Executive News

October 29, 2019 CORE Monthly Meeting

Members and Guests please join us for October’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Ave SW.

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 will see what can be arranged.

October Presentation by Alberta Environment and Parks: Grizzly Bear Management


Join John Paczkowski, Park Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, will give a presentation on grizzly bears in the Kananaskis Region and beyond.  John will first present on the latest grizzly bear population census work for grizzly bear management area 5, which includes Kananaskis Country down to the Crowsnest Pass. There will then be a discussion about the aversive conditioning program in Kananaskis country. For almost 20 years the program is aimed to reduced bear-human incidents by monitoring and conditioning grizzly bears in the region.

Alberta Environment and Parks “supports environmental conservation and protection, sustainable economic prosperity, quality of life and outdoor recreation opportunities.”

In Alberta, Grizzly Bears are designated as an “AT Risk SPECIES.”  The province has instituted a Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.

Reminder: There is no Monthly CORE Meeting for December 2019



CORE’s 20th Anniversary Gala November 26, 2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – CORE is organizing “a big bash” to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

It will take place at Scarboro Community Center (1727 – 14th Ave SW) , on Tuesday, November 26 from 6.30 pm to 10 pm

There will be a sumptuous sit down dinner, professional entertainment, quizzes, prizes, cash raffle and a slide show of events over the past 20 years. This promises to be the biggest event ever held by CORE.

Cost for Members: $ 20.00                              Non-members: $ 35.00

You need to RSVP by November 5th.

To attend this event, please go to the CORE Home page, click on Activities and Choose 20ANV Gala Registration.

For more details on schedule of events, how to register for this great event, please click on this 20th anniversary Gala link.  Or go to the home page of CORE Website and click on 20th anniversary newsletter.

 A “memories” photo album has been setup on the CORE photos site (2019 – CORE20ANV) and club members are invited to view the album and/or upload photos of events and/or people that have a special meaning to them. There are instructions on how to upload photos to the album on the CORE guides web page.

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2019/20 membership year

CORE is halfway through the year and is planning trips for the remaining 2019/20 fall and winter seasons. If you would like to join any of our events, you must be a CORE member or guest. For more information on how to join CORE, go to the  “Join Now” tab, on the website.


2019  Avalanche Awareness Events at U of C

Avalanche Canada holds Avalanche Awareness Presentation at U of C, November 7, 2019:

Avalanche Canada is having an avalanche awareness event in Calgary, November 7, at the University of Calgary. This is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge of avalanche risks prior to getting into the mountains this winter. Especially targeting snowshoer’s/cross-country skiers or people who like being in the winter backcountry, but do not have much/any avalanche experience.

The Avalanche Awareness Event is being held at University of Calgary, November 7, 2019, Doors open at 6.30 pm,  Presentation starts at 7.00 pm. Science Theatres #148. Use the U of C room finder.   Admission is Free. 

If you want to park at the University, use Lot 21 outside the Math/Sciences building. Group Meetup and a short walk: You can park at the far EAST end of the Brentwood Park and Ride, right where 31st Street enters the LRT parking lot (Google 32 Ave and 31 Street NW). Meetup at 6.15pm. It is a 15 minute walk over to the University. See CORE calendar for more information.


Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course (AST 1):

CORE is organizing an AST 1 course (Avalanche Skills Training Level 1), on January 11 and 12, 2020. We highly encourage anyone playing in the backcountry to have this whether you are a skier, snowshoer or climber. You will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, understand safe travel, and be taught companion rescue. It will be taught by certified instructors (ACMG guides). Each participant will receive a certificate showing they have completed the course.  There will be one day of classroom instruction and then a full day in the field. You can be on skis or snowshoes. The use of transceivers, probes and shovels will be taught. If you do not own a transceiver, probe, and rescue shovel, you will need to either purchase or rent the equipment for the course(ask Mike where). We need a minimum of 8 people to get the best price where each person would pay $100 dollars, with the CORE’s Peterman fund paying the other half to meet the full standard AST 1 cost of $200 dollars per person. Last date for signup is December 28, 2019.

You will need to register for the course by email to mailbox@corehike.org, And state in the email subject line, AST 1 course forward email to Mike. Mike is organizing the AST 1 event. And by sending a cheque to CORE with a letter stating what the payment is for (See the About page for CORE’s mailing address).

Event Coordinators Guidelines

A reminder to all event coordinators that a Trip Report Form is a requirement for all official CORE events (4+ people including coordinator). This includes hikes, bike trips, snowshoe and ski trips, guided backcountry trips and workshops and training courses that are sponsored by CORE.

New:  Event coordinators may now submit Trip Reports for unofficial (<4 people) events, and social events so they are acknowledged for the event in the database.

All Trip Reports should be provided to the Executive Trip Coordinator   in electronic or in hard copy form. For electronic submission, scanned PDF, or photo of the trip report emailed to mailbox@corehike.org as soon as possible after the event is fine. Event Coordinators Guidelines are posted on the CORE website at corehike.org.

CORE Photo Album

All CORE members participating in CORE activities are welcome and encouraged to post photos taken on your outings in the CORE website Photo Albums. There are Photo Management instructions on the CORE Guides web page. If you have any trouble uploading your photos, please ask the event coordinator or other experienced CORE member. Some guidelines when posting photos :

  • Post just the highlights of the event
  • No parking lot photos. We should not identify members vehicles
  • Do not post unflattering pictures of other members
  • If you mention a person’s name, use only the person’s first name

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.



September and October 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for September 21, 2019 to October 15, 2019Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.


September 14 – Memorial Hike and Picnic

History of CORE’s Annual Memorial Hike:

In 2010, after the passing of the 3rd CORE member, it was decided to have an Annual Memorial Hike in their honor. The first hike was Powderface Ridge summit on September 18, 2010. A Memorial Hike has been held each year around September to honor the, now 5 CORE members who have sadly passed away.

In Memoriam:

Will Farrington – 2007

Branko Peterman – 2009

Deb Side – 2010

Gary Bernhard – 2013

Allan Side – 2016

The 2019 Memorial Hike was well attended. 26 members took part in the hike and 28 members attended the potluck.


September 14 Memorial Hike and Picnic











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Below are some recipes from the Memorial Picnic:

Cranberry-Bran Muffins:

Prep Time 15 minutes, Total Time 35, 12 servings, 1 muffing (82 g) each:

What you Need:

-2 Cups whole wheat flour                                   -1.5 cups wheat bran

-4 tsp Magic Baking Powder                                -1 tsp ground nutmeg

-1 tsp ground cinnamon                                        -1 tsp ground nutmeg

-1/2 tsp baking soda                                               -1/2 tsp salt

-1 egg                                                                          -1  1/4 cups milk

-1/3 cup canola oil                                                   -1/3 cup molasses

-1/3 cup packed brown sugar                                -1 cup frozen cranberries

If your molasses is a bit thick, warm it in the microwave for a few seconds so it is fluid enough to mix with other ingredients.

Make It

Heat Oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Whisk egg, milk, oil and molasses in medium bowl until blended. Stir in sugar. Add to flour mixture, stir just until blended. Stir in cranberries. Spoon into 12 muffin pan cups sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack, cool completely.

Lemon Drizzle Loaf:    (Yes a hint of England)

Makes: one 10 in. by 4 in. (25 cm by 10 cm) loaf cake, which cuts into 8 slices

For the Sponge:

-1 cup plus 3 tbsp. (295 ml) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing the pan.

-1 & 1/3 cups (330 ml) sugar                           -3 eggs

-Zest of 3 or 4 lemons (save the juice for the lemon drizzle and icing)

-1 & 3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp. (460 ml) baking powder                -1/4 (1 ml) salt

-6 & 1/2 tbsp. (97.5 ml) milk

The Lemon Drizzle:

-1 tbsp. (15 ml) sugar           -1 tbsp. (15 ml) water            – 2 tbsp. (30 ml) fresh lemon juice

The Icing:

-1 & 3/4 cups (430 ml) confectioners sugar            -2 tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 355 F (180 C: 325 F or 160 C convection)

  1. Butter a 10-in.-by-4-in. (25-cm-by-10-cm) loaf pan and line the base and sides with parchment paper, extending the paper about 2 in. (5 cm) above the top of the pan.
  2. First, make the sponge. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar well, though you don’t want as fluffy a mixture as you would for a layer cake. Zest the lemons into the butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Beat in the eggs one at a time, making sure each one is thoroughly mixed in before adding the next.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix half of this into the creamed butter mixture, scraping down the sides, until barely combined.
  4. While the mixer is still going, beat in all the milk. Then add the remaining flour and mix until just combined. Scrape the bowl and give it one last mix.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an icing spatula or rubber spatula.
  6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top of the cake is springy and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  7. To make the lemon drizzle, combine the sugar, water and lemon juice in a small pan and heat just until the sugar is melted. Do not let this boil, or the fresh flavour will be lost.
  8. Use a skewer to poke holes evenly throughout the baked loaf. Pour the lemon drizzle over the loaf and let it soak in while you make the icing.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  10. To remove the loaf cake from the pan, run a small paring knife along the inside of the pan, then tilt the pan on its side and coax the loaf out, using the parchment paper as a handle. Peel off the paper and turn the loaf upright on your cooling rack or worktop.
  11. Drizzle the icing over the loaf and let it drip down the sides. Use a spatula to lift the loaf onto a serving dish. This keeps well for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

African Peanut Stew:


-Chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 – 15 oz. can    -Vegetable or Chicken stock 4 cups

-Sea Salt or Regular Salt 1/4 tsp                           -Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

-Cumin 1 tsp                                                              -Cayenne 1/4 tsp

-Tomatoes Diced (including juice)                        -Spanish onion, small diced 1

-Sweet Potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes roughly 2 medium sweet potatoes 4 – 5 cups

-All Natural Peanut Butter (Creamy) 1/2 cup       -Garlic, minced 4 cloves

-Fresh Ginger, minced 1 inch                                   -Margi 10 drops


  1. Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Mix well
  3. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours
  4. Serve warm directly from the slow cooker with Nan bread.

To make the recipe Vegan use vegetable Stock.

Serves 8


News and Notes

The Norseman Outdoor Specialist October Ski Waxing Special:

CORE October Special: Every second pair of similar XC skis(e.g. waxable vs wax-less) can be serviced at half price provided that they are brought in to The Norseman for service at the same time.

CORE members with XC Skis: For the month of October the Norseman Outdoor Specialist is offering a half price special on for waxing every second pair of skis. So, if you want to get together with another CORE member or other friends and bring in 2 pairs of skis for waxing, you can share the cost. (36 + 18)/2 = $27 for waxable skis, (22+11)/2 = $16.50 for wax-less. Both skis have to be the same type.

Option 1:  Waxable Skis $36 Grip Pocket Preparation: 1. Clean off old wax, etc.,  2. Locate and mark the correct grip pocket,  3. Sand bases smooth as required,  4. Wax grip pocket with base binder wax,  5. Wax tips and tails with glide wax.

Option 2:  Wax-less Skis $22 Clean and Hot Wax , 1. Clean off old wax, etc.,  2. Sand bases smooth as required,  3. Hot wax entire ski with glide wax.

If you have and questions you can call Peter Minions or Anthony Mauriks at the Norseman, 403 – 249 – 5451. Address 4655 – 37th Street SW.

2019 Calgary New and Used Ski Show:

2019 Calgary New and Used Ski Sale

New and used Ski Sale and Show at Max Bell Centre, from October 25 to 27, 2019.

You need to pre-register your items for sale, bring the registration form along with your items to the Equipment Drop-off on Wednesday or Thursday (October 23 and 24,2019). For more information go to 2019 Calgary New and Used Ski Sale.


Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area Events:

ASCCA Honey for Sale: ASCCA honey is made by their own bees. The honey is unpasteurized and all-natural. Proceeds will help ASCCCA continue to care for their bees and will support conservation and education programs.They will be selling honey in large jars (750 ml) for $20 and small jars (375 ml) for $10. There is limited quantity, they recommend getting in touch with them as soon as possible to reserve your order. You can contact ASCCA by phone 403-931-1042 or email mailto:info@crossconservation.orgto arrange pickup as they cannot guarantee their office will be open when you arrive. Normal office hours are Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. The honey will also be available at the Halloween Howl, October 26.

Halloween Howl: Bring your family out for a wild scavenger hunt in the dark and see what goes on in nature at night. Bring a flashlight. Drop in between 6.30 pm and8.30 pm on October 26th, dressed in your Halloween costumes to start the scavenger hunt. Enjoy Halloween Tricks and Treats after, till 9 pm. Cost is $5/person and $20/family. You need to reserve. Phone 403-931-1042 or ASCCA website.

Vancouver Woman Left Behind on Trail by her Hiking Buddies

Vancouver’s North Shore Rescue manager, Allan McMordie, is criticizing a group of hikers that abandoned an injured woman on a hiking trail Sunday afternoon with no intention of calling for help. He has never seen a case where fellow hikers left someone behind and did not go for help.

When you go out for a hike (in a group or by yourself):

  • You need to be prepared for any type of emergency yourself:
    • have and wear all the proper gear for the hike
    • have emergency supplies:
      • e.g.: flashlight, matches, emergency heat blanket, first aid supplies, extra food and water, extra warm clothing, gloves, toque, hiking boots, poles.
    • Know where you are going, how difficult the terrain is, length of time it will take to complete, weather forecast for the day.
    • Know you hiking limitations.
    • Know the leader/coordinator of the hike you are going with.
    • When get to meetup, ask leader/coordinator, in case of an emergency what is the groups protocol.
    • Do Not accept people on the hike if they are not properly equipped and prepared for the hike.
    • Make sure everyone is accounted for at certain intervals on the hike.
    • Don’t leave anyone behind.
  • There are many other lessons to be learnt from this bad hiking experience.

For more in-depth coverage of this event, go to BC CTV news.

 Caribou on the Brink of Extinction in South Peace Region of BC


Caribou is important part of Canadian heritage. We honor these great animals on the back of the Canadian quarter. Caribou used to roam the alpine tundra in thousands. All across Canada the caribou is in decline due to clear cut logging, mining and recreational use, changing climate and landscape. Widespread changes to their habitat, have meant the slow-moving animals cannot seek shelter up in the mountains from their main predator the wolf.

“If the BC government does not take drastic management action, the herds in the South Peace Region of BC could become extinct” states Scott McNay, BC Wildlife Info metric’s officer.

In 2013, the local herd called Kinse-Za had 16 caribou left. Two local First Nations and McNay built a 37-acre maternity pen to protect caribou mothers and their calves from predators. The maternity pen is a high black canvas fencing surrounding the area along with electrical wires to keep wolves and bears out. Inside the pen is open meadows, thick forest and has a constant food supply. Caretakers from the two local First Nations have a 24-hour watch over the animals. The mothers and calves will remain in the pen until the young are strong and fast enough to escape danger and survive on their own in the wild. In the last year, 13 calves were born in the pen and released in the wild in July.

The caribou herd has gone from 16 to currently 100. The maternity pen is only a start. McKay stated “Without the Caribou’s habitat being protected and there is no moratorium on industry in the area they will not survive.”

This year, the BC government had prepared a proposed recovery plan to save the caribou. It was a draft in partnership between the two local First Nation bands and the BC government. It would protect the caribou’s habitat by limiting industrial development of the area.

When the draft was announced, the public protested stating their livelihoods depend on the forestry and mining industries. Recreational enthusiasts are also against the proposal as they cannot ATV, camp, etc. in these areas. These groups were not consultant when the original proposal was drawn up.

The BC government hired Blair Lekstrom to come up with a new plan to save jobs and the caribou. But waiting for a balance means more caribou will die.

Cougar Killed after Two Attacks in the area of Ha Ling Peak

Per Alberta Environment and Parks, there were three reports of cougar sightings on October 2, 2019, all within a short period of time.

The first came from a woman who was walking her dog on a leash on the Ha Ling trail. She had headphones on and noticed her dog pulling on the leash. She turned and saw a cougar in close proximity. She used her bear spray which stopped the cougar from attacking. Cougar then left the scene. The dog was not seriously hurt. About an hour later, hikers were on an adjacent trail, had their dog off leash on the trail and did not have bear spray. The cougar attacked and took the dog. Soon after this attack the officers received a report on the same trail, who said they saw a cougar nearby. When officers investigated they found a cougar feeding on a small dog. The responding officers conferred with dispatch and decided to kill the cougar due to public safety concerns and the animal had been involved in attacks on two dogs in a short period of time.

This re-enforces the need to be prepared for surprise encounters with cougars and other wildlife that live in the mountain parks:

  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Make plenty of noise.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, watch and listen for signs of cougars and other wildlife.
  • Keep pets on a leash.

Friends of Fish Creek Park Events:

Friends of Fish Creek Park is offering different events regarding the park’s history, wildlife, archaeology and other events in the park this spring/summer/fall. Visit Friends of

Fish Creek Park event calendar for daily and weekly events.


 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 and Trail Report Link

Alberta Parks and Banff National Park are urging people to be bear aware. There has been multiple sightings of bears, and other wildlife in the parks. Depending on which park you are in, contact either Alberta Parks (403-591-7755) or Parks Canada Banff office (403-762-1470) if you come in close vicinity of a bear, cougar, elk or wolf.


Members Corner

The Members Corner section of the CORE Newsletter is meant to allow CORE Members to connect with other members of like interest, or to seek or sell outdoor equipment. Please submit any request to mailbox@corehike.org and include your contact info for interested parties to contact you. No photo’s of items will be posted on CORE newsletter. Also, please keep your words to a minimum (50 words or less).  Please note that the CORE Newsletter is in the public domain, and that by submitting a request, you give permission to CORE to publish your contact information thus provided. CORE will not act as intermediary in any resulting transactions. All members who submit any request have relinquished CORE from any and all liabilities, claims, suits, and causes of action, and property (including loss of use or damage) on the part of the CORE club (individually or collectively).

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Adventure Stories

Hiking Quote by Gary Snider

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.  mailbox@corehike.org









Hither and Yon

Alberta Governments wants public input on Bow River Reservoir Options:

Ever since the 2013 flooding, the provincial government has been trying to find ways to reduce future flood damage and improving drought storage on the Bow River.

The three options are:

A new SpringBank Dam and Glenbow Reservoir:

Glenbow Ranch

This would be located upstream of the Bearspaw dam, this infrastructure would be able to hold as much as 70 million cubic metres of water – more than four and half times the capacity of the Glenmore reservoir in Calgary. This would include construction of the Springbank  Dam.

Pro’s of this option is that it is far downstream in the Bow system. Which means it catches most of the runoff that feeds the Bow River before it passes Calgary. Since the main objective is to protect Calgary, then the closer the reservoir is to the city a better chance of stopping any major flooding.

Con’s of this option is a significant portion of Glenbow Provincial Ranch would be permanently impacted by a new reservoir. Alberta’s grasslands are not well protected, and this was a main point in establishing the park. The land was donated for conservation purposes, major archeological, historical and paleontology sites in the park could be at risk.


A New Morley Reservoir:

Upstream of the Ghost reservoir and located entirely within Stoney Nakoda reserve land.

Pro’s this could hold twice the water capacity size of the Glenbow proposal at roughly the same cost.

Con’s the proposed location of this reservoir is not as good from a downstream standpoint as the Glenbow, as it is higher up in the system. And the proposal is complicated due to land negotiations with the Stoney Nation. This proposal would not be quick and more expensive.

Expand Ghost Reservoir:

To expand the current capacity of the reservoir. There are two infrastructure changes, increase the height of the dam by 3 metres and install a low-level outlet to drain water out to create more storage capacity for incoming floodwaters.

Con’s, engineers are not sure what it would take to do one or both of these upgrades. The changes would only gain 35 million cubic metres of storage. This option would flood Stoney Nakoda reserve land and the Village of Ghost Lake may need to relocated. This will create long and complicated negotiations.

USP government is pushing the Springbank Dam and Glenbow Reservoir option forward, due to financial and time constraints. The federal government halted the UCP government from proceeding, as they needed to do a public inquiry into all three options prior to making a decision on which option to choose.

The Province of Alberta is putting on three open houses in the Cochrane/Calgary area to get public opinions on the Bow River Reservoir. The first open house was held in Cochrane on September 30, 2019. And was well attended.

The public expressed concern if the province chooses the Glenbow East over the other two options:

  • Some Cochrane homes could be underwater, if the province chooses the Glenbow East over the other two options.
  • How it could impact historic sites.
  • Owl Bay which has been used by Indigenous people for generations could be disturbed.
  • Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – land that has been donated on the south side,  it was land that was held in stewardship, and it would now be flooded. This park was created to preserve native prairie and the history of the land. This would impact some of the trail systems at the ranch. The Trails would be under water.
  • There would be less conservation land for wildlife and less recreational opportunities.


The provincial government will be making a decision by the spring of 2020, on the public feedback, open houses with the assessments of all three proposals.

To get more information on the Springbank Dam and Glenbow Reservoir Proposal go to Alberta Springbank website.  This website has contact information for any public feedback regarding these three options for flood mitigation and drought control.


          Take Care and Have Fun