June 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 

 CORE TO RE-START CLUB ACTIVITIES/EVENTS JUNE 15th

Thank you for your patience over the past two months, while the club adhered to government guidelines, and cancelled all activities and meetings. Now that the Alberta government has re-opened the provincial parks and has announced that groups of up to 50 people can gather in the outdoors (while maintaining such practices as social distancing), CORE can slowly begin to re-start the club. CORE executive has worked on guidelines and recommendations for trip coordinators, for the June 15th, phased-in-start-up of events.

Members are encouraged to read the Guidelines Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic.”

With the June 15th phase in date, to restart the club activities,  if there are any complications, or the province of Alberta mandates different requirements, the organization may have to make appropriate changes.  If the situation changes a newsletter with the updated information will be sent to the members..

Renewal of CORE Membership for 2020/2021 membership year is now Open.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE could not start the 2020/2021 membership renewal until May 26, 2020.  All current memberships which normally expires at the end of May is now extended to the end of June 2020, with the existing Event Calendar password remaining the same. The 2020/2021 membership applications are now open, for members and new members to join. You can signup by the “Join Now” page on the CORE website at https://corehike. org/

Message from CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator

Wildflowers, snow-free trails, and nature blossoming in all its splendour! Time to enjoy the outdoors! CORE’s phased-in relaunch of its outdoor activities begins June 15.

Looking for ideas for trips and events this summer to post on CORE’s calendar? Why not consider the following suggestions (some more conventional than others): hikes, scrambles, biking adventures, urban walks, outdoor photography outings, wildflower explorations, wildlife spotting, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking on the reservoir, touring your own neighbourhood, outdoor scavenger hunts, star gazing and moonlight walks. (Told you that some would be unconventional! LOL).

Please contact CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator, Carol, if you are interested in being “mentored” this summer and fall. With the help of an experienced coordinator, you could learn: how to post an event on the CORE Calendar and send it out by email; how to fill in a Trip Report; and how to safely run a trip or event. As a first step, Carol can email you some useful information on coordinating. Contact info: cmiyagawa@shaw.ca or 403-249-8028.

A Coordinators’ mentoring hike, led by Mike, was supposed to have occurred in April. This hike is on-hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Another mentoring hike for urban hikes was also being considered. Stay tuned for future news on this topic, and a potential trip planning meeting, which may have to be done virtually.

CORE AGM May 26, 2020

CORE’s May 2020 AGM was held virtually. Approximately 25 members attended the AGM via Zoom.

June 2020 Monthly Member Meeting Cancelled due to COVID-19

CORE’s June 2020 monthly member meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. CORE cannot hold gatherings larger than 15 and must maintain physical distancing at all times.

Reminder, No July and August 2020 Monthly Member Meeting

In 2019 CORE Executive put forth a motion to CORE membership, starting in 2019 there will be no monthly membership meetings for July and August. This motion was passed by the CORE membership.

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 different purpose-oriented email addresses through which you can contact various executive members. If  you have a general question’s about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, event, 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

Highlights of Current Event and Prior Hikes to March 1, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for prior hikes to March 1, 2020.   WE WILL BE BACK, YOU JUST WAIT!!!!  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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Wildwood Westgate Bike Ride June 19 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Noon and Sheep River Trail June 29, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friendship Trail, Turner Valley Black Diamond May 11, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hailstone Butte August 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Wind Pass August 18, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Remember It is Tick Season:

Male and Female Tick

Tick season is here. Tuck your pant legs into your socks and check yourself and your pet for ticks after leaving a grassy or wooded area where ticks may live. Wear light coloured clothing and cover up as much skin as possible. E.G. wear a hat, long-sleeve shirt, pants.

If you notice a round red rash that spreads at the site of  a bite. Have flu-like symptoms(tiredness, headaches, sore muscles and joints, fever) you should seek medical attention.

For more information go to my article on Ticks in the April 2019 newsletter.

 

 

Parks Canada to Open Some National Parks, Historic Sites Across Canada

Effective June 1, 2020 Parks Canada will begin to offer limited access and services. While Maintaining physical distancing measures. Openings will differ across Canada. Information will be updated regular on Parks Canada website.  Until then closure is still in effect. Your annual pass will be credited for the number of months the national parks have been closed. The two week park closure in March counts as a full month.

Bus Shuttles suspended to Lake O’Hara, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park

Shuttle services to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Lake O’Hara have been suspended for the 2020 season. Parks Canada cited physical distancing regulations for cancelling the shuttles.

The shuttle service to Lake O’Hara requires a reservation and all existing bookings will be refunded in full including reservation fee. As the shuttle is cancelled campers can still access campgrounds and surrounding trails on foot. Biking is not permitted on the access road. Any camper wanting to cancel their Lake O’Hara campground reservation will be refunded with no cancellation fees.

Parks is reminding hikers it is 11 km and 450 metre elevation gain from parking lot to Lake O’Hara along the access road. You must be able to return on your own. Parks Canada has limited resources for rescuing hikers.

Banff Avenue closed to Vehicle Traffic

From Banff Ave turn right or left onto Wolf Street

There is a way around. I have attached an email from Banff Parks regarding the closure.

Please note vehicle access restrictions on Banff Avenue are for the 100 and 200 blocks only.  Access around the closure is accessible on Beaver street or Lynx Street to Buffalo Street and across the bridge.

From Banff Ave, turn either right or left onto Wolf Street.

If you turned right onto Wolf Street continue to Lynx Street and turn left. Lynx Street hooks into Bear Street continue until it intersects with Buffalo Street. Turn Left onto Buffalo Street then back at Banff Ave turn right towards Sulphur Mtn, etc…

If you turned left onto Wolf Street continue to Beaver Street then turn right. Continue along Beaver Street until it intersects with Buffalo Street. Turn Right onto Buffalo Street then back at Banff Ave turn left towards Sulphur Mtn, etc…

Remember at Buffalo Street and Banff Avenue you have a Scramble Intersection. Drivers cannot turn on a red on any corner. In other words only if you have a green light can you make a right or left turn. This is not only for vehicles but includes bicycles.

 Both Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for their cooperation to choose outdoor activities that are low risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. As any emergency assistance during this time period puts additional strain on the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which then can impact resources to support search and rescue.

White Grizzly Bear – Banff

Banff’s White Grizzly Bear has been named

The newly discovered White Grizzly Bear near Banff has been named Nakoda.

Nakoda means “Friend” or “Ally” in the native language of three Indigenous tribes in the area (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley).

Parks Canada stated the bear was first spotted in 2018 but made headlines at the end of April 2020 after a social media video was sent to news outlets.

Parks Canada stated “Nakoda is a three-year old cub and has a brown sibling. The two siblings wander between Banff and Yoho National Parks. Nakoda’s white colour is believed to be caused by a natural colour phase variation, which has never been seen in the Rocky Mountains before.” Seth Cherry a wildlife ecologist with Parks Canada stated that a white grizzly is rare. Most grizzly bears are known to vary in colour from very dark to almost black. Your more typical colours are brown or blonde, occasionally you may see really light bears that almost look white.

Parks Canada stated “This is a special bear, it that it is quite unique in being almost white colour.”

Nakoda – Banff’s White Grizzly Bear and Sibling

Parks Canada has put in a NO Stopping Zone to protect the White Grizzly

Nakoda, the rare white Grizzly Bear that has been spotted in Banff National Park, has created a traffic jam on Hwy #1, as visitors want to get a photo of this white grizzly bear. National Parks effective June 19, 2020 has put in a 10 km NO stopping zone in place between Sherbrook Creek, near the Alberta/BC border and Field, BC. This restriction is to keep all bears and visitors safe. The no stopping zone will remain in effect until the bears move away as food sources in the upper elevations become more plentiful.

The Spiral Tunnels day use area and parking lot remain open. Anyone who violates this order will be subject to a fine, from $115 ticket to a mandatory court appearance and maximum fine of $25,000.

Guidelines to how the Alberta government plans to sale Provincial Parks

Alberta Environment and Parks were to release the guidelines on How the parks “partnership” would work, on May 4, 2020. Due to COVID-19 pandemic this announcement has been delayed.

 Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park:

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.

Friends of Kananaskis Park Event Series:

For more information go to Friends of Kananaskis Park event calendar.

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 have 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

 

Quote by Gary Snyder

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

Are you Prepared

As CORE re-opens on June 15, 2020 now is a good time to go thru your backpack and see if you have the essentials you need for your hike.

1. Do you have the right equipment for the hike. 

  Hiking boots and poles, gators, micro spikes, enough warm layers, including gloves and toque, extra socks, dry outer wear (rain gear).

2. Do I have enough gear for my hike to get back to the vehicle:

  First aid kit for myself, flashlight or headlamp, knife, waterproof matches or flint for fire, a thermal blanket, loud whistle for signaling, and BEAR SPRAY.

3. Bring more than enough water and food.

4. Do I have CORE’s identification card with me.

  • Emergency contact information, allergies, medication to be taken in case of a medical emergency.
  • Pin the identification card to your back pack. Or advise someone on the hike, where your card is.

5. Have you set up a contact person in case you are not back by a certain time, they can start a search for you.

  • The contact person needs information on the hiking trail location, time you should be back home.

6. Protect yourself from the sun. Bring sunscreen and a brimmed hat to protect you from getting a sunburn or heat exhaustion.

  • Under CORE, COVID-19 guidelines, you need to bring your own sunscreen and apply it yourself.

7. Protect yourself from mosquito’s and ticks.

  • Apply repeallant to ward off mosquito’s and ticks.
  • Wear clothing that is light in colour, long sleeve shirt and tuck your pant cuffs into your boots.

And Each event or activity may require different equipment. Happy Hiking!!!

 

 “Hiking with CORE in the Time of COVID-19 pandemic”

CORE’s COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Members Safe on Events

 

  • Do NOT sign-up if you are experiencing any illness or COVID-19 symptoms
  • Avoid Non-Family carpooling. Meet at trailheads or a designated place for convoying.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. 2 metres/6 feet
  • Bring a mask for emergency use.
  • Bring your own supply of wipes/hand sanitizer/gloves/toilet paper, as necessary and your first aid kit – No sharing.
  • Do Not share food or drinks.
  • Washrooms may not always be available, be prepared.
  • Bring enough food, water, proper clothing/shoes, equipment and bear spray. No stopping prior to trailhead, or heading back.
  • Be aware of risks in participating and agree to accept these risks.
  • Remember to provide a cell phone number and emergency contact number to the coordinator when signing up.
  • No Trip Reports will be signed by members for the time being but coordinators are still required to submit a Trip Report.

NOTE: Events may be changed or cancelled at short notice due to changes in government guidelines. The requirements above may change accordingly with updated government regulations.

 

 

        Take Care, Be Safe And Have Fun!!!!