EXECUTIVE CORNER

Renewing Your Membership – Join now online before the AGM

For all current members, if you haven’t renewed your membership yet, sign up now and pay online ahead of time to make it quicker and easier for you and the membership coordinator. Or at the AGM — If you do intend to sign up at the Annual General Meeting, please submit your membership form online and provide a copy of your confirmation email with your signature and payment to the membership committee at the AGM.

CORE’s Website now has Security Certificate

Recently CORE’s website provider, Nucleus, provided an SSL certificate (security certificate) for the club’s website. Rather than seeing http://corehike.org, you will now see https://corehike.org. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

Special Motion at AGM

Members attending the AGM will be asked to vote on the following motion:

“Do you agree with waiving membership fees for those who volunteer for the executive each year?”

To qualify for a free membership, volunteers on the executive committee would have to serve a full term, and receive the free membership at the end of their term. Waiving membership fees would give the club the means to thank those on the executive committee and to acknowledge their hard work and commitment.

June 26, CORE Monthly Meeting – Cambodia, land of Angkor Wat, Mekong River, and the Famous “Tuks Tuks”

Mark June 26 on your calendar as long time member, Jeanette, takes us on a colourful journey through much of Cambodia, where she was joined by Harvey and Carol, other long time CORE members.

Participating in the BUY & SELL Event at the AGM – be sure to read!

backpack

For those wishing to participate in the buy-sell event at the AGM, it will commence after the business part of the meeting (in conjunction with the Social gathering). There will be some tables set up to display items for sale, swap or give-away. All sellers should have their items tagged beforehand with their name and the amount they would like to get. All negotiations are strictly between buyer and seller, and the club has no part in the sale other than providing the venue. Please try to come early with your items. The community hall doors will be open at 6:30.

Brand new Salomon boots and skis

This backpack, and brand new Salomon x-c skis and boots will be some of the items at the sale. The boots and bindings use a double bar system. The Salomon boots are women’s size U.S. 6.5 (UK 5), light grey, Sian7 Pilot.

 

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

April/May 2018

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for April 21 – May 16. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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April 21 – Mysterious Maze – Three Sisters Pathway, Canmore

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April 22 – Johnston Canyon “Spring” Hike

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April 29 – A Sunny Spring Day on Fullerton Loop

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May 5 – Beautiful Scenery in Bow Valley Provincial Park

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May 12 – Upper Stoney Trail hike – through lovely mixed forest

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May 16 – Urban hike – Edgemont Hills, they “Rock”!

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MAY MONTHLY MEETING

Scarboro Community Hall – 1727 – 14 Avenue S.W.

Tuesday, May 29   7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND SOCIAL

All members are invited and encouraged to attend the club’s AGM on Tuesday, May 29th. It’s always a fun, diverse and enjoyable evening, featuring food and refreshments, a chance to swap stories of adventures past and yet to come, plus the honour of helping to elect a new executive committee for 2018-2019. Happily, this year we already have nominations for a number of executive positions. There will be the annual anointing of the Chicken Mountain award winner, special recognition of trip coordinators, and door prizes. We will also have a “Buy-Sell” event of new/used equipment and clothing. It promises to be a full evening, with something for everyone!

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These CORE members are having fun at one of our AGMs! You can, too, on May 29th.

Pat and Mark

 

 

 

 

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Marvella and Cheryl

 

 

 

 

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NATURE NEWS & NOTES

Tick bite prevention during tick season

Tick-borne diseases occur worldwide, including in your own backyard. Some of the best ways to avoid tick bites are: wear clothing that covers your arms and legs; tuck your pants into your socks or even put tape around openings in clothing so ticks have no access; and wear light-colored clothing to help you see if a tick is on you. When you are in the woods, keep to the centre of the trail, where ticks are less likely to be (ticks tend to stay in shrubs and bushes).

Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin or picaridin.

  • As soon as you are home, check yourself or have a family member help check you for ticks. Use a fine-tooth comb through your hair and check folds of the skin. You should also shower and wash your clothes at a high heat so any ticks are killed.

The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses are:

Fever/chills 
With all tick-borne diseases, patients can experience fever at varying degrees and time of onset.

Aches and pains 
Tick-borne disease symptoms include headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. With Lyme disease you may also experience joint pain. The severity and time of onset of these symptoms can depend on the disease and your personal tolerance level.

Rash 
Lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and tularemia can result in distinctive rashes

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BIRDS EYE VIEW

Trip coordinators – Here’s a K-Country hike to try this spring and early summer if you’re looking for great views.

Prairie View Trail to McConnell Ridge or Barrier Lake Fire Lookout is a good hike to do when it’s super windy, as the trees provide shelter from the wind. When you finally break out of the trees at McConnell Ridge, you are rewarded with views of Barrier Lake, Mount Baldy and beyond. There’s a fun little scramble to a higher viewpoint (not recommended if icy), as well as the option to hike up to Barrier Lake Fire Lookout offering 360 views. Return the way you came for the quickest way down. 13.2 km return, 421 m elevation gain. Add on 0.7 km, 100 m elevation gain to the Fire Lookout.

Check this website for other spring/fall shoulder season hikes in Kananaskis Country:

http://www.playoutsideguide.com/2016/11/best-shoulder-season-hikes-kananaskis.html

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….see you on the trails …

CM