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    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Morgan-Monroe, Indiana

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    Beginners Backpacking Trip 

    Morgan-Monroe Backpacking Skills Trip

    October 28-29, 2017

    Trip Leaders:  Lisa Forester and Diane Osborn  (


    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: 8/6

    Morgan–Monroe State Forest (south of Martinsville)

    October 28, 2017, 9:30 AM to October 29, 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: October 14th (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.

    Rendezvous point: To be announced.  

    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 will be to teach the basics of shelter, fire, water, personal hygiene and camp food.    

    Cost is $25 per person to cover the cost of group food, cost of using club equipment and fuel for the camp stoves.  Online payment is required to get on the list.  After we reach 8 people a waitlist will be started.  

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

    On Sunday after breakfast we will pack up camp and hike back to the trail head parking lot.   

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

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


    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd.  Indianapolis
    • 24

    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. 


    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 12 Nov 2017
    • Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

    Hocking Hills Hiking /Cabin Weekend Trip

    November 10-12, 2017

    Trip Leader: Lisa Forester (

    Co Leader: Mary Weerts ( )

    Cost: $170

    Maximum number: 10 Minimum number: 8

    Cancellation Date and full payment: October 8, 2017

    Adult &Youth 16+ with adult okay

    Wilderness Level - 2                

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (6-10 miles)

    Come spend fall 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. There are six trails ranging from ¼ mile up to 2 ½ miles we will be hiking. Most of the trails will be lined with cliffs with the possibility of ice formations coming off the rocks and possibly the waterfalls as well. 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 in front of the fire. Breakfast will be provided Sunday before leaving as well.

    The cost of $170 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.

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