Newsletters

December 2020 January 2021

December 2020/January 2021 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

To All CORE Outdoor Event Participants:

Social (Physical) Distancing for COVID 19

The club executive recently met (virtually of course) and talked about the current COVID-19 situation in Alberta. The second wave we are in now has been far worse than the first wave, and more seriously. The highly contagious U.K. and South Africa variants have also reached Alberta, albeit presently in small numbers.

All of this makes us now believe it would be prudent to put a stronger emphasis on physical distancing for the next few months at least. We are therefore requesting all trip participants to make a more concerted and conscious effort to physical distance from others, while xc skiing, snowshoeing or winter walking (and especially in the parking lots before – and after – the trips).

Thank you for helping us to keep our club members safe.  

The CORE Executive.

 

No January or February Members Monthly Meetings

2021 CORE Member Monthly Meeting

Starting 2021, CORE executive is planning member meetings. The present and future COVID-19 AHS regulations will determine if and when CORE can hold these monthly member meetings. Executive is hoping to be able to start in March of 2021. STAY TUNED. CORE will be sending out calendar email notifications to members and information will also be in the newsletter.

There will be two changes. One the facility for meetings will now be held at the Bow Waters Canoe Club at 1975 – 26th street SE. Directions to facility below. The second change is that, for some of these monthly meetings, CORE will be holding Outdoor Adventure Films with free popcorn and beverages (wine) at these meetings.

         CORE

Outdoor Adventure Film  

and “a little wine” Fest

(Free for members)

Film list and times to follow

in future Newsletters

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORE’s new meeting Facility is Bow Waters Canoe Club

Bow Waters Canoe Club is located just off Deerfoot Trail and 17th Ave SE.  Address of the facility is 1975 – 26th Street SE.

Bow Waters Canoe Club map

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

From East or Westbound 17th Ave SE (see map below states 1A, which is 17th Ave)

Turn South on 26th Street SE (there is a set of lights at this intersection),

BWCC Road turnoff

Ensure you are in the right hand lane and immediately turn right where the City of Calgary Utilities/Electrical station is (it is a small black building with LED lights on it, indicated by the red arrow below).

Follow the road down to the parking lot. Take the stairs down to the club house building.

 

 

 

CORE, ACTIVITIES/EVENTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

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.

Winter 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.

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

Highlights of Activities/Events

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar of hikes from November 24, 2020 to January 10, 2021.  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent and past activities.

…………………………………………………………………………………………

November 24 2020 Ptarmigan Cirque Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

December 2 2020 Elk Pass XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

December 6 2020 Powderface Creek Prairie Link and Creek Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

December 12 2020 Ranger Summit from Bragg Creek Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

December 13 2020 Acephale Falls and Heart Creek Bunker Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

December 19 2020 Crystal Line Snowy Owl (WBC) Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

December 20 2020 XC Ski Rolly RD Pocaterra Lynx Come Along Trails PLPP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

December 26 2020 Lusk Creek Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

December 28 2020 8km Terrace Kovach XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

December 28 2020 11km Ribbon Creek Terrace Kovach XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

January 1 2021 XC Ski WBC West Crystal Line Loggers Loop East Crystal Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

January 3 2021 North Glenmore Park XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

January 6 2021 WBC Snowshoe Hare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

January 7 2021 PLPP Fox Creek Loop XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

January 9 2021 Burstall Pass XC Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

January 10 2021 Galatea Creek Snowshoe Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

News and Notes

 

West Bragg Creek Trails

Bragg Creek Trails

Have you ever been to West Bragg Creek Provincial Park to hike, ski, snowshoe, bike or run?

Do you know all the trail maintenance is done by volunteer’s?   These volunteers are a community group who work hard to ensure this area is accessible for everyone. There is still a huge annual cost to build and maintain these trails. Last year it cost WBC trail organization close to $500,000 thousand dollars. And it is almost entirely supported by donations.

Bragg Creek Trails is the trade name of The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association and is a registered Canadian charity. Charitable receipts are issued for amounts over $20.00 dollars.

There are many ways to donate:

  1. Online at Bragg Creek Trails Organization.
  2. Download the donation from from the website and send a cheque to GBC Trail Association (address is online).
  3. You can do a cash deposit at one of the three donation boxes at the West Bragg Creek parking lot.

Update for Parking Pass needed for Kananaskis Country, Cross Country Ski Areas

A parking pass program has been implemented for the 2020/2021 cross country skiing season in Kananaskis Park. Reason for the parking pass is due to the Government of Alberta stating in March 2020 they would no longer fund trail grooming in the Kananaskis area (Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Shark, Sandy McNabb, Ribbon Creek/Kananaskis Village). Alberta Parks and Nordiq Alberta signed a cooperating agreement that will ensure winter trail grooming in these areas in Kananaskis, through a paid parking pilot program in Winter 2020-2021. These paid parking passes will pay for 190 kms of groomed trails in these areas.

Winter trail users are asked to buy and display a day use or a full season parking pass when parking in any of these areas. You can purchase these parking passes online or at a local ski shop in Calgary, Canmore and Kananaskis Village. Cost of a day pass is $10 dollars and a season pass is $50 dollars. You need to download the pass and put the printed pass on the vehicle dashboard.

You can also self-pay. Trail users in PLPP can fill out the self-pay parking pass form and deposit their parking fee in drop boxes located in Pocaterra and Elk Pass parking lots. Self pay parking pass lots are: Pocaterra Vistor Centre, Elkwood, Boulton, Boulton Bridge, Elk Pass, Upper K-lake, Ribbon Creek, Troll Falls, Wedge Pond Crosswaters Hotel (K-Village), Evan-Thomas, Sandy McNabb and Mt Shark.

Note: All retailers and self pay lots you can only purchase a day pass.   

Per Kananaskis Info and Nordiq Alberta:   You can only purchase a day pass at retailers, due to complexities for the retailers and Nordiq when purchasing a season pass using credit cards. On how to handle the credit card fees. Self pay lots, due to short notice from the government of Alberta (20 days), Nordiq could not put in a cash system for a season pass. If you would like to purchase a season pass but cannot do the purchase online, you could postal mail a $50 cheque to Nordiq Alberta, with your name, license plate number and email address, and they will email you a season pass upon receipt of the funds.

Snowshoers, alpine skiers, bikers and hikers can contribute if they like. Remember these activities still benefit from the use of these areas in the winter.

Cross country skiers who do not display a parking pass in their vehicles will be informed and encouraged to purchase a parking pass on site or online. Volunteers will be in the parking lots to help inform people of the service for this parking fee. The program is voluntary. Each user can make their own decision to pay or not to pay for this park service (grooming x-country ski trails).

Note: Online purchases require an additional payment of $2 to $3 dollars for credit card processing charges. Processing charges do not apply for cash payments at retailers.

For more information go to Nordiq Alberta – (Kananaskis grooming) website.

 Alberta Gov’t to open Rockies to Coal Mining – Facing Legal challenges

Phillipps Pass in the Crownest Pass area Lets keep these areas safe from coal mining

The Alberta government is facing two court challenges in January 2021 (proceedings start January 18, 2021) over its decision to rescind park protection and open the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains to coal mining. The previous coal policy act for lands was rescinded in May of 2020. The government set zones for no development in the most sensitive land and progressively more activity in the lands that hold more value.  Mine proposals on all other lands now go directly to the Alberta Energy regulator. They can impose conditions on development, but previously they have never turned down a proposal.

The court challenges are from landowners and the Ermineskin and Whitefish First Nations are requesting a court review of this decision as it was not made with the required consultations. Ranchers who have grazing leases on this land, these lands will now be available for open-pit steel making coal mines. These two groups will argue that the Alberta legislation and common practice require the province to consult with anyone affected before making land use decisions. Per the Alberta Land Stewardship act and other various land use plans.

Government lawyers will state that polices are not the same as legislation and can be changed unilaterally.

Alberta’s eastern slope of the Rockies have ecologically important land, habitat for threatened species and the headwaters of rivers, that is Albertan’s drinking water.

In December 2020 the province sold coal leases for approx. 1800 hectares on the eastern slope of the Rockies. Land leased for coal now covers 60 kms from Alberta’s southwest corner.

Steel making coal is different than thermal coal. Federal government opposes any new open thermal producing coal mines in its carbon mandate. Question is; Will the federal government oppose steel making coal? Or have limitations on amounts and locations where this coal can be produced.

Currently the proposed Grassy Mountain coal mine is before a joint federal-provincial review panel. And there are others waiting.

On January 18 2021, Alberta Gov’t announced it has reversed part of its plans to expand coal mining in the Rockies.     Energy Minister Sonya Savage stated that the province would cancel 11 recently (December 2020) issued coal leases and pause any future coal sales in former Category 2 lands, due to growing public opposition over this issue. More than 100 thousand people have signed petitions and written letters to their MLA.

But 8 leases that were already sold in May 2020 remain in effect.   There are still more than 840,000 hectares of coal leases and rights in the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Including 420,000 hectares within lands formerly protected as Category 2 that are still open for open pit coal mining development.

Alberta Government Stating No Parks Will Be Closed

West Wind Pass

December 22 2020 the UCP announced “No parks will be closed whether a partner is found or not and that all parks will keep current legal protection.”

December 23 2020 another news release from the UCP stating “the government’s latest call for partners has been a resounding success, meaning all areas currently considered Provincial Parks or Public Recreation Areas will remain as such.”

These two statements seen by many as a reversal of the UCP government’s plans announced in March of 2020 by Environment and Parks minister Jason Nixon. At that time, he stated “the government would fully or partially close 20 provincial parks and hand over another 164 parks to third party managers. Sites for which no managers could be found would lose park status and revert to general Crown land.”

This announcement sparked a provincial protest from Albertans. Including over 20,000 letters to politicians and a popular lawn sign campaign (Defend Alberta Parks). One of the many groups fighting the plan to close, delist or hand over management to third parties stated “the successful opposition shows the government needs to consult with Albertans before changes to the use of crown land.”

December 23 2020 announcement stated 170 partnership agreements have been reached. The statement did not clarify how many are new or long standing. Who are these partners? What sort of activities will they be undertaking? How are they going to be maintained? No details were given about the partnerships.

Currently most partnerships involve operations and not management of a park. E.G. Nordiq Alberta and xc ski grooming PLPP. Friend of Kananaskis – maintaining trails.

Also, the government has announced, that they will provide legislation to modernize the Alberta Parks Act. This will be an opportunity for public input. When???

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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

 

XC Skiing quote Ralph Emerson (Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail)

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 reminder of every member’s responsibility to keeping yourself and your fellow hikers safe, during this unprecedented time.

Six feet/two metres Social Distancing requirement by AHS and CORE guidelines

Every member in this photo is a minimum of six (6) feet/two (2) metres apart, for social distancing guidelines.

Reminders:

Bring a mask in case you cannot social distance – 6 feet/2 metres, or you need to go into an indoor area.

Stay six feet/2 metres for social distancing when hiking and other events. Also, at rest breaks and lunch.

Remember, This Too Shall Pass!!

 

 

Avalanche Season

Avalanche Awareness

It is that time of year again. You need to be aware of avalanche conditions in the area you are snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or any other winter activity. Most avalanches are triggered by humans.

Recognize Avalanche Terrain:

  • You need a steep slope, avalanches normally occur on slopes between 30 and 45 degrees.
  • Convex rolls are prime trigger points but you can also be at risk below these slopes.
  • Cornices and Wind slabs build up on downwind (lee) slopes.
  • Slide paths are open areas on a forested slope, cleared of trees by repeated avalanches.

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

Continuously look up and check conditions. Even if you are not on a slope, many trails travel through terrain threatened by avalanches from above.

 

Recognize Unstable Conditions:

  • Heavy Snowfall – Approximately 30 cm or more of new snow over 48 hours. Less if snow is being blown by the wind.
  • Wind – Wind slabs form on the downwind (lee) side of the ridge. If there has been recent drifting, there are probably wind slabs.
  • Warming – Strong sunshine, warm temperatures, rain can destabilize the snow.

If you hear a WHUMPF!, This sound is a warning that weak layers are collapsing in the snowpack.

If you see any of these signs, it means you are in avalanche terrain.

Check Avalanche Canada website for the danger level in the area before you venture out.

  1. Low – generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow. Natural and human triggered avalanches unlikely.
  2. Moderate – Heightened avalanche conditions. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully. Natural avalanches unlikely, human triggered avalanches possible.
  3. Considerable – Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route finding and make safe decision making essential. Natural avalanches possible, human triggered avalanches likely.
  4. High – Very Dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended. Natural avalanches likely, human triggered very likely.
  5. Extreme – Avoid all avalanche terrain. Natural and human triggered avalanches are certain.

 

Have Fun and Stay Safe!!!!

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on December 2020 January 2021

November/December 2020 CORE Newsletter

November/December 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Have a great holiday season!!!!!!!

Coordinators Meeting for 2020/21 Winter Planning on December 15, 2020

Prepared???

This meeting is for all hikers, planners, leaders, day-trippers, part-time walkers, nature lovers, photographers, xc-skiers, snowshoers, scramblers, even those who have never led an event. There will be lots of help and mentors and co-trip leaders, who would be happy to come along with you. We have many guide books, maps and computers to navigate any unknown routes. This meeting is for all current CORE coordinators and CORE members who are interested in becoming an event coordinator or just wishing to have someone else put on their favorite trip.

CORE’s Executive trip coordinator will be holding this Coordinators meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7pm by Zoom. You will need to sign up for this event to Carol (our executive trip coordinator). Check the calendar for more information.

A reminder to all current and new event coordinators, please review the Event Coordinators Guidelines posted on the CORE website. These guidelines are a collection of knowledge representing years of experience in the mountains. They are meant to promote safety in our outdoor activities.

2021 CORE Member Monthly Meeting

Starting in the new year (2021) CORE executive is planning member meetings. The present and future COVID-19 AHS regulations will determine if and when CORE can hold these monthly member meetings. Executive is hoping to be able to start in January of 2021. STAY TUNED. CORE will be sending out calendar email notifications to members and information will also be in the newsletter.

There will be two changes. One the facility for meetings will now be held at the Bow Waters Canoe Club at 1975 – 26th street SE. Directions to facility below. The second change is that, for some of these monthly meetings, CORE will be holding Outdoor Adventure Films with free popcorn and beverages(wine) at these meetings.

         CORE

Outdoor Adventure Film  

and “a little wine” Fest

(Free for members)

Film list and times to follow

      in future Newsletters

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORE’s new meeting Facility is Bow Waters Canoe Club

Bow Waters Canoe Club is located just off Deerfoot Trail and 17th Ave SE.  Address of the facility is 1975 – 26th Street SE.

Bow Waters Canoe Club map

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

From East or Westbound 17th Ave SE (see map below states 1A, which is 17th Ave)

Turn South on 26th Street SE (there is a set of lights at this intersection),

BWCC Road turnoff

Ensure you are in the right hand lane and immediately turn right where the City of Calgary Utilities/Electrical station is (it is a small black building with LED lights on it, indicated by the red arrow below).

Follow the road down to the parking lot. Take the stairs down to the club house building.

 

 

No November or December Monthly Member Meeting

 

CORE, ACTIVITIES/EVENTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

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/Winter 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.

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

Highlights of Activities/Events

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar of hikes from October 17, 2020 to November 22, 2020.  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent and past activities.

…………………………………………………………………………………………

October 17 2020 North Glenmore to Heritage Park Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

October 25 2020 Foran Grade Winter Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

October 25 2020 North Glenmore Park X-Country Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

October 30 2020 Long Distance Hike WBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

October 31 2020 Halloween Walk in South Glenmore Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

October 31 2020 A Mouse in the House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

November 1 2020 Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

November 1 2020 Forgetmenot Ridge Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

November 4 2020 Prairie Mtn Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

November 6 2020 Lusk Creek Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

November 11 2020 Remembrance Day Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

November 14 2020 Ford Knoll Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

November 22 2020 Deer Ridge Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

News and Notes

Parking Pass needed for Kananaskis Country, Cross Country Ski Areas

A parking pass program has been implemented for the 2020/2021 cross country skiing season in Kananaskis Park. Reason for the parking pass is due to the Government of Alberta stating in March 2020 they would no longer fund trail grooming in the Kananaskis area (Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Shark, Sandy McNabb, Ribbon Creek/Kananaskis Village). Alberta Parks and Nordiq Alberta signed a cooperating agreement that will ensure winter trail grooming in these areas in Kananaskis, through a paid parking pilot program in Winter 2020-2021. These paid parking passes will pay for 190 kms of groomed trails in these areas.

Winter trail users are asked to buy and display a day use or a full season parking pass when parking in any of these areas. You can purchase these parking passes online or at a local ski shop in Calgary, Canmore and Kananaskis Village. Cost of a day pass is $10 dollars and a season pass is $50 dollars. You need to download the pass and put the printed pass on the vehicle dashboard. You can also self-pay. Trail users in PLPP can fill out the self-pay parking pass form and deposit their parking fee in drop boxes located in Pocaterra and Elk Pass parking lots.

Snowshoers, alpine skiers, bikers and hikers can contribute if they like. Remember these activities still benefit from the use of these areas in the winter.

Cross country skiers who do not display a parking pass in their vehicles will be informed and encouraged to purchase a parking pass on site or online. Volunteers will be in the parking lots to help inform people of the service for this parking fee. The program is voluntary. Each user can make their own decision to pay or not to pay for this park service (grooming x-country ski trails).

Note: Online purchases require an additional payment of $2 to $3 dollars for credit card processing charges. Processing charges do not apply for cash payments at retailers.

For more information go to Nordiq Alberta – (Kananaskis grooming) website.

Calgary Retailers selling parking passes: MEC – 830 10th Ave SW,  Norseman – 4655 37th Street SW and LifeSport – 4711 85th Street NW.

Visitor Paid Parking in Downtown Banff by 2021

Banff downtown paid parking map

Due to parking challenges and traffic congestion and the millions of people that go to Banff every year is having an impact on people who live and work in Banff. Banff council is looking at ways to increase the turnover of parking spaces in the downtown while protecting and keeping residential streets available for those who live in the area.

Banff is proposing paid parking for visitors and commuters, with free parking for residents for three hours of continuous parking. Residents would pay for parking in the user pay zone after 3 hours of continuous parking.Visitors would have too pay for parking in the core, they can choose to park for free in designated lots.

The paid parking in the downtown core will be 7 days a week from 8 am to 8pm, year round. Banff council is discussing a discounted rate for winter.

This proposal is still in the final discussion stage by council. If all parking recommendations are accepted it should be approved and the paid parking program would be starting in 2021.

 

 

Map:

Red – on street residental parking by permit             Green – on street paid parking (seasonal)

Thick Blue Lines – on street, free parking, very few of these

Thin Blue Lines – short term parking only (Free with Seasonal Pay Parking Zone)

Canmore Council has Supported Recommendations to have Paid Downtown Parking Starting 2021

Canmore Downtown

Paid downtown parking in Canmore was to start June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, paid parking was not implemented. Canmore’s council supported the recommendations to implement paid parking in 2021. More details for review will be part of the upcoming budget process. Council still needs to debate the projected revenues versus the cost of putting in a paid parking system. Council has also supported a second recommendation for paid parking and associated parking ideals for high demand areas. This includes Quarry Lake, The Peaks of Grassi neighbourhood, Old Canmore Road and the Cougar Creek trailhead. After the budget meeting in November, a decision will be made on the issue.

 

 

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 a lot 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 government’s 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.

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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

A reminder of every members responsibility to keeping yourself and your fellow hikers safe, during this unprecedented time.

Six feet/two metres Social Distancing requirement by AHS and CORE guidelines

Every member in this photo is a minimum of six (6) feet/two (2) metres apart, for social distancing guidelines.

Reminders:

Bring a mask in case you cannot social distance – 6 feet/2 metres, or you need to go into an indoor area.

Stay six feet/2 metres for social distancing when hiking and other events. Also, at rest breaks and lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

CORE’S COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Members Safe on Events – These guidelines are for your safety and your fellow hikers safety as well.

  • Do Not sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms (go to Alberta Health Services website for COVID-19 symptoms).
  • Avoid non-family car pooling. Meet at trailheads or a designated place for convoying.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. 6 feet/2 metres.
  • Bring a mask with you 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 drink.
  • Washrooms may not always be available, be prepared.
  • Bring enough food, water, proper clothing/shoes, equipment and bear spray. No sharing allowed.
  • There will be no stopping at places on the way or on the way back.
  • Be aware of risks in participating and agree to accept the risks.
  • Remember to provide a cell phone # and emergency contact # 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 report.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and were on a CORE event prior to the positive test please notify the coordinator of the trip.

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 recommendations.

Remember: This too Shall Pass!!!

 

Have Fun and Stay Safe!!!!

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on November/December 2020 CORE Newsletter

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

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.

…………………………………………………………………………………………

September 29 2020 Saddleback Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

October 2 2020 Cox Hill Summit Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

October 3 2020 Goats Eye Gondola Station Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

October 8 2020 Lake Louise Big Beehive Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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!!!!

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on October 2020 CORE Newsletter

September 2020 CORE Newsletter

September 2020 CORE Newsletter

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

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.

…………………………………………………………………………………………

July 18 2020 Bowmont Ridge Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

August 15 2020 Inglewood Pearce Estate Wetland Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

 

August 25 2020 Cannop Property Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

August 29 2020 Glenbow Ranch Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

August 30 2020 Horse Creek Rd Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

September 5 2020 CORE Coordinator Mentoring Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

September 9 2020 Okotoks to High River Cycle ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

September 10 2020 Barrier Lake Fire Lookout Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

September 12 2020 Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

September 13 2020 Sheep River Loop Okotoks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

September 18 2020 Prairie Viewpoint via Quaite Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

September 20 2020 Rawson Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

September 22 2020 Taylor Lake Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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!!!!

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on September 2020 CORE Newsletter

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 – These guidelines are for your safety andy your fellow hikers safety as well.

 

  • Do not sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms (go to Alberta Health Services website for COVID-19 symptons).

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

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.

  • Bring a mask with you 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. No Sharing Allowed!!

    • 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.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and were on a CORE event prior to the positive test please notify the coordinator of the trip.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders:

1. Bring a mask with you on the hike, in case you cannot social distance – 6 feet/2 metres, or you need to go into an indoor area.

2. Stay six feet/two metres for social distancing when hiking and other events. Also, at rest breaks and lunch.

Remember: This too Shall Pass!!!

 

 

 

 

Have Fun and Stay Safe

 

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on Newsletter Supplement “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID- 19 Guidelines

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

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.

……………………………………………………………………………………

July 24 2020 Prairie Creek Link Powderface Creek Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

August 1 2020 Allstones Lake Hike Rocky Mtn House Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

August 1 2020 Coliseum Mtn Hike Rocky Mtn House Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

August 1 2020 Crimson Lake Hike Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

August 2 2020 Relaxing Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

August 2 2020 Siffeur Falls Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

August 2 2020 Vision Quest Ridge Hike Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

August 10 2020 Banff to Johnston Canyon Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

August 17 2020 Kings Creek Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

August 19 2020 RKP Calgary to Chestermere Bike ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

August 21 2020 Fullerton Loop Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

August 23 2020 Cascade Waterfalls and 40 Mile Creek hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

August 23 2020 Fish Creek Park Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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!!!!

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on August 2020 CORE Newsletter

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

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.

……………………………………………………………………………………

Wildwood Westgate Bike Ride June 19 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

High Noon and Sheep River Trail June 29, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Friendship Trail, Turner Valley Black Diamond May 11, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Hailstone Butte August 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

West Wind Pass August 18, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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!!!!  

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on June 2020 CORE Newsletter

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

 

 

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on Newsletter Supplement “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic”

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

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.

……………………………………………………………………………………

September 2019 Commonwealth Lake Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

September 2019 Pocaterra Ridge Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

October 2019 Sundance Canyon Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

November 2018 Weaselhead Park Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

August 2018 Dyson Falls Sheep Creek PP Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on May 2020 CORE Newsletter

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.

 …………………………………………………………………………………………..

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.

……………………………………………………………………………………

2019 Yamnuska Circuit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

2019 Having Fun at Healy Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

2019 West Wind Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

2019 Fullerton Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

2016 Bow Valley Provincial Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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.

………………………………………………………………………………………

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!!!!  

By |Newsletters|Comments Off on April 2020 CORE Newsletter