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Work Trips
Appalacian Trail Maint.

Apr 13, May 19, June 8

William Penn Privy Move
Apr 14

Garlic Mustard Pull Rentschler Arboretum
Apr 23

Skew Bridge Cleanup
Apr 27

Route 183 Cleanup
Apr 28

Garlic Mustard Pull on AT
May 10

Bake Oven Knob Work
May 18 & 19



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 2019: 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 ActivitySPRING 2019 SCHEDULE                            

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019 – LEHIGH GAP NATURE CENTER HIKE & SPEAKER SERIES
Meet 1pm at Lehigh Gap Nature Center (8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, PA 18080). We will hike a short loop hike along the Lehigh River before the 3pm program by Laurie Goodrich at the nature center. The program title is “Pennsylvania Farmland Rapture Program”. Freewill donations only. Bring snacks, fluids and comfortable footwear/clothing for early spring. The 2.2 mile hike is fairly easy. Leader- Scott Birchman 484-280-3034

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL SPRING CLEAN UP
Meet at various trailheads. We will gather as many BMECC volunteers as possible, divide into groups, and clear as much winter debris as possible. More willingness than skill required. Bring lunch, fluids, work gloves and boots. Maintainers get out on your section and report conditions/blow downs prior to Saturday March 30, 2019. Leader – Scott Birchman 484-280-3034

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 – APRIL FOOL'S COOKOUT AND HIKE AT THE LUNDGREN CABIN
Meet 12pm at the Appalachian Trail parking lot at the top of Rt. 501. Bring a dish to pass, plus your own meats for the grill.  We will go on a short hike around the area (or you can stay at the cabin, guard the food, and tend the fire), followed by the sharing of food and “tall trail tales”.  WEATHER DOES NOT CANCEL THIS EVENT, so dress accordingly.  As usual, the leader will be making his infamous “15-bean soup”! Leader - Dave Crosby, dogwhisperer001@verizon.net, 610-376-5967 (leave message)

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019 – ORIENTATION FOR VOLUNTEERS AT THE RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM 
Meet 9am at Rentschler Arboretum in Bernville, PA.  Leader: Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 – BMECC ANNUAL MEETING/ELECTION 
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Committee Reports due which include: 2018 activities/
accomplishments, 2019 goals and committee members. Budget approval and election. Leader - Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.
                                                                                                                                                               
family friendlySUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019 – LEARN FOREST ETIQUETTE PROGRAM - MEMBERS & GUEST ONLY
Meet 2pm at the Hamburg Watershed parking lot. Learn how to conduct yourself in the forest to enjoy your experiences of the outdoors with other forest users such as people, bears, and ticks. Frank Snyder, retired forester and arborist, will share his years of wood-wise knowledge during a short walk in the forest.   Become more comfortable during your outings knowing how to react if you face a bear, how to make a warning fire in the rain, or how to protect yourself from ticks? Other topics will be presented to increase your outdoor skills. All participants are welcome, especially youth, scouts and the experienced wood-wise folks. Leader - Leon Jaskuta  610-842-1017

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library I-78 and Pa. 501. Maintainers call if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Leader - Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034
           
SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL WILLIAM PENN PRIVY MOVE
Meet at 9am at the A.T. trailhead of Rt. 645 parking lot. Wm Penn Privy move- slide the privy to the adjacent bin, and make the ramp adjustments. If we have extra volunteers, and a 4 x 4 to bring in the extra tools, we will dismantle the last composting shed and remove the debris. It is a 2 mile walk in if we don’t drive in so call for detail or weather cancellation. Todd Gladfelter- 570-943-2198.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019 – GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
Meet 9am at Rentschler Arboretum. Linda Enders  - 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019- BLUE MOUNTAIN EAGLE CLIMBING CLUB PROSPECTIVE MEMBER/MEMBER SOCIAL at Ozgood’s 319 East Penn Ave, Robesonia at 6:30 pm. Join us for the fun. RSVP Joan Moyer at jogomo@verizon.net or 610-775-3482

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 – HISTORIC SKEW BRIDGE CLEAN-UP.
Meet 8:30am at N. 6th & Greenwich Street, Reading at the small store across from Rite Aid Pharmacy close to the RR bridge. Event ends at 12pm. Come and leave as your schedule allows. We will be cleaning 2 – 3 blocks on 6th street, including the Historic Skew Bridge. Participants will have an opportunity to win a ticket (2) for a barbeque chicken dinner which can be picked up at the Tower on Skyline Drive. Bring water and Gloves. Leader: Catherine Shade 610-929-8733

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019 - ROUTE 183 CLEANUP AT THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CROSSING
Meet 10am at State Game Lands parking lot at the top of Rt. 183. Clean up litter along our designated section. Gloves, pickers, vests, bags provided. Leader: Mike Najarian 717-933-4682.

family friendlySUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019 – KESTREL PRESENTATION AT RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
Meet at 1pm at Rentschler Arboretum. Jim Klucsarits, kestrel banding expert working with Hawk Mountain, will speak about the American Kestrel. The program is open to the public. Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 – KAYAK/CANOE TRIP ON SCHUYLKILL RIVER. MEMBERS AND GUESTS ONLY
Meet 10am on back side of Cracker Barrel in parking lot. Paddle from Hamburg to Shoemakersville - 5.8 miles Some experience needed. Must have own kayak or canoe and life jacket. Bring water and snacks. Call night before to reserve and get details. Leaders: Joan and George Schollenberger 717-933-4858.

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 – PENDORA PARK HIKE WITH THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Meet 1pm at the Pendora Park in Reading, PA. If anyone is interested please contact the Berks History Center to register before the hike. There is a charge for the historical society hike. $8.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members. Leader: Paul Schuman 484-529-8682.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019 – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Leader - Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019 – GARLIC MUSTARD PULL ALONG THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Call for time and directions. Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.
 
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019 – BOX CAR ROCKS TO LEBANON RESEVOIR HIKE.
Meet 9am at Rt 501 AT parking lot. Hike approx. 6 miles from Box Car Rocks to Lebanon. Moderate difficulty, will cross one stream using rustic wire bridge. Heavy rain will cancel.
Leader: George Schollenberger 717-933-4858

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL BAKE OVEN KNOB SHELTER LOG REPLACEMENT AND SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019. Meet at 9am at the game lands parking lot and hopefully acquire permission to access the trail up from the private quarry. We’ll cut out and remove the rotten log and replace it with masonry and lumber. There will be several heavy loads to carry in. Call for details or weather cancelation. Leader - Todd Gladfelter- 570-943-2198.

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library I-78 and Pa. 501. Maintainers call if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

family friendlySUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 – MEMORIAL LAKE FAMILY FRIENDLY HIKE
Meet 10am at Bethel Library. Second meeting place – 10:30am at Middle Road parking lot at Memorial Lake. Easy flat and scenic hike around the lake approx. 3 miles. Heavy rain will cancel.
Leader: Al Shrom 570-754-5040.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library I-78 and Pa. 501. Maintainers call if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019 – BMECC SPRING OUTDOOR MEETING and SPEAKER
11:00 am Hike the Rentschler Arboretum and surrounding area.
12:15 pm Noon Meal—Chef Mike will be cooking the entrée. Bring a dish to share. Beverage provided.
1:30 pm Our speaker is new member and A.T. thru hiker Angelique Krohn, “The Ups and Downs of Hiking the Appalachian Trail”.
2:15 pm Short Business Meeting
Contact Joan Moyer regarding questions, 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

family friendlySATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 - GET OUTDOORS DAY AT BLUE MARSH
Once again BMECC will take part in this annual event. A display will be set up from 10am-3pm and there will be activities provided and possibly a scavenger hunt. Please consider volunteering for an hour or two to inform the public about our club and its activities. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019 – BARTRAM RAIL TRAIL /RHODODENDRON BIKE HIKE
Shared BMECC w/ Schuylkill River Greenways ride from Hamburg to Auburn bridge and return. Total 14 miles, with stops and talks at points of interest. Pre-ride registration is required. Call the leader to register.
Leader: Dave Reitz 610-921-3303 for details.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library I-78 and Pa. 501. Maintainers call if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL SHUTTLE HIKE PA. RT 183 TO RT 501
Meet at 9am at Rt #501 parking lot at Appalachian Trail Crossing. Length of Hike and Difficulty: 9.3
miles.  Moderate difficulty due to lots of rocks! Hike Description: We will shuttle back to Pa.183 and hike through the "3 lane A.T." and stop at the swimming hole at Schubert's Gap for an early lunch/snack and a cooling off if wanted. We will then complete the remaining 5.7 miles stopping at the views @ Shikellemy and Showers Steps before the rest of the rocky way to Pa. 501. Pizza party possible(say that 3 time quickly) at 501 shelter after the hike. There will most likely be plenty of long distance A.T. hikers around. Bring lunch/snack, plenty of fluids, sturdy footwear and towel/change of clothing if desired.
Hike Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

 

 


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