The Meanderthals are a hiking 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 so

Trips 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 Updated

Please learn the changes by clicking this link

Planning Ahead

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.

Reminder:
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
Website problems, typos, factual errors to:- web@canmoreseniors.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.

Members' Notices

All Members can submit Hike Requests, Lost and Found, Notes etc for posting on the web-page via
web@canmoreseniors.org

Trips Updating:

If your browser keeps taking you to a stored non-current page, use the buttons to move to the latest update.
Next time if this hasn't updated the stored copy, you will need to clear (reset) the browser cache or edit your favorites (bookmarks).

The Meanderthals

Rev.2017 Sept 21 gw

Leaders: Use only triplist@canmoreseniors.org to list and modify trips
Listing and Leaders Help Page For More Info

Critical Reminders For Trip Leaders And Participants

Trip emails go directly between Leaders and Participants. At no point do they pass through a third party or the CSA mail system. Non-delivery can only originate in the senders' and recipients' devices or actions.

Some leaders use auto-reply for the initial sign-up. This may be treated as spam if your preferences do not accept. If you don't get confirmation within a day or two, check your spam folders. If in folder, adjust your settings - we do not recommend setting spam to delete with no trace. If not in folder re-contact the leader.

Easy Address is just that, addressing. It is not a registration system. It asks your device to open an email which it can address for you. Many devices block such requests unless you allow (privacy/security). If an email does not open for you to complete and send, you must send a manual email in your usual way to the address specified for that trip.

You cannot re-use email from a previous trip if the leader is different.

Thurs Oct 05
CSA Monthly Happy Hour
Summer Hosting by The Meanderthals

Meet members you don't normally see, or check us out before joining.
Everyone bring small appetiser to share, plus whatever beverage you prefer.

A Plea From Kananaskis Country Public Safety

Risky Behaviours: How To Avoid And Deal With
Large Carnivore Attacks

'A lot of what people do is based on a total lack of knowledge about what is dangerous and what isn't.' - Stephen Herrero, U. of Calgary

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 Sheets

Trip leaders, must promptly deposit participant lists in the folder at the CSA Centre, including cancelled trips.

Sheets for cancelled trips should still contain a list of signees, and the reason for the cancellation (useful for co-ordinators and other leaders; and we can't fix problems if we don't know about them).
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

Post Trips for Minimum of Two Weeks |  Details Here  |

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)
-GW-

Happy Hours 2017

All welcome. Bring small appetiser to share, plus whatever beverage you prefer.

Fri May 05 from 5:30 - 7 pm

Fri Jun 02 from 5 - 7 pm

Fri Jul 07 from 5 - 7 pm

Fri Aug 11 from 5 - 7 pm

Fri Sep 15 from 5 - 7 pm

Thurs Oct 05 from 5 - 7 pm

Fri Oct 27 Potluck Dinner

Trip Notices and Signup

Trip Organisation

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

The Committee

Chair John Reeves
Communications Maureen Martel
Co-ordinators Margaret Froese
Member Frank McIntyre
Member Susan Dorion
Member Gwen Craig
Member Geoff Williams

Sign-up Emails: Easy Address

IF your computer settings allow access, the Easy Address option reduces work & risk of typos.
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.
Easy Address does NOT SEND the email for you -
Only you can click 'send' after typing message

Bear Spray Safety => More

We've been hearing of health problems linked to accidental discharges of Bear Spray, both by Meanderthals and others. It seems that most can be avoided by checking that the safety clip is fully inserted and the unit is attached by a lanyard in a case. Attach safety clip with string if the plastic loop is lost
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 nametags@canmoreseniors.org
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
More Here

Leaders/Co-leaders Seminar Outline

Meanderthals can request a PDF printable copy of the Leader/Co-leader Seminar from web@canmoreseniors.org
Quote CSA Membership Number