Founded in 1982, The Central Indiana Wilderness Club (CIWC) is a non-profit volunteer-run club organized for the purpose of providing affordable wilderness adventures.  Based in central Indiana, our activities include backpacking, car camping, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and cross-country skiing. 

Each year CIWC conducts trips ranging in length from one to ten days to destinations as diverse as southern Indiana, the Grand Canyon and the Smokey Mountains. We have day events, overnight trips for beginners and extended trips for those with lots of outdoor experience and everything in between.  On a CIWC trip you will have the opportunity to explore new places and meet new friends.  Our overnight trips are small and friendly, averaging eight people per trip, organized by a CIWC member. Our membership includes members who vary widely in age, experience and ability. 

We are a teaching club so we can allow you to learn at your own pace.  We have formal classes and workshops and can loan gear (i.e. tents and backpacks) to help you on your first few trips.  We also have beginner trips (usually one night) where experienced leaders can get you started and make you feel comfortable in doing so.  These beginner trips are announced at our annual backpacking class which is usually held in March.  

Membership fees are $35 per year for individuals and $50 for families. Membership brings you the Trail Mix, our quarterly newsletter which allows you to preview and sign-up for trips before they are posted on the website.  Membership also enables you to get the latest information about new trips via email via email updates.  Just click on “JOIN” and get ready to start a new adventure. 

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