EXECUTIVE CORNER

Shuffleboard

We’ve done a slight rearrangement of roles on the Executive. Stu C. will take over the Communications Role including the Newsletter, and David v.d.E. will continue to contribute as a Member as Large.

Welcome Back Mike

Our friend and hiking companion Mike G. is back to resume his Executive Trip Coordinator duties, after undergoing a pretty serious medical procedure. At times I’m sure it was like dangling from a rope 1000 metres up and catching the tip of your pick axe in a precarious niche on the rock face. Welcome back Mike!

Contacting your Executive

CORE has a couple of purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If you have a general question about the club, for instance what activities are coming up, presenters planned, etc, please email us at mailbox@corehike.org. If it is a question about membership or joining the club, please direct your query to membership@corehike.org.

Remember that our CORE Executive members are volunteers who also have day jobs and a life outside of CORE, so please be patient if it takes a few days to respond to your queries.

Car Pool Rates

With the ever escalating gas prices, the Executive has opted to raise the suggested amount to compensate the driver when you are car-pooling. Please follow these sliding-rate guidelines. The rate is for regular gas per KM round trip for the vehicle / number of people in the vehicle.

Gas above $1.30 per litre: $0.30 per km

Gas between $1:00 and $1.30 per litre: $0.25 per km

Gas below $1.00 per litre: $0.20 per km

For trips within one of the Mountain National Parks (Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Waterton, Yoho) passengers share equally with the driver the one-day entrance fee per car unless the fee is on a per person basis.
The final decision on prevailing gas prices is the Trip Coordinator’s (ie if prices are on the cusp and there is a disagreement between a driver and passenger on which rate should apply).
Remember the golden rule.  Your driver went out of their way to transport you safely on the outing, sometimes over dusty roads. If the car pool fee amounts to, say $13, you could round it up to an even $15 to help pay for a carwash.

For further information about CORE Carpooling guidelines, please visit the Carpooling and Locations page.

Monthly Presentations

We are fortunate to have monthly presentations at the Scarboro Community Centre planned right through to September, some by club members relating their adventures, some by very interesting outside presenters. Members and non-members alike are invited to attend. If YOU have an idea for a presenter who would be willing to give us a talk on their adventures, please send their particulars along to the executive, and we’ll see what can be arranged

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

July 2018

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar since our last newsletter. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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June 17 – Black Prince Cirque – Sun and Snow

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June 17 – Descent from Castle Mountain Lookout

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June 24 – Wind Ridge

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July 1 – Grass Pass

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July 14 – Upper Kananaskis Lake – Sarrail Creek Falls

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July 21 – Sibbald Lake Flora

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July 22 – Sherbrooke Lake and Mt Ogden from Paget trail

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July 28 – Centennial Ridge

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July 28 – Ribbon Creek to Troll Falls

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July 29 – Sunshine Meadows – The Lake Circuit

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NEWS & NOTES

Parking in the National Parks

Parks Canada has recently been strictly enforcing prohibitions on parking on the sides of several roads in Banff.  There is now a web page https://www.pc.gc.ca/Banffnow   which shows roughly current availability of parking at a large number of locations you can zoom in on.  The conditions are quite consistent, however, not varying much even on weekends.  The following guidelines may therefore be more useful when planning a trip:

In the cases of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, road access to the lots is closed to avoid people circling around.  THIS MEANS THAT MORAINE LAKE IS INACCESSIBLE AFTER AROUND 8 AM, AND LOUISE AFTER AROUND 10:00, ALL DAYS OF THE WEEK—even as early visitors leave the parking lots largely empty.  It also means that Paradise Valley trailhead is inaccessible after 8 AM.  (Shuttle buses do not stop there.)

There are several other points to consider:

  • There are free shuttles from the Lake Louise Overflow Parking East of the town interchange to lakeside—BUT THIS LOT IS ALSO FILLED AS EARLY AS 11:00.
  • Louise shuttles run every 15 minutes but THE LAST BUS LEAVES LAKE LOUISE AT 5:30.
  • The Parks will apparently run free shuttles to Moraine Lake from the same overflow area in September—BUT CURRENTLY SHUTTLES ARE PRIVATELY OPERATING AT $25 ROUND TRIP.  Check with the Lake Louise info center for where they leave from, times, and possible need to book ahead.
  • Johnston’s Canyon and Upper Sulphur Hot Springs lots are also generally full by noon, and sometime also Lake Minniwanka.
  • Several other lots with yellow warning labels have NOT been shut so far (over 10 days in July).  This includes Yoho Valley, Emerald Lake, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Bourgeau Lake, Redearth Creek, Marble Canyon, and Stanley Glacier.  It is likely fine to plan trips there but early arrivals are recommended. 
  • The websites “last update” times are 24 hour format for EASTERN time, 2 hours ahead of us (i.e. later).  A second column is just a copy in AM/PM format but 4 hours ahead, meaning unknown.

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Hither and Yon

For all CORE members, this spot is for you. If you have a little story to tell about something you’ve seen on a CORE outing, or some article or book you may have read that you would like to share, please send it along and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter. Keep it to a couple paragraphs, and stick to topics related to the outdoors or the environment. Please submit via email to mailbox@corehike.org.

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A little inspirational hiking poetry

Tyler C Nelson  – Mt. Baldy
a misty start with worlds to go
a walk through forest, desert, snow
with altitude and dizzy joy
a challenge which my strength employs
a peaceful summit waiting warm
where thought and poetry find form
from near the sun our minds turn
to worlds below we will return

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….see you on the trails …

SC