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Call for Volunteers!

Work Trips on AT:
Oct 15, Nov 12

Skew Bridge Cleanup:
Nov 4

Kurtz Cabin Demolition:
Nov 11



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 ActivityFALL 2017 SCHEDULE                            

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, HARPERS FERRY, WV – 9-5. Contact appalachiantrail.org.

family friendlySunday, December 3, 2017 - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE-RYERSS FARM FOR AGED EQUINES – FAMILY FRIENDLY
Meet at 10am at Ollie’s parking lot Rt. 222 Shillington. 2nd meeting place 10:40 at Warwick Park Rt. 23. Hike on the Horseshoe Trail through Warwick Park to the farm.  These horses were retired by their owners or after being rescued from abusive situations, injured or saved from a slaughterhouse. It is the oldest non-profit horse shelter–125 years old.  5-6 miles. Contact Linda Enders @ 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com. Bring your holiday spirit and watch for Santa. Call for directions for kids accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – FULL MOON SUPERMOON - The only supermoon in 2017.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet at 7pm Rentschler Arboretum. All members welcome.Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

Saturday, December 9, 2017 – CHRISTMAS RECITAL JESUIT NOVITIATE, WERNERSVILLE, PA 7PM

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – HIKE FROM ROCK TO PA-501 PARKING LOT
Meet 9:00am at PA-501 parking lot at the Appalachian Trail crossing (4 miles north of Bethel). 6-7 miles.
George Shollenberger – 717-933-4858.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 -GEMINID METEORS- members and guests only.
Meet at Rentschler Arboretum to view the Geminid Meteors. Enjoy a campfire for warmth as we watch for “The annual Geminid meteor shower (which) will reach its peak activity this night for viewers in the Americas. The Geminids are known to be quite prolific, with rates as high as 60 to 120 shooting stars an hour at peak times. This year’s event will be special because sky-watchers will only have to contend with the waning crescent moon until about local midnight. Once the moon sets, the best viewing will be in the predawn hours of December 14—exactly when the shower is predicted to reach its peak performance.” Best viewing from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will rotate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Call 610-413-1754 to make a reservation.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – OLEY VALLEY 22ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY – FAMILY FRIENDLY
Meet at 5:30pm at Weis Supermarket Rt. 73 and Friedensburg Rd. See attached information.
Contact Linda Enders @ 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 – WINTER SOLSTICE, the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.  Hike into darkness.

Saturday, December 30, 2017 - PERKIOMEN TRAIL SHUTTLE HIKE
Meet 10am sharp Weis Parking Lot Rt. 73/772 Oley. 4.75 miles. Easy. The group/leader together can adjust the pace/ mileage depending on conditions. After placing vehicles, we will hike the flat rail-trail at the upper end from Snyder Rd. to Spring Mount. Nice section that is a potential power walk opportunity, pace/length to be determined! Bring footwear for all winter conditions, snacks/lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034 or hawkscottb@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 30, 2017 – GRING’S MILL HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND CONCERT
Meet at 4:30 at Ollie’s parking lot in Shillington. Carpool to Gring’s Mill ($5.00/car parking fee). Enjoy the Holiday Lights then celebrate the season with the Jurkiewicz Family.  Mercedes Jurkiewicz 484-515-8001.

Sunday, December 31, 2017 – NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION/FIREWORKS AT THE PAGODA ON MT. PENN
Call Paul Schumann for details 484-529-8682.


Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club, P. O. Box 14982, Reading, Pennsylvania 19612-4982, USA, info@bmecc.org


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