EXECUTIVE CORNER

Seeking Communications Coordinator to Publish the CORE Newsletter

Despite the personal satisfaction in putting together the CORE Newsletter each month, your current author is spending more time in administrative duties than he is on the trails. He needs your help. If you could find the time to put together and publish the small online monthly newsletter, we need you! This is an Executive position as Communications Coordinator and we would of course like to fill it as such, but if you could take on just the newsletter task, then we would be very grateful. Interested? Please email the Executive at mailbox@corehike.org, or contact Carol or Stu for more details on what is entailed.

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.

Monthly Presentations

Our Presentation planner(s) have have done a great job in finding presenters for the monthly club meetings at the Scarboro Community Centre, right through to the end of the year, some by club members relating their adventures, and others by very interesting outside presenters. Members and non-members alike are invited to attend. If YOU have an idea for a presenter who may 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

August 2018

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

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Golden Hikes

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Golden Scrambles

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Day Hikes

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NEWS & NOTES

Courses

CORE will be sponsoring a Wilderness  First Aid course. This is a one-day, non-certification course, similar to the very successful one we had a couple of years ago. The course will be mostly funded by the club from the Peterman Endowment Fund, but there will be a small registration fee. The planned date is is September 22 at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. Please stay tuned for further information – we’ll post it on the calendar as soon as we have everything firmed up.

Injury Avoidance and Fitness Exercises

The CORE August presenter was chiropractor, Dr. Colin Johnston, who summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2016. Out of that experience he has developed a set of exercises, particularly in regard to the knee area, to mitigate injuries when participating in strenuous activities. He has kindly provided CORE with a description of some exercises to improve knee streangth. A link to the PDF file, including his contact information, is provided on the CORE Safety Guidelines page.

Trailhead Parking Security

It has been reported that car break-ins and theft has been happening at trail-head parking lots. Be sure to lock up your belongings and ensure nothing is visible when you leave your vehicle to mitigate the visibility of tempting items for thieves.

Trail Closures

Contest

The Executive is initiating a contest to encourage member readership of the CORE newsletter. There will be a prize awarded at the the CORE Christmas party in November. Each month (beginning with the August newsletter), there will be a quiz question related to some clue buried withing the newsletter. Collect all the clues to participate in the contest at the Christmas Party (November 27), and winners names will be put in a draw for the prize.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a CORE member
  • Cannot be a member of the Executive (insider knowledge etc.)
  • Must be in attendance at the CORE Christmas Party

August Newsletter clue: What is the “Hither and Yon” section of the August Newsletter about?

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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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Ten Daypack Essentials

“Be prepared.” These words of wisdom have been echoed by scout leaders, guides, and seasoned outdoor lovers for generations. It’s true. Weather can change quickly and the unexpected can happen. To manage the risk, add these essentials to your backpack before your next daytrip on the trail. (full descriptions can be found on the ViewRanger link. ViewRanger is a digital APP used for GPS navigation).

  1. Food – Don’t go hungry or skimp on calories.

  2. Water – 4-6 liters or water per day or more if you’re hiking in extreme heat.

  3. Torch or headlamp – It’s no fun to walk–er, stumble–in the dark.

  4. Fire starter – It’s darn near impossible to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together.

  5. Navigation – Map, compass, and app.

  6. Sun protection – Protect yourself with proper sunglasses, sunscreen, and sun hat.

  7. First-aid kit – Injuries may happen when you least expect it, so carry a compact first-aid kit.

  8. Knife – There are countless uses for a knife in the outdoors.

  9. Extra Clothing – Weather can change quick in the countryside and mountains. Pack layers.

  10. Shelter – If your daytrip is super ambitious, demands long hours or distances, or wanders into extreme conditions, consider carrying a lightweight bivvy sack or space blanket.

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….see you on the trails …

Stu