Upcoming events

    • 15 Feb 2019
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
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    Volunteer Opportunity

    Indianapolis Boat, Sport, & Travel Show

    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN

    February 15-24, 2019

    For the 13th year CIWC will have a presence at the Ford, Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show. We will have a spot in the “Club’s Area” in the Champions Pavilion. We will be sharing the booth spaces C234 – C237 with other not for profit groups. Volunteers who work at our booth and help promote the club will be given FREE admittance to the show and access to a free parking pass. All you have to do is to hang out and talk to show visitors about CIWC and also then encourage them to come to our annual backpacking class on March 23rd at Holiday Park. There they can learn what we do and get involved in beginner trips. We will have literature and club information. This show is one of our key marketing activities during the winter season. Volunteer times for the weekend dates of the show are shown in the registration levels. By registering for the shift of your choice (maximum of 2 people per shift) you will have free admittance and be able to tour the various sections of the show when not helping at the booth. Plan to come for the entire day if you have time.

    Please register for the shift(s) of your choice and you’ll receive a confirmation.

    If you would rather volunteer for an off shift (during the week, Monday through Thursday, Feb 18-22), please contact Bob Hart at the email address below.

    A. The volunteer check-in list will be at the Champions Pavilion Pass Gate Entrance – front of the building (north side) building entrance faces the Grandstands on the main boulevard.

    B. Volunteers will sign in at the pass gate and once the allotted number for that day has been reached, further entries will be via an eight dollar guest pass from the Show Office (located at the same entry point)

    C. Only the Volunteers can use the sign in sheet.

    Important Information from the Show Management:

    Parking and Entry

    A. During the week parking will likely be close to the Champion’s Pavilion especially with an Exhibitor Parking Pass.  For those who do not have a parking pass the parking fee will be $8.00.

    B. Week-ends will require parking further from the building but, shuttles run each day and can drop volunteers at the Champions Pavilion – the ONLY Volunteer entry point.

    C. Discount guest Passes are only available for your volunteers and their immediate families at the Show Office in Champions Pavilion. Family members / guests can buy a discounted pass ($9.00) at the Show Office in the Champions Pavilion. Please stress this location with your volunteers. The Show Office is on the north side (Grand Stand side) of the Champions Pavilion; enter at the main building entry (center of building).

    Show website:  www.indysportshow.com


    • 08 Mar 2019
    • 10 Mar 2019
    • Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
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    CanoeCopia 2019

    Alliant Energy Center - Madison, WI

    March 8-10, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Bob Hart

    Type of Trip: Convention/Paddle

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $208/$104

    Cancellation Date and full payment: February 1, 2019

    Wilderness Level:  1       

    Trip Difficulty: Easy

    Group Size: 10/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Canoecopia at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI is the largest paddlesports trade show and educational symposium in the world. The show features more than 200 exhibitors, outfitters, and guides, in a 250,000 square foot exhibition hall full of canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards, outdoor equipment, and clothing. Over 100 presentations scheduled at multiple times over the weekend will inform, entertain, and inspire you. We will be occupying two (2) rooms at the Clarion Inn hotel which is attached to the Alliant Energy Center. The rooms are furnished with two queen beds. Rooms include a complimentary full breakfast buffet and exercise room. The trip fee does not include admission to the three-day show. The three-day weekend pass be purchased at the box office for $25.00, or may be ordered online from Rutabaga (the show sponsor) at https://www.rutabaga.com,. To view the Canoecopia 2019 show guide go to: http://www.canoecopia.com. You can request a Show Guide be mailed to you, and order wristband admission tickets on the www.canoecopia.com.  

    We will travel in the CIWC van, leaving at approximately 9:00 a.m. from the northeast side of Indianapolis. We will eat lunch on the way and arrive in time to check in at the hotel by 3 p.m. The Friday show hours start at 4:00 p.m. We will leave the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI on Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m., and arrive home around 9 p.m

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    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 1418 South State Road 101, Liberty, IN 47353
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    Singing, Fossil Hunting and Hiking Weekend

    Whitewater Memorial State Park, Liberty, IN

    March 22-24, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Diane Osborn

    Type of Trip: Singing/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $70/$50

    Cancellation Date and full payment: February 22, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 2 Medium risk – forest setting with EMS help likely being about an hour away 

    Trip Difficulty: Easy to moderate

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    SINGING! FOSSIL HUNTING! HIKING! Weekend – What do these activities have in common? Well, if you join us at Whitewater Memorial State Park on Friday March 22-Sunday March 24, you will be able to do all three. We will stay in two family cabins at Whitewater Memorial State Park, which is located in Liberty, Indiana near Brookville Lake. Group singing and music-making will be a prime feature of the weekend, and all participants are encouraged to bring any portable instruments that they may play (including spoons, sticks, shakers, etc.) and some of their favorite songs to share/teach! In between music sessions, we will go out fossil-hunting along the road cuts on the way into Brookville (where we will have lunch), and do some leisurely hiking around the park (the moon will be just past full, so night hiking would be fun). 

    The trip fee covers cabin lodging, firewood, 2 breakfasts (including hot coffee, teas, and cocoa) and Saturday dinner. Participants will need to pay for their own lunches in town on Saturday, their entry into the park (currently $7 or State Park pass), and will bring along their own Friday dinner (or eat before coming), a favorite snack or dessert item to share with the group during the weekend, and any cold drinks desired. Details of what personal items to bring along, when to arrive at the park, which cabins we will be using, and any other info will be sent to participants a few weeks before the trip. (Note: The cabins do have stairs up to the door from the walkway, and also to get from the living/dining area to the restroom, so they are not accessible to those who cannot do stairs.)


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  


    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    CIWC FREE Backpacking Seminar

    March 23, 2019  9:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club will present a FREE backpacking class, which is open to the public, on Saturday, March 23th from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM.  The location is the Holliday Park Nature Center (6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis, IN).

    Topics will include selecting pieces of gear (hiking boots, sleeping bags, tents, packs, clothing and accessories), learning about "minimalist" backpacking, how to "pack" a backpack, trail safety, water treatment, stoves and cooking, first aid, staying comfortable, and backcountry ethics such as "leave no trace".

    Ever wanted to try backpacking but didn't know how to get started or where to go?  This class is perfect for both novice and experienced backpackers, and a good place for anyone to pick up and share new ideas.

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club has been offering affordable backpacking trips (as well as other adventures) since 1982.  For over 20 years the club has presented its annual backpacking class.  Come to this class and get on board to take backpacking trips as close as southern Indiana, or as far away as you can imagine.  The presenters are seasoned adventurers with experience in places such as the Appalachian Trail, The Grand Canyon, the Canadian Wilderness and more.

    Don't miss this FREE class! Contact Leslie Green (ciwcinfo@gmail.com) with questions.

    The Central Wilderness Club is a not-for-profit volunteer-run club founded for the purpose of providing reasonably priced backpacking, hiking, canoeing/rafting, biking, cross-country skiing d and other wilderness adventures for members.  Membership is open to anyone with a real interest in the outdoors.

    ciwclub.org

    Please RSVP (register) to help us anticipate turnout.

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 1420 Little River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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    Mount LeConte Lodge  - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Gatlinburg, TN

    April 11-14, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Cindy Durr and Bette Hanna

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $370/$185

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 1, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 - more than 2 hours away from emergency response

    Trip Difficulty: Rugged: 6-8 miles each way with up to 4000 ft. elevation gain

    Group Size: 10 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us for a wonderful weekend trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park with our annual hike up to the Mt LeConte Lodge for an overnight stay.  We will leave Thursday morning from Indianapolis and drive to Gatlinburg, 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.  We are hoping to take Trillium up to be able 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 a provided picnic lunch before spending the afternoon in the park.  We will spend Saturday night in the hotel in Gatlinburg where after cleaning up, we will enjoy our post hike meal at a local eatery. 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 have been ice/snow on the trail/mountain top in previous years.  This is an iconic trip for many, and once you have been to the Lodge, you will want to return over and over again

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    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 21 Apr 2019
    • Red River Gorge, Daniel Boone Forest, Kentucky
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    Red River Gorge - Kentucky

     Car Camping & Intermediate Hiking

    April 19-21, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Car Camping/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $120/$60

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 18, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Rugged terrain -- 5-7 miles per day total

    Group Size: 9/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    This 3 day car camping trip to Red River Gorge is an intermediate hiking trip. Campsites are first come first serve so we will plan to leave Indianapolis about 9am on Friday, April 19, 2019, from a carpool location TBD based upon participants who sign up.

    We will setup base camp Friday through Sunday morning near Grays Arch to minimize driving time and maximize hiking time. We will prepare breakfast both Saturday and Sunday morning and dinner both Friday and Saturday evenings.

    The trails we will be hiking over the weekend include D. Boon Hut Trail, Double Arches, Auxier Ridge, Grays Arch, Rock Bridge and part of the Swift Camp Trail over the 3 day weekend.

    Sunday morning, we will pack up early and be out of the campsite by 9am and go for a short hike on one of the trails mentioned above. We will then head to Miguels Pizza for lunch, which is on your own.

    Depending upon when we leave Miguels, we should arrive back in Indy no later than 7pm. Sooner depending upon when we pack up and head back to the van Sunday morning and after lunch.

    The trip fee includes transportation in the club van, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the trail and other fees. Lunches and trail snacks, meals in route and post hike at Miguel’s are at participant’s expense.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • Red River Gorge, Daniel Boone Forest, Kentucky
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    Red River Gorge - Intermediate Backpacking 

    Daniel Boone Forest, Kentucky

    April 26-28, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and Shelly Burress

    Type of Trip: Backpacking/Intermediate

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $110/$55

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 18, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 - more than 2 hours away from emergency response          

    Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    This 3 day trip to Red River Gorge is an intermediate backpacking trip.  Campsites are first come first serve so we will plan to leave Indianapolis about 9am on Friday, April 26, 2019, from a carpool location TBD based upon participants who sign up.

    The plan is to hike the Rough Trail starting from near Angel Windows and setting up camp somewhere along the trail near the Sheltowee Trace trail intersection (approximately 5-6 miles).  Be prepared for a change in plans depending upon availability of campsites.  We will then setup camp and prepare a campfire and dinner.  If time allows, we may go for a short hike exploring the area.

    Saturday morning, we will pack up early and be out of the campsite by 10am and hike to a primitive campsite located near Chimney Top Rock.  We will be backtracking on part of the trail we came in on but head to Chimney Rock and set up camp in a primitive campground. Then we can explore the area and back to camp to prepare dinner and relax for the evening.  

    Sunday morning we will pack up after breakfast and hike back to the van and head to Miguel’s for pizza before heading home.  We should be able to arrive back in Indy by 7pm.  Sooner depending upon when we pack up and head back to the van Sunday morning and after lunch.

    The trip fee includes transportation in the club van, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the trail and other fees. Meals in route and post hike at Miguel’s are at participant’s expense.

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    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 03 May 2019
    • 05 May 2019
    • Knobstone Trail, Scottsburg, IN
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    Knobstone Trail Backpacking -Delaney Park to Leota

    Scottsburg, Indiana

    May 3-5, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Janice Windes and Will Eshelman

    Type of Trip: Backpakcing

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $40

    Wilderness Level: 2 Medium risk – forest setting with EMS help likely being about an hour away    

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous, over 1000 ft elevation gain and up to 10 miles per day

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    The Knobstone Trail gets its rugged character and name from the ridge of bluffs and knobs (hills) known as the Knobstone Escarpment.  The original trail is 42 miles. We will be hiking 3 sections of the trail.

    This 3 day trip to the Knobstone Trail is an intermediate backpacking trip.  Previous backpacking experience is required.  While a moderate terrain, the trails of the Knobstone are quite strenuous.  We will plan at least one practice hike a few weeks before the trip. 

    The plan is to meet at the Delaney Park Campground in Scottsburg IN on Friday May 3rd around 3pm.  We will shuttle a couple of vehicles to our destination at Leota as this is a one way hike.  We will cache water at the Oxley Trailhead along the way.  Once that is done, we will set up camp, get to know each other, and work together to fix dinner. 

    Saturday, we will pack up early, have a quick breakfast, and then drive to the Spurgeon Trailhead where we will start our hiking adventure.  This is not a fast paced trip.  We will navigate the many hills and hollers of the Knobstone Trail (approximately 10 miles.) We will pass Oxley Memorial Trailhead and then continuing on to Elk Creek Lake where we will find a camp site for the night as well as water.  A hot supper and a nice campfire will be a nice ending to the day. 


    Sunday we will pack up early, eat a quick breakfast, and then continue our hike towards Leota (approximately 7 miles.)  When finished we will carpool back to Spurgeon where we will depart.  We may want to find a place to stop and eat once we are done. 

    The trip fee includes 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the trail, campsites, and other fees. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.  If we stop to eat after the trip the meal would be at the participant’s expense.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  


    • 03 May 2019
    • 05 May 2019
    • Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 Route 664 S, Logan, OH 43138
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    Hocking Hills SP Cabin Weekend 

    Logan, Ohio

    May 3-5, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Willims and Sam Sokolski

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $175/$88

    Cancellation Date and full payment: April 3, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 1 

    Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Terrain -- Hike approximately 6-10 miles total

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Come spend spring weekend admiring the beauty of the waterfalls, cliffs, gorges and rock shelters while hiking the trails at Hocking Hills State Park. Experience the largest recessed cave in Ohio as well as the nearly 100-foot tall waterfall. This is expected to be a slow paced hike as we take pictures and take in the beauty of the park.

    Rendezvous details will be communicated later as we’ll be taking the club van. On the way to Hocking Hills, we will be stopping for dinner along the way, which each person will be responsible for. The trip is estimated to be 3 ½ hours driving, so we hope to arrive around 9 pm Friday night. Two state park cottages have been reserved, which are close to each other.

    Saturday morning we’ll wake up and enjoy a freshly made breakfast at the cottage before embarking on the trails at Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills consists of 7 main attractions that each have from .5 - 3 miles of trails to reach each attraction. Each has their own parking lot and can be driven to easily. Hiking from the parking lots to each site will total over 7 miles if we are able to see all 7 sites (they will just not be continuous miles). Most of the trails will be lined with cliffs with possible waterfalls. Depending on how much time we are at each site, we can add the rim trails as well. Along the way, we will eat lunch at one of the sites which everyone will be responsible for themselves.

    After spending the day hiking, we will come back to the cabins to cook dinner and relax with a fire outside. Breakfast will be provided Sunday before leaving as well. We will stop for lunch on the way home at one’s own expense.

    The cost of $185 includes travel in the club van, lodging in the cabin with up to four others, two breakfasts and one dinner. Cabin duties will be shared. Dinner on the drive to Hocking Hills and Saturday lunch is at your own expense.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  


    • 15 May 2019
    • 17 May 2019
    • Charles Deam Wilderness, Bloomington, IN
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    Mid-Week Backpacking Trip

    Charles Deam Wilderness/Hoosier National Forest

    Bloomington, IN

    Wednesday May 15 - Friday May 17, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Bob Klecka

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $25

    Wilderness Level: 3 High Risk – Forested setting with road access but EMS more than 2 hours away

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate 6-7 miles per day with some 575 foot elevation gain

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us mid-week for a backpacking experience. This is a good trip for those wanting to go beyond beginner as well as more seasoned hikers. We will make a big loop on several connecting trails, including the Axom Branch Trail, the Sycamore Loop, the Martin Hollow Trail and the Cope Hollow Trail. We will average 6-7 miles per day. Camping will be along Sycamore Creek and Geiger Ridge Pond. There is definitely some up and down but most of the trails are relatively easy to moderate, and we will be in no hurry to get anywhere. There will be plenty of time to rest as needed and to observe the wonders of nature around us! The wildflowers are sure to be beautiful at this time of year, and there will be frog choruses at night. Hiking during the week should help us to avoid the typical weekend crowds in this popular area. So if you feel that you are ready to go beyond a beginner trip but are not yet ready for the Appalachian Trail, this may be the trip for you!

    The trip fee covers 2 group dinners and campfire treats, use of club stoves, fuel, and cooking pots, club water treatment equipment, and any tents and/or backpacks needed by participants. Participants will provide their own lunch/hiking snacks and 2 “add-boiling-water” breakfasts.  Meeting time and place will be sent to all participants along with other details a few weeks before the trip. All participants must send in a medical form and sign a waiver before the trip


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 31 May 2019
    • 02 Jun 2019
    • Little Miami Scenic River Trail, Cincinnati, OH
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    Bike Little Miami Scenic River Trail

    Cincinnati to Springfield, Ohio

    May 31 - June 2, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bette Hanna and Diane Osborn

    Type of Trip: Biking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $280/$140

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 31, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 1 

    Trip Difficulty: About 20-30 miles per day/Average 10-15 MPH; Rails to Trails, some bike lanes

    Group Size: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us this spring for a leisurely three day bicycle ride through Southwest Ohio on the Little Miami River Scenic Trail. This is a paved multi-use trail for a total of 78 miles. Friday morning we will take the club van, drive to Cincinnati and ride to our first destination, Mason Ohio where we will spend the night in a hotel. Saturday after breakfast at the hotel we will continue riding to Xenia where we will stay the night in a B&B. After breakfast we ride to Springfield where we load up the van to head home. Portions of the trail parallel the river for which it was named and passes through several small towns for ice cream, drinks or a bite to eat. Breakfasts will be provided by our accommodations but you will be responsible for all other meals and snacks.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 2355 East 75 S, Albion, IN 46701
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    Intro to Canoe Camping 

    Chain O Lakes State Park - Albion, Indiana

    June 22-23, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Kevin Ayers

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $55

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 1, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Trip Difficulty: Beginner, but some camping experience required

    Group Size: 10/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

     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 the 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


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • BWCA, Ely, MN
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    Boundary Waters - Wilderness Canoeing & Camping

    BWCA, Ely, MN

    July 20-28, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Barb Shanks

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $600/$300

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 20, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 4 Very Remote, EMS may be more than a half day away         

    Trip Difficulty: Intermediate (participants must be cleared by a Trip Leader to be qualified for this extended canoe trip)

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    A Boundary Waters canoe trip is the ultimate wilderness adventure experience! Located in Minnesota and bordered by Canada, the Boundary Waters has over a million acres of clear lakes and deep green pine forests, and is unlike any other wilderness area in the world. There are hundreds of lakes to explore along with many species of wildlife, birds, fish and wildflowers. Traveling by canoe will allow us to get deep into this remote and scenic area more quickly than on foot. While this area can be rugged the route selected by your trip leaders should prove to be an enjoyable experience even if this is your first Boundary Water experience.

    Who Should Participate in this Trip:

    This trip will be suited for those new to the Boundary Waters or those with canoe tripping experience.  The route is planned for a beginner friendly group. However you should have some backcountry camping experience.  At times we will be two days or more from a road access.  You will need to be a good physical shape in order to carry weight over portages and be able camp in remote places over the better part of a week.  See prerequisites below.  If you want to experience wilderness travel at its best you’ll want to go canoe camping in the Boundary Waters.  If needed, Introduction to Canoe Camping (June 22-23) can be your qualifying event. 

    Prerequisites:

    • Introduction to Canoe Camping or similar experience (check with leaders)
    • Ability to Carry 40-45 lb. Packs and Canoes Over Portages
    • A pre-trip meeting may be necessary to go over gear needs, packing requirements and trip logistics in general.  

    Trip Content:


    Departure will be on Saturday morning, July 20, 2019. We will drive the club van all the way to Ely, MN in two days and stay at the outfitter’s bunk house before we hit the water.  We will spend about 4 days and 3 nights in the Superior National Forest canoeing and camping.  Portages will be “2-pass” and participants should expect to carry packs and boats weighing in the 40-45 pound range.  The average portage length in the Boundary Waters is about ¼ of a mile but anticipate the longest could approach ½  mile.  Emphasis will be on exploring, scenery and camp life.  Either upon arriving or after exiting, we will tour the town of Ely.  And we may be able to stop at the Duluth Pack store in Duluth, MN. We’ll stay in a motel en route home. The planned return home date is flexible but either Saturday, July 27 or Sunday July 28.   

    Trip Price Includes:


    Your trip price will include outfitter fees, bunkhouse, equipment rental, access permits, club van transportation expenses, the use of club gear, breakfast and dinner meals in camp, plus hotel accommodations.

    Trip Gear:


    At a minimum you should expect to bring a tent (the club may have a few to loan), sleeping bag and sleeping pad, a meal kit (plate / bowl / cup / utensils), spare clothes, rain gear and toiletries / meds.  A whistle is a great safety items to have.  Bring sun and bug protection including a wide brim hat. Also bring a headlamp or flashlight.  A more detailed gear list to be announced.

    Trip Food:


    Bring your own lunches and snacks.  Breakfasts and Dinners on the water will be group meals prepared together.  If anyone has allergies or special needs just let the leaders know, we’ll try to make adjustments, if possible.  While traveling to Ely, MN and returning home there will be meals on the road that will be the responsibility of each individual and are not included in the trip.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • Bean Blossom, IN
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    Lighten Your Load on the Trail

    Workshop and Overnight Backpacking Trip

    Bean Blossom, IN

    July 27-28, 2019

    Trip Leader: Leslie Green

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $55

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 27, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 1         

    Trip Difficulty: Easy/Beginner

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    Have you complained and labored with the weight of your backpack? Do you come home from 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

    * Making a personal first aid kit

    * 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 a location to be determined in Brown County and then take an overnight hike to the Fox Den on the Tecumseh Trail.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 03 Aug 2019
    • Lake Tahoe, California
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    Lake Tahoe Backpacking & Hiking

    Lake Tahoe California 

    July 27 - August 3, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Nanette Eshelman, Will Eshelman and Diane Osborn

    Type of Trip: Backpacking/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $625/$313 + Airfare

    Cancellation Date and full payment: April 25, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 4 Very high risk with EMS more than 1/2 day away         

    Trip Difficulty: Rugged rocky surface – 10 miles daily with 5000 total elevation gain

    Group Size: 10/7 Maximum/Minimum

    High School Youth with Adults okay

    Discover the Crown Jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America on this combination day hike and backpacking trip.  A hike to the summit of Mt. Rose at 10, 764 ft. will have views of Lake Tahoe, waterfalls and if lucky, waves of butterflies at the peak. Backpacking into the Desolation Wilderness will take us along alpine lakes and afford breathtaking views of the night sky.  The Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail overlaps in sections so we can add that to our hiking resume! Day hikes and driving tours will allow us to see the highlights of Lake Tahoe, including Emerald Bay, Eagle Falls, and Sand Harbor.  Optional activities may include the Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor, kayaking on the crystal clear waters of Tahoe or a ride on the cable car to High Camp at Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.  Other side trips will take us to Donner Pass and a 5 mile jaunt on the Pacific Crest Trail. Hiking will be at higher elevations so the pace will be moderate, but with considerable exertion and granite trails will challenge hikers not accustomed to rocky paths. Tough feet or trusted hiking shoes required. This will be bear country so our packs for the backcountry will have the added bear canister. Sun protection will be needed for our hikes across open areas in the Desolation Wilderness. Practice hikes prior to our trip will take us to the Knobstone Trail and a regiment of exercise including stair steps, leg weights or hilly hikes is suggested.

    Trip fee includes lodging at State Park Campgrounds, backcountry sites, 2 evenings in a hotel or similar setting, vehicle rental in California, four meals on the trail, backcountry permits and miscellaneous supplies. Transportation to and from California as well as meals in towns and on the road are at participants’ expense


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 03 Aug 2019
    • North Manitou Island, Leland, Michigan
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    Between Sunrise and Sunset Backpacking

    North Manitou Island, Michigan

    July 31 - August 3, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayers and Dave Hoffmeyer

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $215/$108

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 15, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 -  EMS more than 2 hours away         

    Trip Difficulty: Intermediate, 20 miles total/6 maximum

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    We will meet at 4:00 am Wednesday July 31,2019 in Indy and drive to Leland, MI to get on the ferry at 1:00 pm. 6.5 hour drive. Board the ferry and take hour long boat ride to  North Manitou Island. After meeting the Ranger we will start our hike. We will have three campsites and hiking will be 4-6 miles a day. The loop is 13.5 miles but there will be opportunity for exploring and side hikes.

    To really enjoy and appreciate the history of the island I recommend picking up copy and reading the book Between Sunrise and Sunset by Rita Hadra Rusco. She lived on the island and knew many of the people and history of the island.

    Island is very scenic and there are some of the homes and structures we will find along the way. The sunrises and sunsets are amazing. This is not high mileage trip so come and enjoy the island and kickback and enjoy time on the beach. You will need to bring your own lunches while on the island. All breakfast and dinners while on the island are included. Ferry tickets and all park fees are also included.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 08 Aug 2019
    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 800 E Lakeshore Dr, Houghton, MI 49931
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    Backpacking Isle Royale National Park

    Houghton, Michigan

    August 8-16, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bob Hart and Barb Shanks

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $688/$344

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 15, 2019

    Wilderness Level:4 Very high risk with EMS more than 1/2 day away

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous:  48-50 miles. Some long days over hard / rocky trails

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only and Experienced Backpackers Only


    Overview:  Visit Isle Royale, North Americas least visited but most re-visited National Park. This will be a 9 day trip including 4 travel days due to the distance from Indiana to Minnesota. We will be backpacking the length of the Isle Royal primarily on the Greenstone Trail (with some deviations) over 6 days and 5 nights.  Our backpacking trip begins at Windigo Ranger station and will end at Rock Harbor.

    Itinerary:  We will leave the Indianapolis area at 8:00 AM on August 8 and stay in a motel en-route to Grand Portage, MN.  Continue to Grand Portage the following day.  Upon arrival to Grand Portage we will visit the Grand Portage National Monument. A stop at the Heritage Center, with two floors of exhibits and a series of short feature films, will show us the importance of the partnership between the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the Northwest Company during the North American fur trade.  We will take a short hike on the Mount Rose loop trail for a stunning overlook of the historic depot, Grand Portage Bay and Mount Josephine.  Stay in Motel again that night. 

    On August 10 we’ll embark on the Voyager II Ferry to Windigo Harbor / Ranger Station where we register and will begin our hike.  Campsites include Desor South, Hatchet, McCargo Cove, Daisy Farm and Rock Harbor. Daily backpacking distances estimated at 7-12 miles per day.

    Meals:  Leaders will furnish Breakfasts and Dinners on the trail, all lunches and snacks on the trail are the participants’ responsibility. Travel meals are on your own. More details will be provided as we get closer to our departure.

    Clothing and Gear:  Prepare for rain and summer weather in the Lake Superior area.  Part of the hike will be on uneven-rock terrain requiring robust hiking boots.

    Preparations:  Participants must be experienced backpackers, in good physical shape and able to hike carrying a minimum of 30lb. We will be having a mandatory overnight backpacking shakedown hike to insure we are all ready for this trip.

    Trip Price:  You must pay ½ of the trip price upfront and the balance by the cancellation date.  Trip price includes travel expenses, three nights lodging at motels while traveling to and from Minnesota, ferry fees and daily fees to be on the island.  Food for breakfasts and dinners while backpacking will be provided, cooking and cleanup will be shared among the group

     


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • AuSable River, Grayling, MI
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    Paddling AuSable River

    Grayling, MI

    August 25-30, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bob Hart and Diane Osborn

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $388/$194

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 25, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3  Some sections will be remote and EMS may be more than 2 hours away         

    Trip Difficulty: Relatively Easy Paddling, but some canoeing experience would be helpful.  Must have camping experience.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Overview: The AuSable River in northern Michigan is known as one of the great recreational canoeing rivers in the Midwest.   Clear water, spring fed, constant flow, easy access and attractive surroundings make the AuSable an ideal river trip for beginners and also has long be known as one of the best trout streams in the Midwest.  It is also the home of the longest non-stop professional canoe race and the oldest continual canoe race in the United States – the AuSable Marathon.

    This would be a great trip for those newer members in CIWC who have not had a chance to do much in the way of overnight trips.    

    Itinerary:  Our plan is to travel in the CIWC van to Grayling, Michigan on Sunday, August 25th and to stay with an outfitter in Grayling, MI at their amazing Bed and Breakfast Inn.  (Another CIWC group stayed there a few days ago and highly recommends that we book with this place – canoeborchers.com).  We will start our paddling trip on Monday the 26th and travel about 49 miles over 4 days and 3 nights to a takeout near Mio Dam.  Camping those three nights will be at State Forest Campsites along the river that have potable water, toilets and picnic tables – so not totally primitive, but without road access.  After our takeout on Thursday, August 29 we will stay again at the outfitter’s B&B.  Then on Friday, August 30 we’ll head home – about a 6 hour drive to Indianapolis.

    Meals:  The following meals are included in the trip plan / price. All breakfasts from Monday through Friday.  Two of those breakfasts will be at the B&B.  Plus all dinners from Monday through Wednesday.    Thursday evening dinner in Graying, all lunches and all meals while travelling are “on your own”.  Anyone with special diet requirements should contact the leaders – sometimes we can “work around” otherwise you may have to bring all your own food. 

    Clothing and Gear Although it will be summertime, quick dry clothing is recommended for a canoe trip.  And, you should have a change of clothes with you in your pack.  It will not be necessary to have special foot ware but open toed sandals are not recommended while paddling.  Old tennis shoes would be fine.  Have dry shoes for camp.  A camping equipment list will be provided well in advance of the departure date, which will include suggestions on dry bags.  The club can loan tents and has a few packs available.  Life jackets are required.  If you do not have a life jacket (PFD) the outfitter will supply one free of charge. 

    Preparation:  Participants should be in reasonably good physical shape to be able to paddle up to 6 hours a day (paddling will not be demanding) and have some camping experience.  Beginner trips will be available in the spring for those wanting to refresh their camping knowledge.  For those who may not be sure of their canoeing ability (which is not technical) we can arrange a practice paddle on a local stream sometime before the trip.  If you have canoed before you are probably OK. 

    Trip Price:  You must pay one-half of the trip price upfront and the balance by the cancellation date.  (Please read the Reservation and Cancellation Policy on the web site – under Club Info).  The price also includes travel in the CIWC van, all lodging and camping costs, canoe rental plus meals itemized above.

    Required Forms:  All overnight trips require a medical form.  As soon as you receive a blank form, fill it out and send it to the email address given in the instructions.  It will be kept confidential and returned or destroyed after the trip.  You will also have to sign a waiver form.  Examples are given on the web site (Club Info). 

    More information:  Will be sent to you as we prepare for the trip.      

    Questions should be directed to ciwcinfo@gmail.com


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  


    • 01 Sep 2019
    • 06 Sep 2019
    • Porcupine Mt Wilderness SP, UP, MI
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    Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 

    and Sylvania Wilderness

    Upper Peninsula, Michigan

    September 1-6, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Elden Hartman and Roger Coulter

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Backpacking/Sightseeing

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $360/$180

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 5, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 2 Medium Risk

    Trip Difficulty: Beginner to Moderate Level

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Teenagers, 14 or older with experience

    Hiking:

    • 18 miles total possible (mostly optional) / 7 miles daily max (mostly optional) 
    • Elevation Gain / Loss: Easy Trails in Sylvania Wilderness; Moderate and Rugged Trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    • Moderate and Rugged Trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Easy Trails in Sylvania Wilderness

    Canoeing:

    • 12 miles total possible (4 miles mandatory)8 miles daily max (optional)
    • wearing PDF required when leader directs.
    • Warm (above 65 degrees) calm waters – very little wind.
    • Cool waters / slightly windy, waves up to one foot: Yes
    • Challenges from wind & waves Possible
    • Portages: Longest portage on the optional loop paddle trips would be .5 (1/2) mile. Most are .1 to .2 (one to two-tenths) of mile. Terrain on the portages is easy with very little elevation change.  

    We will meet at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at a retail store parking lot where multiple-night parking is allowed. We will travel in the club’s van approximately 9 hours to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, bordering Lake Superior. We will spend 3 nights in an 8-bed (4 bunk beds) rustic cabin (no water or electricity) with a wood-burning stove and outhouse. During our two full days at the park, we will do some optional hiking on trails 2 to 8 miles in length, rated moderate to rugged. On Wednesday morning we will drive 45 miles to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest, near Watersmeet, MI. The Sylvania Wilderness Recreation Area is 18,000 acres of beautiful pristine old growth forests, 24 lakes and 25 miles of hiking and portage trails. There are several options for camping, either in the park campground or in designated campsites on one of the lakes. There are hiking trails and canoeing loop trails we can explore. We could also take a trip into civilization and visit the resort town of Eagle River, WI about 20 miles from Sylvania Wilderness. Some canoeing experience is recommended for Sylvania Wilderness. Experience and conditioning to hike rugged trails is recommended for Porcupine Mountains. The canoeing loop trips and rugged hikes will be optional, and we will avoid canoeing long distances in windy conditions. All meals and snacks will be provided except for lunch on way to Porcupine Mountains, lunch on way home, and lunch in Eagle River if we go there. We will leave Sylvania Wilderness early on Friday, September 6, 2019 and drive home. The average temperatures in the UP of MI during first week of September are highs in the upper 60’s and lows in the mid-50’s.



    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • Estes Park, Denver, Colorado
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    Rocky Mountain National Park 

    Estes Park, Denver Colorado

    September 7-14, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bette Hanna and Cindy Durr

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $660/$330 + Airfare

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 1, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 High Risk – Forested setting with road access but EMS more than 2 hours away

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous– 7 miles per day and rocky terrain with at least 1000 ft gain per day

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Flying in to Denver, Colorado, we will get to experience a “Rocky Mountain High.”  After a scenic drive to Estes Park we will be staying in a cabin for six nights.  Estes Park is at 7,500 elevation. After a club breakfast each morning we will heading to various trails in Rocky Mountain National Park for day hikes, many of which will be strenuous and at high altitudes. The park has many beautiful lakes and mountain views. We may see Elk, Big Horn Sheep or maybe even a mountain lion. The average high temperature is 70 with lows in the 30’s.  There may be optional horseback riding and canoeing on Glacier Lake trips. When returning on Friday to stay in a hotel in Denver, we will take the Big Thompson Canyon route noted for its beautiful scenery. We will fly home on Saturday.

    The trip fee includes cabin rental with shared rooming, hotel the night prior to flight home, vehicle rental and six breakfasts in the cabin. You will be responsible every day for your lunches and eating out at dinner and any meals while traveling and for your flight to Denver. A mandatory practice hike will be scheduled at a later date


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • Mt. Hood National Park, Portland, Oregon
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    Mt. Hood National Park Timberline Trail

    Portland, Oregon

    September 7-14, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Steve Kinch and Leslie Green

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $575/$288  + Airfare

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 15, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 4 Very high risk with EMS more than 1/2 day away

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous, Rugged terrain for 40 total miles– 10 miles per day with 9000 foot elevation gain overall.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    The Timberline Trail in Oregon is one of America’s most iconic and scenic trails.  This 40 mile loop circumnavigates monolithic Mt. Hood, which rises to over 11,000 feet. The trail is mostly above the timberline, hence the name, so it will afford us continual views of the surrounding beauty of the area and the peak at the center of our trek.

    Hikers will need to be experienced and in good physical condition. The lowest elevation is at 3420 feet and the highest is at 7300 feet, so while it is not extremely high altitude, it will have physical effects on your breathing and stamina. The trail is considered rugged and in places difficult due to rocky terrain, river fording, but our efforts will be rewarded by views of pristine mountain streams and waterfalls, alpine meadows, craggy mountains and glaciers.


    We will meet on Saturday morning, September 7th at the Portland Airport. After picking up our vehicles we will drive a short distance to hike to the top of Multnomah Falls. Then we will drive to Timberline Lodge where a shared bunkhouse with bath will be our base for two days while we hike in the lodge area. The lodge that became the face of The Shining shares its name with a trail that belongs on the bucket list of every backpacker.

    On Monday the 9th, we will start out for our 4 day/4 night hike on the Timberline Trail. We will stay in backcountry camping areas, so you’ll need full backpacking gear. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the leaders. You’ll bring your own lunches and snacks. Arriving back at the lodge on the 13th, we will stay there again and then head back to Portland on Saturday the 14th for our flights back. There appear to be several late afternoon flights back to Indianapolis, or you may choose to stay over until Sunday at your own cost. Perhaps exploring quirky Portland would be a fun adventure to add to your trip.


    Your trip fee includes 3 nights in Timberline Lodge, car rental transportation, and eight trail meals. You are responsible for your flight to Portland, meals on the road and at the lodge, trail lunches and snacks, and an optional Saturday night stay in Portland.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 15 Sep 2019
    • BWCA, Superior National Forest, MN
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    Paddle Boundary Water 2019

    Superior National Forest, MN

    September 7-15, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayers, Jim Patrick and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $555/$278

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 7, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 4

    Trip Difficulty: Less than 50 miles paddling total; less than 10 miles paddling one day max; Warm calm waters, very little wind

    Group Size: 9/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Fall Boundary Waters Canoe Week Long Trip

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is over 1 million acres of wilderness where the glaciers left behind rugged cliffs, canyons, gentle hills, towering rock formations, rocky shores, sandy beaches and thousands of lakes and streams, interspersed with islands and surrounded by forest. This unique area is located in northeastern Minnesota along the Canadian border.  Join the crew for a week-long early fall trip paddling and portaging lightweight Kevlar canoes through this amazing wilderness enjoying the water, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and ending our days with the milky way stretching out overhead like a blanket.  This trip will be a combination of canoeing and portaging (hiking between bodies of water).  This is a level 4 trip due the remoteness of the area and physical requirements to paddle a canoe and carry gear and canoes.


    The two day ride up will allow for a relaxed drive, overnighting at a Wisconsin cabin providing an opportunity to organize personal and crew gear saving time at the outfitters in Ely.  We’ll also have time to stop in Duluth and have more time in Ely before bunking down the night to get a good night’s rest before hitting the water.  After we come off the water we’ll get showers at the outfitters, eat lunch in Ely and start the two day drive back home.


    Those going on the trip should attend the canoe trip training weekend, June 22 & 23.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 28 Sep 2019
    • Katy Trail, Clinton, Missouri
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    Bike Katy Trail

    Clinton, Missouri

    September 21-28, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: John South and TBD

    Type of Trip: Biking/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $450/$225

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 1, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 1

    Trip Difficulty: Approx. 200 miles; Shortest day 26 miles; Longest day 41 miles; Average 10-14 MPH; 95% on dedicated trail; Light stone surface; Wider Tires recommended; Rails to Trails, some bike lanes;.

    Group Size: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Katy Trail West to East

    The Katy Trail across Missouri is one of the most popular and attractive rail trails in the country. We will be riding from the western terminus of Clinton, Mo to Augusta, Mo. The rail trail has some hills at the west end continuing to mostly level through the rest. Daily mileage will average 33 miles. The shortest day is 26 miles the longest is 41 miles. There will be 6 nights of camping and one night in a hotel. Breakfast and supper will be provided for most of the riding days. Meals on travel days and lunch while riding are at your own expense. A total of eleven meals are at your expense. The club will provide support during the ride. Camping equipment, food and other necessities will be transported each day. The van will also be able to pick up riders that have mechanical or physical difficulties.


    The Katy Trail is known for its hospitality, wildlife viewing, wineries and picturesque towns. Our pace through the week will allow time to see the sites, enjoy the scenery and relax.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • Red River Gorge, Daniel Boone Forest, Kentucky
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    Backpack Red River Gorge Intermediate Backpacking

    Daniel Boone Forest, Kentucky

    September 27-29, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and Shelly Burress

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $100/$50

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 26, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous – 15-20 miles total with 500-600 foot elevation gain daily

    Group Size: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    This 3 day trip to Red River Gorge is an intermediate backpacking trip. Campsites are first come first serve so we will plan to leave Indianapolis about 9am on Friday, September 26, 2019, from a carpool location TBD based upon participants who sign up.

    The plan is to hike the Koomer Ridge trail to the first primitive campsite on the Rough Trail near Chimney Top Road approximately 5-6 miles. We will set up camp and then prepare dinner as well as a campfire for the evening. The next morning we make breakfast, packup and continue on the Rough Trail to the Pinchem Tight trail to the primitive campsites near Grays Arch approximately 4-5 miles. Be prepared for a change in plans depending upon availability of campsites. We will then setup camp and prepare a campfire and dinner. If time allows, we may go for a short hike exploring the area.

    Sunday morning, we will pack up early and be out of the campsite by 9am and hike back to the van. This will be approximately 7 miles. We will then head to Miguels Pizza for lunch which is on your own.

    We should be able to arrive back in Indy by 7pm. Sooner depending upon when we pack up and head back to the van Sunday morning and after lunch.

    The trip fee includes transportation in the club van, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the trail and other fees. Lunches and trail snacks, meals in route and post hike at Miguel’s are at participant’s expense.

    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • Ozark Highlands, Missour
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    Ozark Trail Backpacking

    Ozark Highlands, Southeastern Missouri

    October 3-6, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Dan Harrell

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $230/$115

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 30, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 4 Very high risk with EMS more than 1/2 day away

    Trip Difficulty: Rugged – 11 miles maximum daily mileage with moderate elevation gains

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    The Missouri Ozarks in southeastern Missouri are part of the Ozark Highlands, an area covering nearly 47,000 square miles in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  It is by far the most extensive mountainous region between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. The Ozark Trail and the trail networks in Missouri provide a hiker’s paradise.  

    We got a taste of the Ozark Trail in Missouri in 2018 We are going back to conquer another 22.7 mile section in the fall of 2019, when it will hopefully be a little cooler than our first trip.  We will also explore one of the favorite state parks in the Ozarks while we are there.

    Leaving on Thursday afternoon, we’ll travel to Missouri and stay overnight in the Fort Davidson Hotel near the trail. We’ll start our two day hike of the Middle Fork Trail on Friday morning. This hike features plentiful water with rock-bottomed creeks, small waterfalls and a mix of hardwoods and pines. The contoured trail winds up and down the ridges and hollows of the headwaters of the Black Fork of the Middle River. This is fast becoming a favorite destination in the area.  We will camp in the back country near one of the waterfalls.

    After finishing our hike on Saturday, we will head over to Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park where we will stay in the campground overnight (with showers available).  Sunday morning we’ll take in one of several popular hikes in the Park, followed by a post hike meal at the Fort Davidson Café (FDC) before heading home.

    The trip cost includes transportation in the club van, Thursday night hotel costs (double occupancy), two trail breakfasts, two trail dinners, and camping fees. Meals on the road, trail lunches and trail snacks are at your expense. 


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 13 Oct 2019
    • Red River Gorge, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
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    Weekend Day Hiking Red River Gorge

    Courthouse Rock to Double Arch via

    Auxier Ridge and Grays Arch

    Daniel Boone National Forest, KY

    October 11-13, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Lisa Forester and Kyle Shortridge

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $200/$100

    Cancellation Date and full payment: September 11, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 - typical meetup day event in good weather setting with cell coverage         

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate, 14 miles total; 9 mile maximum

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us on a weekend of day hiking in Red River Gorge. The hikes are for intermediate hikers, they are not suited for beginners. The trails are rated as moderate but there are steep cliffs, no handrails, not suitable if heights are challenging for you. A section of Auxier Ridge is narrow, some areas on the trails require sure- footing. We will be staying in a beautiful 3 level cabin full of amenities.

    Saturday’s hike will be just under 9 miles with an elevation 1,750 ft - Courthouse Rock to Double Arch via Axuier. Courthouse Rock is noted as one of the most recognizable geologic features in RRG. Sunday’s hike will be just over 5 miles - Gray’s Arch. ‘All Trails’ has rated Auxier Ridge Trail to Courthouse as #1 of 96 Trails and Gray’s Arch Trail Loop as #2 of 96 Trails. We will see some of the best landmarks in RRG, there will be plenty of opportunities for great views.

    Friday we will depart in the club van from Indianapolis, time to be determined. We will stop for dinner, dinner will be your expense. Saturday we will provide breakfast and dinner. You are responsible for your lunch, snack and water, we will stop for lunch on the trail. Sunday we will provide breakfast. You are responsible for your lunch, snack and water, we will stop for lunch on the trail. Depending on schedule and timing of departure we could stop for dinner, dinner would be your expense.

    We plan to have a least one practice hike prior to this trip.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 27 Oct 2019
    • Great Smoky Mt NP, Waynesille, NC
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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataloochee Area, Waynesville, NC

    October 24-27, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Phyllis Legan and Cindy Durr

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $204/$102

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 26, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 High Risk – Forested setting with road access but EMS more than 2 hours away      

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous with up to 10 miles per day and up to 2200 foot elevation gain in one day.

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us for an adventure to Cataloochee Valley near Waynesville, NC in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This area is noted for its history including several cabins, churches and homes built before the 1930’s when the park was created. It is also known for wildlife viewing since elk were re-introduced here in 2001(late October is near the end of the rut season). There is always a chance to see turkeys and possibly a bear as well.

    We will be front country camping in the primitive campground. Prepare for cool nights and some steep climbs with moderate footing. Plans are to hike the Little Cataloochee Valley trail (10.2 miles and lots of history) and the Boogerman Trail (7.3 miles and several stream crossings) all depending on the weather and stream height. There are many alternate trails which are also beautiful if we need to change plans. If you are a fisherman (Tennessee or N. Carolina license needed) you may have some time in the evening to try for trout as well. 

    Trip cost includes transportation in club van, park entrance, camping fees, six trail meals, use of shared club gear, and miscellaneous supplies. Meals on the road are at your expense.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




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