August 2020 CORE Newsletter

Executive News

 CORE, ACTIVITIES/EVENTS DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and phase in restart. During this shutdown, the club adhered to government guidelines, and cancelled all activities and meetings. Since 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  re-started the club on June 15th.  CORE executive has put in place guidelines and recommendations for trip coordinators, and COVID-19 guidelines for keeping members safe, when participating in CORE activities/events. CORE executive would like to thank all CORE members that put on hikes, bike rides, urban walk’s for their club members during this unprecedented time.

Summer is winding down, But CORE ACTIVITY/EVENTS ARE NOT. Since restarting the club on June 15th, 2020 CORE has put on many activities/events. Have a look at the Activity Scoreboard below and/or go to CORE photo album . Many more activities/events are planned, for the coming months. Please see the message from CORE’s Executive Trip Coordinator (below) for more information and visit the CORE calendar.

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

If 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.

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 began on June 15.

Looking for ideas for trips and events this summer/fall 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: mailbox@corehike.org

CORE is Planning an October Monthly Member Meeting!

 

CORE executive is currently planning an October monthly member  meeting. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7 pm.  CORE executive is currently determining the best method to deliver October’s monthly meeting. It will be held either in a hall or by zoom (online).  The meeting will consist of updates from the executive, and a presentation. Stay tune for more information. 

 

 

In Honour of the Memory of Terry McCabe

Stanley Mitchell Hut 2009

In Honour of the Memory of Terry McCabe, a former, long-time CORE member who passed away in August.

Terry was a member from 2001 to roughly 2014 or 15. During that time, he was an enthusiastic hiker and adventurer with the club, and wasn’t afraid to organize weekend events such as the Stanley Mitchell Hut and Elk Lakes Hut, as well as group camp gatherings in Kananaskis and weekends in Waterton. He liked to tease and had a wicked sense of humour. He was often sentimental when it came to past adventures and events with the club. He liked to reminisce about misadventures and funny things that happened on outings, and to make other members laugh at their own antics.

 

In the photo, taken at the Stanley Mitchell Hut, Terry is fourth from the end on the right side of table (blue shirt).

 

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 Activities/Events

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar of hikes and bike rides from July 24 to August 23, 2020.  Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent and past activities.

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July 24 2020 Prairie Creek Link Powderface Creek Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 1 2020 Allstones Lake Hike Rocky Mtn House Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 1 2020 Coliseum Mtn Hike Rocky Mtn House Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 1 2020 Crimson Lake Hike Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2 2020 Relaxing Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2 2020 Siffeur Falls Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2 2020 Vision Quest Ridge Hike Rocky Mtn House weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 10 2020 Banff to Johnston Canyon Bike Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 17 2020 Kings Creek Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 19 2020 RKP Calgary to Chestermere Bike ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 21 2020 Fullerton Loop Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 23 2020 Cascade Waterfalls and 40 Mile Creek hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 23 2020 Fish Creek Park Urban Hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Notes

Update to Canada Park Passes

For pass holders with a Discovery Pass valid as of March 2020, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes by 4 months. E.G. A Discovery Pass that would have originally expired March 2020 will now expire July 2020, similar if a Discovery Pass would have expired September 2020 will now expire January 2021. A Discovery Pass expires on the last day of the month. E.G. July 31, 2020. For more information go to Parks Canada website.

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

Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park

Parks Canada 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.

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.

Alberta Parks and Parks Canada has asked the public for your 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.

 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

 

Hiking Quote by Hill Walk Tours

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

 

 

 “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!!!!