EXECUTIVE CORNER

2018-2019 CORE Executive – Coming Together, One Volunteer at a Time

The current executive, made up of Julia, Stu, Pat, Mary, Jeanette, Craig and Carol, would like to thank the CORE members who have agreed to be nominated for the 2018-2019 executive. Their names will be put forward at the club’s Annual General Meeting on May 29. There are still a couple of positions available for nominations. If you would like to volunteer or nominate another member, please send an email to mailbox@corehike.org.

Photographers and Coordinators – re: photos

Please remind participants, especially new members, that photos taken on CORE or joint CORE/Calgary Ski Club trips may be posted on the CORE website and/or used at other CORE venues. The executive has learned that not everyone is aware of how trip-related photos are being used.

May 15 – Deadline – Chicken Mountain Award Nominations

If you think that someone is worthy of winning the coveted Chicken Mountain Award, you have less than a month to submit your story to mailbox@corehike.org. At the upcoming AGM, the stories will be read and the most worthy nominee chosen by a show of hands. The nominee can be the coordinator of a trip where some misadventure or unusual experience happened, or a trip participant who managed to add some excitement to the outing.

 

REMINDER: CORE’s BUY/SELL EVENT – Tuesday, May 29

Do you have used hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, climbing and/or scrambling gear and apparel that’s collecting dust and cobwebs in your basement or garage? Bring these items to the Scarboro Community Hall on May 29, and CORE will give you the opportunity to sell, swap or give these items away.

Tables will be available for your items. Sellers will be responsible for displaying prices and collecting money from their buyers. CORE is just providing a venue for bringing buyers and sellers together. The executive will send out further details in May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

February/March 2018

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for ?????  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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March 21 – Bob, Kim, Julia, Carol – Fox Creek Trail

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March 24 – Rawson Lake Snowshoe Gang

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March 24 – Canmore Nordic Ski Trails near Meadow Hut

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March 31 – Colourful Hogarth Lakes Snowshoers

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April 7 – Boom Lake Snowshoers and their Shadows

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????? Chester to Sawmill – Admiring the View across the Valley

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FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING

Members and Guests – Please join us at Scarboro Community Centre, 1737 – 14th Avenue S.W. Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.

Rocks, Rivers and Ridges: The Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks

Following club announcements and updates, our guest presenter will be Dale Leckie, author of a recently published book called Rocks, Rivers and Ridges: The Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks.

An award-winning geologist and best-selling author, Dale will guide you through the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks. The story of the Rockies, its rivers and valleys, glaciers and hot springs, caves and karst, mountain building and erosion unfolds.

With eye-catching illustrations and photographs, this presentation blends story telling with science and natural beauty with easy to understand explanations. Be prepared to be amazed by the story written in the Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers. Dale’s book will be available for sale. You can pay with cash or credit card. The cost is $28.00 cash and Dale pays the GST. If a credit card is used, the cost is $27.95 plus GST.

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NATURE NEWS & NOTES

 

According to the latest DNA census in the province’s bear management area five (BMA5) – an approximate 10,000 square km area, which includes Canmore and K-Country – there’s an estimated 16 grizzlies per 1,000 sq. km in the northern portion of the management area, which takes in K-Country.

Based on DNA results and modelling programs, researchers have come up with an estimate of 96 grizzlies (52 females and 43 males) in the 6,000 sq. km northern section. According to John Paczkowski, an ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, who spoke at a WildSmart Speaker Series presentation in Canmore, March 20, “The take-away message is that the population (of grizzlies) in K-Country is stable and slightly increasing.”

Rocky Mountain Outlook March 29, 2018

 

Construction Advisory – Ha Ling Peak Trail Realignment

There will be construction activities taking place April through September on the Ha Ling Trail in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park. Heavy equipment and crews will be on site completing a variety of trails improvements. Intermittent full-mountain closures will occur throughout the above time frame to accommodate safety, particularly during high risk construction activities. Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage should be obeyed.

The Wonderful World of Wetlands

Posted on March 21, 2018 by AB Environment & Parks (https://albertaep.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/the-wonderful-world-of-wetlands/)

Sloughs, potholes and marshes…The names may bring back happy memories growing up on the farm, less happy memories of itchy bug bites or perhaps you haven’t thought about wetlands since grade 5.  In Alberta, wetlands are grouped into five classes; bog, fen, marsh, swamp and shallow-open water. While they are sometimes thought of as a lightweight player in the world of water, these underestimated water-features do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to a healthy environment.

So why should we care about that marsh we drive past every day? Because while we are waiting for the coffee to kick in and are just starting to function – it is already hard at work! Filtering out sediments and nutrients, which improves both the surface and ground water quality, they are a natural at removing harmful contaminants from the water. By storing water during times of flood, and releasing water during times of drought, wetlands can help mitigate flood and drought risks to landowners. Wetlands provide critical habitat to many types of plants and animals and are known to be one of the most productive ecosystems in the world.

10 Early Season Hikes in Banff National Park

  • Tunnel Mountain. At 1,692 metres high, this little mountain is perfectly positioned for the best views of the Banff townsite and Mt. Rundle
  • Hoodoo Trail
  • Marsh Loop
  • Sundance Canyon Trail
  • Fenland Trail
  • Sulphur Mountain
  • Minnewanka Lakeside
  • Johnson Lake

 

For more information on these hikes, visit: https://www.banfflakelouise.com/blog/10-early-season-hikes-banff-national-park

 

 

 

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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW


 

 

 

 

….see you on the trails …

CM