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

    Mackinac Bridge Walk -- Michigan

    September 2 – 4, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Bashir Polash

    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.

     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
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Richmond, Indiana

    Cardinal Greenway Bike Ride and Camp 

    September 9-10, 2017

    Trip Leaders:  John South 

    Bob Klecka 


    Cost: $60  for Transportation in club van, Camping Fees, Sat Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and use of club gear -  Bring lunch and snacks for the ride

    Maximum/Minimum number: 8/6

    Cardinal Greenway from Richmond to Upland, IN

    September 9, 2017, 8:00 AM to September 10, 2017 5:00 pm

    (no rain date)

    Wilderness Level 1 (cell phone coverage readily available and route is near established roads).

    Cancellation Date: September 5th (fee must be received by this date)

    Cardinal Greenway Bike Ride and Camp

    The trip will leave 8:00 Saturday morning from Indianapolis area. The club van will be used to transfer bikes, gear and people to Richmond, IN. We will start riding the Cardinal Greenway trail at Richmond and end up at the Prairie Creek Reservoir campground Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s distance is about 34 miles. Riders will need to bring snacks / lunch to eat along the trail. Saturday’s dinner will be provided. We may visit the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie if time allows.

    After a a hearty breakfast Sunday morning we will ride 30 miles to Upland, IN home of Taylor University and the world famous Ivanhoes ice cream shop. Riders will need to bring a snack to eat during the ride. After enjoying ice cream we will return to Indianapolis Sunday afternoon.

    This trip will include using the club van for transportation,  one supper, one breakfast and camping fees. Camping gear and supplies will be transported by the van. Riders will need to have a bicycle in good working condition, provide their own food while riding and be able to travel at 12 mph for 35 miles. There will be rest breaks. We will camp at Prairie Creek campground Saturday night. Each rider must provide their own tent, sleeping gear and eating utensils.  Questions? Contact John South at 317-531-0361.

    • 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

    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 (

    Co Leader: John Bredenkamp 

    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.

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Morgan-Monroe, Indiana

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    Beginners Backpacking Trip 

    Morgan-Monroe Backpacking Skills Trip

    September 30 - October 1, 2017

    Trip Leaders:  Bob Hart and Sharon Williams    (


    Cost: $25 (non-refundable) for Sat Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and use of club gear -  Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Maximum/Minimum number: 9/6

    Morgan–Monroe State Forest (south of Martinsville)

    September 30, 2017, 9:30 AM to October 1, 2017 12:00 pm

    (no rain date)

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

    Cancellation Date: September 15th (fee must be received by this date)

    Learn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC members.  First priority for this trip is reserved for those who have not yet participated in a beginner trip in 2017.  The trip will then open to other members who have attended an event this year and would like to attend another one by August 12, 2017.

    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.  

    • 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: and Roger Coulter:            

    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.

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Lost in the Woods

    October 7-8, 2017 

    Leaders: Bob Hart and Steve Kinch


    Cost: $30     

    Cancellation Date and full payment: September 15, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum  11   Minimum  8
    Wilderness Level:  3                       

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Lost in the Woods

    Are you ready to become a survivor?  On this trip we’ll learn the importance and value of carrying “THE ESSENTIALS” in your day pack.   The scenario – we’re out day hiking and something goes wrong.  Now we are forced to spend the night in the woods with only the contents of our day packs to SURVIVE.

    This will be an intermediate trip (not for beginners) and we’ll work together to make a shelter, find water, build a fire and improvise with basic tools you will have in your day pack.  A list of essentials will be provided by the leaders and it will compare very closely with the classic and modern lists that outdoor experts and survivalists use.   Tents and sleeping bags are out so you’ll be improvising to make a shelter and stay warm during the night.  You’ll also be working as a team.  Not only will it be fun but rewarding as a memorable learning experience.  We are asking that everyone who applies should have spent a minimum of 3 nights in previous backcountry situations.


    This will be a reprise of a similar CIWC event from 2015.  The participants in that event were all newer members in the club at the time with less than 2 years of club experience.  Six of that group have gone on to become trip leaders and 3 became members of the board. So, they were successful and what a confidence builder!

    The exact destination will be withheld until the end but you’ll be guided to meet at a rendezvous point outside of the wilderness.  The event will last just a bit over 24 hours from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.  The cost (estimated at $30) will cover “one last meal” (at lunch) and some surprises.  You’ll be expected to submit a medical form and sign a waiver and release.

    Additional information including a list of what to bring will be supplied after you sign up.  Cancellation date is:  Sept 15, 2017.

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

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

    Co-Leader: Leslie Green (

    Co-Leader: Barb Shanks (

    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.

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd.  Indianapolis
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    Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes

    November 4, 2017

    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


    Event Host:  Rick Kischuk

    Cost: See registration levels - $45 to $100 depending on the option chosen. Up to $50 credit towards your cost of leading future trip for CIWC.

    Maximum/Minimum number: 40/10

    Holliday Park:  6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis

    Date: November 4, 2017 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Cancellation Date: October 15th (fee must be received by this


    The entire day (9 AM to 4 PM) at Holliday will be devoted to Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes.  These are for current CIWC trip leaders with certifications expiring before the 2018 trip season and / or those new people wishing to become trip leaders. 

    This training is required to be a CIWC trip leader and you’ll find the classes to be pertinent to the type of trips we do and the venues we travel to.  The class instructor is Doug Pyle, EMT with the Fishers Fire Department.  Doug is also an outdoor adventurer and Boy Scout leader.  He has been teaching classes for CIWC for 3 years. 

    Holliday Park is located at 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis.  Building opens at 9:00 AM and the WFA class will start approximately at 9:15 AM and will go 4 to 4.5 hours.

    There will be a short lunch break so bring a sack lunch as there will not be time to leave the property. 

    The CPR class will start promptly at 1:45 PM. 

    We have to be out of the building by 4:00 PM

    You will be issued an e-card based upon the name in your registration. 

    Please send questions to:  Rick Kischuk at

    There are several options that you’ll see within the registration levels. 

    ·     If you have valid and current CPR certification you do not need to take CPR again, but bring your card to the class. 

    ·     If you do not have a valid or current CPR certification then you need to select a registration level that includes CPR.

    ·     Either a field guide (soft cover, water resistant booklet) or an eBook (downloadable) is required for the BWFA class.  You can choose either at the corresponding price.  $25 for the field guide or $15 for the eBook.  If you already have the field guide from a previous class then getting the eBook is a good option as you can download it to your phone. 

    ·     CPR gets discounted from $45 to $25 if you take the CPR the same day as WFA. 

    ·     Only select one registration level.

    ·     When you lead your next (or first) trip you will receive a credit up to $50 for the training you have paid for. 


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