 2020 CORE has put on many activities/events. Have a look at the Activity Scoreboard below and/or go to CORE photo album .

Members are encouraged to read the Guidelines “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic.”

If the province of Alberta mandates different requirements, the organization may have to make appropriate changes.  If the situation changes a newsletter with the updated information will be sent to the members.

No September or October CORE Monthly Member Meeting

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Activities/Events

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar of hikes and bike rides from August 15, 2020 to September 22, 2020.  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent and past activities. Plus a hike from July.

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July 18 2020 Bowmont Ridge Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 15 2020 Inglewood Pearce Estate Wetland Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 25 2020 Cannop Property Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 29 2020 Glenbow Ranch Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 30 2020 Horse Creek Rd Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 5 2020 CORE Coordinator Mentoring Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 9 2020 Okotoks to High River Cycle ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 10 2020 Barrier Lake Fire Lookout Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 12 2020 Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 13 2020 Sheep River Loop Okotoks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 18 2020 Prairie Viewpoint via Quaite Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 20 2020 Rawson Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 22 2020 Taylor Lake Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Update to Canada Park Passes

For pass holders with a Discovery Pass valid as of March 2020, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes by 4 months. E.G. A Discovery Pass that would have originally expired March 2020 will now expire July 2020, similar if a Discovery Pass would have expired September 2020 will now expire January 2021. A Discovery Pass expires on the last day of the month. E.G. July 31, 2020. For more information go to Parks Canada website.

High Rockies, Lower Kananaskis Lake

Alberta Parks Survey for Recreation User Fees

Alberta Parks is looking at the possibility of recreation user fees in provincial parks. There is an online survey aiming to get feedback from Albertans of new or increased fees to support programs, services and facilities.These fees would be for hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, beaches, parking, boat launches, learn-to-camp and building rentals such as a picnic shelter for the day.

The public is being asked for their ideals on an all-inclusive pass covering multiple activities for a day or an all-inclusive pass covering multiple activities for a year. Similar to the National Park fee pass.

Alberta Parks spokesperson stated “We are thinking to the future to ensure sustainability of the provincial parks system. There are already some fees in place. Camping fees, winter access at the Canmore Nordic Centre, Writing on Stone and Dinosaur Provincial Park tours, and some visitor services programs.

The questionnaire on user fees is part of an online survey for campers who book campsites on Alberta Parks website.  You can email your MLA, with your ideals regarding this issue.

Rocky Mountain Outlook has an article regarding Alberta Parks Survey on Park User Fees.

Many of the local news outlets have written articles regarding the Alberta Parks and User Fees.

 

Bow Valley Parkway from a bike, Notice NO Vehicles

Parks Canada and CPAWS want your input on Keeping the Bow Valley Parkway Closed to Vehicle Traffic

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Banff National Park has kept the Bow Valley Parkway (1A) closed to vehicle traffic. As the national park needed to restrict the number of visitors allowed in area. The closure was from the east end junction with Highway 1 to the junction with Highway 93 (Castle Mount Junction) south. This included closure of vehicles to Johnston Canyon area. Parks has only allowed cycling on this roadway all summer.

Banff National Park would like your input regarding to either keep this section of the Bow Valley Parkway closed to all vehicle traffic for cycling only. Or open the road to all vehicle traffic, or some days vehicle traffic only and other days closed for only cycling.

You can email Banff National Parks with your input at pc.banff-vrc@canada.ca.

In the fall of 2020, Parks Canada will resume consultations for the Banff National Park management plan. CPAW’s is part of this consultation. This management plan will guide all management activities in the park for the next 10 years. CPAW’s would like to know what you think of the current Bow Valley Parkway vehicle closure. To take the Bow Valley Parkway survey go to CPAWs.

 

 

Defend Alberta Parks Lawn Sign

Defend Alberta Parks Campaign

CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) and AEN (Alberta Environmental Network) have teamed up to raise awareness of the Alberta Governments plans for provincial parks. This campaign is called Defend Alberta Parks.

The website has information regarding the governments decision to close parks and much parks are vital for Albertans and Canadians. They are asking Albertans to write to their MLA and/or request a Lawn Sign stating, “Defend Alberta Parks.” The two organizations are asking for a donation for the lawn signs. For more information go to Defend Alberta Parks, website.

CORE members cross country ski trip

Kananaskis Cross Country Ski Trail Grooming Update

February 20, 2020, Albertans were advised by the UPC provincial government, they would no longerbe funding trail maintenance and grooming in three areas in Kananaskis Country: Ribbon Creek, Mt Shark and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

In April 2020, the MLA for Banff/Kananaskis brought together a number of stakeholders in the Kananaskis area to hear their concerns and to discuss possible solutions to the issue. May 7, 2020 MLA Miranda Rosin sent a letter to the Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon providing suggestions for a fee-based approach to winter activities in Kananaskis to help offset some of the costs.

On August 2, 2020, Fortress Mountain Ski Resorts submitted a proposal to the Alberta Government to keep cross country ski trails going in Kananaskis. The proposal is based on a groomed trail user fee program that would have direct users contributing to the grooming services in the three areas.

August 20, 2020, it was brought to Nordiq Alberta’s attention that the complete cancellation of grooming within Kananaskis Country is going forward as planned by the provincial government. This could mean, in the future, more cross-country skiing locations will be at risk of shutting down.

Individual Albertans need to voice their concerns to their local MLA and/or the Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon.

To keep up to date on this issue go to Kananaskis grooming update by Nordiq Alberta.

 

CPAWS

CPAWS gets access to Alberta Government Documents on the closing and de-regulating Provincial Parks

CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) requested an access-to-information for correspondence, briefing notes and emails between the Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon and senior civil servants in his department. These documents covered from January to March of this year.

Nixon announced in March the provincial government plans to fully or partial close 20 provincial parks and give another 164 parks to third party managers. Parks for which no managers can be found are to lose park status and revert to general crown land.

Top advisors to Alberta’s environment minister about the government’s plans to shrink the province’s park system, had made recommendations that Nixon did not follow.

Briefing notes showed:

  • As of Dec 2019, park selloffs were at least considered. Possibilities for small use areas included as lease/sell to a third party.
  • Remove facilities and revert to vacant public land or sale in the white zone.
    • White zone refers to the province’s agriculture area.
    • 1 unprotected patch of native grassland in southern Alberta was sold for potato farming.
  • Minister has stated the parks decision was made to save money
    • But notes, marked, confidential advice to minister, suggest achieving that is unlikely.

Alberta Parks Minister of Environment:

  • Has never stated how much closing/selling the parks would save.
  • Nixon ignored advice to consult the public.
    • High level dept officials in Dec 2019 recommended there be 2 sets of consultations – a broad high-level consultation/engagement followed by a second phase for specific parks.
    • A later update advising cabinet states recommended option not to have consultations. No explanation given.
    • Duty to consult with Indigenous people is referred as a very live question.
      • Nixon stated no consultation was necessary as the party’s intentions were in its 2019 election platform. There is one sentence on park policy in the election platform.

For more information on above go to CPAWS website.

Albertan’s need to write to their MLA’s and/or directly to Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks and voice their concerns on the closing/selling of parks.

David Thompson Rocky Mt House

Alberta Government announces $1 million for trails and recreation improvements, Majority of funding goes to Motorized Trails

Alberta government announced that $1 million for trails and recreation improvements in David Thompson Country. Alberta Hiking Association has found out that three quarters of this funding will be directed to motorized users.

AHA is a member of the Bighorn Backcountry Standing Community, a group of recreational users that provide advice to the Gov’t of Alberta on management of the Bighorn Backcountry. This committee was not consulted on what the priorities  for trail investment should be.

AHA is grateful for the improvements to hiking trails at Fish Lake PRA and to improve or remove damage in random camping areas. AHA is concerned that provincial recreation areas and amenities for hikers, including campsites, outhouses, garbage receptacles are still to be delisted or closed for cost constraints. While new investments are made in motorized trails.

Hiking is the largest single recreational use of parks and lands in Alberta. AHA will continue to reach out to the Alberta Gov’t to consider their users in land decision making and funding priorities for parks and public lands in Alberta.

MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) sold to US investors

MEC has obtained court protection from its creditors and agreed to be sold to a private US investment firm Kingswood Capital Management LP. This would end MEC’s 49 years as a cooperative. MEC operates 22 stores across Canada, prior to COVID-19 pandemic was having financial difficulties. The COVID pandemic made their financial problems worse. California based Kingswood has created a B.C. affiliate to run the business’s in Canada and appointed a new chief executive officer. Kingswood has plans to retain a minimum of 17 of the 22 stores. For more information go to global/cbc/ctv news websites.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

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 have 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 G.M. Trevelyan

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

 

 

New Coordinators Mentored Hike

Carol and Mike put on a mentored hike for new trip coordinators on September 5. This event took place at Nose Hill Park. At the meetup, Carol and Mike gave us a handout, on how to prepare for the hike, what needs to be done prior to starting the hike, what to watch for along the hike. 

Before you put on a hike or other event, there is some questions you need to ask yourself.

  • When should you put on this hike/event?
    • match your hike/event to the season
  • Where ?
    • are you familiar with the trail. If not, try to find another coordinator that is familiar with the trail and see if that person would co-coordinate with you.
    • Or do some research on the hike/event. On CORE website there is a database of hikes and links to the internet or guidebooks.
  • How far to go?
    • This is base on what distances you are comfortable in doing. And if you prefer easy, moderate or difficult hikes.
  • Rating the Difficulty of a Trail?
    • On CORE’s website go to the guides tab.
      • In the drop-down list you will find difficulty ratings.
      • CORE would like coordinators to use the rating system that is on the website.
  • Checking the Weather?
    • On CORE’s website under the resources tab, you will find a section called weather, road and trail conditions.
    • Or use the internet to check the weather.

You need to break the hike into sections – by distances, elevation, time to travel that section, terrain type, difficulty of that section.  

Now you have planned out the hike and posted the hike on CORE calendar.  Remember you need 4 members to have an official CORE hike.

You need to break the hike into sections – by distances, elevation, time to travel that section, terrain type, difficulty of that section. As you will need this information in case something goes wrong.

At every Junction you should check for:

  • Weather  – should you continue or not
  • Timing – Check the elapsed time at the start of each section – are you behind your planned breakdown, is there enough daylight to finish?
  • People – the group will mover at the speed of the slowest person, identify this early and adjust as necessary. As another member may start hiking more slowly.

In your plan did you have an escape route built in, if something goes wrong?  This could be going back along the same route.

At the trail head make introductions. Advise members , to wait for the group at junctions or sections as per your pre-planned hike and when there will be breaks (water, lunch).

Carol and Mike have put together a document to give pointers to new coordinators and a refresher for other coordinators. This document(Pointers for New Coordinators) has alot of information and has an actual breakdown of a hike. Document can be found on the CORE website under the tab guides.

 

Have Fun and Stay Safe!!!!

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Newsletter Supplement “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID- 19 Guidelines

Newsletter Supplement

“Hiking with CORE

in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic”

A Reminder of CORE’s COVID – 19 Guidelines

 

CORE has be putting on hikes, bike trips, urban walks, since June 15, 2020, and will continue to do so, during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the Alberta government mandates different requirements, the organization may have to make appropriate changes. If the situation changes a newsletter with the updated information will be sent to members.

CORE Executive has created guidelines for our members to follow, during this uncertain time for the safety of our members.

 

CORE’s COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Members Safe on Events

 

  • Do not sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Avoid non-family carpooling. Meet at trailheads or a designated place for convoying.

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.

  • Bring a mask for emergency use.

  • Bring your own supply of wipes/hand sanitizer/gloves/toilet paper, as necessary and your first aid kit – no sharing.

  • Do Not share food or water.

  • Washrooms may not always be available, be prepared.

  • Bring enough food, water, proper clothing/shoes, equipment and bear spray.

    • There will be no stopping at places on the way out or on the way back.

  • Be aware of the risks in participating and agree to accept the risks.

  • Remember to provide a cell phone number and emergency contact number to the coordinator when signing up.

  • No Trip Reports will be signed by members for the time being, but coordinators are still required to submit a Trip Report.

Not Maintaining Physical Distancing

NOTE:

Events maybe changed or cancelled at short notice due to changes in government guidelines. The requirements above may change accordingly with updated government recommendations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have Fun and Stay Safe

 

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August 2020 CORE Newsletter

August 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 CORE, ACTIVITIES/EVENTS DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and phase in restart. During this shutdown, the club adhered to government guidelines, and cancelled all activities and meetings. Since the Alberta government has re-opened the provincial parks and has announced that groups of up to 50 people can gather in the outdoors (while maintaining such practices as social distancing), CORE  re-started the club on June 15th.  CORE executive has put in place guidelines and recommendations for trip coordinators, and COVID-19 guidelines for keeping members safe, when participating in CORE activities/events. CORE executive would like to thank all CORE members that put on hikes, bike rides, urban walk’s for their club members during this unprecedented time.

Summer is winding down, But CORE ACTIVITY/EVENTS ARE NOT. Since restarting the club on June 15th, 2020 CORE has put on many activities/events. Have a look at the Activity Scoreboard below and/or go to CORE photo album . Many more activities/events are planned, for the coming months. Please see the message from CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator (below) for more information and visit the CORE calendar.

Members are encouraged to read the Guidelines “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic.”

If the province of Alberta mandates different requirements, the organization may have to make appropriate changes.  If the situation changes a newsletter with the updated information will be sent to the members.

Message from CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator

Wildflowers, snow-free trails, and nature blossoming in all its splendour! Time to enjoy the outdoors! CORE’s phased-in relaunch of its outdoor activities began on June 15.

Looking for ideas for trips and events this summer/fall to post on CORE’s calendar? Why not consider the following suggestions (some more conventional than others): hikes, scrambles, biking adventures, urban walks, outdoor photography outings, wildflower explorations, wildlife spotting, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking on the reservoir, touring your own neighbourhood, outdoor scavenger hunts, star gazing and moonlight walks. (Told you that some would be unconventional! LOL).

Please contact CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator, Carol, if you are interested in being “mentored” this summer and fall. With the help of an experienced coordinator, you could learn: how to post an event on the CORE Calendar and send it out by email; how to fill in a Trip Report; and how to safely run a trip or event. As a first step, Carol can email you some useful information on coordinating. Contact info: mailbox@corehike.org

CORE is Planning an October Monthly Member Meeting!

 

CORE executive is currently planning an October monthly member  meeting. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7 pm.  CORE executive is currently determining the best method to deliver October’s monthly meeting. It will be held either in a hall or by zoom (online).  The meeting will consist of updates from the executive, and a presentation. Stay tune for more information. 

 

 

In Honour of the Memory of Terry McCabe

Stanley Mitchell Hut 2009

In Honour of the Memory of Terry McCabe, a former, long-time CORE member who passed away in August.

Terry was a member from 2001 to roughly 2014 or 15. During that time, he was an enthusiastic hiker and adventurer with the club, and wasn’t afraid to organize weekend events such as the Stanley Mitchell Hut and Elk Lakes Hut, as well as group camp gatherings in Kananaskis and weekends in Waterton. He liked to tease and had a wicked sense of humour. He was often sentimental when it came to past adventures and events with the club. He liked to reminisce about misadventures and funny things that happened on outings, and to make other members laugh at their own antics.

 

In the photo, taken at the Stanley Mitchell Hut, Terry is fourth from the end on the right side of table (blue shirt).

 

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Activities/Events

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar of hikes and bike rides from July 24 to August 23, 2020.  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent and past activities.

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July 24 2020 Prairie Creek Link Powderface Creek Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 1 2020 Allstones Lake Hike Rocky Mtn House Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 1 2020 Coliseum Mtn Hike Rocky Mtn House Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 1 2020 Crimson Lake Hike Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2 2020 Relaxing Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2 2020 Siffeur Falls Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2 2020 Vision Quest Ridge Hike Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 10 2020 Banff to Johnston Canyon Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 17 2020 Kings Creek Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 19 2020 RKP Calgary to Chestermere Bike ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 21 2020 Fullerton Loop Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 23 2020 Cascade Waterfalls and 40 Mile Creek hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 23 2020 Fish Creek Park Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Update to Canada Park Passes

For pass holders with a Discovery Pass valid as of March 2020, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes by 4 months. E.G. A Discovery Pass that would have originally expired March 2020 will now expire July 2020, similar if a Discovery Pass would have expired September 2020 will now expire January 2021. A Discovery Pass expires on the last day of the month. E.G. July 31, 2020. For more information go to Parks Canada website.

Bus Shuttles suspended to Lake O’Hara, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park

Parks Canada shuttle services to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Lake O’Hara have been suspended for the 2020 season. Parks Canada cited physical distancing regulations for cancelling the shuttles.

Parks is reminding hikers it is 11 km and 450 metre elevation gain from parking lot to Lake O’Hara along the access road. You must be able to return on your own. Parks Canada has limited resources for rescuing hikers.

Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for your cooperation to choose outdoor activities that are low risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. As any emergency assistance during this time period puts additional strain on the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which then can impact resources to support search and rescue.

 Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

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 have 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 Hill Walk Tours

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

 

 

 “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic”

CORE’s COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Members Safe on Events

 

  • Do NOT sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms
  • Avoid Non-Family carpooling. Meet at trailheads or a designated place for convoying.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. 2 metres/6 feet
  • Bring a mask for emergency use.
  • Bring your own supply of wipes/hand sanitizer/gloves/toilet paper, as necessary and your first aid kit – No sharing.
  • Do Not share food or drinks.
  • Washrooms may not always be available, be prepared.
  • Bring enough food, water, proper clothing/shoes, equipment and bear spray. No stopping prior to trailhead, or heading back.
  • Be aware of risks in participating and agree to accept these risks.
  • Remember to provide a cell phone number and emergency contact number to the coordinator when signing up.
  • No Trip Reports will be signed by members for the time being but coordinators are still required to submit a Trip Report.

NOTE: Events may be changed or cancelled at short notice due to changes in government guidelines. The requirements above may change accordingly with updated government regulations.

 

 

        Take Care, Be Safe And Have Fun!!!!

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July 2020 CORE Newsletter

July 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 

 CORE HAS RE-STARTED CLUB ACTIVITIES/EVENTS

Thank you for your patience over the past two months, while the club adhered to government guidelines, and cancelled all activities and meetings. Now that the Alberta government has re-opened the provincial parks and has announced that groups of up to 50 people can gather in the outdoors (while maintaining such practices as social distancing), CORE can slowly begin to re-start the club. CORE executive has worked on guidelines and recommendations for trip coordinators, for the June 15th, phased-in-start-up of events.

Since June 15th, CORE has put on many activities/events. Have a look at the Activity Scoreboard below. Many more activities/events are planned, for the coming months.

Members are encouraged to read the Guidelines “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic.”

With the June 15th phase in date, to restart the club activities,  if there are any complications, or the province of Alberta mandates different requirements, the organization may have to make appropriate changes.  If the situation changes a newsletter with the updated information will be sent to the members..

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2020/2021 membership year is now Open.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE could not start the 2020/2021 membership renewal until May 26, 2020.  All current memberships which normally expires at the end of May is now extended to the end of June 2020, with the existing Event Calendar password remaining the same. The 2020/2021 membership applications are now open, for members and new members to join. You can signup by the “Join Now” page on the CORE website at https://corehike. org/

Message from CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator

Wildflowers, snow-free trails, and nature blossoming in all its splendour! Time to enjoy the outdoors! CORE’s phased-in relaunch of its outdoor activities begins June 15.

Looking for ideas for trips and events this summer to post on CORE’s calendar? Why not consider the following suggestions (some more conventional than others): hikes, scrambles, biking adventures, urban walks, outdoor photography outings, wildflower explorations, wildlife spotting, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking on the reservoir, touring your own neighbourhood, outdoor scavenger hunts, star gazing and moonlight walks. (Told you that some would be unconventional! LOL).

Please contact CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator, Carol, if you are interested in being “mentored” this summer and fall. With the help of an experienced coordinator, you could learn: how to post an event on the CORE Calendar and send it out by email; how to fill in a Trip Report; and how to safely run a trip or event. As a first step, Carol can email you some useful information on coordinating. Contact info: mailbox@corehike.org

A Coordinators’ mentoring hike, led by Mike, was supposed to have occurred in April. This hike is on-hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Another mentoring hike for urban hikes was also being considered. Stay tuned for future news on this topic, and a potential trip planning meeting, which may have to be done virtually.

Reminder, No July and August 2020 Monthly Member Meeting

In 2019 CORE Executive put forth a motion to CORE membership, starting in 2019 there will be no monthly membership meetings for July and August. This motion was passed by the CORE membership.

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Activities/Events

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar of hikes and bike rides from June 19 to July 19, 2020.  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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June 19 2020 Wildwood Westgate Area Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 22 2020 Barrier Lake Forestry Trail/Lusk Creek Loop Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 25 2020 Canmore/Banff Legacy Trail Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 1 2020 Ralph Klein Park/Rotary Mattamy SE Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 1 2020 Riverside Loop Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 9 2020 Cox Hill Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 10 2020 Foran Grade Sheep River Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 11 2020 Nose Hill Park Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 19 2020 Dyson Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Remember It is Tick Season:

Male and Female Tick

Tick season is here. Tuck your pant legs into your socks and check yourself and your pet for ticks after leaving a grassy or wooded area where ticks may live. Wear light coloured clothing and cover up as much skin as possible. E.G. wear a hat, long-sleeve shirt, pants.

If you notice a round red rash that spreads at the site of  a bite. Have flu-like symptoms(tiredness, headaches, sore muscles and joints, fever) you should seek medical attention.

For more information go to my article on Ticks in the April 2019 newsletter.

 

 

Parks Canada to Open Some National Parks, Historic Sites Across Canada

Effective June 1, 2020 Parks Canada will begin to offer limited access and services. While Maintaining physical distancing measures. Openings will differ across Canada. Information will be updated regular on Parks Canada website.  Until then closure is still in effect. Your annual pass will be credited for the number of months the national parks have been closed. The two week park closure in March counts as a full month.

Bus Shuttles suspended to Lake O’Hara, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park

Shuttle services to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Lake O’Hara have been suspended for the 2020 season. Parks Canada cited physical distancing regulations for cancelling the shuttles.

The shuttle service to Lake O’Hara requires a reservation and all existing bookings will be refunded in full including reservation fee. As the shuttle is cancelled campers can still access campgrounds and surrounding trails on foot. Biking is not permitted on the access road. Any camper wanting to cancel their Lake O’Hara campground reservation will be refunded with no cancellation fees.

Parks is reminding hikers it is 11 km and 450 metre elevation gain from parking lot to Lake O’Hara along the access road. You must be able to return on your own. Parks Canada has limited resources for rescuing hikers.

Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for your cooperation to choose outdoor activities that are low risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. As any emergency assistance during this time period puts additional strain on the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which then can impact resources to support search and rescue.

 

Nakoda – Banff’s White Grizzly Bear and Sibling

Parks Canada has put in a NO Stopping Zone to protect the White Grizzly – As of July 22 2020 this restriction is still in effect

Nakoda, the rare white Grizzly Bear that has been spotted in Banff National Park, has created a traffic jam on Hwy #1, as visitors want to get a photo of this white grizzly bear. National Parks effective June 19, 2020 has put in a 10 km NO stopping zone in place between Sherbrook Creek, near the Alberta/BC border and Field, BC. This restriction is to keep all bears and visitors safe. The no stopping zone will remain in effect until the bears move away as food sources in the upper elevations become more plentiful.

The Spiral Tunnels day use area and parking lot remain open. Anyone who violates this order will be subject to a fine, from $115 ticket to a mandatory court appearance and maximum fine of $25,000.

Guidelines to how the Alberta government plans to sale Provincial Parks

Alberta Environment and Parks were to release the guidelines on How the parks “partnership” would work, on May 4, 2020. Due to COVID-19 pandemic this announcement has been delayed. If these parks get delisted, they lose their protection under the Parks legislation and represent the potential loss of public campsites and land across the province.

Alberta Government opens 17 of the 20 Parks that were slated for closure the beginning of this Summer

According to Alberta Parks COVID-19 response page the 17 parks that were slated for closure will be temporarily operating this camping season (2020).

Per CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society), this is an important step that shows that the voices of Albertans, saying how much they value Alberta Parks has changed the minds of the provincial government. These sites need to be available to Albertans not just this summer but also in the future. Parks are important for people’s health and well-being and for supporting local economies, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic. CPAWS is urging the government to reverse these changes permanently.

CPAWS stated  “That they have never had so many people reach out about a single issue. Albertans have shown that parks are vital to quality of life and wellbeing. All Albertans must continue to voice their concern over these changes, so the parks remain open beyond the summer of 2020 and the other 164 parks are not privatized and remain protected and public”.

Parks that will not be opening are the popular Barrier Lake Visitor Centre, Elbow Valley Visitor Centre and Dinosaur Provincial Park – Comfort Camping sites remain closed. The visitor centres provided important trail safety information to those setting off into the mountains, an introduction to responsible use of our provincial parks for tourists and important wildlife safety tips. Albertans need to help to get these centres back.

 Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

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 have 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 Henry David Thoreau

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

 

 

 

 

 “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic”

CORE’s COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Members Safe on Events

 

  • Do NOT sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms
  • Avoid Non-Family carpooling. Meet at trailheads or a designated place for convoying.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. 2 metres/6 feet
  • Bring a mask for emergency use.
  • Bring your own supply of wipes/hand sanitizer/gloves/toilet paper, as necessary and your first aid kit – No sharing.
  • Do Not share food or drinks.
  • Washrooms may not always be available, be prepared.
  • Bring enough food, water, proper clothing/shoes, equipment and bear spray. No stopping prior to trailhead, or heading back.
  • Be aware of risks in participating and agree to accept these risks.
  • Remember to provide a cell phone number and emergency contact number to the coordinator when signing up.
  • No Trip Reports will be signed by members for the time being but coordinators are still required to submit a Trip Report.

NOTE: Events may be changed or cancelled at short notice due to changes in government guidelines. The requirements above may change accordingly with updated government regulations.

 

 

        Take Care, Be Safe And Have Fun!!!!  

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June 2020 CORE Newsletter

June 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 

 CORE TO RE-START CLUB ACTIVITIES/EVENTS JUNE 15th

Thank you for your patience over the past two months, while the club adhered to government guidelines, and cancelled all activities and meetings. Now that the Alberta government has re-opened the provincial parks and has announced that groups of up to 50 people can gather in the outdoors (while maintaining such practices as social distancing), CORE can slowly begin to re-start the club. CORE executive has worked on guidelines and recommendations for trip coordinators, for the June 15th, phased-in-start-up of events.

Members are encouraged to read the Guidelines Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic.”

With the June 15th phase in date, to restart the club activities,  if there are any complications, or the province of Alberta mandates different requirements, the organization may have to make appropriate changes.  If the situation changes a newsletter with the updated information will be sent to the members..

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2020/2021 membership year is now Open.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE could not start the 2020/2021 membership renewal until May 26, 2020.  All current memberships which normally expires at the end of May is now extended to the end of June 2020, with the existing Event Calendar password remaining the same. The 2020/2021 membership applications are now open, for members and new members to join. You can signup by the “Join Now” page on the CORE website at https://corehike. org/

Message from CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator

Wildflowers, snow-free trails, and nature blossoming in all its splendour! Time to enjoy the outdoors! CORE’s phased-in relaunch of its outdoor activities begins June 15.

Looking for ideas for trips and events this summer to post on CORE’s calendar? Why not consider the following suggestions (some more conventional than others): hikes, scrambles, biking adventures, urban walks, outdoor photography outings, wildflower explorations, wildlife spotting, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking on the reservoir, touring your own neighbourhood, outdoor scavenger hunts, star gazing and moonlight walks. (Told you that some would be unconventional! LOL).

Please contact CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator, Carol, if you are interested in being “mentored” this summer and fall. With the help of an experienced coordinator, you could learn: how to post an event on the CORE Calendar and send it out by email; how to fill in a Trip Report; and how to safely run a trip or event. As a first step, Carol can email you some useful information on coordinating. Contact info: mailbox@corehike.org

A Coordinators’ mentoring hike, led by Mike, was supposed to have occurred in April. This hike is on-hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Another mentoring hike for urban hikes was also being considered. Stay tuned for future news on this topic, and a potential trip planning meeting, which may have to be done virtually.

CORE AGM May 26, 2020

CORE’s May 2020 AGM was held virtually. Approximately 25 members attended the AGM via Zoom.

June 2020 Monthly Member Meeting Cancelled due to COVID-19

CORE’s June 2020 monthly member meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. CORE cannot hold gatherings larger than 15 and must maintain physical distancing at all times.

Reminder, No July and August 2020 Monthly Member Meeting

In 2019 CORE Executive put forth a motion to CORE membership, starting in 2019 there will be no monthly membership meetings for July and August. This motion was passed by the CORE membership.

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Current Event and Prior Hikes to March 1, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for prior hikes to March 1, 2020.   WE WILL BE BACK, YOU JUST WAIT!!!!  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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Wildwood Westgate Bike Ride June 19 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Noon and Sheep River Trail June 29, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friendship Trail, Turner Valley Black Diamond May 11, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hailstone Butte August 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Wind Pass August 18, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Remember It is Tick Season:

Male and Female Tick

Tick season is here. Tuck your pant legs into your socks and check yourself and your pet for ticks after leaving a grassy or wooded area where ticks may live. Wear light coloured clothing and cover up as much skin as possible. E.G. wear a hat, long-sleeve shirt, pants.

If you notice a round red rash that spreads at the site of  a bite. Have flu-like symptoms(tiredness, headaches, sore muscles and joints, fever) you should seek medical attention.

For more information go to my article on Ticks in the April 2019 newsletter.

 

 

Parks Canada to Open Some National Parks, Historic Sites Across Canada

Effective June 1, 2020 Parks Canada will begin to offer limited access and services. While Maintaining physical distancing measures. Openings will differ across Canada. Information will be updated regular on Parks Canada website.  Until then closure is still in effect. Your annual pass will be credited for the number of months the national parks have been closed. The two week park closure in March counts as a full month.

Bus Shuttles suspended to Lake O’Hara, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park

Shuttle services to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Lake O’Hara have been suspended for the 2020 season. Parks Canada cited physical distancing regulations for cancelling the shuttles.

The shuttle service to Lake O’Hara requires a reservation and all existing bookings will be refunded in full including reservation fee. As the shuttle is cancelled campers can still access campgrounds and surrounding trails on foot. Biking is not permitted on the access road. Any camper wanting to cancel their Lake O’Hara campground reservation will be refunded with no cancellation fees.

Parks is reminding hikers it is 11 km and 450 metre elevation gain from parking lot to Lake O’Hara along the access road. You must be able to return on your own. Parks Canada has limited resources for rescuing hikers.

Banff Avenue closed to Vehicle Traffic

From Banff Ave turn right or left onto Wolf Street

There is a way around. I have attached an email from Banff Parks regarding the closure.

Please note vehicle access restrictions on Banff Avenue are for the 100 and 200 blocks only.  Access around the closure is accessible on Beaver street or Lynx Street to Buffalo Street and across the bridge.

From Banff Ave, turn either right or left onto Wolf Street.

If you turned right onto Wolf Street continue to Lynx Street and turn left. Lynx Street hooks into Bear Street continue until it intersects with Buffalo Street. Turn Left onto Buffalo Street then back at Banff Ave turn right towards Sulphur Mtn, etc…

If you turned left onto Wolf Street continue to Beaver Street then turn right. Continue along Beaver Street until it intersects with Buffalo Street. Turn Right onto Buffalo Street then back at Banff Ave turn left towards Sulphur Mtn, etc…

Remember at Buffalo Street and Banff Avenue you have a Scramble Intersection. Drivers cannot turn on a red on any corner. In other words only if you have a green light can you make a right or left turn. This is not only for vehicles but includes bicycles.

 Both Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for their cooperation to choose outdoor activities that are low risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. As any emergency assistance during this time period puts additional strain on the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which then can impact resources to support search and rescue.

White Grizzly Bear – Banff

Banff’s White Grizzly Bear has been named

The newly discovered White Grizzly Bear near Banff has been named Nakoda.

Nakoda means “Friend” or “Ally” in the native language of three Indigenous tribes in the area (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley).

Parks Canada stated the bear was first spotted in 2018 but made headlines at the end of April 2020 after a social media video was sent to news outlets.

Parks Canada stated “Nakoda is a three-year old cub and has a brown sibling. The two siblings wander between Banff and Yoho National Parks. Nakoda’s white colour is believed to be caused by a natural colour phase variation, which has never been seen in the Rocky Mountains before.” Seth Cherry a wildlife ecologist with Parks Canada stated that a white grizzly is rare. Most grizzly bears are known to vary in colour from very dark to almost black. Your more typical colours are brown or blonde, occasionally you may see really light bears that almost look white.

Parks Canada stated “This is a special bear, it that it is quite unique in being almost white colour.”

Nakoda – Banff’s White Grizzly Bear and Sibling

Parks Canada has put in a NO Stopping Zone to protect the White Grizzly

Nakoda, the rare white Grizzly Bear that has been spotted in Banff National Park, has created a traffic jam on Hwy #1, as visitors want to get a photo of this white grizzly bear. National Parks effective June 19, 2020 has put in a 10 km NO stopping zone in place between Sherbrook Creek, near the Alberta/BC border and Field, BC. This restriction is to keep all bears and visitors safe. The no stopping zone will remain in effect until the bears move away as food sources in the upper elevations become more plentiful.

The Spiral Tunnels day use area and parking lot remain open. Anyone who violates this order will be subject to a fine, from $115 ticket to a mandatory court appearance and maximum fine of $25,000.

Guidelines to how the Alberta government plans to sale Provincial Parks

Alberta Environment and Parks were to release the guidelines on How the parks “partnership” would work, on May 4, 2020. Due to COVID-19 pandemic this announcement has been delayed.

 Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

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 have 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

 

Quote by Gary Snyder

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

Are you Prepared

As CORE re-opens on June 15, 2020 now is a good time to go thru your backpack and see if you have the essentials you need for your hike.

1. Do you have the right equipment for the hike. 

  Hiking boots and poles, gators, micro spikes, enough warm layers, including gloves and toque, extra socks, dry outer wear (rain gear).

2. Do I have enough gear for my hike to get back to the vehicle:

  First aid kit for myself, flashlight or headlamp, knife, waterproof matches or flint for fire, a thermal blanket, loud whistle for signaling, and BEAR SPRAY.

3. Bring more than enough water and food.

4. Do I have CORE’s identification card with me.

  • Emergency contact information, allergies, medication to be taken in case of a medical emergency.
  • Pin the identification card to your back pack. Or advise someone on the hike, where your card is.

5. Have you set up a contact person in case you are not back by a certain time, they can start a search for you.

  • The contact person needs information on the hiking trail location, time you should be back home.

6. Protect yourself from the sun. Bring sunscreen and a brimmed hat to protect you from getting a sunburn or heat exhaustion.

  • Under CORE, COVID-19 guidelines, you need to bring your own sunscreen and apply it yourself.

7. Protect yourself from mosquito’s and ticks.

  • Apply repeallant to ward off mosquito’s and ticks.
  • Wear clothing that is light in colour, long sleeve shirt and tuck your pant cuffs into your boots.

And Each event or activity may require different equipment. Happy Hiking!!!

 

 “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic”

CORE’s COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Members Safe on Events

 

  • Do NOT sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms
  • Avoid Non-Family carpooling. Meet at trailheads or a designated place for convoying.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. 2 metres/6 feet
  • Bring a mask for emergency use.
  • Bring your own supply of wipes/hand sanitizer/gloves/toilet paper, as necessary and your first aid kit – No sharing.
  • Do Not share food or drinks.
  • Washrooms may not always be available, be prepared.
  • Bring enough food, water, proper clothing/shoes, equipment and bear spray. No stopping prior to trailhead, or heading back.
  • Be aware of risks in participating and agree to accept these risks.
  • Remember to provide a cell phone number and emergency contact number to the coordinator when signing up.
  • No Trip Reports will be signed by members for the time being but coordinators are still required to submit a Trip Report.

NOTE: Events may be changed or cancelled at short notice due to changes in government guidelines. The requirements above may change accordingly with updated government regulations.

 

 

        Take Care, Be Safe And Have Fun!!!!  

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Newsletter Supplement “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic”

Newsletter Supplement

“Hiking with CORE

in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic”

CORE to restart activities, June 15, 2020

 

CORE will be resuming hikes, bike trips, urban walks, with more to follow.

CORE Executive has created guidelines for our members to follow, during this uncertain time for the safety of our members.

 

CORE’s COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Members Safe on Events

 

  • Do not sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Avoid non-family carpooling. Meet at trailheads or a designated place for convoying.

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.

  • Bring a mask for emergency use.

  • Bring your own supply of wipes/hand sanitizer/gloves/toilet paper, as necessary and your first aid kit – no sharing.

  • Do Not share food or water.

  • Washrooms may not always be available, be prepared.

  • Bring enough food, water, proper clothing/shoes, equipment and bear spray.

    • There will be no stopping at places on the way out or on the way back.

  • Be aware of the risks in participating and agree to accept the risks.

  • Remember to provide a cell phone number and emergency contact number to the coordinator when signing up.

  • No Trip Reports will be signed by members for the time being, but coordinators are still required to submit a Trip Report.

Not Maintaining Physical Distancing

NOTE:

Events maybe changed or cancelled at short notice due to changes in government guidelines. The requirements above may change accordingly with updated government recommendations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have Fun and Stay Safe

 

 

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May 2020 CORE Newsletter

May 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

CORE AGM May 2020

CORE’s May 2020 AGM will be held virtually. The meeting will be at 7 pm on May 26, 2020 thru Zoom. 

An email will be sent to all members, that stated on the election survey, they would attend the virtual meeting. The information required for you to join   this virtual meeting will be emailed to you, prior to May 26, 2020. If you did not elect to be at this meeting on the election survey, and now would like to join please email the executive at mailbox@corehike.org .See you there!!!

The AGM agenda will consist of, approval of the 2019 AGM minutes, chair and executive member reports, election results of the 2020/2021 CORE executive, Trip Coordinator Appreciation, and other CORE business.

 CORE TO RE-START THE CLUB

Thank you for your patience over the past two months, while the club adhered to government guidelines, and cancelled all activities and meetings. Now that the Alberta government has re-opened the provincial parks and has announced that groups of up to 50 people can gather in the outdoors (while maintaining such practices as social distancing), CORE can slowly begin to re-start the club.

The newly elected CORE executive is currently creating procedures and guidelines for its members and coordinators on how, as a group, we need to proceed on future CORE hikes/events. The executive is working towards June 15, for a phased-in start-up of events. With this target in mind, if there are any complications, or the province of Alberta mandates different requirements, the organization may have to push this date out further. This situation is in a constant fluid motion, due to the pandemic.

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2020/2021 membership year will start after the AGM (May 26, 2020)

CORE’s 2020/2021 membership renewal will be open for members and new members after the AGM on May 26, 2020.

Coordinator’s Meeting for 2020 Summer Event Planning Meeting

This meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus, until further notice.

Valley Ridge Community Parking Lot

CORE uses the Valley Ridge Community parking lot for car pooling. CORE has been asked by the community association, when we leave our vehicles at this parking lot, to park near the east end of the lot. By the entrance to the parking lot. This is to increase safety for the “in and out” skaters accessing their gate near the west end of the lot.  The two outdoor arena’s, above this community parking lot, creates heavy vehicle and foot traffic.

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Prior Hikes to March 1, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for prior hikes to March 1, 2020.   WE WILL BE BACK, YOU JUST WAIT!!!!  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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September 2019 Commonwealth Lake Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 2019 Pocaterra Ridge Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 2019 Sundance Canyon Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 2018 Weaselhead Park Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2018 Dyson Falls Sheep Creek PP Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Remember It is Tick Season:

Male and Female Tick

Tick season is here. Tuck your pant legs into your socks and check yourself and your pet for ticks after leaving a grassy or wooded area where ticks may live. Wear light coloured clothing and cover up as much skin as possible. E.G. wear a hat, long-sleeve shirt, pants.

If you notice a round red rash that spreads at the site of  a bite. Have flu-like symptoms(tiredness, headaches, sore muscles and joints, fever) you should seek medical attention.

For more information go to my article on Ticks in the April 2019 newsletter.

 

 

More Wildlife is seen by Park Rangers

Due to the shutdown of the National and Provincial parks, no visitors or traffic are allowed in the parks. More Wildlife has been seen by the park rangers. They have spotted an elk herd of 40 to 50, grazing and traveling down the Bow Valley River near Banff.  As well, more bear sights.

Remember to Carry Your Bear Spray

 

 

 

 

Parks Canada to Open Some National Parks, Historic Sites Across Canada

Effective June 1, 2020 Parks Canada will begin to offer limited access and services. While Maintaining physical distancing measures. Openings will differ across Canada. Information will be updated regular on Parks Canada website.  Until then closure is still in effect. Your annual pass will be credited for the number of months the national parks have been closed. The two week park closure in March counts as a full month.

Effective March 24, 2020 until further notice, all national parks and historic sites are off limits to all vehicle traffic, unless you live there. This includes all parking lots and any parking on the highway or roadway through the national parks. You can travel on Highway #1, but you cannot stop anywhere along this highway in the parks. RCMP and Canada Parks wardens will be patrolling, and if they see a vehicle pulled over, they can give you a ticket or impound your vehicle. And all day use facilities and campsites remain closed.

Alberta Government is opening up Provincial Parks to the Public

Effective May 1, 2020 Alberta is opening up provincial park accessibility.

Vehicle, bicycle and walk in access to the parks has been lifted. Remember this phase in of opening up the provincial parks is in a  fluid state of change. Albert Health Services and Alberta Environment and Parks will be monitoring this phase in. If people are not following Public Health Guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic this privilege will be taken away again.

 

You Must Still Follow Public Health Guidelines:

  • Stay home if you are sick – Don’t visit the parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. You must self isolate for 10 days if you have symptoms or 14 days if you were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case or returned from international travel
  • Only visit parks near your home. No long road trips or non essential travel.
  • If you do drive a long distance, do not stop for food or gas, respect other people’s health and safety.
  • Everyone needs to physical distance. 6 Feet/2 Metres from each other, if you are not isolating together.
  • Try to only hike with other household members that are self-isolating together.
  • Hiking in groups is not recommended, but if you do, you must stay 6 Feet/2 Metres from each other and groups no larger than 15.
  • Be prepared. Bring your own water, snacks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
  • Vault washrooms are open, but you need your own sanitary supplies.
  • Avoid busy trails and popular areas. Visit early in the day, so you can head somewhere else, if the parking lot is full.
  • LEAVE NO TRACE. Pack out what you pack in.
  • Practice good Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently and refrain from touching your face with unclean hands. Carry hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  • You cannot go into communities. E.G. Bragg Creek, Canmore, Crochane.
  • Garbage pickup is still not available at this time.
  • Avoid touching rails, garbage bins, and other high touch surfaces. If you do, use gloves.
  •  Provincial and Federal governments are recommending the use use of cloth masks. This is an individual decision.

 Both Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for their cooperation to choose outdoor activities that are low risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. As any emergency assistance during this time period puts additional strain on the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which then can impact resources to support search and rescue.

White Grizzly Bear – Banff

White Grizzly Bear Spotted in Banff National Park

On April 30th, a Canmore family got a glimpse of a white grizzly bear, while out for a drive in Banff National Park. They spotted two young bears – one was white the other was brown, eating berries along the fence beside the roadway.

Talking with bear expert, Mike Gibeau (specialist in grizzly bears and a retired Parks Canada carnivore specialist), told them it is a rare gene anomaly that makes the grizzly bear white instead of its usual brownish colour. This is not an albino bear, which is absence of pigment in the skin and hair, which are white and the eyes are usually pink. Black bear colours can be from black to white and in between. In grizzly bears it is rare.

Currently people are in self-isolation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a sheltered place. Bears which are typically in a sheltered place because of human activity around them, are able to come out into their natural habitats and are freer to roam.

Cougar at West Bragg Creek Trail

Cougar spotted at West Bragg Creek

A young cougar was photographed on Bobcat Trail at West Bragg Creek, on May 11, 2020.  Pay attention to your surroundings. As wildlife has become used to No humans in their habitat. Carry Bear Spray. And Walk Tall.

 

 

 

 

 Avalanche Canada shuts down its forecasting service due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Avalanche Canada stated a lack of data due to the COVID-19 outbreak has prompted the warning service to shut down its website effective immediately (March 24, 2020).

Guidelines to how the Alberta government plans to sale Provincial Parks

Alberta Environment and Parks were to release the guidelines on How the parks “partnership” would work, on May 4, 2020. Due to COVID-19 pandemic this announcement has been delayed.

 Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, New Parking Fee Effective January 1, 2020

Starting January 1, 2020, visitors will be required to pay a fee of $10.00 per vehicle seven days per week, from 4 am to 11 pm. Their parking lot will be regularly patrolled by volunteers and staff and is monitored 24/7 by security cameras. ASCC is implementing a parking pass system.  Annual pass will be $120.00 for the calendar year.

For more information go to ASCC.

 Avalanche Season

Avalanche conditions are high in many parks. Before you go out into the mountains, verify the avalanche conditions in the area of the event. Go to  Parks Canada Avalanche page or  the direct link to Alberta Parks – Kananaskis.

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 have 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

 

Quote by Gary Snyder

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

For most of us, it has been awhile since we have done any hiking. Now that the provincial parks are re-opening, and some national parks by June 1,we just want to get out to the mountains and hike. Do not rush into doing strenuous hiking, as this could lead to an injury. Start slow and build up.

For cardio endurance, walking on an incline is preferable. Start at a low incline and buildup. Add more weight to your workout, put your back pack on. Once you are use to this, start adding weight into your back pack. Then build up more mileage, and incline with your back pack on. Now put your hiking boots/shoes on. Your hiking boots/shoes are heavier than runners. Your body needs to adapt to the different weight of your shoes. As you will need to lift your feet over obstacles in a trail. Next step is to hike parks like Nose Hill, Fish Creek, Edworthy, etc ., with a filled back pack and hiking boots/shoes to get more distance and hill climbing. The extra weight in your back pack does make a difference even on these trails.  The biggest advantage of being able to get back outside, is being out in the fresh air, seeing the prairie crocuses, new buds on the trees, the Calgary wildlife and getting back to want you enjoy. I was still able to social distance (2 metres/6 feet) from others.

You also need to strengthen your legs, back, core, shoulder and arm muscles for hiking. I have chosen two videos that are specific for hikers, as theses videos use more of your own body weight as resistance, or you can add weights. No need to go to a gym! Just pick two or three exercises , then alternate.

Leg resistance could be as simple as doing lunges with a weighted object in your hands, extended outwards. Or squats with a weighted objective held just above each shoulders or at chest height. Calf muscles raising up and down on a ledge of a step. Triceps, pushing up from a chair. Whatever exercise’s works for you.

Complete workout for hikers/trekkers by Mountain Chasers.

Hiking Workout by Real Anime Training.

 

Pocaterra Ridge

Soon you will be back on the trails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 2020 CORE Newsletter

April 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

CORE AGM May 2020

April 22nd, an email was sent out to all CORE members updating you on the COVID-19 situation and How the Executive proposes to hold the May 2020 AGM.

Per the rules of Society, CORE is required to have 4 members fill the following positions of an Executive – Chair, Secretary, Treasure, Membership. We have nominations for Chair, Secretary and Membership Coordinator. CORE still needs a member to volunteer for the treasurer position. The treasure position requires reasonable computer skills. It does not matter if you are fairly new to the club, there are experienced members on the Executive and new ideas would be more than welcomed. For further information about this position, please contact Mike(chair person) per email sent out. The deadline is April 29, 2020.

We still need nominations for other executive positions, but more information regarding all of the executive positions and the AGM will be sent to you in the near future. But right now our main priority is to make sure we have the 4 vital positions.

CORE Presentation Survey

A presentation survey has been emailed out to all CORE members asking for your preference for monthly meetings and presentation. CORE executive would appreciate your feedback as soon as possible. Thank you

Effective Immediately all CORE

Events and Monthly Meetings are

Cancelled until Further Notice

Please be advised, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE executive has cancelled all CORE events and monthly meetings until further notice. Other outdoor clubs have taken the same initiative as CORE. And Scarboro Hall will also be closed until further noticed. For any further information regarding the CORE event and meetings being cancelled, please email the executive at mailbox@corehike.org.

For more information about COVID-19 virus, go to Alberta Health Services webpage.

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2020/2021 membership year is Put on Hold till After AGM (May 2020)

CORE’s 2020/2021 membership renewal is put on hold due to the COVID-19 virus. The 2020/2021 membership will be available once the club recommences activities post COVID-19. CORE will advise members when 2020/2021 membership is open.

Coordinator’s Meeting for 2020 Summer Event Planning Meeting

This meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus, until further notice.

Car Pooling Contribution Rate Revised Effective January 22, 2020

CORE executive revised the car pooling $contribution rate as of January 22, 2020. The new contribution rate is one set rate of, $0.25 cents per km.   CORE executive will re-visit if vehicle expenses go up.

CORE’s Car Pooling guideline, is to contribute per kilometer multiplied by two times the distance, from the meetup place to the trailhead, multiply by .25 cents then divide by the number of people in the vehicle. For more information on car pooling and locations go to CORE Carpooling guideline.

When car pooling, if the road has been very dusty, slushy or muddy, you should help your driver out by giving an extra loonie ($1.00) or toonie ($2.00) for a vehicle wash. Your driver will appreciate this gesture.

Valley Ridge Community Parking Lot

CORE uses the Valley Ridge Community parking lot for car pooling. CORE has been asked by the community association, when we leave our vehicles at this parking lot, to park near the east end of the lot. By the entrance to the parking lot. This is to increase safety for the “in and out” skaters accessing their gate near the west end of the lot.  The two outdoor arena’s, above this community parking lot, creates heavy vehicle and foot traffic.

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Prior Hikes to March 1, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for prior hikes to March 1, 2020.   WE WILL BE BACK, YOU JUST WAIT!!!!  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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2019 Yamnuska Circuit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Having Fun at Healy Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 West Wind Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Fullerton Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 Bow Valley Provincial Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Alberta Hiking Association (AHA) Survey

The Alberta Hiking Association represents more than one million Albertans who walk and/or hike in Alberta. Many of the membership belong to hiking clubs and meet up groups who organize hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country ski activities. The AHA advocates on behalf of Alberta hikers and acts as an intermediate for information concerns and ideas around issues that relate to hiking trails, trail construction, maintenance and accessibility. The AHA works to give you a voice as a stakeholder at meetings with industry and government. AHA website has a list of hiking clubs that are members of the organization.  CORE is a member of AHA.

The AHA would like to know more about what Alberta hikers and snowshoers want, to better fulfill their mandate to advocate for the interest of hikers. They would like hikers and/or snowshoers to complete a short survey. The link to the survey is on the AHA website.

CPAW’S Defends Alberta Parks, Town Hall Meeting#2

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has been pushing to have Alberta Parks reverse their March 2020 decision for removal of 164 park sites and the closure of 20 park sites. They have been reaching out to individuals, groups and businesses who may be personally affected by these changes or whose organization, business will feel the impact of these changes.

CPAWS will be holding a virtual town hall on April 27, Monday, starting at 7 pm. You will need to register thru Eventbrite. Or email: volunteernab@cpaws.org. You can join CPAWS via Zoom to hear from Albertan’s affected by these cuts. The Town Hall will feature presentations by representatives from the perspective of conservationists, recreationist, and other impacted communities. Presentations will be followed with an opportunity to hear from participants.

If you can not make the town hall meeting, you can email CPAWS with your questions. email address: volunteernab@cpaws.org   Or you can send a letter to your MLA or Alberta’s MLA  for Park’s. Or send a prewritten letter by CPAWS to Jason Nixon – Minister of Environment and Parks Alberta, by clicking on the link.

More Wildlife is seen by Park Rangers

Due to the shutdown of the National and Provincial parks, no visitors or traffic are allowed in the parks. More Wildlife has been seen by the park rangers. They have spotted an elk herd of 40 to 50, grazing and traveling down the Bow Valley River near Banff.  As well, more bear sights.

 

 

 

 

Parks Canada closes National Parks, Historic Sites to Vehicle Traffic due to COVID-19

Effective March 24, 2020 until further notice, all national parks and historic sites are off limits to all vehicle traffic, unless you live there. This includes all parking lots and any parking on the highway or roadway through the national parks. You can travel on Highway #1, but you cannot stop anywhere along this highway in the parks. RCMP and Canada Parks wardens will be patrolling, and if they see a vehicle pulled over, they can give you a ticket or impound your vehicle. And all day use facilities and campsites remain closed.

Alberta Government is closing Provincial Parks to the Public due to COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta Parks are closed no vehicle/public traffic is prohibited from using Alberta Park facilities until further notice. This includes toilets, picnic areas and park warm-up shelters. No traffic into the parks is allowed.  You can still book campsites online. Alberta Parks will continue to assess the impact to the pandemic to the camping season and refund online reservations and waive cancelation fees, as necessary. Anyone wishing to cancel their current reservations for arrivals up to April30, 2020, will be provided a full refund or the opportunity to change their reservation depending on availability, with no penalty. Contact Alberta Parks online or at 1-877-537-2757.

Both Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for their cooperation to choose outdoor activities that are low risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. As any emergency assistance during this time period puts additional strain on the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which then can impact resources to support search and rescue.

Avalanche Canada shuts down its forecasting service due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Avalanche Canada stated a lack of data due to the COVID-19 outbreak has prompted the warning service to shut down its website effective immediately (March 24, 2020).

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, New Parking Fee Effective January 1, 2020

Starting January 1, 2020, visitors will be required to pay a fee of $10.00 per vehicle seven days per week, from 4 am to 11 pm. Their parking lot will be regularly patrolled by volunteers and staff and is monitored 24/7 by security cameras. ASCC is implementing a parking pass system.  Annual pass will be $120.00 for the calendar year.

For more information go to ASCC.

 Avalanche Season

Avalanche conditions are high in many parks. Before you go out into the mountains, verify the avalanche conditions in the area of the event. Go to  Parks Canada Avalanche page or  the direct link to Alberta Parks – Kananaskis.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bears are spotted in Banff and Chester Lake areas. Be Bear Aware, Carry Your Bear Spray!!!

 

 

 

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 have 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

 

Quote by Gary Snyder

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

A Clarks Nutcracker

Banff’s Bird populations Stable to Increasing During Climate Change

While climate change is affecting the range and survival of many wildlife species, scientists wanted to know what impact it was having with birds in Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Park. They wanted to survey how the parks bird populations were changing over time and how climate change affected the bird population stated Jesse Whittington, a wildlife ecologist with Banff National Parks.

With 30 pounds of recording gear, including high-tech microphones, staff and researchers hiked up trails at 3.30 in the morning so, they can record data at dawn. Surveys were done in June and early July. In June, male birds are singing to attract mates. The study was recently published in the journal, Ecosphere, included 10 years of data collected in the five national parks.

There was 34,665 detections of 77 bird species collected.

The research indicates bird populations in the mountain parks are doing much better than eastern North America and Europe. Increases were for short and long distance migratory birds, but rates decreased slightly for winter residents. 91% of the birds are stable or increasing. Further breakdown shows 53% of birds were increasing and 38% were stable and 9% were decreasing.  Birds stable or on the rise: dark-eyed juncos, yellow-rumped warblers, and white crowned sparrows. Birds on a slight decline: red breasted nuthatch and black capped chickadee. This study was done from 2007 to 2016.

Biggest jump in bird population was in 2015 to 2016  which were both years with warmer and drier springs! Whittington stated “they found that at least half of the birds in their study cued into spring temperature and precipitation, so their ranges expanded during warmer springs and drier springs. Which is due to places like Banff where there is snow most of the year. It is a relatively cold, formidable place, a lot of bird species are at the edge of their range, therefore, their range has expanded during these warmer, drier springs, because they have more habitat available to them.

In respond to climate change, some mountainous bird populations may maintain their climatic niche by shifting their range up slope as long as they are not constrained by rock, ice and loss of habitat near the top of the mountain. While most birds have a climate niche related to temperature and precipitation, some birds may shift where they live in response to changes in temperature or advance the timing of breeding and nesting. Research has indicated the response of some birds to climate change may depend on their life history – whether they are specialists or generalists or whether they are migratory or resident birds. With climate change that may involve shifting their range northward or upward in elevation, or maybe they do not have to move at all if they are in their niche.

Great Horned Owl

Whittington stated the study showed, with mountain ecosystems are highly vulnerable to climate change, the study shows, increasing temperatures in Banff National Park will probably increase the habitat quality for many species but not all species, some will decline.

The Bow Valley Naturalists, Reg Bunyan (BVN vice president) states declining songbird populations world wide are mainly the result of habitat loss and insecticides. Song birds are migratory birds are directly impacted by the land management practices outside of the national parks. While it is positive news that 91% of the bird populations in the mountain parks are relatively stable, it is important to remember that mountain parks have harsh ecosystems. As a result we have relatively little bird species diversity and the results do not reflect what is happening to bird populations North America wide. The survey also, does not show why the 9% of mountain park species that are declining, some of which have experienced huge population losses. Buyan also states the survey is a broad overview. It does not show what is happening with bird species here, does not delve into how temperature affects survival rates, habitat selection, recruitment of mates and how many young they have, or how much of what we are seeing is natural fluctuations in their populations.

A report stated, this is an estimate, that 2.9 billion birds have disappeared from Canada and the United States since 1970 amounting to about a 29% decline. Greatest losses were found in species such as blackbirds, sparrows, finches and warbles.

Whittington stated birds in protected areas, where the some of the research in North America has occurred, may be more resilient to climate change, species in protected areas have had lower extinction rates and higher colonization rates compared to unprotected areas. He stated results in Banff are similar to bird studies in National Parks in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  And other studies have found birds and other wildlife species are generally more resilient to climate change in protected areas. Whittington stated this points to the importance of protected areas!

Editor’s viewpoint: There are many interesting points and questions regarding the stability of bird population during climate change. One is every region has different bird types and habitation. Second is, how are the birds acclimatizing themselves?. Moving to higher elevations, to keep their normal patterns, or staying put and establishing new patterns? Third, are these birds migratory or winter birds? Will winter birds start to migrate more north? Over the next 10 to 15 years of climate warming, will these bird populations remain stable and will their habitation/territory be the same or different?

 

        Take Care, Be Safe And Have Fun!!!!  

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March 2020 CORE Newsletter

March 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 

Effective Immediately all CORE

Events and Monthly Meetings are

Cancelled until Further Notice

Please be advised, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE executive has cancelled all CORE events and monthly meetings until further notice. Other outdoor clubs have taken the same initiative as CORE. And Scarboro Hall will also be closed until further noticed. For any further information regarding the CORE event and meetings being cancelled, please email the executive at mailbox@corehike.org

For more information about COVID-19 virus, go to Alberta Health Services webpage.

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2020/2021 membership year is Put on Hold till Further Notice

CORE’s 2020/2021 membership renewal is put on hold due to the COVID-19 virus. The 2020/2021 membership will be available once the club recommences activities post COVID-19. CORE will advise members when 2020/2021 membership is open.

Coordinator’s Meeting for 2019/2020 Summer Event Planning Meeting

This meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus, until further notice.

Car Pooling Contribution Rate Revised Effective January 22, 2020

CORE executive revised the car pooling $contribution rate as of January 22, 2020. The new contribution rate is one set rate of, $0.25 cents per km.   CORE executive will re-visit if vehicle expenses go up.

CORE’s Car Pooling guideline, is to contribute per kilometer multiplied by two times the distance, from the meetup place to the trailhead, multiply by .25 cents then divide by the number of people in the vehicle. For more information on car pooling and locations go to CORE Carpooling guideline.

When car pooling, if the road has been very dusty, slushy or muddy, you should help your driver out by giving an extra loonie ($1.00) or toonie ($2.00) for a vehicle wash. Your driver will appreciate this gesture.

Valley Ridge Community Parking Lot

CORE uses the Valley Ridge Community parking lot for car pooling. CORE has been asked by the community association, when we leave our vehicles at this parking lot, to park near the east end of the lot. By the entrance to the parking lot. This is to increase safety for the “in and out” skaters accessing their gate near the west end of the lot.  The two outdoor arena’s, above this community parking lot, creates heavy vehicle and foot traffic.

Event Coordinators Guidelines

Trip Reports

Please remember that the best and fastest way to send your Trip Reports to the  Executive Trip Coordinator,  is to attach the report as a pdf or a scanned photo to an email  to mailbox@corehike.org   if this is not possible, then you can bring the hard copy to one of the monthly meetings. Electronic or hard copy the trip reports must be given in as soon as possible after the event.

Event Calendar

Information on the title part (front page) of the calendar event should have the kind of event, the name of the event, the area, the kilometers, the elevation and the difficulty rating of the event – NOTHING ELSE. All the rest of the information should be in the description of the event.

e.g. Snowshoe, Hare Loop, West Bragg Creek, 7 kms, 100m, E.

Please refer to the Guides tab on the CORE website for information on Guidelines, Difficulty Ratings, etc..

Safety

Please ensure that you have with you, your membership card (with your emergency contact information) visible on your backpack, as well as your own first aid kit. Refer to the Guides tab on the CORE Website under Clothing and Equipment to make sure you have the appropriate clothing/footwear and equipment for the particular event, as well as food and plenty of water. Remember that event coordinators may refuse anyone not adequately equipped to participate in that event (hike, scramble, snowshoe, x-country ski, bicycle, etc.).

Members, you need to be aware of your own capabilities and limitations, in relation to how difficult the event is. You can check the Guidelines, Difficult Ratings for reference.

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

From February 15 to March 1, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for February 15 to March 1, 2020. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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Cascade Fire Road February 15 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sundance Lodge XC Ski Adventure February 21 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terrace Kovach XC Ski February 29 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mt Murray Viewpoint Snow Shoe March 1 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway Mandatory Seasonal Travel Restriction 2020

From March 1st to June 25th, 2020, travel is not permitted between 8 pm and 8 am on the 17 kilometer section of the parkway from Johnston Canyon Campground to the Fireside Picnic Area. All business and commercial accommodation remain OPEN and are accessible by the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) and Castle Junction.

The eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway traverses a small but important area of the park for wildlife. This area is important in the spring when most of the park is still snowbound, as it provides species like grizzly bears and wolves with much needed food and a place to raise their young. These animals are more aware of the presence of people, especially between dusk and dawn when their natural activity is the highest.

This mandatory travel restriction is part of an action plan to ensure the ecologically and culturally rich Bow Valley Parkway area continues as a world class setting for visitors, to learn and experience the park and as a safe and secure environment for wildlife. To learn more go to Parks Canada website.

Parks Canada closes National Parks, Historic Sites to Vehicle Traffic

Parks Canada is restricting all motor vehicle access after people flocked to the popular areas this past weekend (March 20 to 23, 2020). Parks Canada stated they still noticed lots of visitors despite suspension of service and facility closures last week. Crowding on the trails and at day use areas in the national parks and historic sites is unsafe, as it increases the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus. People cannot keep the appropriate 2 metres or 6.5 feet distance from each other.

Effective March 24, 2020 until further notice, all national parks and historic sites are off limits to all vehicle traffic, unless you live there. This includes all parking lots and any parking on the highway or roadway through the national parks. You can travel on Highway #1, but you cannot stop anywhere along this highway in the parks. RCMP and Canada Parks wardens will be patrolling, and if they see a vehicle pulled over, they can give you a ticket or impound your vehicle.

Parks Canada closes all Park Campsites and Visitor Facilities to the Public

Effective March 18, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

The closure begins midnight Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will be in effect until further notice. This includes washrooms, day use facilities and campsites.

Visitors will be able to use front and back country areas and green spaces but should check the Parks Canada website first to verify safety conditions and trail closures.

No new reservations for camping or accommodations can be made until April 30th, and all existing reservations will be refunded. Parks Canada states “they are working on an approach to honour passes(annual park pass) in light of travel restrictions and closures.

National parks will stay open, if people are in their private vehicles and coming out, and if you are social distancing and proper hand washing, going for a cross country ski or snowshoe is still an option.

Alberta Government gives authority to law enforcement to enact the Public Health Act under the Alberta Emergency Act

What does this Mean?   If you are caught not self-isolating, including mandatory self-isolation for traveler’s returning to Canada and not self-distancing (2 metres or 6 feet apart) you will be fined. This includes, if you are in a group less than 10 people and each person is not 2 metres, 6 feet from each other, you will be fined!!!

The Alberta government has given this authority to all law enforcement, including police officers, peace officers, park wardens, RCMP and military personnel that are working in the province of Alberta under the Alberta Emergency Act. Minimum fine is $1000 dollars per occurrence. The Alberta court can impose a $100,000 dollar fine for the first occurrence and $500,000 for the second occurrence and/or put you in jail.

Alberta Government is closing Provincial Parks to the Public due to COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta Parks remain accessible, but the public is prohibited from using Alberta Park facilities. This includes toilets, picnic areas and park warm-up shelters. You can still book campsites online. Alberta Parks will continue to assess the impact to the pandemic to the camping season and refund online reservations and waive cancelation fees, as necessary. Anyone wishing to cancel their current reservations for arrivals up to April30, 2020, will be provided a full refund or the opportunity to change their reservation depending on availability, with no penalty. Contact Alberta Parks online or at 1-877-537-2757.

Both Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for their cooperation to choose outdoor activities that are low risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. As any emergency assistance during this time period puts additional strain on the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which then can impact resources to support search and rescue.

Avalanche Canada shuts down its forecasting service due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Avalanche Canada stated a lack of data due to the COVID-19 outbreak has prompted the warning service to shut down its website effective immediately (March 24, 2020).

 

Barrier Lake

Alberta Government Releases the list of 20 Park full or partial closures:

For more information go to Alberta Parks website.  

To view the 164 Parks for Sale Go to Alberta Parks website.

 

 

 

 

Parks with Full closures starting spring 2020:

  • Kehiwin Provincial Recreation Area near St. Paul
  • Running Lake Provincial Recreation Area north of Worsley
  • Stoney Lake Provincial Recreation Area north of Fairview
  • Little Fish Lake Provincial Recreation Area east of Drumheller
  • Bleriot Ferry Provincial Recreation Area north of Drumheller
  • Crow Lak Provincial Recreation Area south of Fort McMurray
  • Green Valley Provincial Park east of Peace River
  • Sheep Creek Provincial Recreation Area north of Grande Cache

Parks with Partial closures, some areas will remain open but non-serviced:

  • Bow Valley Provincial Park – Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre (facility)
  • Gooseberry Lake Provincial Area west of Bragg Creek – Elbow Valley Visitors centre (facility).
  • Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park north of Consort – campground.
  • Sulphur Lake Provincial Recreation Area north of Peace River.
  • Engstrom Lake Provincial Recreation Area south of Fort McMurray – campground.
  • Chain Lakes Provincial Recreation Area north of Athabasca – campground.
  • Lawrence Lake Provincial Recreation Park southeast of Athabasca – campground.
  • Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park southeast of Red Deer – Tolman Bridge Campgrounds
  • Notikewin Provincial Park north of Manning – campground.
  • Smokey River South Provincial Recreation Area west of Grande Cache – campground.
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park northeast of Brooks – Comfort Camping (facility).

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, New Parking Fee Effective January 1, 2020

ASCC is a not-for-profit charity in Alberta. They have estimated the cost of providing an opportunity for visitors to experience over 20 km of observation trails to be approximately $50, 000 per year or $5 per visitor to maintain the trails and facilities. Visitor donations do not cover these costs and the government only covers less than 1% of their operation budget.

Starting January 1, 2020, visitors will be required to pay a fee of $10.00 per vehicle seven days per week, from 4 am to 11 pm. Their parking lot will be regularly patrolled by volunteers and staff and is monitored 24/7 by security cameras. ASCC is implementing a parking pass system.  Annual pass will be $120.00 for the calendar year.

For more information go to ASCC.

 Avalanche Season

Avalanche conditions are high in many parks. Before you go out into the mountains, verify the avalanche conditions in the area of the event. Go to  Parks Canada Avalanche page or  the direct link to Alberta Parks – Kananaskis.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bears are spotted in Banff and Chester Lake areas. Be Bear Aware, Carry Your Bear Spray!!!

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.

New Snow Shoe Trails in Kananaskis

Check out the Kananaskis Trails for six new snow shoe loop trails in Kananaskis.

Trail Closures and Trail Report Link

Alberta Parks and Banff National Park are urging people to be bear aware. There have 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).

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Adventure Stories

 

Quote by John Muir

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

Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Conservative Government to hand off management of 164 Provincially run parks to outside groups

Jess Sinclair spokesperson for Environment Minister Jason Nixon stated “government is subsidizing a financially struggling system year after year, while attempting to ensure maintenance, programs and services remain at a high level.” ” Alberta Parks envisions municipalities, Indigenous communities, and non-profit societies to assist with provision of park operations and quality of visitor experiences” “This will allow for focused spending in high value areas (conservation, recreation, tourism) of the parks systems and improved leveraging of resources.” Sinclair stated “the Conservative government will begin looking for partners to run the parks in May.” See list attached.

Alberta currently manages 473 provincial parks, wildland provincial parks, provincial park areas, ecological reserves, wilderness areas, natural areas and heritage rangelands.

The 2020 budget forecasts a $4 million cut to parks over the next three years. These cuts include shutting down some campsites and picnic areas, starting September 2020 provincial park employees will not be grooming cross country trails at PLPP or any other park.

Critics state the plan reduces preservation of Alberta’s outdoors to a profit and loss calculation. Opposition NDP states “Parks should not be seen as a cost subsidy. It is how the province preserves the natural heritage for future generations.”

The Alberta gov’t is marketing the province’ parks for people (inside and outside Canada) to come and visit these parks. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure these tourists receive a high quality experience. This will encourage more tourism. The new system will have varying degrees of quality. The province will not be able to hold these provincial park managers accountable. Municipalities and Indigenous groups do not have the money to look after these parks!!!!

The Alberta Wilderness association states “we are supportive if these partnerships with municipalities or Indigenous groups or non-profit societies are able to meet the very high quality experience standard.”

Joanna from AWA stated the association would like the government to show them :

  • The usage numbers for these parks:
    • How much money each park was bringing in.
    • How much money each park was losing/or profit.
    • How many nights per year were the campgrounds booked/reserved/paid for? and which days of the week?
  • How did the government arrive at these numbers?
  • AWA would also like a true cost accounting of closing the parks. E.G:
    • What is the cost to municipalities, Indigenous groups and non-profit groups to take over these parks?
    • What is the cost to the health and wellbeing of Albertans on closure of these parks?

AWA also stated:

  • Taking these parks out of the system will cause:
    • More overcrowding in other parks
    • Increase of fees
    • Ecological benefits of the parks will decrease
  • The government committed to protecting 17 per cent of provincial land and water by 2021. The gov’t has now removed 0.30 per cent of these protected areas from gov’t inventory.

A survey done in 2017 of thousands of Albertans, found that 90 per cent agree that preservation of landscapes, plants and animals was an important purpose of provincial parks. And 75 per cent stated provincial parks was important contribution to the local economy.

 

There are many petitions online. From posting photos of your favourite park to signing a petition. You can also write your MLA, and let them know your thoughts on closing these parks.

 CORE executive does not endorse any petitions. 

        Take Care, Be Safe And Have Fun!!!!  

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