December 2019 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

Happy Holidays

Seasons Greetings 

CORE executive wishes their members and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Reminder: There is no monthly CORE meeting for December 2019

 January 28, 2020 CORE Monthly Meeting

The Big Bear Constellation

Members and Guests please join us for January’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm 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.

Creatures of the Night presented by John McFaul, Owner and guide of Alpenglow Nature Hikes.

This presentation is to introduce the constellations that parade across the night sky, their mythology and some of the interesting celestial objects that they contain.

John McFaul is a professional naturalist who has been leading nature walks and hikes for over 34 years. From 1986 – 2003 he worked for the City of Calgary as a naturalist for the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. From 2004 to present John is the owner/guide for Alpenglow Nature Hikes. He is the president and program director and a Honourary Member of the Calgary Field Naturalist’s Society. He is a recipient of the Loran L. Goulden Award from the Federation of Alberta Naturalists.

Alpenglow Nature Hikes is dedicated to introducing Calgarians to the natural wonders of Calgary’s Nature Parks as well as Kananaskis Country and the mountain parks. He does presentations on Birds and Wildflowers of Calgary and the Rockies, hiking in the Rockies and Kananaskis Country, mammals of Lake O’Hara and Creatures of the Night constellations.

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(these items suppled by the course instructor) . 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.

 

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..

Safety

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. Ifwhat activities are c you have a general question about the club, for instance oming 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.

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

November to December 2019

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for November 23 to December 15, 2019. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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November 23 Sawmill Snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 26 CORE’S 20th Anniversary Gala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CORE 20th Anniversary Dinner

 

 

CORE 20th Anniversary Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harvey and Carol

 

 

 

Nothing can keep me away from the party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 1 WBC Moose Loop X country ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 7 Kicking Horse Pass Ski

 

 

 

December 7 Wapta Snowhoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 8 Fields x-country ski

 

 

 

 

 

December 8 Emerald Lake walking from the lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 15 Warspite Lake snowshoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

WBC XC Ski Trails Fall 2019

West Bragg Creek XC Ski Trails Groomed And Ready to Go

All trails under the supervision of the GBCTA have been groomed and track set. Conditions are excellent and should last for a while with the cooler temperatures. 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.

To find the current XC ski trails conditions go to Bragg Creek Trails.

 

 

The Ten Commandments for Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

This article was on the mountaineers website. I thought it was an interesting read. This article is regarding, if you are in avalanche terrain, “how to stay away from dangerous conditions.” The article was written by Bruce Tremper, titled 10 Commandments of Low Risk Travel in avalanche terrain.” By clicking on the title, I have created the link to this article.

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.

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.  Annual pass will be $120.00 for the calendar year. 

For more information go to ASCC.

Mistakes that are killing the World’s Best Climbers

An article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook, on why the world’s best climbers are dying at an increasing rate. The author stated ” to be at the top of the game, climbers need to be,  constantly pushing themselves harder and faster, which means less time to consider consequences and less gear to keep them safe. One of the boldest climber, Brad Gobrig died at the end of November 2019, at the age of 31. He was know for his free-solos and speed climbs. While rappelling a route, he and his partner did not check their equipment. They did not have knots at the end of the rope and did not get equal amounts of rope on both sides of the anchor for their rappel. ” They should of spent time, in at least double checking their equipment.

The idea of being light and fast, is killing the world’s best climbers. Instead of checking their equipment, finding more safer ways to get down and up, which means they would have to spend more time and maybe bring more gear.

We all want to get home safely. Slow down, find safe routes down and up, bring the correct(maybe extra) gear and double check your equipment prior to using. This is not just for climbers but for all activities in the mountains. BE SAFE.

 Avalanche Season

Before you go out into the mountains, verify the avalanche conditions in the area of the event. Go to Avalanche Canada or Parks Canada Avalanche page or  the direct link to Alberta Parks – Kananaskis.

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.

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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).

{member’s AD and contact info to be posted here}

 

Adventure Stories

Hiking Quote by John Muir

… 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

CORE’S 20th Gala Anniversary

Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts Society, or CORE for short, was started in the summer of 1999, as a casual group of hikers, under the leadership of Aimee.

CORE 2000

The summer of 1999, Aimee was working in the “Pathway Hub” located in the “Old Firehall” at Memorial Drive and 10th street NW.  She started meeting people who wanted to get out hiking. Some wanted to join a hiking club, but did not know which one to choose. (This was before google and early internet days).  Aimee spoke to many people about the need for an additional hiking club. Many of the Calgary outdoor clubs had waiting lists, or catered to the older people. She started collecting names and contact information from people who were interested in starting a new younger outdoor club.  Once she had enough names, she organized meetings during the summer to start setting up hikes with leaders. During July and August the casual group met during the week to decide which hikes to do.  In September they met on several occasions to decide whether to form an official hiking group. It took until the early November to get everything organized, come up with a name and to form an executive. To get the club established, Aimee used the Calgary Weekend Hikers guides and procedures. Once CORE was established, the founding members agreed to have monthly meetings at the “Old Firehall”. The club had to leave this facility a few years ago, and moved to Scarboro Community Center.

The original membership form was created in 1999 – 2000. This form included a very short waiver. Prior to spring, people got together to organize trips for the entire summer months and the schedule was mailed out to the members. General Club information was also, mailed out to all members.

CORE’s first executive (1999 – 2000): Evelyn, Carol, Janet, Jenny, Isabel, Aimee, Nicole and Naomi. Harvey was also, a founding member.

Today CORE’s outdoor activities  include, cycling, hiking, scrambling, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, social outings and urban walks. CORE is a member of the Calgary Area Outdoor Council (CAOC) and a member of Alberta Hiking Society (AHS). CORE is also a registered Society under the Alberta Societies Act.

CORE holds monthly meetings at 7 pm on the last Tuesday of each month, except December, at the Scarboro Community Centre.

20 Year Memorial Hike and Picnic Sept 2019

On November 26, 2019 CORE held a 20th anniversary gala. (20 years from inception, November 1999). With 10 invited guests that helped start the club were in attendance. Carol and Harvey were given life time honorary membership, for all the years they have contributed to the club. The Gala was well attended, and enjoyed by all.

A photo album was created for CORE’s 20th anniversary – 20 years of photos, click on the link to go direct to this album. The album  shows special memory’s of the last 20 years.

 

 

 

 

          Take Care and Have Fun