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Cohabiting with the Wild

  • Apr 27, 2014 · 7:15 AM
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"It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here."

"So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space."

--- Edward Abbey

It is often easy to forget that we share this world with many other species whose existence, alas, is endangered because of our activities. And yet when we go out into the mountains and look around, we cannot help but to realize that their existence represents an elemental source of order in the natural world. 

"We can love the wild. We can fear it. We are strengthened and nurtured by it. As a species, we came of age in a natural world far wilder than today's, and much of the need for wildness still exists within us, body and mind." 

--- Peter Kahn and Pat Hasbaach

Spring season is approaching and our fury friends (especially Grizzly bears) will soon be out wandering in ways nature intended them to be. And nature also intended us to be wandering out in the wilderness. We love hiking, climbing, resting on alpine meadows, and sometimes covering long distances under sheltering skies --- be they scorching hot, torrentially rainy, or unforgivingly cold. One day you may encounter one of them, and you'd then wish you knew 'what these animals really need': Eat you? Love you? Kill you? or Avoid confrontation? 

This event is going to be an easy day outing that involves an indoor session on Grizzly bear, black bear, cougar, and wolf morphology, behaviors, diets, and adaptations; brain-based human response mechanisms in case of encounters, as well as choosing the potential courses of action in those situations. After this session, we will go for a half-day hike in the K-Country. 

Where: ACC Canmore Clubhouse + K-Country (Blended)

Max: 10

Hiking Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Fitness Level: Average


• 3 season hiking gear (Backpack, waterproof hiking boots, trekking poles, lunch, water, shell layers, gaiters, sunglasses, first aid kit)

• Pen and paper 

• Chocolate for the organizer

Participation and Carpooling: CORA 2014 members only. If you are bringing a guest, you must make a drop-in fee payment ($5) on behalf of your guest. 

We'll carpool in the city as convenience to non-drivers. CORA trips start at the trailhead. In this case, it will begin at ACC Clubhouse.  

Rule of Conduct: Be nice to animals and plants. Flatter the organizer. Have sense of humor. Oh, and by attending this trip you agree to be bound by the CORA Rules of Conduct

You'll be expected to sign a trip waiver as well. 

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  • Deirdre

    Thanks for organizing Ugur! Great talk and a fun group.

    April 28, 2014

  • lynnie w.

    great introduction into cora lovely people and marvellous day....thank you...

    April 28, 2014

  • HelenH

    great day & group!

    April 27, 2014

  • Fraser

    Good info and hike.

    April 27, 2014

  • Jonathan A.

    Much fun, great presentation. Great group of people.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • U. P.

    Hi everyone, since I'm in Canmore, Deirdre will be handling the carpooling, waiver, and meetup at Dalhousie. Her cell phone is #[masked] in case needed. See you tomorrow at Canmore.

    April 26, 2014

  • Mirna K.

    Hi All, I'm so sorry to say that I won't be able to make it to this outing. Was hoping I won't have to work this weekend, but now it's confirmed that I will have to :( I really hope you plan another similar trip soon!

    April 25, 2014

  • U. P.

    I will be staying in Canmore over the weekend. You should carpool at Dalhousie and meet me at Canmore Elevation place around 8.15am.

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Ugur.. have to work on Saturday and the change may extend into Sunday wee backing out.

    April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would have been a fantastic day for a hike and Sundays work best for me but I have to help my brother renovate his bathroom. Wednesdays also work for me if anyone wants to organize a mid week hike. Cheers to everyone who is still going.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ania

    Sorry Ugur - I can't make it. Please have another soon!

    April 14, 2014

  • janice p.

    Sorry had to bow out on this one, due to the change of date.

    April 13, 2014

  • Nicole

    Aaaa Great idea I would love to be at this. but I'll be in Costa Rica For a wedding. Hope there's something like this again on a Sunday Monday ?? :D in May?!

    April 8, 2014

  • wade b.

    I haven't paid for a membership for a while. I am interested in the presentation but my fitness may not be up for the hike (unless I get a massage, although cardio is horrible and slow).

    What hike in KC...?

    April 6, 2014

  • Chandler C.

    New in town with experience hiking. I am from US and want to know what is CORA and how to become member?

    April 5, 2014

  • Kayley E.

    Shoot. I leave for Costa Rica 3 days before this. I am sorry. Have a great time guys

    March 20, 2014

  • Nadia

    AWESOME idea , unfortunately i am away for a conference ... wishing you all an amazing trip

    March 13, 2014

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