Executive News

November 26, 2019 CORE Monthly Meeting


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. This is a ticket only event (RSVP was November 5, 2019).

Full Dinner. Slideshow. Trivia. Guest Storyteller. Cash Raffle.

Schedule of Events:

6.30pm – Arrival, drinks, snacks, welcome, slide show starts

7.00pm – Dinner seating and short History of CORE

7.15pm – Dinner buffet starts

7.45pm – Trivia contest

7.50pm – Toast

7.55pm – Celebration cake and coffee/tea

8.00pm – Entertainment starts during desert

9.00pm – Entertainment ends

9.10pm – Slide show continues, music and dance

10.00pm – Wrap up

For more details on the 20th gala 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.

Reminder: There is no Monthly CORE Meeting for December 2019

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.

 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 tell Mike – there is no extra cost for this equipment – it is included in the course cost . We need  exactly  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). All payments are due before December 28, 2019. The classroom part of the course will be held at a meeting room at MEC in Calgary on January 11. The field day (January 12) will be held at Bow Summit – car pooling arrangements will be made on January 11 at MEC.

Event Coordinators  2019/2020 Winter Planning Meeting

The 2019/2020 Winter Planning Meeting will be held on December 3, 2019. The meeting will be held at Mike’s place. More information will be coming soon thru CORE event calendar.

Car Pooling

When car pooling, if the road has been very dusty, slushy or muddy, you should help your driver out by giving an extra loonie ($1.00) or toonie ($2.00) for a vehicle wash. Your driver will appreciate this gesture.

Event Coordinators Guidelines

Trip Reports

Please remember that the best and fastest way to send your Trip Reports to the  Executive Trip Coordinator,  is to attach the report as a pdf or a scanned photo to an email  to mailbox@corehike.org   if this is not possible, then you can bring the hard copy to one of the monthly meetings. Electronic or hard copy the trip reports must be given in as soon as possible after the event.

Event Calendar

Information on the title part (front page) of the calendar event should have the kind of event, the name of the event, the area, the kilometers, the elevation and the difficulty rating of the event – NOTHING ELSE. All the rest of the information should be in the description of the event.

e.g. Snowshoe, Hare Loop, West Bragg Creek, 7 kms, 100m, E.

Please refer to the Guides tab on the CORE website for information on Guidelines, Difficulty Ratings, etc..


Please ensure that you have with you, your membership card (with your emergency contact information) visible on your backpack, as well as your own first aid kit. Refer to the Guides tab on the CORE Website under Clothing and Equipment to make sure you have the appropriate clothing/footwear and equipment for the particular event, as well as food and plenty of water. Remember that event coordinators may refuse anyone not adequately equipped to participate in that event (hike, scramble, snowshoe, x-country ski, bicycle, etc.).

Members, you need to be aware of your own capabilities and limitations, in relation to how difficult the event is. You can check the Guidelines, Difficult Ratings for reference.



Gloves found

Lost and Found

Found a pair of Gloves from last spring. You will need to identify the gloves. If you believe these gloves are yours, email to mailto:mailbox@corehike.org , with details of the missing gloves.



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.



October to November  2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for October 16 to November 15, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.


October 20 Sundance Canyon












October 26 Dance Night Triwood Community
















October 31 Halloween Night Walk













November 2 Seasons of Bowness Park Lunch and Hike













November 9 Nose Hill Park













News and Notes

LG Versant Snowshoes

The Norseman Outdoor Specialist Offering Discount on LG Versant Snowshoes

The Norseman shop is offering a discount special on LG Versant Snowshoes with Leki Corklite poles and LG snowshoe bag – $450 value for $329, when purchased as a set. For more information call Norseman Outdoor Specialist at 403 – 249 – 5451,  4655 – 37th Street SW.




Know the Snow Event being held by MEC

MEC is hosting free talks on winter safety, gear and pro tips for all that is winter.  For more information I have attached links to both stores.

MEC downtown, is hosting these seminars on November 23 and 24: On November 23 they are hosting 5 different winter topics, from snowshoeing to winter camping, including Ice Climbing Safety presented by the Alpine Club of Canada. On November 24th, there are 4 winter topics, including the MT Harvey case study (on how an avalanche was triggered by climbers) presented by Avalanche Canada.

MEC south, is hosting one day of seminars on November 23: they will have 5 winter topics from x-country skiing to a presentation by Avalanche Canada, they will be showing you on how to used the online tools and resources on the Avalanche Canada website.

WBC XC Ski Trails Fall 2019

West Bragg Creek XC Ski Trails Groomed And Ready to Go

With the recent snowfall on November 6th, 9th and 10th, the Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association ski groomers have started winter trail grooming. All cross country skiers can use the groomed trails. All non-skiers are requested not to use the groomed WBC ski trails until April 1, 2020. Even thou all users can use the ski trails until December 1, 2019, WBC are asking people to respect the groomers hard work and only use the ski trails for cross country skiing.




Friends of Fish Creek Park Events:

November 21, 2019 , 7 pm to 8 pm, at Fish Creek Learning Center Shannon Terrance, Fish Creek Park – Exploring the Ice Age across Alberta

Presenter is Dr. Chris Jass – Curator of Quaternary Palaeontology of the Royal Alberta Museum. Exploring the ice age fossil record found in caves, gravel pits, lakes and river drainages across Alberta. Fossil remains recovered from these field projects reveal hints of the landscapes occupied by both extinct and living animals highlighting the ancient and modern biota. Dr. Jass will take you to different palaeontolgy sites across the province and highlight what that sites tell us about the Ice Age history of Alberta and to discuss how that information is relevant today. Cost for this event is $10.00. For more information and how to register for this event go to Friends of  Fish Creek Park event calendar.

November 23, 2019, 1 pm to 4 pm, Hull’s Wood Day Use, Fish Creek ParkFish Creek Family Day Nature Day free event – you need to register go to Friends of Fish Creek Park event calendar.

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.

Rolling Grasslands Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Glenbow Ranch December 3, 2019 – Giving Tuesday

“Be part of the #GivingTuesday movement on December 3rd and help Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation fight invasive species, prevent soil erosion and maintain trails. For a little as $25, you can support one hour of vegetation management at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.” Glenbow Ranch survives on donations by the public and organizations.

What is giving Tuesday, “It is the Opening day of the giving season”, it is time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for a favourite cause. It was started in Canada by a group of organizations including GIV3, canadahelps.org, and now includes over 6,500 partners.

On how to donate to Glenbow Ranch and other activities and trail reports go to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, New Parking Fee Effective January 1, 2020

ASCC is a not-for-profit charity in Alberta. They have estimated the cost of providing an opportunity for visitors to experience over 20 km of observation trails to be approximately $50, 000 per year or $5 per visitor to maintain the trails and facilities. Visitor donations do not cover these costs and the government only covers less than 1% of their operation budget.

Starting January 1, 2020, visitors will be required to pay a fee of $10.00 per vehicle seven days per week, from 4 am to 11 pm. Their parking lot will be regularly patrolled by volunteers and staff and is monitored 24/7 by security cameras. ASCC is implementing a parking pass system. If you purchase your pass now until December 15, 2019, you will be able to access an early-bird price of $100 for the year. The regular price after December 15 for an annual pass will be $120 for the calendar year. If you are a frequent visitor to the park purchase your pass early.

For more information go to ASCC.

Bears get into car

Port Moody, B.C. Police find a bear locked in a Car

Police were called to a home in Port Moody, B.C. for a report of a theft from a vehicle in progress. “On arrival, police knew they were not going to arrest a human, but rather help a black bear that was trying to get out of the homeowner’s car.”

The bear gained entry to the vehicle by pulling on the door handle (vehicle was not locked), when the bear was rummaging thru the vehicle looking for food, the bear must of hit the door lock. Members of the BC Conservation Office were called out to assist and eventually open the door to let the bear out.

Bears have a keen sense of smell and keeping open food in vehicles can entice bears to break in and scavenger for food.

Keep your vehicle locked, you don’t know who the thief could be!!!!

Whirling Disease Cycle

Johnson Lake in Banff National Park, Being Drained Due to Whirling Disease

Parks Canada has taken a major step to stop whirling disease, by partially draining Johnson Lake. They are lowering the reservoir water levels in an effort to eliminate the parasite and save endangered trout in the area. Crews have removed most of the fish from the lake and are lowering the water level as the final step.

Johnson Lake is currently closed to the public and will remain off limits until May of 2020, while work is being done. Bill Hunt, Banff’s resource conservation manager, stated “It is very important that the disease does not move from this water body into adjacent water bodies.” Johnson Lake sits close to two other water bodies that tie into habitat for salmonid, like cutthroat trout. The Westslope Cutthroat Trout is a threatened species in Canada, and the purest strain of this trout are only found in Banff National Park.

Salmonid is a family of elongate bony fishes that have the three vertebrae upturned. This includes salmon, trout, char, freshwater whitefish and graylings.

The name whirling disease comes from the erratic swimming patterns of infected fish. It is an invasive microscopic parasite that requires a salmonid and aquatic-worm as hosts. It is completely safe for humans and animals. But it does affect members of the salmonid family, like trout(affects several trout species including cutthroat and bull troat, both are threatened species), whitefish and char.

Per Jon Mee, professor of biology at Mount Royal University, “rainbow and cutthroat trout can have up to 90 per cent mortality at the juvenile stage if they are infected.”

You can help in the fight to stop the spread of whirling disease by cleaning, drain and dry all your boats, fishing gear, water gear(including PDF’s), as you leave a water body.

Pyramid Mountain Jasper, Red shows Pine Beetle destruction

Alberta Budget adds $5 Million to Fight Mountain Pine Beetle

October 31, 2019 Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen stated “the fight on Mountain Pine Beetle is being increased from $25 million to $30 million.” The money will be spent on monitoring beetle infestations as well as on early attack programs. The program is regional right now. The western part of the province is severely infected. Go to Jasper and see the massive dead red standing trees. There is $11 billion of forest that is susceptible to this disease and the province needs to get in front of this problem.

Paul Whittaker of the Alberta Forest Products Association stated “that the Hinton area continues to be the most threatened as the beetles are migrating from Jasper National Park. The major problem of not fighting the beetle is the huge fire risk associated with the increase in dead pine trees. Last years cold winter helped slow down the beetle migration, as it killed 90% of the new larvae.

The government of Saskatchewan is sending money to the government of Alberta to help in the fight against the beetle. They understand if the beetle is not stopped in Alberta it will invade Saskatchewan.

The Federal government has invested $11.7 million in beetle related research in Alberta. And has five full time researchers in the province of Alberta including one in Jasper National Park and assist the province of Alberta in scientific monitoring and research, including a risk assessment of the threat of Mountain Pine Beetle to Canada’s boreal and eastern pine forests. The report was released in June 2019. The Federal Government has not financed any monies to help fight the mountain pine beetle.

No beetles have advanced past Lac la Biche.

Jasper has 93,000 hectarces of forest covered in mountain pine beetle. Half of the pine trees in Jasper Park. Risk of fire is great in the Jasper area. The National Park service will be setting some prescribed burns, around the town and major attractions. But they cannot burn all the areas the beetle has destroyed.

Editors opinion: if the Federal government had taken an active role (not just research and monitoring) in trying to prevent the mountain pine beetle from spreading, Jasper National Park forests may not be in the condition it is today. Years prior, the federal government needed to do a constant survey of the forests, by drone, to determine if there was any mountain pine beetle damage, then go in and log/burn the area to destroy the pine beetle. This would have slowed the pine beetle progression from spreading. Instead the federal government took an hands off approach to the problem.

 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

Dr. Seuss hiking quote

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

Jackrabbit Cross Country Skiing Programs In Canada

Jackrabbit Johannsen

Jackrabbit cross country skiing programs was named after Herman “Jackrabbit” Smith Johannsen (1875 to 1987). He pioneered cross country skiing in Canada and the “Jackrabbit” children’s ski programs are named after him.

You must feel the tug of your muscles as you near the top of a long grade, and know the joy of making your own track down an unbroken expanse of powder snow. This is skiing. This is adventure!

Jackrabbit Johannsen, circa 1946.

Often when I have been out with “younger” skiers, or those who have not experienced the trails in Ontario and Quebec, I find they think that childrens’ Jack Rabbit ski programs have something to do with bunnies hopping through the woods. In fact cross country skiing in Canada and the US was pioneered by Jackrabbit Johannsen, who spent many years in the Laurentians carving out trails and popularizing the sport. You can find this statue of “Jackrabbit” in the Sports Hall of Fame at COP, right here in Calgary. Check out this slightly dated NFB film (https://www.nfb.ca/film/jack_rabbit/) featuring Jackrabbit and the Canadian Ski Marathon.

In 1972, Jackrabbit Johannsen was awarded the Order of Canada. In the 1970s, he was a patron of the Canadian Ski Marathon and became involved in the Jackrabbit Ski League, a national ski program named in his honour and responsible for training thousands of young skiers. In 1982, at the age of 107, he was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Here is a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S93NT78CroM&t=2s) where he is interviewed (en francais) by a reporter from Radio Canada. At one point he says (my translation): “Canada in February and March is much better than Florida.” Wouldn’t you agree?

You can find the complete story of his life and accomplishments at this link.(http://laurentian.quebecheritageweb.com/article/herman-jackrabbit-smith-johannsen-1875-1987


 Alberta and Canada at Risk Species:

October’s presentation was on “Alberta’s grizzly population is an endangered species.” Pamela brought in John from the Alberta Environment and Parks to speak about the grizzly population and how the province of Alberta is monitoring and increasing the grizzly population in Alberta. This was a very informative presentation. I was not even aware that the grizzly bear is an endangered species in Alberta. This started me thinking how many other endangered species there is in Alberta and Canada. And is there any crossover between the provinces. And what are the provincial and federal governments doing to stop our endangered species from becoming extinct.

Alberta at Risk Species:

Based on 2015 records from Alberta Environment and Parks, there is 132 species of amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles, ranging from Sensitive to Endangered in the province of Alberta. This does not include species that are extinct.

Per the Alberta Wildlife Act the following are a few of the species at risk:

  • Bald Eagle – Sensitive
  • Ferruginous Hawk – At Risk – Designated as Threatened
  • Peregrine Falcon – At Risk – Designated as Threatened
  • Burrowing Owl – At Risk – Designated as Threatened
  • Grizzly Bear – At Risk – Designated as Endangered
  • Canada Lynx – Sensitive
  • Bobcat – Sensitive
  • Swift Fox – At Risk – Designated as Endangered
  • Wood Bison  – At Risk – Designated as Endangered (has made a slight comeback)
  • Bull Trout – At Risk – Designated as Endangered
  • Woodland Caribou – At Risk – Designated as Endangered

Canada at Risk Species:

As of 2017 there are 521 plant and animal species that are considered at risk under the Canada Species at Risk Act.

A few of the Species that are classified as endangered are:

  • Grizzly Bear
  • Atlantic Cod
  • Spotted Owl
  • Beluga Whale
  • Woodland Caribou
  • Snapping Turtles
  • Monarch Butterflies

Grizzly Bear

There are many endangered species that are common between the provinces, territories and the federal government.

What are the Provinces, Territories and Federal government’s doing to protect our wildlife?

The provinces and territories have their own species at risk legislation and the federal government has the federal species at risk act. These acts are to prevent wildlife species from becoming extinct and implementing the measures for their recovery. It gives legal protection to wildlife and their habitat in order for them to survive.

The provincial, territories and federal government’s have spent millions of dollars for studies on why the species has become endangered, and what needs to be done to help the species to survive. All three level of governments have failed to protect the critical habitat, which means that the species don’t have the chance to recover, from the decline in populations.

A good part of the reason some of these species are endangered, is due to industry, recreation and human expansion into the habitats of these endangered species. The governments recognize that to help endangered species that they need to protect their habitat. They also, recognized that if they took away this habitat from industry, recreation and human expansion, economically an area may not survive.

All levels of government need to draw a balance between industry, recreation and the habitat for the wildlife, for these species to return to sustainable levels. All levels of government need to be held responsible for these endangered species!


          Take Care and Have Fun