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    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 20 Oct 2018
    • Roan Highlands, Appalachian Trail, TN/NC
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    Appalachian Trail - Roan Highlands

    Tennessee/North Carolina

    October 13-20, 2018 

    Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Daniel Harrell

    Type of Trip:   Backpacking 

    Cost: $300

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 13, 2018

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 8

    Minimum number: 7

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

    Difficulty: Rugged - up to 10 miles per day with large elevation gain and loss

    This classic Appalachian Trail hike will be one to remember.  We start in trail town, Erwin Tennessee and snake along the Tennessee, North Carolina border for 50 miles. On the way we will:

    We are taking a relatively slow pace with distances of 7-10 miles per day so we can enjoy the views and the experiences along the trail. However, there will be significant elevation gains and losses throughout the hike, so good conditioning will be necessary.

    Price includes transportation in club van, hostel fees for three nights, 8 meals on the trail, shuttles and other supplies.  You’ll be responsible for meals on the road and at the hostels.  Practice hikes and a possible overnight conditioning trip will be planned by the group.

    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, WI

    Wisconsin Dells/Devil's Lake WI

    Baraboo, WI

    October 19-21, 2018 

    Trip Leaders: Sam Sokolski and Lisa Forester

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Cost: $200

    Cancellation Date and full payment: September 20, 2018

    Adults/High School Youth

    Maximum number: 10

    Minimum number: 9

    Wilderness Level: 1 (State Parks w/EMS less than 1 hour)          

    Difficulty: Moderate Level (13 miles for 3 day total, 1 day maximum 5 miles, couple of hills)

    Friday Oct 19 we will depart in the am for a 6 hour ride to Christmas Mountain Village at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Halfway to our destination we will stop at Starved Rock Illinois to hike the bluffs, cliffs and waterfalls of this beautiful park situated along the Illinois River near Ottawa, IL. The highlights of this park will include several shallow stream crossings and encounters with multiple waterfalls. Plan on bringing your lunch, we will choose an ideal spot to relax and eat. We will then continue to our destination and stop for dinner prior to settling in for an evening of rest and relaxation in our resort condos. There we’ll share 2 modern condos that sleep a capacity of 12. We’ll have discussion on our plans for the following day.

    Saturday morning as a group we’ll share a hot breakfast before driving 12 miles to our jewel for the weekend. Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin was voted one of the Top 10 State Parks in the USA by USA Today Reader’s Poll. This unique topography was formed by the receding glaciers thousands of years ago. Some of the trails include a segment of the infamous “Ice Age Trail”. In addition to the unique beauty we have chosen a weekend near peak “leaf” viewing.  Although mostly flat, we will encounter two steep and rugged 500 foot climbs (and subsequent descents) to the bluff tops on this five- mile loop, which will offer spectacular views of the lake and surrounding areas. Although there is challenge on this hike, the pace will be relaxed so we have time to enjoy the scenery. Again, we choose a place to relax and have lunch during the hike. When we return to the condos we will share preparing and enjoying dinner as a group. Well have discussion on our plans for the following day.

    Sunday after breakfast we will pack-up and return to Indiana. If the group desires, there is a multitude of places to stop for a short hike on the way home. As a group we can make this decision considering the desired return time, the 6-hour drive, and the one -hour lost crossing time zones.

    Details and communications will follow to the participants of this trip.

    The cost of the trip includes transportation, 2 nights lodging, 1 dinner and 2 breakfasts.

    Your responsibilities include your personal lunch either in route or on the hikes all three days and dinner Friday evening in route to destination.

    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN

    Volunteer Day at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

    October 21, 2018  9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)


    We have been contacted by Holliday Park to see if we could send over some volunteers this Sunday, October 22nd at 1:00 PM to help pick up the pumpkin luminarias we set out last Saturday.  This should be a pretty easy task. All of the gravel gets dumped out right on the trail and the pumpkins get put in a large trash bag. 

    This should take less than an hour.

    We get credit for our volunteer hours to be used to offset our use of the nature center for our meetings.   This would help build our relationship with the park and keep us on good terms.

    Please register so we can anticipate turnout. You will be expected to check in and sign a waiver. 

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Please RSVP to help us anticipate turnout. 

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • 6000 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216
    • 16

    Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes

    November 17, 2018

    9:30 AM to 6:30 PM


    Event Host:  Rick Kischuk rkischuk@umich.edu

    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: 30/10

    Location:  Fort Harrison State Park, Camp Glenn Recreation Building 701 (near the Visitor Center & Park Office)

    Date: November 17, 2018 – 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

    Cancellation Date: November 4th (fee must be received by this


    The entire day (9:30 AM to 6:30 PM) at Fort Harrison State Park, Camp Glenn Recreation Building 701, will be devoted to Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes.  These are for current CIWC trip leaders with certifications expiring before the 2019 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.

    There will be a short lunch break, so bring a sack lunch as there will not be time to leave the property.  Everyone is welcome to bring snacks and drinks. There is a kitchenette, which includes a refrigerator with freezer and microwave. Utensils and dishes are not provided.

    The CPR class will start late afternoon. 

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

    Please send questions to:  Rick Kischuk at rkischuk@umich.edu

    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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