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    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 09 Apr 2017
    • Mount LeConte Lodge, Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mount LeConte Lodge

    April 6-9th, 2017

    Trip Leader: Cindy Durr   Durbys4@aol.com

    Co-Leader: Bette Hanna  bjhanna@outlook.com

    Cost: $315

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 6, 2017

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 10 Minimum number: 10

    Wilderness Level 3                           

    Difficulty Rating: Rugged 6-8 mile/one way 1700-4000 elevation gain.

    Join us for a wonderful weekend trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park with a hike up to the Mt LeConte Lodge for an overnight stay.  We will leave Thursday morning from Indianapolis and drive to Gatlingburg, where we will stay at a hotel at the edge of the park.  Friday morning we will take one of 5 trails up to the Lodge where we have a 2 Bedroom cabin reserved for the 10 of us.  If we are lucky we will get to see the llama caravan which brings all of the food and supplies to the lodge three times weekly. After hiking down the mountain Saturday morning, we will have time to hike in the afternoon before heading back into Gatlinburg. After an early drive thru Cades Cove for some wildlife viewing, we will head home to Indianapolis.

    The Lodge is located at an elevation of 6953 ft.  Depending on the trail you select, the elevation gain is anywhere from 1700 to 4000 ft gain over 5 to 8.2 miles.  You will be required to each have a pair of Yak Trax as there will be ice/snow on the trail at the top.

    This is an iconic trip for many, and once you have been to the Lodge, you will want to return over and over again.

    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Morgan-Monroe, Indiana

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    Beginners Backpacking Trip

    Morgan-Monroe Backpacking Skills Trip

    April 8-9, 2017

    Trip Leaders:  Bob Hart (rrhrunner@Comcast.net) and Lisa Forester  (lisajforester@comcast.net)


    Cost: $10 for Sat Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and use of club gear -  Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Maximum number: 8  

    Morgan – Monroe State Forest (south of Martinsville)

    April 8/9, 2017, 9:00 AM to April 9, 2017 11:00 AM   (rain date April 22/23)

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

    Cancellation Date: March 25th (fee must be received by this date) https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif 


    Learn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC members.  First priority for this trip is reserved for those who participate in the Beginners’ Backpacking Class offered on March 4 at Holliday Park, from 9:30 -1:00 PM.  Come to the class to sign up for one of these trips and some of the other CIWC trips later this summer.  After March 4, this trip will be opened to others.    

    Rendezvous point: To be announced.  

    Trip Plan:  First order of the day will be to get acquainted and then make sure everyone has their pack adjusted properly.  Group items will be dispersed among the participants, which will consist of group food, cooking and kitchen gear and some materials we’ll use in skills training, such as water filters and ropes for hanging food at night.  Everything we will need for overnight will be carried into the backcountry where we will make camp,

    Working as a group goals would be to teach the basics of shelter, fire, water, personal hygiene and camp food.  It will be extremely helpful if participants have either (1) been to the beginning backpacking class or (2) have prior camping experience.    

    Shelter:  We would cover how to pitch a backpacking tent and keep the inside dry.  We will also show various methods of erecting a tarp.  

    Fire:  We would teach how to gather tinder and fuel and how to start and safely maintain a fire.

    Water:  Various water collection and purification procedures will be demonstrated.     

    Personal Hygiene:  Personal cleanliness and “bathroom” processes will be explained.  

    Camp Food:  Leaders will demonstrate and prepare a camp dinner and a camp breakfast.  Group involvement is a key part of our club culture for shared camp duties for meal preparation and clean up procedures.  So, we will involve everyone in the process.  Methods will be discussed and demonstrated for keeping a clean camp and protecting food from critters.  

    Cost:  $10 per person to cover the cost of group food, cost of using club equipment and fuel for the camp stoves.  Online payment is required to get on the list.  After we reach 8 people a waitlist will be started.  

    After camp set up there should be time for relaxation or area exploration (day hike) before we begin supper preparation. Both Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast will be group meals and will be done by camp duty sharing.  Any other food such as Saturday lunch and snacks is your personal responsibility and should be placed in a separate bag for securing against unwanted animal visitors.

    After Breakfast on Sunday we will pack up camp and hike back to the trail head parking lot.   

    Don’t have gear?  CIWC has tents and backpacks you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters.  Suggested personal gear list will be provided by your trip leaders.  

    All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation.


    • 06 May 2017
    • 14 May 2017
    • Utah Adventure: Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce

    Utah Adventure: Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce

    May 6-14, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Leslie Green   lesliekgreen@gmail.com

    Co Leader: Lisa Forester   lisajforester@comcast.net

    Type of Trip:   Backpacking and sightseeing

    Cost: $445

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 1, 2017

    Adults only

    Maximum number: 10 Minimum number: 8

    Wilderness Level: 4                Difficulty: Rugged, Challenging

    This trip will be a tour through the geological wonders of southern Utah, several of which are lesser known and more remote than more famous destinations, but still quite spectacular. Starting in Capitol Reef National Park, we’ll take a day hike or two to look down upon the Waterpocket Fold, a massive landform travelling a length of 100 miles through the canyon.  Then we’ll take a two-day backpacking trip to Lower Spring Canyon Trail a 10 mile, cathedral-like hallway that combines easy canyon hiking and foolproof route finding with sights like lush cottonwood stands and massive sandstone amphitheaters. Next we’ll travel on to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and take in the splendor of the scenic byway between Boulder and Escalante, Utah. In this area we’ll take day hikes to some slot canyons and waterfalls before heading out for a three day backpack hike through Coyote Gulch a semi-narrow canyon that snakes its way down through incredible red rock country, passing a good number of arches, as well as the hardy wetlands that thrive within the shade and moisture of Utah’s desert oases. Before heading back home we’ll visit Bryce National Park and hike the Queen’s Garden Trail. 

     The price includes all camping and lodging for 8 nights, 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts on backpacking trips three breakfast at hotels, park entrance fees, and van transportation.   Meals on the road and in trail towns, lunches, and snacks are at your own cost.  Round trip airfare to SLC of about $350-$450 is also additional. 

    • 13 May 2017
    • 14 May 2017
    • Charles Deam Wilderness. Indiana

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    Beginners Backpacking Trip

       Charles Deam Wilderness, Indiana   

    May 13-14, 2017
    Cost $10 for Breakfast and Dinner – Bring lunch and snacks for the trial.     
    Group Size: 8
    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.
    Trip Leader: Steve Kinch  skinch@comcast.net
    Cancellation Date: May 1 (fee must be received by this date)

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

     Learn and practice backpacking skills, enjoy a mid-May weekend in the Hoosier National Forest. 

    We will hike in on an easy, well-traveled trail, establish camp near the banks of Monroe Reservoir.  We will set-up our tents and explore this wonderful area.  Also learn the various water filtration options, how to build a fire, how to prepare a backcountry dinner and a breakfast the next morning.

    After breakfast, we will pack up, using leave no trace techniques and hike back to the trailhead.

    Cost is $10 for dinner and breakfast. Participants will bring their own lunch, snack and drink items. Gear lists and trip details, including carpooling options, will be emailed prior to the trip. Some club backpacks and tents may be available for loan on a first come, first served basis.

    All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation. 

    • 19 May 2017
    • 21 May 2017
    • Red River Gorge, Kentucky

    Red River Gorge Backpacking Trip

    May 19-21, 2017

    Trip Leader: Les Schaffer ( schaffer.Les@gmail.com )

    Co Leader: Bob Klecka ( rmklecka@gmail.com )

    Cost: $130        Deposit: $65

    Maximum number: 8    Minimum number: 7

    Cancellation Date and full payment: April 1, 2017

    Difficulty: Moderate to Rugged (8-14 miles), Adults Only

    This will be a 3-day backpacking trip for intermediate backpackers. Degree of difficulty is rated 5/5. According to Hiking Kentucky’s Red River Gorge guide. Total miles will be 14 on the Sheltowee trail. It will begin with an elevation of 1,283 feet at the trailhead descending to 750 feet. We will shuttle cars at the trailhead. This hike covers 14 miles from corner ridge trailhead in the north to pinch-em tight trailhead to the south. It contains not only some of the most rigorous hiking in the Gorge but also some of the best scenery. The route passes a number of large creeks and three of the most famous rock formations. The trail crosses the Red River over a long suspension bridge. There is dense forest along the way. We will leave the south side of Indianapolis on Friday around 9 am This will get us the Red River Gorge in plenty of time for a leisure 3-4 mile hike to set up camp. We will get up next day for a 7-8 mile hike and again set up camp for the night. In the morning we will hike out to trailhead. We will have lunch a Miguels a famous pizza hangout before heading back to Indianapolis. We should arrive back in Indianapolis around 6 pm.

    This has been a favorite trip for CIWC for a number of years and is highly rated among those who have gone in the past.

    • 20 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Morgan-Monroe, Indiana

    Beginners Backpacking Trip

    Morgan-Monroe Backpacking Skills Trip

    May 20-21, 2017

    Trip Leaders:  Lisa Forester  (lisajforester@comcast.net) and Bashirul  Polash  (bpolash@vt.edu)


    Cost: $10 for Sat Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and use of club gear -  Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Maximum number: 10  

    Morgan – Monroe State Forest (south of Martinsville)

    May 20th, 9:00 AM to May 21st 11:00 AM   (rain date June 3-4) 

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

    Cancellation Date: May 6th (fee must be received by this date) https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gifLearn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC leaders. Saturday nights’ dinner and Sunday’s breakfast will be provided by CIWC. 

    The cost for the trip is $10. You are responsible for your lunch / snacks for Saturday. Bring your drinking water.

    We will begin by getting acquainted and then make sure everyone has their backpacks adjusted and loaded properly. The group gear will be dispersed among the participants which will consists or group food, cooking and kitchen gear as well as some materials we’ll use in skills training. Everything needed for overnight will be carried into the backcountry where we will set up camp. 

    After camp set up there should be time for relaxation, or exploring the area before we begin supper. Our meals and clean up will be a group effort.

    We will work as a group learning the basics of shelter, fire, water, and personal hygiene. 

    Sunday after breakfast we can decide as a group if we want to hike or head back to the parking lot for departure.

    Suggested personal gear list will be provided by your trip leaders.

    Rendezvous Points will be announced via email.

    Don’t have gear?  CIWC has tents and backpacks you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters.  Suggested personal gear list will be provided by your trip leaders.  

    All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation.

    • 20 May 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 21 May 2017
    • Tecumseh Trail-Bleanblossom, Indiana

    Beginners Backpacking Trip

    Tecumseh Trail –Beanblossom, Indiana

    May 20-21, 2017

    Trip Co-Leaders: Leslie Green  ( lesliekgreen@gmail.com)

       Steve Johnson  ( steve_j@lilly.com )


    Cost: $10 Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Maximum number: 10  

    Tecumseh Trail –Beanblossom, Indiana May 20th @ 12:00pm (rain date June 3-4) $10 for Breakfast and Dinner – bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

    Cancellation Date: May 6th (fee must be received by this date) https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gifBuilt by the HHC in 1998-2002, the Tecumseh Trail begins at Morgan-Monroe State Forest Headquarters, five miles south of Martinsville. It ends in a remote area of Brown County forest near Monroe Reservoir, just south of S.R. 46 near Crooked Creek.  We will complete about 7 miles of the trail from Bear Lake to Richardson Road.  The hilly terrain (not too hilly) will give you a good feel for Southern Indiana hiking.


    Meet at Dollar General Store in Beanblossom on SR 135 at noon for a gear review and pack fitting.  Then we will shuttle our vehicles and start our hike of about 4 miles from Bear Lake to the Fox Den Shelter.  Along the way we will filter water and practice reading the map for the trail. 


     At camp, we will set up tents, cook dinner as a group with various stove types, and have a campfire for the evening.  Those who prefer can sleep in the shelter (if it’s unoccupied). In the morning we will cook our breakfast, break camp and go another 3 miles to finish our hike. 


     Don’t have gear?  CIWC has tents and backpacks you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters.  Suggested personal gear list will be provided by your trip leaders. 


    All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation.

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 04 Jun 2017
    • Chain O Lakes State Park

    Introduction to Canoe Camping

    Chain O Lakes State Park Canoe Camp

    June 3-4, 2017 (Membership required $25 single, $35 Family)

    Co Leader:  Bob Hart: (rrhrunner@comcast.net

    Co Leader: John Carlson: (johnacarlson@comcast.net)

    Trip Cost: $76 (sneak preview cost $50)

    Cancelation Date:  May 1, 2017

    Adults only

    Group size: Maximum 8 Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Difficulty Rating: Beginner, but some camping experience required

     This activity is designed for those who wish to learn about and prepare themselves for extended canoe camping trips out of state.  This can be a qualifier for an extended canoe camping trip.  Canoe camping is one of the best ways to experience ta wilderness area as it gives you a lot of flexibility.  For this introductory event we have picked a slightly remote setting on the water but our campsite will definitely be away from our cars.  Safety will be stressed.  Participants must be able to enter and exit a canoe by crawling over packs and be prepared to swim if the canoe would swamp. 

     You will learn basic canoe strokes and safety considerations plus how to lift carry and portage a canoe.  We will demonstrate rescue scenarios in case of an open water swamp.  You will have plenty of time to practice what you have learned.  Our canoe camp will cover setting up of tents and tarps as well as how to safely secure food away from animals.  You will also learn that canoe campers eat very well – leaders will plan both dinner and breakfast meals.  Participants will be responsible for their own lunches and snacks.  More information including what gear to bring will be provided in advance of the trip.  This will be a carpool trip. 

    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 08 Jun 2017
    • McCormick's Creek State Park

    McCormick's Creek State Park

    June 6-8, 2017

    Co Leader: Jill Whelan  : jillwhelan@sbcglobal.net   

    Co Leader: Leslie (Les) Schaffer schaffer.les@gmail.com

    Cost: $50

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 6, 2017

    Adults Only

    Maximum  8 Minimum  6

    Wilderness Level   1-2                     

    Difficulty: easy to moderate

     Join us at Indiana's oldest State Park for a mid-week car camping and hiking trip! We will camp in up to 4 sites in the Class C Primitive Campground, share group meals, and choose which of the trails we wish to hike (there are 10 trails, ranging from Easy to Rugged). There may be the opportunity to swim in the pool, go for a trail ride, stop by the Canyon Inn for lunch, crawl through Wolf Cave, play tennis, or go fishing in the White River for those who wish to do so (some of these will require extra cost on your part). Of course, in the evenings we can go on a night hike, do some star gazing, have a campfire, sing campfire songs, and just relax among good company.

    Details and carpooling options will sent by email before the trip. Participants will provide their own lunch and trail snack items, something to grill for the dinners (meat, fish, veggie "meat") and drinks. Breakfast, and dinner side dishes and desserts (!) will be provided, as well as stoves, fuel, charcoal, firewood, etc.

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jun 2017
    • North Country Trail/Manistee River - Michigan

    North Country Trail/Manistee River - Michigan

    June 8-10th, 2017

    Trip Leader: Steve Kinch (skinch@comcast.net)

    Co Leader: Steve Johnson (steve_j@lilly.com)  

    Cost: $105

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 8, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum 8   Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level:  3                                    

    Difficulty: Moderate - 8 mile maximum

    Come join us on this 3-day weekend backpack trip in the Manistee National Forest of Lower Michigan.  We will meet and drive the club van to Red River Bridge to start our adventure.  The 1st day we will hike for a couple of miles on the Manistee River Trail and make camp.  This short hike will wet our appetite for the next day’s hike. 

    The 2nd day will be the jewel of the trip.  We will have stunning vistas of the river and the forested west shore. We will cross a wooden replica of the mighty Mackinaw Bridge and continue on the west side of Manistee River. We will cover 8-10 miles on the 2nd day and camp near Eddington Creek on the North Country Trail.

    3rd day we will hike the NCT back to the van for the ride to Indianapolis.  We will cover 7-9 miles.

    The club will provide 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners.  Each hiker should be prepared to carry some extra weight as we divide up the group food and equipment. Hikers are responsible for all meals in transit, as well as snacks and lunches on the trail.

    We will leave Northern Indianapolis area (Location TBD ) approx. 9am for the 5.5 hour drive.   


    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 11 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Charles Deam Wilderness, Indiana

    Beginners Backpacking Trip

    Charles Deam Wilderness, Indiana

    June 10-11, 2017

    Trip Co-Leaders: Lisa Forester   (lisajforester@comcast.net)  and Kurt Fehr   (Fehr.kurt@gmail.com)


    Cost: $10 Bring lunch and snacks for the trail     

    Maximum number: 10  

    Deam Wilderness, Indiana June 10th @ 10:00 am - June 11th @ 12 pm

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

    Cancellation Date: May 27th (fee must be received by this date)


    Trip Plan:  First order of the day will be to get acquainted and then make sure everyone has their pack adjusted properly.  Group items will be dispersed among the participants, which will consist of group food, cooking and kitchen gear and some materials we’ll use in skills training, such as water filters and ropes for hanging food at night.  Everything we will need for overnight will be carried into the backcountry where we will make camp.

    Working as a group goals would be to teach the basics of shelter, fire, water, personal hygiene and camp food.  

    Shelter:  We would cover how to pitch a backpacking tent and keep the inside dry.   

    Fire:  We would teach how to gather tinder and fuel and how to start and safely maintain a fire

    Water:  Various water collection and purification procedures will be demonstrated.  

    Personal Hygiene:  Personal cleanliness and “bathroom” processes will be explained. 

    Camp Food:  Leaders will demonstrate and prepare a camp dinner and a camp breakfast.

    Group involvement is a key part of our club culture for shared camp duties for meal preparation and clean up procedures.  So, we will involve everyone in the process.  Methods will be discussed and demonstrated for keeping a clean camp and protecting food from critters.  

     Cost:  $10 per person to cover the cost of group food, cost of using club equipment and fuel for the camp stoves.  Online payment is required to get on the list.  After we reach 8 people a waitlist will be started.  

    After camp set up there should be time for relaxation or area exploration (day hike) before we begin supper preparation. Both Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast will be group meals and will be done by camp duty sharing.  Any other food such as Saturday lunch and snacks is your personal responsibility and should be placed in a separate bag for securing against unwanted animal visitors.

    After Breakfast on Sunday we will pack up camp and hike back to the trail head parking lot.   

    Don’t have gear?  CIWC has tents and backpacks you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters.  Suggested personal gear list will be provided by your trip leaders. 

    Rendezvous point: To be announced.  

    All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation. 

    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 18 Jun 2017
    • Indiana Dunes State Park

    Indiana Dunes State Park - Camping and Hiking

    June 16-18, 2017

    Trip Leader: Leslie Green    lesliekgreen@gmail.com

    Co Leader: Barb Shanks   barb.shanks103@gmail.com

    Trip Cost: $105

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 16, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum 9   Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level 2                       Difficulty: easy to moderate

    Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire Lake Michigan shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above the lake. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. An abundance of trails take in the dunes, lakeshore and forest, making for a unique hiking experience. There is also access to the 9 mile Calumet Trail that traverses through the nearby wet lands.

    We will stay in the campground and take in as many hikes as desired. Swimming, birdwatching and fishing are also available.  The trip will use the club van, departing from the north side of Indianapolis at 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon and return mid-afternoon on Sunday.  The cost of the trip includes transportation, dinner on Friday/Saturday, breakfast on Saturday/Sunday, camping fees and supplies.  Participants are responsible for meals on the road as well as lunch and snacks during the week-end. 



    • 23 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • Patoka Lake State Reservoir, Indiana

    Beginners Backpacking Trip

       Patoka Lake State Reservoir, Indiana

       June 23-25, 2017 (2 nights) 
    Cost $20 for 2 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner – Bring lunch and snacks for the trial.   (A park Entrance fee may be an addition to be split by the group.)  
    Group Size: 8
    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.
    Trip Leader: Dave Hoffmeyer
    Cancellation Date: June 1st (fee must be received by this date)

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

    Leaving on Friday evening June 23rd at 6:00 PM from the Southside of Indianapolis. We will car pool to Patoka Lake State Recreation Area (we will stop at a restaurant and pick up something to eat on our way).  Upon arrival, we will take a short hike to the Backcountry Camping area and set up tents for the evening and practice food storage that evening. 

    The next morning, we will cook a Backcountry Breakfast to start out the day.  Our skill training will begin with water treatment and packing our packs.  After packing our packs, we will hike the 6.5-mile Main trail. This is a moderate trail, well maintained but with a small number of signs. Average hiking time is 3 to 4 hours. One of the many sites is Totem Rock, a large rock shelter that was used by American Indians and early settlers.  We will stop and have a trail Lunch during the hike.  This trail follows the shoreline of Patoka Lake, with 26,000 acres of land and water, Patoka Lake is a fine example of lake ecology. An 8,800-acre lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR.

    After completing the hike, we explore the Visitor Center and some of the other opportunities the park has to offer.  After returning to the campsite we will continue to work on some of our camp skills including firecrafting and cooking.    We will prepare a Backcountry dinner from the Club recipe library and work on camp sanitation.  

    On Sunday, we will cook a backcountry breakfast, break camp and then travel to Hemlock Cliffs Scenic Trail for a short day hike before heading home.  We will stop and get lunch along the way.

    Cost is $20 for dinner and 2 breakfast. Participants will bring their own lunch, snack and drink items. Meals enroute on Friday and Sunday will be each person’s responsibility. Gear lists and trip details, including carpooling options, will be emailed prior to the trip. Some club backpacks and tents may be available for loan on a first come, first served basis.

    All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation.

    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

    Clifty Falls State Park

    July 21-23, 2017

    Trip Leader: Bob Klecka  rmklecka@gmail.com

    Co Leader: Darlene Groves Dgroves24@yahoo.com

    Trip Cost: $70

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 12

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum 8   Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level 2                     Difficulty: moderate to rugged

     Join us for a 2 night hiking and camping trip at Clifty Falls State Park. The park has beautiful hiking trails with spectacular views of the several different water falls. We will camp in the primitive camp sites in the park.  The park does have a swimming pool and tennis courts for other activities. Group meals will be provided for breakfast and dinner. Lunch and snacks will be your responsibility. The hiking is moderate to rugged with some challenging elevation change and incredible views. We have will hike to Clifty Falls, Little Clifty Falls, The Railroad Tunnel and Tunnel falls. Details for the van meet up site will be sent later Cost covers van transportation, camping fees, and group food.  

    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • Cherry Shelter, Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana

    Lighten Your Load on the Trail
    Workshop and Overnight Hike
    August 12-13, 2017

    Leader: Leslie Green   (lesliekgreen@gmail.com )
    Cost: $50
    Cancellation and Full Payment Date: June 9, 2016
    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adults
    Groups Size: Maximum 10   Minimum 8
    Wilderness Level: 2  Difficulty: easy/beginner

     Have you complained and labored with the weight of your backpack? Do you come home frCom a hike with a pack full of extra stuff you didn’t even use?  Are you new to backpacking and don’t know what to bring?  This hands-on training session will give you techniques, tricks, tools and tips to reduce the weight you carry on the trail.   Then you’ll put your new-found knowledge (and gear) to the test with an overnight hike.  We will use some of the ideas of the ultralight hiking gurus without risking comfort or safety.  This trip could be good for beginning backpackers that haven’t yet invested in equipment and can use the information to select the best, lightest gear. The session includes:\

    • ·       Making and using your own alcohol stove cook kit
    • ·       Making a ditty bag of camp essentials at less than 8 ounces
    • ·       Determining your clothing system for various seasons
    • ·       Evaluating your sleep system and shelter system – examining options
    • ·       Evaluating water treatment systems and the lightest weight options for various situations
    • ·       Creating a menu that provides tasty, substantive nutrition and energy without weighing you down
    • ·       Learning what things weigh zero in your pack

    The cost of the workshop and trip includes all food (lunch, dinner, breakfast, and snacks); a new cook kit (stove, pan, lid, wind screen) that you will create, fuel for cooking and a ditty bag with toiletries & a first aid kit that you will assemble.  You’ll also receive a resource guide that you can use after the trip.

    We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon on Saturday in the Cherry Shelter at Morgan Monroe State Forest, and then hike to the backcountry camping area on the Low Gap trail to try out our lightened loads.  


    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 19 Aug 2017
    • Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, Michigan

    Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, Michigan

    August 12-19, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Dave Hoffmeyer     dave.hnm@gmail.com

    Co Leader: Barb Shanks      barb.shanks103@gmail.com 

    Trip Cost: $460             

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 12, 2017

    Group Size: Maximum 9    Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level: 3              Difficulty: Rugged 50 miles total, 12miles 1day max

     Backpack 42 miles along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the North Country National Scenic Trail, known as one of Michigan’s classic hikes. We will spend 4 days and 3 nights backpacking between Grand Marais and Munising, passing lighthouses, giant sand dunes and sandstone cliffs. After driving to Michigan we will stay at the Sunset Inn then again after we complete the trail. On day 6 we will join Pictured Rocks Cruises on a 2+ hour water excursion and view the brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches.

    After our cruise we will drive to and camp for 2 nights at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.  Here we will hike approximately 8 miles and explore one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.

    All activities and motel accommodations are included in the cost of the trip. In addition 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners are also included.  Participants will be responsible for bringing their own lunches, snacks, and travel meals. Details will be provided as we get closer to our travel date.  

     Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  In August, expect average an average high temperature of 74 degrees and a low temperature of 56 degrees. 

    This is a Level 3 activity due to lack of cell phone coverage.  The terrain is relatively flat, experienced backpackers should have no problem with elevation on this trip.  Longest daily hike distance is 12 miles and backpackers should have the capability to keep with the group at a moderate pace of 2 to 2.5mph.    

    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 28 Aug 2017
    • Itasca State Park, MN

    Itasca State Park, MN Bike Trip

    August 20-28, 2017 

    Trip Leader: John South   Email / Phone

    south87@sbcglobal.net   317-531-0361

    Type of Trip:   Bike

    Cost: $500 Deposit $250

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 1, 2017

    Adults only

    Maximum number: 9   Minimum number: 6

    All Trips – Distances (Total and 1 day max) __Average of 70 miles per day with shorter options possible

     Bicycle Touring

    Speed (Anticipated average) ___14 mph_to16 mph

    Grade and Climbs _______Relatively flat.

    Road and Traffic Conditions __Some bike paths and lightly traveled roads

    Description for Trail Mix:

    Mississippi River Trail, From the Headwaters in Minnesota

    This bicycle adventure will start at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota in the land of Paul Bunyan. We will travel bike paths and lightly traveled roads from Itsaca State Park to La Cross, Wisconsin – about 400 miles.  The trip will include numerous small towns, the Twin Cities, majestic forests and abundant wildlife that parallel the mighty Mississippi River.  This trip will be van supported – hauling your gear from campsite to campsite. The van will help with mechanical problems and offer SAG service. If a designated driver doesn’t volunteer for the trip the riders may need to share the driving duties.

    The trip will leave Sunday morning. We'll start riding on Monday after arriving at Itsaca S.P. and finish Saturday. We'll return on Sunday. A hotel stay and dinner out is planned for our night in Minneapolis. Breakfast and dinner will be provided during the riding days (except the Minneapolis night) with lunch on your own. Meals during the trip and back will be on your own.

    • 02 Sep 2017
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • Mackinaw City, Michigan

    Mackinac Bridge Walk -- Michigan

    September 2 – 4, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Bashir Polash bpolash@vt.edu

    Co Leader: Lisa Forester   lisajforester@comcast.net

    Trip Cost: $240   

    Cancellation Date and full payment: Aug 2, 2017

    Adult &Youth 16+ with adult okay

    Group Size: Maximum  8 Minimum  7

    Wilderness Level   1-2          

    Difficulty: easy- longest walk @ 5 miles.

    Shakedown / Orientation Date: August 26, 2017

     The Mackinac Bridge Walk has been held every year since 1958. The first bridge walk was held during the Bridge's Dedication Ceremony in June of 1958 and only 68 people walked across the Mackinac Bridge that year. The walk has been held on Labor Day every year since 1959. In recent years, this annual event draws in nearly 100,000 people. It’ll be 60th Annual Walk this year on September 4, 2017. Everyone gets a certificate of completion after the 5 mile walk.

    We will drive early Saturday morning to arrive at Mackinaw City, MI on the south side of the bridge for dinner and enjoy the beautiful sunset overlooking the bridge. Hotel stay will be near the north side of the bridge in St. Ignace, MI. Breakfast is included with the hotel booking. There are many tours available to Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by ferryboats. Sunday activities could include a tour in the Mackinac Island. Bridge walk will be early Monday morning. After the bridge walk, we will stroll through the town for a short time and drive back.

    Transport in the club van and two nights’ hotel bookings are included in the trip cost. All other expenses including lunch and dinner or any tours will be individual responsibility. Starline ferry offers Mackinac Island Package that includes: Round Trip Ferry Ticket, 1 1/2 hour Narrated Carriage Tour, and Entrance into Historic Fort Mackinac. This tour to the island is optional. If you need to ride back to the north side after the bridge walk, you’ll need to buy the shuttle bus ticket for $5 (cash only). 

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • Upper Gauley River Whitewater Rafting, Lansing, West Virginia

    Upper Gauley River Whitewater Rafting, Lansing, West Virginia

    Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 and Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

    Co-Leaders: Elden Hartman: elhart54@sbcglobal.net and Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com

    Trip Fee: $320.00

    Cancellation Date: July 15, 2017

    Family and Difficulty Rating: Minimum Age is 15 (with Waiver Signed by Parent), Strong Swimming Skills Required, Prior Rafting Experience Recommended but Not Required.

     The legendary Upper Gauley River is the most renowned whitewater in West Virginia, and one of the top three rated whitewater rafting experiences in the United States. The Upper Gauley trip is a high impact adventure recommended for only serious whitewater enthusiasts. The Upper Gauley drops over 335 feet in 9 miles, and features 40 action-packed rapids, including five Class V rapids and a huge Class IV rapid at Wood’s Ferry. You will encounter tight, technical rapids that demand precise maneuvering, skill and attention, and navigate through steep drops, narrow chutes, rocky ledges and crashing whitewater. A professional guide in our raft will provide instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. Our raft will be 16 feet long, and comfortably seat 8 members of our group and our guide. This is a full-day trip, with approximately four hours on the water, plus shuttle time to and from the river, and lunch along the river.  All necessary rafting equipment (helmet, PFD, paddle, and raft) will be provided. You may want to wear a synthetic layer over your swimsuit, to help warm you from exposure to the 50 degree water temperatures. If desired, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent, for an extra $15.00 and $10.00, respectively.  

     The trip fee will include camping Saturday evening at the resort’s Mill Creek campground at a large campsite, or multiple sites, containing a picnic table and fire ring, located near the campground showers and restroom facilities, and within walking distance of the restaurants, trip meeting areas and shops. You should bring your own tents and sleeping bags, and camp chair for sitting around the campsite. You can borrow sleeping bags and tents from the club or trip leaders if you do not have your own. The trip leaders will serve dinner and hot and cold beverages on Saturday evening. There will be no alcohol provided or permitted. We will depart on our trip on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the southeast side of Indianapolis, near the I-65 Southport Road Exit 103. The travel time to Lansing, WV is approximately six hours, but we will stop along the way for lunch and bathroom breaks as needed. We will enjoy a hot country breakfast buffet on Sunday morning (provided as part of trip fee), and meet with our group for outfitting and instructions before departing for the river on a shuttle bus at approximately 9 a.m. We will enjoy a complimentary hot lunch along the river, after we have conquered all of the Class V rapids. We should be back at the resort by 3 p.m., where we will take showers and change our clothes before heading home. We expect to get back to our starting point by 11 p.m. on Sunday evening. 

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Cataloochee Campground, Waynesville, NC

    Smoky Mountain National Park Camping and Trail Hikes

    September 11-17, 2017

    Leader: Bill Armstrong

    Cost: $230    

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 10, 2017

    Trip Difficulty Rating Details (choose what applies)

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum  10   Minimum 7
    Wilderness Level:  2                         Difficulty: Strenuous

     Join Bill Armstrong, trip leader, and others as we camp in Cataloochee Campground, one of the Smoky Mountain National Park campgrounds, for 6 nights and spend our days hiking many of the over 900 miles of trails in this park. The plan is to leave Indy on Monday morning in the club van, arrive in the park in time to set up tents and do a short hike before diner. The following 5 days will allow time for long one-way hikes using the van to drop off and pick up hikers or to do loop trails. Each night we will return to the campground.  On Sunday we will take a short morning hike before leaving to return to Indy sometime in that evening.

    The trails in the Smokys are well marked and easy to follow but can be very strenuous in the mountain areas. We should be able to see waterfalls, mountain streams, old growth trees, old settler’s homes, numerous wildflowers, bears, and fantastic scenery from the mountain clearings.

    The specific trails will be picked out by the trip leader in the spring of 2017. Cost for the trip is $230 per person. This will include van transportation to and from the park as well as daily drop offs and pickups, 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners and campsite fees.  This trip is not for beginning hikers as the hikes will be several hours long and can be strenuous as noted above. You will be responsible for providing sleeping bags, tent and your own snacks and lunches while on the trails. Meals while traveling to and from the park on Monday and Sunday will be at your expense.

    Don’t miss this walk in the park!

    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Marshall, Indiana

    Turkey Run State Park – camping, hiking, paddling

    September 15-17, 2017 

    Leader: Cindy Durr   Durbys4@aol.com

    Co-Leader: Melanie Wise  

    Cost: $70     

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 15, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum  10   Minimum  8
    Wilderness Level:  2                         Difficulty: easy

    Join us for a weekend at one of Indiana’s jewels --Turkey Run State Park.  The park is located along Sugar Creek (well known for canoeing), in Parke County, Deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves harbor some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state. To get to many hiking trails you need to cross the famous suspension bridge over Sugar Creek.  If weather/moon permits, we may do a night hike.

    This will be a relaxing time spent doing a combination of hiking, canoeing/kayaking, enjoying friends, nature and perhaps a game or two of euchre. Trip fee will pay for campsites, Friday and Saturday evening dinners, along with Saturday and Sunday breakfasts.  You will be responsible for any extra activities such canoe rental, and lunches.  

    • 16 Sep 2017
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • Acadia National Park, Maine

    Acadia National Park, Maine

    Saturday Sept 16 - Sunday Sept 24, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Bashir Polash (bpolash@vt.edu)

    Co Leader: John Bredenkamp   indyjohnb@hotmail.com 

    Trip Cost: $410   

    Cancellation Date and full payment:  June 30, 2017

    Adult &Youth 16+ with adult okay

    Group Size: Maximum  12   Minimum  10

    Wilderness Level: 2                          

    Difficulty: moderate to strenuous

    40-60 miles total-10 miles max

    Shakedown / Orientation Date: August 19/27, 2017

    Acadia is comprised of a cluster of islands on the Atlantic coast of Maine. Mountains, lakes, streams, wetlands, forests, meadows and beaches are all found within roughly 45,000 acres comprising Acadia. In spite of its relatively small land area, Acadia National Park has an amazing trail system with over 120 miles of trails beckoning for exploration. From family strolls along the rocky coastlines to strenuous and exposed scrambles to the tops of the majestic granite peaks, Acadia has something for everyone.

    Plan is to rent two 7-passanger vans and group camp in one of the three group campsites. We will try Blackwood as our first preference when making reservation in 2017. Breakfast will be included in the trip cost. Individuals are responsible for lunch and dinner expenses in local restaurants. All other personal and travel expenses are also individual responsibility.

    Bar Harbor International Airport (BHB) is within 10 miles of the park entrance. Next nearby major airport is Portland International Airport (PWM) [make sure NOT Portland, Oregon]. Please arrive before noon on Sept 16, 2017 and plan to meet at Bar Harbor airport by 1pm. Airline travel expense is not included in the club trip cost

    Daily activities will include moderate hiking with considerable elevation (over 1000 ft) gains. Based on the group aptitude, a short kayak tour may be made optional using rentals from local outfitters. The cost will be individual responsibility.

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 07 Oct 2017
    • Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and Porcupine Mountains State Park Sightseeing, Upper Peninsula, MI

    Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and

    Porcupine Mountains State Park Sightseeing,

    Upper Peninsula, MI

    Sunday, October 1 through Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Co-Leaders: Elden Hartman: elhart54@sbcglobal.net and Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com            

    Trip Fee: $355.00

    Cancellation Date: August 15, 2017          

    Rating: Beginner to Moderate Level; Adults and Teenagers 14 or older, with experience

    We will depart Indianapolis early in the morning on Sunday, October 1, 2017 and drive through Rockford, IL and then straight up through the middle of WI into the Upper Peninsula of MI, to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, where we will spend two nights in a rustic cabin with 8 bunks near the shores of Lake Superior. We will spend a full day there on Monday to see some beautiful sights of the “Porkies”, including the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area, the Escarpment Trail and the Overlook Trail.  On Tuesday, we will drive 70 miles to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, MI, stopping on the way at Sylvania Outfitters to pick up our canoe paddles and PFDs. Our canoes will be shuttled for us to the Clark Lake landing. We will camp four nights in a primitive wilderness campsite on Clark Lake about a one hour paddle (and no portaging) from our entry point, and take some day paddles or hikes from our base camp there. Sylvania Wilderness is a beautiful and pristine area of 18,000 acres, with 34 lakes, and 25 miles of hiking trails and portages. The portages are well-maintained and easy trails of short to moderate length. One of the days while we are camping in Sylvania, we will take a day trip in the van to the resort town of Eagle River, WI, about 35 miles away.  We will leave our campsite on Clark Lake early on Saturday morning, paddle back to the landing, and hit the road after a much-needed hot shower, arriving home late Saturday evening.

    The trip fee will include all meals and snacks on Monday through Friday, except for the day we travel to Eagle River, and meals on the drive up and drive home on Sunday and Saturday. We will provide the stoves, fuel, cook gear, eating and drinking cups, plates, and eating utensils. For suppers, we will have home-made dehydrated meals or Mountain House entrees, and Ramen noodles, along with some puddings or other desserts. We may be able to have some fried fish to supplement our regular menu, if we have fishermen, and they catch fish they can keep. For lunches, we will have peanut butter, jelly, tuna in foil packs, Miracle Whip or mayonnaise on tortillas, flatbread or sandwich thins. There will also be beef jerky, summer sausage, dried apples, and granola bars for snacks. For breakfasts, we will have bacon, eggs, oatmeal, granola, and pancakes, but probably not all for the same breakfast! We will have coffee singles, tea bags, Crystal Lite drink mix packets, and hot cocoa for drinks. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted. We will have filtered lake water to drink at all times as well. If you have any special dietary needs or complaints with the above fare, let me know. There will be weight and space restrictions on what you can bring. The club leaders will bring all the food and gear needed for the trip. You will just need an inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent, and clothes. No bulky foam pads or metal chairs will be allowed, and cans and bottles are prohibited pursuant to National Forest regulations.

    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • Appalachian Trail, Virginia

    Appalachian Trail, Virginia – McAfee Knob/Triple Crown
    October 13-17, 2017

    Co-Leader: Leslie Green (lesliekgreen@gmail.com)

    Co-Leader: Barb Shanks (barb.shanks103@gmail.com)

    Trip cost: $270

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 7, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum 9 Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level: 2              Difficulty Rating: Strenuous 2 days at 10+ miles per day

     McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail and a bucket list item for hikers around the world. Beyond that we’ll actually be taking in the “Triple Crown” that includes McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliff and Dragon’s Tooth in this AT trip to Central Virginia 

    We will start on Friday afternoon with a stay along the way in Beckley WV.  A short ways along from there, our first hike will be the Dragon’s Tooth, a unique geologic feature that consists of Tuscarora quartzite spires which outcrop on the top of Cove Mountain. Then we’ll stay in Daleville VA before we start a 21 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.  Along the way we will view the Tinker Cliff, stay in two AT shelters and have plenty of time to take in the scenery get all our pictures of the Blue Ridge Mountains when we arrive at the McAfee Knob.  The trip is planned from Friday to Tuesday with hopes of avoiding the hiker crowds in the shelters over the week-end.  Surely the fall colors will also be part of our trail delight. 

    The trip price includes two nights’ hotel lodging with breakfasts, two trail breakfasts, two trail dinners, shuttles, and transportation in the club van.  In preparation for the trip a couple of day hikes and a possible overnight hike will be arranged.

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