The Meanderthals is an outdoor activities group within the Association.
The group was formed in 1993 after several seniors wishing to hike, but not alone, got together to hike in our amazing mountains. The initial members numbered 15, but over the last several years, the number has grown to over 300 seniors.
Members of the Association can automatically become a member of the Meanderthals.
Participants should be able to hike, have good boots and poles and will have to pack a lunch and the necessities for a day's outing in the mountains.
Save-On needs all their parking soTrips Meeting Place Now Behind Save-on Along CPR Fence on Gravelled Road =>Map and we will leave extra vehicles in the same area.
Do NOT leave vehicles all day in Save-On's overflow.
Meanderthals Protocol Has Been UpdatedPlease learn the changes by clicking this link
When trips are displayed for at least two weeks on the web,
people have time to compare offerings and coordinate with friends.
Leaders can reserve future dates by listing their intention (eg TBA) and finalising details later.
Completed Hiking Sheets Must Be Turned In
To all Meanderthals leaders and hikers
Please remember to turn in your completed hiking sheets. These are important for our records.
There are two baskets in the lobby, one for completed sheets and one for blank sign-up sheets (and other items).
Blank hiking sheets are in a bright yellow folder.
Thank you, Maureen
If you cannot find a blank 'Outdoor Activities Participant List' at the Seniors Centre
you can download a printable form from the website here
Comments and Feedback
Suggestions for improvements to Meanderthals programs, protocols and procedures to:
The appropriate member of
The Meanderthals Committee
The Meanderthals Committee
Website problems, typos, factual errors to:- firstname.lastname@example.org
We receive a small but significant number of requests for help with computer, email, and web problems and are happy to help with one-on-one advice when possible or at least suggest a source of information.
If the same question comes up more than once we either try to re-word instructions or send out a general note.
All Members can submit Hike Requests, Lost and Found, Notes etc for posting on the web-page via
If your browser keeps taking you to a stored non-current page, use the buttons to move to the latest update.
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Rev.2018 Jan 14 gw
Listing and Leaders Help Page For More Info
Links to Trail Related Information
Updates, Advisories, Trail Reports
- *Trip emails go directly between Leaders & Participants.
- *Your device may see auto-replies as spam.
- *Easy Address is just addressing.
- *Avoid re-using sigup email from another trip.
- *Participants are expected to provide rides.
- *Indicate if you cannot provide a vehicle.
- *Trip duration is total time from Canmore & back.
Reminder: Participant Responsibilities apply to all activities Read Here
Check before you go
This Page has many useful links to reports and web-cams
Trip leaders, must promptly deposit participant lists in the folder at the CSA Centre, including cancelled trips.
These sheets are part of our statistics and an important record for our insurance and waiver system.
They do not have to be on the pre-printed form (use when possible), but we must have the trip details plus names of those present.
Procedure to List and Sign-up for Trips
Need Ideas for Destinations? (View Trip Archives)
Need Help Listing a Trip? (Examples Here)
New Optional On-line Listing & Trip Report Forms
Type Trip Info & Names | | Type Trip Info & Hand Enter Names |
Atmospheric Pressure and Elevation
Someone asked about the relationship between barometer reading and elevation.
The math is horrible, but THIS TABLE lays it out nicely.
The weather forecast refers to sea-level, so the pressure measured at altitude will always be lower. eg
Normal in forecast = 1010 hpa (29.9 inches Hg)
Normal at Canmore = 860 hpa (25.4 inches Hg)
XC Ability Levels
There are two components to grading an XC trip: Technical Skill / Speed.
XC-Experienced / Fast or Medium
XC-Intermediate / Fast or Medium
XC-Basic / Slow or Medium**
(**Requires the ability to uphill and downhill under control and keep up with group.)
Beginners should use the listed sessions at Canmore Nordic Centre to ensure they are "Basic" standard.
Mountain touring groups have a schedule to keep and do not provide instruction.
Happy Hours 2018
Fri Feb 09 from 5:30 - 7 pm
Fri Mar 09 from 5:30 - 7 pm
Trip Notices and Signup
There can be multiple groups in each level depending on the interest in the planned hike. Each group is led by an experienced hiker. The number of hikers per group is usually restricted to 12 or 15 with a minimum of 4 per hike as recommended by Parks Canada for safety reasons.
The destination areas include Kananaskis, Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, and some along the highway to Jasper.
Need Ideas For A Hike?
Tony Daffern has already done much of the work with a searchable database for Kananaskis.
=> KC Trail Suggestions
|Hike Co-ordinators||Open - Please volunteer|
|Statistician & |
|Member at Large & Liaison with |
|Gwen Craig||Website & |
IF your computer settings allow access, the
If a pre-addressed email DOES NOT open quickly on your screen you must create and send an email to the leader at the address shown in your usual way.
Some Ticks May Be Out If Temp >4ºC
Bear Spray Safety => More
Use with caution, the spray may be more dangerous than the bear!!
Theft From And Of Vehicles Continues
Parking lots that are screened from the view of passing traffic are especially vulnerable.
Be Aware: Someone may be watching you hiding things in your vehicle. Don't help them choose their target, carry valuables with you or leave at home.
Doesn't hurt to discreetly photograph anything suspicious, especially licence plates, but don't risk being challenged.
Name Tags in Plastic Sleeves
email Helen Read at email@example.com
Leave a toonie in the brown envelope on the hiking info board (in alcove by office door from main lobby).
Helen will leave your tag there when ready.
T and Sports Shirts
with Meanderthal Logo
Long & short sleeved available
Leaders/Co-leaders Seminar Outline
Meanderthals can request a PDF printable copy of the Leader/Co-leader Seminar from firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote CSA Membership Number