January 2020 CORE Newsletter


Executive News


January 28, 2020 CORE Monthly Meeting

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.

January’s Presentation:

The Big Bear Constellation

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.

February’s Presentation: Iceland

Skogafoss in Southern Iceland

Jeanette travelled around Iceland for 20 days from May 19 to June 7, 2019. Come and see that Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts from very flat green to very dry mountainous land. From Hot pools to going to a Ice Cave and many beautiful waterfalls. Many different domesticated and wildlife (mainly birds) that she saw during a whale trip.




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.

 Car Pooling $Contribution Rate Revised Effective January 22, 2020

CORE executive revised the car pooling $contribution rate as of January 22, 2020. The new contribution rate is one set rate of, $0.25 cents per km.   CORE executive will re-visit if vehicle expenses go up.

CORE’s Car Pooling guideline, is to contribute per kilometer multiplied by two times the distance, from the meetup place to the trailhead, divided by the number of people in the vehicle. For more information on car pooling and locations go to CORE Carpooling guideline.

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.

Valley Ridge Community Parking Lot

CORE uses the Valley Ridge Community parking lot for car pooling. CORE has been asked by the community association, when we leave our vehicles at this parking lot, to park near the east end of the lot. By the entrance to the parking lot. This is to increase safety for the “in and out” skaters accessing their gate near the west end of the lot.  The two outdoor arena’s above this community parking lot creates heavy vehicle and foot traffic.

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.

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.



December 29, 2019 to January 19, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for December 29, 2019 to January 19, 2020. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.


December 29, 2019  WBC Crystal Line Snowy Owl Snowshoe












January 4, 2020 Stoney Squaw snowshoe












January 19, 2020 Rawson Lake Snowshoe













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. 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.


Banff, Lake Louise Snow Days

Running from January 15 to January 26, 2020, there is many activities to do and see. Including Ice Carvers (10 International Teams), Snow Sculptures, winter carnival and much more. For schedule and information go to Banff Lake Louise website.

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.

Avalanche Safety Books

The Guides Guide to Safer Travel in the mountains

This is the first fully interactive eBook that has been produced for avalanche safety. Writer is Doug Latimer from Canmore. He has 25 years as an alpine guide. The content, is based on the current best practices in the avalanche industry, and applies to all recreational people heading into the mountains in winter. The book cover all the major skills needed to support safer decisions in avalanche terrain. And covers AST1 and AST2 material. The book can be purchased for about $37 Cdn or downloaded to your PC.

Avalanche Essentials, A Step by Step for Safety and Survival

Book written by Bruce Tremper. This book is for outdoor enthusiast who wants to learn the fundamentals of avalanche awareness. You can purchase the book at any book store, and is available at the Calgary Public Library.

Canadian Pacific gives $500,000 to Alberta Wildlife Corridor

CP has donated $500,000 to the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass. The Nature Conservancy of Canada stated “they have acquired more than 80 per cent of the required lands within the corridor area between Crowsnest Lake and Coleman.

This corridor will create a protected space across Highway 3. Wildlife use this area to migrate north and south – north to Banff and Jasper and South towards Waterton-Glacier Park and the US. This corridor helps keep the wildlife populations stable.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada will use camera’s in 2020 to find out which species of wildlife are using the corridor. All this information will then be used to determine where the wildlife overpasses and crossings will be built.

CP is helping to fund the research project and future land acquisitions, which should be completed in the next six to nine months.  

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.

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.


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

Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh

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 environmentmailbox@corehike.org









 Hither and Yon


bear standing upright near tree

Alberta Parks (Kananaskis) World Renown Pole Dancing Bears

At CORE’s October presentation, John Paczkowski, Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, gave a presentation on grizzly bear population and adversive conditioning program in Kananaskis country.  In Alberta, the grizzly bear population is threatened, and Alberta has instituted a 20-year program at reducing bear-human incidents by monitoring and conditioning grizzly bears in the region.

This study is to find out how many and were the bears are in the Kananaskis area. John and Glenn Naylor (District Conservation Officer – working out of Canmore), set up multi camera’s in the vicinity of the bears rubbing trees. On the rubbing trees they attached small barb wire to the trees at certain heights. When the bears rubbed on these tree’s they left hair samples. John and Glenn then go back to these areas and collect the hair samples. The root of the hairs has genetic DNA. They can then identify the type of bear, sex and individual identity of the bear from these samples. And how many bears use the same rubbing tree.

The camera that John and Glenn used produces still images, in the day you have colour, at night is black and white. Whatever triggers the camera sensors, a series of picture’s is taken.

Glenn had approximately 3000 plus still images of grizzly bears at these rubbing trees, doing there activity. He put these still images into a sequence, and created a video. He then uploaded this short video to his you tube account. In a few days this video had more than 350 thousand views. Glenn then uploaded the video to Alberta Parks you tube channel. Then it started being seen all over North America, then it went worldwide, with more than a million views in a week. Now up to over 3 million views. Glen was receiving calls from many news and TV stations worldwide, asking if they could use the video and/or if he could do talks on the subject. This video attention, got Alberta Parks receiving global attention. John and Glenn hope people learn from this video about bears behaviour.

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) was so interested in Glenn’s video, they asked Alberta Parks if they could prepare a digital video on the bear’s activity at these rubbing trees. BBC set up their cameras in Kananaskis country at these specific rubbing trees. BBC took this footage and put together a video to the tune of Jungle Boogie.

Below are multiple links to various items discussed in the above article.

Glenn Naylor’s (Alberta Park Conservation Officer) Bear rubbing tree video. “What goes on (in the woods) when you are not there.”

Why and how the bear rubbing tree video came about, by John and Glenn (Alberta Parks Conservation officers), called The Bear Necessity’s.

Alberta Park Rangers,  left remote camera’s in Kananaskis Country hoping to film grizzly bears. And with the help of BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), they put together a digital video showing bears activity at their rubbing tree to the music of Jungle Boogie. Video called “Bears Dancing to Jungle Boogie”

For more on the grizzly bear study go to, Alberta Parks Grizzly Bear monitoring and recovery Plan.

A big thank you to John Paczkowski for helping me with this article.



                              Take Care and Have Fun