January to March 2022 Newsletter

Executive News

CORE Members Have You Thought about Volunteering with the Club

CORE members

Members are encouraged to volunteer with the club. Would you like to be a trip coordinator, help out on the executive, or help plan for CORE’s winter and summer weekend trips, or suggest any ideals for outdoor activities. You can contact CORE executive at mailbox@core.org

CORE is hosting an Outdoor Wiener Roast/Cookout, Get Together, Plus a walk and Frisbee Golf on Sunday, April 24th

CORE Get Together

You are invited to join in on the fun at North Glenmore Park in southwest Calgary on April 24th! CORE will be supplying all the food and drinks for a good old-fashioned wiener roast/cookout at the park. There will be a walk and/or Frisbee Golf. Event will be from 10.30 am to 2:00 pm.

All you need to bring is yourself, warm clothing, wiener sticks (if possible) and a frisbee. CORE will have a few spare frisbee’s.

More information on where to meet on April 24th will be provided at a later date. Rain-out date will be Sunday, May 1, if the weather is too inclement.

Reminder of CORE’s COVID-19 Regulation

As discussed and passed by the CORE executive on October 26, 2021: During these exceptional times and until further notice, all CORE members will be required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to participating in all club activities.   

Please note that CORE is not collecting or saving any members medical information.

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

Spring Time in Kananaskis Country

Spring is now with us. More activities are being planned for the coming months. Watch your emails for notification of activities/events and go to the CORE calendar to view scheduled activities/events.

Members you can now View CORE photo albums and event calendar using your Mobile Smartphone

For mobile Smartphone users, there is a Fotki APP available for Android and IOS users, which allows members to login and view CORE photo albums. Just open the APP store on your phone and search for the Fotki App. If you are unsure of the login and password for Fotki, send an email to mailbox@corehike.org.

The CORE calendar can be accessed on your mobile phone using website browsing navigation. However, it is best used for viewing the calendar only, not for posting events. Posting and editing events on the calendar are best accomplished on your desktop where you have all your planning resources available.

Hiking Apps – Something for Everyone

Ever wondered when technology would reach the backcountry? The good news: it already has. There are plenty of apps and hiking companions that offer navigation and guidance without the need to be connected to WiFi.  Click here for a comprehensive guide.

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 about the club, for instance upcoming presenters planned, events, 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 from January 1, 2022 to March 19, 2022. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent and past activities.

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Jan 1 2022 Snowy Owl New Years Day Winter Hike
January 9 2022 Penstock Loop Snowshoe
January 14 2022 Marl Lake Circuit XC Ski
January 23 2022 Edgemont Golf Course Frisbee Golf
January 29 2022 Nose Hill Urban Hike
February 8 2022 Heart Creek Winter Hike
Feb 13 2022 Porcupine Creek Baldy Pass Connector Hike
Feb 25 2022 West Bragg Creek XC Ski
Feb 26 2022 Fish Creek Walk from Bebo Grove
March 5 2022 Kananskis Village Trails XC Ski
March 17 2022 Evan Thomas Creek Green Monster Winter Hike
March 19 2022 Glenbow Ranch Urban Hike

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News and Notes

Be BEAR AWARE

Bears are coming out of hibernation. First reported sighting of a bear was in Banff National Park.

Our friendly bear White Light Brown Black Bear

Reminder:

  • Hike with a buddy or groups.
  • Talk, make noise, this alerts the bear’s you are around.
  • Listen and scan your surrounds for any noises or sight of a bear.
  • If you see a bear and he is close by, make a lot of noise. This alerts him where you are, and most bears will go in the opposite direction.
  • Carry a bear horn, bear banger’s the noise from these devices may scare the bear away.
  • Final line of defense is your bear spray. Know how to use bear spray. Aim for the bears eyes and nose, this has the potential to render the bear defenseless for a minute or more.
  • You then need to walk as quickly as possible in the opposite direction the bear is. Always keep an eye on the bear to ensure, he is not following you.
  • Report all bear sightings to either the National or Provincial Park the bear was sighted in.

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.

Avalanche Season is here. Check Avalanche Canada report in your area before you head out.

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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Adventure Stories

There Are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going – Beverly Sills

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

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Hither and Yon

The New Alberta Trail Act, Bill 79:

Bill 79, The New Alberta Trail Act received proclamation on Feb 22, 2022, except section 5 which comes into effect May 22, 2022.

Per Environment Minister, Jason Nixon, trail legislation has not been updated since 1979, and trail usage has gone up significantly since then.” “The proposed changes will allow volunteer groups, like the quad squad (a ATV group), to apply to have trails designated for a specific recreational use and protected under the act while protecting the surrounding ecosystems.”

Per NDP environment critic Marlin Schmidt, states “this does not lay out a solid enough plan as what trails to designate and who will care for them. The legislation will not set out any kind of regulatory requirements about who can manage or what a trail management plan has to entail. This will be left up to policy.” “Which puts much of the decision-making power in the hands of the Minister of Environment.”

The new Trails Act introduces new powers to government to be able to create trail management plans, designate trail managers and designate provincial trails and provincial trail areas.

The Alberta Wilderness Association does not believe the protection of the surrounding areas and the qualifications of those designating the trails. “Trail planning needs to be based on science and we need to have these regional, sub-regional plans in place that address the cumulative effects of industry and recreation on the landscape and that will tell us where it is appropriate to have trails.”

Other concern groups state the same thing. Need to see a more environmentally focused method when deciding where to designate new trails. This designation should be based on valued ecosystem components like water quality, fish habitats, wildlife and plant life and endangered species. Another concern is the minister has the ability to designate a Trail Manager. What is the qualification and accountability of these trail managers? The provincial government needs to remain the planner, manager and the authority of any trails developed as these trails are on provincial land. Would a designated trail manager take into account not only the ecosystems of the land he/she wishes to develop, but also all the ecosystems surrounding this development?

Another item to consider is, if that manager/club who has designated a trail area, no longer is in business 10,20, etc.. years after the new trail has been built. Who then does the upkeep of this new designated trail area revert too? And who does the maintenance/upkeep of this designated trail area?

The Key Changes to Bill 79 are: (came into effect February 22, 2022)

  • Establish a system for sustainable trail management on public land
  • Allow for the designation of trails for specific uses, such as hiking or riding an ATV.
  • Improve trail planning to consider other land uses and valves
  • Provide enforcement tools to prevent environmental damage and promote stewardship of the land.
  • Promote a bigger role for partners in trail maintenance – the minister may enter into a trail agreement with any person, including a municipality, for the purpose of the operation, management, construction, development of maintenance of a designated trail or designated trail area.
  • Strengthen trail protections so all Albertan’s can enjoy them for years to come.

Trail Management Plan Section 5: comes into effect May 22, 2022

  • 5(1) Subject to the regulations, the Minister may establish trail management plans for designated trails and designated trail areas.
  • 5(2) All designated trails and designated trail areas are subject to an applicable trail management plan established under subsection (1). – (No details in subsection (1) on how this will be done)
  • If there is a conflict or inconsistency between a trail management plan and any applicable ALSA regional plan, the ALSA regional plan prevails to the extent of the conflict or inconsistency.

Have Fun and Stay Safe!!!!!