EXECUTIVE CORNER

Missed the January meeting at the Norseman Outdoor Specialists store?

Here are some highlights:

Roughly 25 members filled the Norseman store on a cold January night (Jan. 30) to learn about snowshoeing and the “true definition of winter” from Justin Howse, the store’s operations manager. We learned:

  • Winter conditions can exist even on a cold summer day (due to elements such as wind and rain). Always dress appropriately and be prepared for “winter-like” conditions.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when you are snowshoeing or x-c skiing (and make good decisions, such as not having lunch in an avalanche runoff zone or beneath a snow-covered slope).
  • In winter, have a wick-away layer next to your skin, followed by a warm layer (such as fleece), and a soft shell jacket on the top. For more warmth, add another layer to the “middle” layer, rather than put on a hard shell jacket that may be rain-proof but doesn’t breathe.
  • When going up and down hills on snowshoes, Justin suggests trying a “herringbone” technique when ascending, and a “snowplough” stance, similar to downhill skiing, when descending (being careful not to cross the tip of one snowshoe over the other).

Embracing an Unusual Winter with “CORE Enthusiasm”

Swishing along ski trails, gliding through snow laden forests, exploring pristine landscapes on snowshoes…CORE’s winter season has featured many well-attended trips, fabulous snow conditions (and, admittedly, a few frosty days)…. all mixed with lots of fun and adventure in the outdoors. Thanks to Cheryl, Lynn, Harvey, Carol, Mary, Pat, Julia Tsang, Katherine, Stu, John R., Anne-Marie, Julia Trangeled, David T., Edna, Cathie, Sarah, David M., and Pam for posting events and courses this winter. (Sorry if we missed anyone!)

 

Carpooling Contributions – A Suggestion from the Executive

CORE’s current carpool formula ($0.20 x total distance of trip divided by the number of people in the vehicle – including driver) was devised a number of years ago when gas prices were somewhat lower. With gas prices fluctuating like a yoyo and being fairly unpredictable in recent months, the executive would like to suggest the following:

If gas prices are higher than $1.15 at the time of a CORE trip, drivers can consider requesting a donation based on $0.25, rather than $0.20. (E.g., $0.25 x total distance of trip divided by the number of people in the vehicle). We will leave it up to the discretion of the drivers.

Interested in Volunteering for CORE?

There are many ways that members can contribute to CORE:

  • volunteer for the 2018-2019 executive (as a registered society we must fill four important positions: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership, or risk having to dissolve the club);
  • coordinate events (either in the city or in the mountains);
  • volunteer to give a presentation at a monthly meeting or suggest ideas for future presentations (send an email to mailbox@corehike.org);
  • nominate someone for the Chicken Mountain Award (send an email to mailbox@corehike.org);
  • make suggestions or comments via mailbox@corehike.org

CORE sponsored “Buy and Sell” Event

Watch for further details in next month’s newsletter about a “Buy and Sell” event that CORE’s executive committee is planning for the April 2018 meeting.

March’s Monthly Meeting

On March 27th, Dale Leckie, author of Rocks, Ridges and Rivers: The Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks, will give a slideshow on the geology of the Canadian Rockies, without referencing a lot of difficult-to-understand geological terms.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

January/February 2018

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for January 18 – February 11. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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January 20 – Evan Thomas Creek snowshoe

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January 21 – Pristine scenery along Braille Trail

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January 27 – Lusk Creek snowshoers brave the cold

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January 27 – A wintery wonderland at Lake Louise

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January 28 – Boulton Bridge-Elk Pass-Fox Creek ski

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February 10 – Pat, Laz, and Susan – snowshoeing at Confederation Park

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February 10 – Happy skiers at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

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February 11 – Is Geoff really up to his waist in snow?

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February 11 – Chris after a close encounter with the snow

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FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING

Members and Guests – Please join us at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Avenue S.W. Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.

A Tour of Ancients Civilizations by One of our Own “Ancients”

In 2017, Mike (a long-time CORE member) travelled to Egypt (March), Greece (July) and Cyprus (November). He will show some pyramids, sailing up the Nile, then move on to the Greek tour of Athens, Algina, Eleusis, Meteora, Delph, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Hydra, Patmos, Ephesus (in Turkey), Samos and back to Athens. Finally, a brief visit to Cyprus – Kouklia and Paphos.

In the Greek part, Mike will talk about several of the ancient monuments (not including himself), Greek art, dancing, walking, food, drink, sunsets and cats (there are a lot of cats in Greece).

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NATURE NEWS & NOTES

NON-CORE EVENT

Nikki Heim – March 15, 2018: Wolverine Populations in South-Central Alberta 

Join the Friends of Kananaskis as Nikki reveals when the fierce wolverine meets its match, providing a glimpse into factors influencing a declining population in Kananaskis Country.

University of Calgary – Science Theatres ST 135, 527 Campus Place NW

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

General Admissions – $5 Suggested Donation – No Pre-Show Ticket Sales

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 A BIRD’S EYE VIEW

NON-CORE EVENT

Fundraiser Event – Great Divide Trail Association

– Mar 15

A journey of adventure, discovery & survival

An evening of stories with Brian Keating, as he takes the audience on a high energy adventure through some of the major mountain ranges of the world. Brian Keating is a regular on CBC Homestretch and was awarded the 2017 Stan Hodgkiss Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year Award by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Brian is a wildlife advocate, a pilot, scuba diver and mountaineer and has hiked, explored and advocated for wildlife across the globe, including Canada’s own Great Divide Trail.

All profits from the event will be invested in the completion and environmental protection of the Great Divide Trail.

Tickets:
Regular:  $30.00, Students:  $15.00

The Details:
When:  Thursday, March 15, 7:00 – 9:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Where:  John Dutton Theatre, 616 Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary
How to Get a Ticket:  Click here:  Tickets available on eventbrite

Please share this info with others and help us spread the word about our event with Brian Keating!

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….see you on the trails …

CM