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Call for Volunteers!

Work Trips on AT:
July 23, Aug 6, Sept 17

Route 183 Highway Cleanup:
Sept 2



Guidelines for Hikers:

• Advise the leader if you leave the group for any reason.
• Never disturb plants or animals.
• Leave your pets at home.
• Carry all trash back out with you. If you pack it in, pack it out.
• Do not smoke.
• Be responsible for your children.
• Cross roads in a group.
• When walking on roads, keep on the left side in single file.
• Stay behind the leader.


Guidelines for Leaders:
• Stay in front and have a coleader at the rear and keep within sight as often as possible.
• Be familiar with the hike route and parking arrangements.
• Take a head count before, during, and after the hike.
• Be prompt, start on time.
• Carry a whistle.
• Call nature breaks during the hike.
• Call attention to points of interest when appropriate.
• Have maps or directions prepared for drivers, if necessary.
• Identify cars by ribbons or other means when in a convoy.



Cautions and Disclaimers!
• Be safe! Always wear blaze orange during hunting season.
• Every attempt is made to assist and encourage hikers, but we cannot be responsible for the safety of them on the trail. Any rugged activity entails risk and we know each participant will rely on his own judgement and good sense to take care of himself. Know your limitations. Look after minors accompanying you. Children are welcome, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club Calendar of Events

Time to join BMECC or renew for 2017: To join the club or to renew your membership, please print the membership form and mail it with a check to BMECC, P. O. Box 14982, Reading, PA 19612. If you have any questions about membership not answered on this form, please email membership@bmecc.org. Membership fees are: Individual ... $12.00; Family ... $15.00; Junior (17 & under) ... $3.00; or Life ... $300.00.

Family-Friendly ActivitySUMMER 2017 SCHEDULE                            

Sunday, July 9, 2017, Full Moon Hike to Pulpit Rock
Meet at Hamburg Reservoir.  We will hike north on the AT to Pulpit Rock to watch the moon rise.  It is a full moon.  On a clear night, the view will be awesome.  Afterwards, hike back to the parking lot on the road behind the observatory. Approximate 4 miles.  AT hiking is very rocky.  Boots recommended. Bring water, snacks and headlamp or flashlight.  An extra layer of clothing is recommended while at the vista as temperatures cool down after sunset. Contact leader for meeting time. Rain cancels.
Leader:  Martyann Gutierrez  martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169

family friendlyWednesday, July 19, 2017,  Mid-week Bike Ride Schuylkill River Trail
Meet at 9:30AM at Kernsville Dam parking lot.  12 mile bike ride round trip. Helmet recommended.  Rain cancels.  Leader:  Martyann Gutierrez  martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169

Sunday, July 23, 2017, Work Trip on the Appalachian Trail
Meet at 8:30am at Bethel Library, I78 & Rt. 501. Enjoy the outdoors and help with trail work. Bring lunch and fluids. Trail maintainers, call if you need help on your section of trail.
Leader: George Shollenberger, 717-933-4858.

Sunday, July 30, 2017,  Bike / Hike  Rausch Gap to The General
Meet at 9:30 AM:  First meeting place: AT crossing on Rt 501. Second meeting place:  Gamelands parking lot on Goldmine Rd. Bicycle 4 miles on a woods road to the AT. Park the bikes and hike to The General via the AT. Round trip hiking approximately 5 miles. On the way back to the bikes visit Rausch Gap Shelter. Bring water, lunch, snacks, bike lock. Helmet recommended, Rain cancels. Call leader before 8:00 am day of event if weather is questionable. Leader Martyann Gutierrez martyann9@yahoo.com/ 610-780-7169.

family friendlyWednesday, August 2, 2017, Membership Meeting
Meet at 7:00pm @ Rentschler Arboretum. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482/jogomo@verizon.net

Friday, August 4-11, 2017, ATC 2017 Bienniel, Maine Woods

Sunday, August 6, 2017, Work Trip on the Appalachian Trail
Meet at 8:30am at Bethel Library, I78 & Rt. 501. Enjoy the outdoors and help with trail work. Bring lunch and fluids. Trail maintainers, call if you need help on your section of trail.
Leader: George Shollenberger, 717-933-4858.

Sunday, August 13, 2017, Swatara State Park Rail-Trail Bike Expedition:
Ride from Swopes Valley Trail Head to Lickdale (for an ice cream cone) and return. Easy pace on flat, hard packed rail-trail along beautiful Swatara Crick.  Approx. 10 miles rt. Call Dave Reitz, 610-921-3303 for meet up details.

family friendlyTuesday, August 15-18, 2017, Camping Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Group hike scheduled to Pole Steeple and Sunset Rocks via the AT. Lots of activities available on your own. Swim at Fuller Lake or Laurel Beach. Visit the AT Museum or Ironmaster's Mansion. Bring your own camping equipment and food. Snacks to share around a campfire. Contact leader for more info. Leader Martyann Gutierrez martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 – Old Mountain Road Hike – New and Improved Edition
Meet 10:00am at Bethel/Tulpehocken Public Library, Rte. 501 and I-78. An easy 6 mile hike up and over the mountain and back. Starting near the village of Schubert In Bethel Twp., we'll use a map from 1876 to follow the abandoned old mountain road up the Blue Mt into Schuylkill Co. We'll spot old foundations, inns, farmsteads and blacksmithies and learn a little Berks Co. history.  Historical maps and pictures will be distributed.  Leader: Mike Najarian 717-933-4682

family friendlySaturday, September 2, 2017 – Route 183 Highway Cleanup
Meet at 10am at the State Gamelands parking lot at the top of Rt. 183. Clean up litter along our designated section. Gloves, pickers, vests, bags provided, as well as refreshments afterward. Mike Najarian 717-933-4682

family friendlyWednesday, September 6, 2017, Membership Meeting 
Meet at 7:00pm at Rentschler Arboretum. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 OR jogomo@verizon.net

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Full moon hike to Pulpit Rock
Meet at Hamburg Reservoir. We will hike north on the AT to Pulpit Rock to watch the moon rise. It is a full moon. On a clear night the view will be awesome. Afterwards, hike back to the parking lot on the road behind the observatory. Bring water, snacks and headlamp or flashlight. An extra layer of clothing is recommended while at the vista as temperatures cool down after sunset. Contact leader for meeting time. Rain cancels. Leader:  Martyann Gutierrez  martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169.

Sunday, September 17, 2017, Work Trip on the Appalachian Trail
Meet at 8:30am at Bethel Library, I78 & Rt. 501. Enjoy the outdoors and help with trail work. Bring lunch and fluids. Trail maintainers, call if you need help on your section of trail. Leader: George Shollenberger, 717-933-4858.

Sunday, September 24, 2017,  Roaring Creek Tract Shuttle Hike
Meet 9:30 am sharp at Pa. 501 and Appalachian Trail crossing @ parking lot 4 miles N. of Bethel. We will drive up to the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest near Mt. Carmel, Pa. After placing vehicles, we will hike on this flat rail trail. Power walking in this beautiful setting a definite option here. We will stop about half way through for a lunch/snack/fluid/comfort break at one of the three reservoirs in this area. Bring lunch, fluids and comfortable footwear. Length/Difficulty: 8 miles/Easy, but depending on the pace! Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034 or hawkscottb@gmail.com.

 


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