OCTOBER ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

Despite the darkening weather and the approach of winter, October saw a number of exciting club outings, as well as a cozy lodge weekend. There were 11 events posted on the calendar, including urban walks, scrambles and hikes of various levels of difficulty, a Hostel weekend at Ribbon Creek, dinner and movie outings, and a Club Members night at MEC.

Some Highlights

Roughing it at Kananaskis Hostel Roughing it at Ribbon Creek Hostel

Memorial Lakes Scrambly Trail

Memorial Lakes Scrambly Trail

Relaxing Above Memorial Lakes Relaxing Above Memorial Lakes

Wasootch Ridge ViewView from Wasootch Ridge

Porcupine Ridge Porcupine Ridge

Porcupine Ridge Pinnacle Porcupine Ridge – End of trail

Forest Management Trail HutThe Colonel’s Cabin *

Baldy Pass TrailBaldy Pass Trail

Lillian Lake Hike - New Galatea BridgeLillian Lake Hike – New Galatea Bridge

Garrison Woods Halloween WalkHalloween Walk Garrison Woods

* The log shelter is the Colonel’s Cabin.  It was the headquarters for the Colonel of the World War II POW camp that was located across from Barrier Lake. We started at the Colonel’s cabin and did part of an interpretive trail, and then headed down Baldy Pass Trail and came back via Lusk Pass Trail.

Club Night at MEC

The MEC club night held on October 9 was a great success. There were 17 members who came out for this event. MEC’s staff presented an enthusiastic and educational walking tour of the store, illustrating how to shop for proper clothing for weather and layering. We also learned how to activate Gortex material to make it more waterproof, and how to dry down-feathered jackets using tennis balls to prevent clumping.

October Club Meeting

Last month’s club meeting was held on Tue October 27 at the Scarboro Community Centre. The presenter was Chris Wright, a long time club member who specializes in nature photography. He gave a photo presentation about exploring the Cariboo and Chilcotin areas of British Columbia.

CORE NOVEMBER CLUB MEETING

Tues. November 24 – 7 p.m.

Join us at our new home in the Scarboro Community Hall, 1727 – 14 Ave SW. The theme for the evening will be:

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Join us for the annual CORE club members Christmas party. The evening will also feature a presentation on paragliding by Andy Gamp. He will present the concept of paragliding, its history and evolution, description of the equipment and materials, and philosophy. We will then have time to socialize and talk about our adventures from the year. Food and beverages will be provided.

If only Icarus had these:

Canyon Paragliding

Canyon Paragliding

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding

SAFETY

WildSmart bear activity

Bear Activity

Bear Activity Reports have ended for the season and will resume in the spring, around May/June, depending on the level of bear activity.

Safety Best Practices

Hike leaders, please be reminded to state our safety guidelines at the beginning of a hike or at the trail head, before you set of on the trail. These include practices such as keeping in groups of at least four people, stopping at junctions in the trail until you rejoin the main group, and having a leader and a sweep to make sure nobody gets lost. Coordinators are encouraged to have a read through the Coordinator’s Guidelines. This document constitutes the collective wisdom of our club on how to keep your group safe while hiking in the mountains. It is accessible at this link, CORE member password required:

https://corehike.org/wp-content/uploads/Forms/EventCoordinatorsGuidelines.pdf

PLANNED EXCURSIONS

Weekend at the Castle Junction Chalets

Friday, December 4 2015 – Sunday, December 6 2015

There will be opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and backcountry skiing.

We have four cabins that each sleep six people, so 24 spots are available. Each cabin has two bedrooms, a pull-out bed, gas fireplace and DVD player. The resort has an activity center, Osprey Lodge, with a hot tub, general store and free Wifi.

There are still a few spots available. If you are interested please check the CORE calendar for contact details.

Assiniboine Lodge

Mar 6 – 9,  2016

We are starting to make plans for a weekend at Assiniboine Lodge. We will be taking a helicopter to Assiniboine Lodge March 6, returning March 9. During the stay we will be able to backcountry ski or snowshoe. The lodge provides guides and avalanche gear (transceivers, probes, and shovels).

Anyone interested, please check the CORE calendar for further details.

EXECUTIVE CORNER

Promoting Our Club

Seeking new members. Must be able to walk, with a desire to improve your fitness and enjoy the outdoors. We are looking to promote the club by putting pamphlets out, and hoping that members will have some suggestions of where we can place a few or better yet deliver some. If you have access to an area or bulletin board that might be frequented by outdoorsy people, please ask a member of the CORE Executive for some pamphlets to place in that location.

Membership Card Laminating

Want to get your membership card laminated? Come to a Club meeting (last Tuesday of every month except December).

Ask your Exec

If CORE members have any questions about club policies or procedures, just email us at mailbox@corehike.org and a member of the Executive will respond. If the question is of general interest, we’ll include it with the answer in the next newsletter.

Q&A’s

Q. Do we publish a list of hikes and other activities planned for the year?

A. No. Our activities are planned and posted by experienced club members who have some leadership coaching from the Club Executive Trip Coordinator. Some activities where reservations are required are put in the Calendar a month or so in advance, but others may be posted only a day or so before hand. All members are urged to check the Calendar often to see if an activity has been inserted that they may be interested in. They then register with the Trip Coordinator so further communications about the activity can take place. This also allows the Trip Coordinator to guage whether the participant has the skills, equipment and stamina to undertake the outing.

Q. What are the prerequisites for leading an outing?

A. The prospective hike (snowshoe, bicycle trip etc) leader should have participated in a few club outings to see “how we do things”, have an interview with the CORE Executive Trip Coordinator, and act as co-lead on at least one trip with one of the club’s experienced activity leaders. Any club member wishing to lead some activities should come out to one of the monthly club meetings and talk to members of the executive. You can also contact the Executive Trip Coordinator directly.

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS

Our monthly quote from outdoor adventurer writers.

Ben Gadd knows the Canadian Rocky Mountains well. He is the author of ten books on the area. His best-selling Handbook of the Canadian Rockies is an award-winning guide to everything from geology, botany and bears to human history and backpacking trips. With a degree in Earth science and nearly 40 years of teaching and writing about the Rockies, Ben is an acknowledged authority on the region.

The following is an excerpt from a lecture by Ben Gadd –Six Good Reasons to Save the Wilderness.The complete text can be found at this link:

http://www.bengadd.com/Downloads/Six%20Good%20Reasons%20to%20Save%20the%20Wilderness%202009.pdf

Now there may be people in this room who wouldn’t mind seeing every grizzly bear in the Rockies decline as far and as fast as possible, but take it from me, who has had many close encounters with bears, that these animals are not bloodthirsty killers. I very nearly walked on a bear once; it got up, highly insulted, and looked at me incredulously until I delivered a proper apology.

Grizzly bears kill people only when we do something really gauche, like threatening their babies or trying to steal their elk kills. Okay; most of us wouldn’t knowingly threaten grizzly-bear babies, and we’re not really interested in rotting elk carcasses, but the bears just automatically assume the worst of us—which, when you stop to think of it, is quite justified. After all, we shoot bears. We hit them with our cars and trucks and trains. We trap them in nasty ways to get their furry skins. We lock them up in zoos, etc., etc.

Considering how humans treat grizzly bears I’m surprised that the bears don’t get even with us at every opportunity. It was Edward Abbey who said, spoonerizing the U.S. constitution, “I believe in the right to arm bears.”

Bears hardly ever attack people. Why not? It’s simple biology. If bears went after humans more often, we would have done them all in long ago. Maybe the bears know this. For whatever reason, bears are not much of a threat, and they belong in the mountains just as much as we do, perhaps more. They were there first, like the bighorn sheep and the golden eagles and the mountain goats—all of them world-famous symbols of the Canadian Rockies.

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