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Work Trips

Appalacian Trail Maint.
Apr 8, May 6, June 3

Arboretum Work Trips
Every Tues Mar-Dec

Contact Linda

Eagles Nest Privy:
Apr 22, May 6, May 20

Garlic Mustard Pull
Apr 20

Skew Bridge Cleanup
Apr 21

Rt 183 Cleanup
Apr 22

Seedling Planting
Apr 28

William Penn Shelter
May 16

Blue Marsh
Get Outdoors Day

June 9



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 2018: 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 2018 SCHEDULE                            

family friendlyFRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 – GARLIC MUSTARD PULL ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
9:00am. Join Marian Orlousky on BMECC’s section for our 3rd annual garlic mustard pull. Help mitigate this invasive plant. Let’s try for a new BMECC record pull. Call for meeting place. Leader: Linda Enders Roxberry 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

family friendlySATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 – 6TH STREET HISTORIC SKEW BRIDGE CLEANUP
Meet 8:30am at N. 6th & Greenwich St, Reading PA, 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. Bring water and gloves.  Leader: Catherine Shade 610-929-8733.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 - EAGLES NEST PRIVY PROJECT
Meeting 9am at the Rt.183 game commission parking lot and drive 3.5 miles. Then a 1/4 mile walk to the shelter. Demolition work, and materials to shuttle to the site. Call if you need recommendations and let me know if you are coming so we can all get through the gate. Leader: Todd Gladfelter 570-943-2198.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 – RT. 183 HIGHWAY CLEANUP AT A.T. CROSSING
Meet 10am at state gamelands 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 friendlySATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 – SEEDLING PLANTING AT LUNDGREN CABIN
Meet 12pm at A.T. parking lot at top of Rt. 501. This year, we will plant 30 white pine and Norway spruce seedlings from Schuylkill Co. Conservation Dist., at the club’s Lundgren Cabin property near Rt. 501. WE WILL NOT BE DIGGING HOLES WITH A SHOVEL; we will use planting bars to open a small slit in the soil, and place the seedlings into these slits, then tamp down the soil around the seedlings and give them a drink. Afterward, we’ll hang around the cabin and perhaps explore the perimeter of the property (about 6 acres), adjacent to National Park Service lands.(The cabin is available 365 days a year for use by club members and their guests for a nominal fee. This is a great base camp from which to explore the A.T.)THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE, dress for the forecast! Leader: Dave Crosby 610-376-5967 or dogwhisperer001@verizon.net.

family friendlySUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018 – MT. PENN HISTORY HIKE
Meet 1:00pm at Mt. Penn Fire Tower. Take a hike through history – explore the historical treasures on Mt. Penn with a guided tour led by Paul Schumann and Pagoda Skyline historian Corrie Crupi for the Berks County Historical Society. $5.00 charge for members of BMECC and the Historical Society. Hiking experience required. Call for reservations. Leader: Paul Schumann at schu2112@msn.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AT RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
Meet 7pm. Members and public invited. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 – WELSH MOUNTAIN PRESERVE (6-7 miles)
Meet 9:30am at 601 Gault Rd. New Holland, PA 17557. Meander around most of the trails in the preserve. There are several hills. Hiking poles and boots suggested. Call to confirm with Leaders: Dave & Cyndi Rohland, 484-706-9070.

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 – CINCO DE MAYO! CUMBERLAND VALLEY A.T. SHUTTLE HIKE/SCOTT FARM TO BOILING SPRINGS (10.3 miles)
Meet 9am at Bethel Library I-78 and PA 501. Shuttle to the Scott Farm after placing vehicles in Boiling Springs. This is a good time of year to do this hike. Lots of open, exposed areas to walk through. Easy, hike so long miles can be at a quicker pace. Walk on a boardwalk, cross a stile at a cow pasture, hike across multiple 4 lane highways, and finish at ATC office, near the "boiling spring" that gives this town its name. We will then find some authentic Mexican food to ingest in celebration! Bring sturdy footwear, snacks, fluids, and money for a meal/shared ride. Ole'. Leader: Scott Birchman  (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 – WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Meet at 8:30am at Bethel Library, I-78 & 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, MAY 6, 2018 - EAGLES NEST PRIVY PROJECT
Meeting 9am at the Rt.183 game commission parking lot and drive 3.5 miles. Then a 1/4 mile walk to the shelter. Demolition work, and materials to shuttle to the site. Call if you need recommendations and let me know if you are coming so we can all get through the gate. Leader: Todd Gladfelter 570-943-2198.

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 – DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS FOR NYC TRIP ON JUNE 16.

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 - CAMPING AT HICKORY RUN STATE PARK
Keystone Trails Association has a Code Orange work trip at Hickory Run State Park on Saturday May 12.  Free camping is available the night before.  Join me in assisting KTA.  If interested contact leader before May 7.  Leader: Martyann Gutierrez at 610-780-7169 or martyann9@yahoo.com

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 - WORK TRIP AT WILLIAM PENN SHELTER (4.4 miles)
Meet at 9 AM at the parking lot at the AT crossing on Rt. 645, Bethel, PA.  No heavy lifting, no skills required.  We will hike 2.2 miles to the William Penn Shelter.  Jobs to include painting blazes, branch clipping, cleaning out fire rings, etc.  Tools will be provided however, bring your own work gloves.  Sturdy boots recommended; please no sneakers.  We will take breaks as needed so bring snacks, food and water.  Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  It is spring gobbler season so wear blaze orange.  For more info contact Leaders: Martyann Gutierrez at martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169 or Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 – WOODY WOODS TO COVENTRY WOODS PARK (7-8 miles)
Meet 9:30am at Coventryville Rd., Pottstown, PA. We will loop around the eastern side of Wood Woods and continue up to Coventry Woods. We’ll take a loop consisting of the Coventry Trail and Chestnut Hill Trail. We will return via the western side of Woody Woods. There are numerous hills and hiking poles and boots are advised. Call to confirm this hike with Leaders: Dave and Cyndi Rohland 484-706-9070.

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018 - EAGLES NEST PRIVY PROJECT
Meeting 9am at the Rt.183 game commission parking lot and drive 3.5 miles. Then a 1/4 mile walk to the shelter. Demolition work, and materials to shuttle to the site. Call if you need recommendations and let me know if you are coming so we can all get through the gate. Leader: Todd Gladfelter 570-943-2198.

family friendlySUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018 - BIRDSBORO CLIMBING QUARRY AND HAY CREEK HIKE (1.5-3 miles)
Meet 1:00pm at Chuck E. Cheese's (this is a Family Friendly Hike) on Broadcasting Square Drive. We will depart Chuck E. Cheese's and travel to the Birdsboro Rustic Park arriving approximately 1:30PM. The hike will be approximately 1.5 miles one way and we can do it as a shuttle hike or as an out and back hike. We will decide which type of hike we want once everyone has arrived at the Birdsboro Rustic Park. The hike will take us to the Birdsboro Climbing Quarry and we will spend a few minutes there watching the climbers "do their thing". The Birdsboro Climbing Quarry draws climbers from all over the mid-Atlantic and southern New England states with over 100 established sport climbing routes. It is an invaluable local resource and well worth visiting. Most of the hike will be over a slowly disintegrating blacktop road. Locals have taken to using it as a giant canvas for graffiti art and there is some really beautiful artwork on the road itself and on abandoned and unused buildings along the road. The high point of the hike, should we decide to enter via the Birdsboro Rustic Park, are two river crossing made via steel cable bridges. One cable to place your feet on, and a second cable at shoulder height to hold on to as you shuffle your feet along the first cable. "Family friendly" hikers will want to to begin their hike at the gated entrance - no cable bridges to cross. Learn more about the Birdsboro Waters at: http://pahighlands.org/?location=birdsboro-waters. Directions to the Birdsboro Rustic Park: From the Chuck E. Cheese's parking lot take route 422 east approximately 12 miles to the intersection with route 345 south. Turn south on route 345/Center Road and follow into the borough of Birdsboro (approximately 1 mile). When route 345 south turns left at the light continue straight through the light onto South Furnace Road. Follow South Furnace Road until you come to a fork; the left branch of the fork become Hay Creek Road - follow Hay Creek Road. The road will lead past a "No Outlet" sign and end at a red & white barricade. At the barricade turn right into the parking lot, find a parking spot, and turn off your engine - you have arrived. Hike Leader: David Bailey at 610.698.445

FRIDAY JUNE 1, 2018 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY - HIKE FROM HAMBURG RESERVOIR TO PORT CLINTON (7 miles)
Meet at 9 a.m. at the ball field past the railroad tracks in Port Clinton.  We will shuttle to the starting point at Hamburg Reservoir.  The hike will take us South on the Appalachian Trail. This is a rugged section of trail so boots are recommended.  Please do not wear sneakers. We will take breaks when needed and a lunch stop so bring snacks, lunch and water.  For additional information contact Leader: Martyann Gutierrez 610-780-7169 or martyann9@yahoo.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL SHUTTLE HIKE & PORT CLINTON VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. A.Y.C.E. SPAGHETTI DINNER (8.5 miles) 
Meeting 9am Sharp at Shartlesville S.G.L. Parking Lot, Forge Dam Rd. Difficult due to steep climb up and lots of Pa. rocks.Difficult due to steep climb up and lots of Pa. rocks. Hike Description: A.T. Shuttle Hike from Port Clinton to Shartlesville Cross-Mt. Rd., then down the mountain on SGL road to parking lot. Steep climb out of Port Clinton to start, hope to enjoy view from Auburn Overlook, cross Marshalls Path, past Philips Canyon Spring, then more A.T. rocks before out trip down. When we shuttle back to Port Clinton, we will stop and support the P.C. Fire Co. annual fundraiser. Lots of paddlers and hikers around due to Schuylkill River Sojourn and north-bound thru hikers. (Or skip the hike, put on your club t-shirts, and join us for dinner!) Bring sturdy footwear, lunch, plenty of fluids, and $12 per person for all you can eat spaghetti dinner from 3pm-7pm. Adverse weather may cancel hike but not dinner. The Port Clinton Historical Museum is often open on this day too. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018 – WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Meet at 8:30am at Bethel Library, I-78 & 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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018 – GET OUTDOORS DAY AT BLUE MARSH LAKE
Sign up to volunteer at BMECC’s information table for 1 or 2 hours. Contact Joan Moyer at jogomo@verizon.net.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018 – OUTDOOR MEETING AT 501 APPALACHIAN TRAIL SHELTER, BETHEL, PA
We will be celebrating the career (1988-2018) and retirement of Karen Lutz, Director A.T.C Mid-Atlantic Region. The 8 members of the Boiling Springs office have been invited. (including Karen). Leader - Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.
11am-
Short hike lead by George Shollenberger.
12noon- Meal by "Chef" Mike Najarian. Please bring a covered dish to pass/food to share.
1pm- Musical Guest- Haley Sheeler.
2pm
- Guest Speaker- Karen Lutz. Short business meeting to follow.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 – VIEW FROM MONOCACY HILL, 4-5 hilly miles
Meet 9:30am at Monocacy Hill Recreation Area, 56 Geiger Rd. Douglassville, PA, GPS: 40.281029, -75.754018. We’ll hike the Monocacy Hill Trail, the Lower Trail and then the Creek Trail. Hiking poles and boots recommended. Call to confirm this hike. Leaders: Dave and Cyndi Rohland 484-706-9070.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 – CENTRAL PARK TO BATTERY PARK, NEW YORK CITY VIA THE HIGH LINE
This 6 mile stroll, sets off from Belvedere Castle in Central Park and winds south through Times Square and west to the High Line, walking on the 1.45 mile elevated park and through the West Village to the harbor. Bus cost $65. Limit 30 persons. Call to reserve a seat by May 12. Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 – FIRST DAY OF SUMMER

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 - HORSE-SHOE TRAIL SHUTTLE HIKE (ST. PETERS VILLAGE TO SCOTTS RUN LAKE)
Meet 9am at Scotts Run Lake Boat Launch French Creek State Park. GPS 40.20963-75.7967. Length and Difficulty: 12 miles Moderate. Shuttle to St. Peters Village and hike from there to Scotts Run Lake in French Creek S.P. Swimming options: 1) The swimming pool at Hopewell Lake.(fee) and 2) The swimming hole in St. Peters Village at the Falls of French Creek.(free!) We will pass Crow's Nest Preserve,  Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site(restored iron making community),then Hopewell Lake as we enter French Creek S.P. Bring sturdy footwear, lunch, and plenty of fluids. Swimwear and towel optional! This is a joint hike with the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club. Leaders: Scott Birchman  B.M.E.C.C. (484-280-3034) Cindy Radich  S.A.T.C. cradich7@verizon.net

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2016 – DISCOVER THE NATURAL FEAST IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Meet 1:00pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Wild plant expert and forager Debbie Naha will discuss the wild edible plants of our area. Debbie is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener, and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. Her advanced training in nutrition provides a unique approach to appreciating wild edible plants. A slideshow talk will be followed by an outdoor plant ID walk. Attendees may even take home a “wild” recipe or two. Debbie will discuss possible look-alikes, safe and sustainable harvesting, and how to use wild plants in the kitchen. Leaders: Susan Haag and Linda Enders – 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com. www.wildediblesnjpa.com


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