|... the first 100 steps of our journey!
On June 15, 1916, Dr. Harry Rentschler, a Reading, PA physician, invited friends to trek with him to a remote Bald Eagle's nest that he had discovered atop his beloved Blue Mountains. This adventure resulted in the formation of a hikiing club that these prominent and influential gentlemen called The Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club! As an extension of their love of and familiarity with the local wilderness, the BMECC members became actively involved in the planning, building, and maintaining of the Appalachian Trail and, later, in acquiring and protecting AT lands.
A hundred years later, we continue to serve Dr. Rentschler's mission and share his passion. We lead club hikes on the AT, in other locations in Berks and Lehigh Counties, and beyond. We offer a year-round schedule of bike rides, cultural events, educational programs, camping trips, lunches & dinners, and all sorts of outdoor activities. We are proud of our role as a builder and caretaker of the Appalachian Trail and hold frequent work trips on our section of the AT, which includes seven shelters, club monuments, and numerous vistas. The club also owns and maintains Rentschler Arboretum, a beautiful 34-acre refuge, and Kalbach Pavilion, our meetinghouse, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.
And this year we have even more planned! (See Anniversary Events) We hope you will celebrate with us!