We’re having a great start to our early Summer season, despite some rain. From June 19 to July 13 there were 13 outings posted on the calendar, from urban walks, tennis and social dining to some mountain trips, ranging from intermediate level to scrambles.  A pretty comprehensive schedule.

A few highlights:

 June 25 Legacy Trail Bike Ride

June 25 Legacy Trail Bike Ride



June 25 Trail to Boom Lake

June 25 Trail to Boom Lake

June 26 Powderface Hike

June 26 Powderface Hike


July 2 Windy Peak

July 2 Windy Peak

July 13 The Turret Scramble

July 13 The Turret Scramble

July 13 The Turret Scramble - View from the Top

July 13 The Turret Scramble – View from the Top

For more trip photos visit the CORE photo album under “Activities” on the CORE Website.

June 2016 Club Meeting

The June members meeting featured Author of “Handbook of the Canadian Rockies” and Rocky Mountains expert Ben Gadd.

What more can be said. Ben gave us a fascinating and highly entertaining presentation. What an adventurous spirit!


July 2016 Club Meeting

Tuesday July 26, 2016 – 7 p.m.

Our meetings are open to the public, so don’t be shy. Join us at the Scarboro Community Hall, 1727 – 14 Ave SW. The presenter for the evening will be:

Wildlife Safety and Personal Preparedness in the Wilderness

Presenter: Justin Howse – Operations Manager at Norseman Outdoor Specialist 

The guest presenter will be Justin Howse, an IGA Professional Interpretive Hiking Guide. Wildlife safety and personal preparedness are among the most common issues for hikers in the Canadian Rockies. Justin will be covering proper wildlife safety and personal care to help you stay safe during your hiking adventures. Topics such as bear safety, tick management, dehydration and personal care will be touched on throughout the evening. Justin has spent much of his lifetime in the many wild places of this country. He is trained in Wilderness First Aid, has a diploma in Biological Sciences, and years of Wilderness Survival Training. He is currently the Operations Manager at Norseman Outdoor Specialist. Ice climbing, hiking and snowboarding are some of the ways he enjoys spending his time in the Canadian Rockies.


Black_Bear_eating__largeSynopsis from Wildsmart.ca: Berry season is underway and bears have been seen eating buffalo berries all over the Bow Valley. The Volunteer Stewards have been out on the Legacy Trail cutting buffalo berry bushes in an effort to encourage bears to eat elsewhere. Trail users can help reduce the chances of a conflict occurring by being loud, especially while traveling between Canmore and the Park Gate, and by learning to use bear spray and carrying it with them. Bears are very protective of food, so make sure that you do not surprise feeding bears! Current closures and warnings can be found on the WildSmart webpage. Check it before heading out to the Bow Valley.

Be vigilant while on trails, make noise, preferably travel in groups and carry bear spray. Report any encounters with bears to the Kananaskis dispatch @ (403) 591-7755.


Contacting your CORE Executive

Members are welcome to contact your Executive via email. Our email addresses are available on the Executive Contact Info page on the CORE website. Use your Member password to access.

Tips for Hike Leaders and Participants

Wondrous Scenery

The CORE Executive has had some feedback from coordinators and participants on how we can improve the hiking experience. Here are a few tips and guideline reminders you might consider incorporating into our forays into the mountains:

  • When responding to a coordinator that you would like to join their posted event, always provide your email address and (mobile) phone number, so they can contact you if there are last minute changes.
  • If you are bringing a guest, advise the coordinator, and download the Guest Waiver form from the CORE website, and have it all filled in by your guest before you arrive at the car pool location.
  • Participants: The meeting time is intended as a DEPARTURE time. Please arrive earlier to get the carpool loading arranged.
  • Coordinators: Remember when setting a departure time to allow for any stops on the way and trailhead preparation.
  • Coordinators, please think about starting earlier; an 8:30 start is not much different than a 9:00 start, but it will get you to the trail head parking lot before the heat of the day, often will catch the better weather window, and an earlier return time means less traffic.

If you have other suggestions for improving our club events, all members are invited to contact the Executive either directly via the Executive page or via email to mailbox@corehike.org.

Lake Louise Shuttle

Note to Hike Coordinators planning on weekend and holidays trips to trails starting at Lake Louise, Parks Canada sometimes closes the road to Upper Lake Louise to further car traffic, offering a free weekend shuttle service from lower to upper Lake Louise starting Canada Day, July 1st to Labour Day, September 5th. The shuttle service departs from the Lake Louise overflow parking lot located 5 km east of Lake Louise, and operates between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. MDT. 06:00 PM is the last bus out. Note that the shuttle DOES NOT go to Moraine Lake, except for a short period on weekends from September 10th to September 25th, 2016 for the WonderFall festival and larch viewing. …more info…

Revelstoke Weekend August Long Weekend

Fri. Jul. 29 to Mon. Aug. 1 (3 nights).

 Glacier House Resort, Revelstoke (10.5 kms north of Revelstoke along Columbia River)


Summary: (Complete information is posted on the CORE Calendar)

All organized and ready to go. Cheryl will be sending out emails to participants to arrange ride sharing for those who need it.

Adventure Stories

Last season we had a couple of submissions about wilderness travel adventures which we published as a Blog on the CORE website. Feel like you have a story to tell, and have some creative writing skills? Well then, don’t be shy, get on that keyboard and write up your adventure. Submit it to mailbox@corehike.org, and we’ll do a little editing and publish it for you.

Poetry Challenge

If any club member can come up with an ending to the Newsletter (poem, trail mix recipe, mountain lore) that is better than the one your author has selected (which should be pretty easy), please submit it to mailbox@corehike.org, and we (the Executive) will vote on what we consider the best and include it in the next Newsletter.

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.

A Grizzly Poem

Grizzly Bear

by Mary Austin

If you ever, ever, ever meet a grizzly bear,
You must never, never, never ask him where
He is going,
Or what he is doing;
For if you ever, ever dare to stop a grizzly bear,
You will never never never
Meet another anywhere.


See you on the the trails…