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Work Trips on AT:
Mar 19, April 30, May 28

William Penn Privy Project:
April 1, 2, 15, 23, May 6, 13

Arboretum Work Trips:
Tuesdays: April 4-June 27

Garlic Mustard Pull:
Friday, April 21, 9am

Skew Bridge Clean-up:
Saturday, April 22, 8:30am

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 fees are: Individual ... $12.00; Family ... $15.00; Junior (17 & under) ... $3.00; or Life ... $300.00.

Family-Friendly ActivitySPRING 2017 SCHEDULE                            

Saturday, May 6, 2017: William Penn Privy Project
Contact Todd Gladfelter @ 570-943-2198 or

Sunday, May 7, 2017: Mt Penn Hike and Bicycle Race – 6 miles
Meet 9am at Egleman’s Park. Hike around the back of the mountain for a few hours then return and hike around the front of the mountain checking out the mountain bikers flying downhill, including the famous jump over Duryea drive. Leader: Paul Schumann 484-529-8682

Saturday, May 13, 2017: William Penn Privy Project
Contact Todd Gladfelter @ 570-943-2198 or

Saturday, May 13, 2017: Pine Grove Furnace State Park/ Pole Steeple Hike/ A.T. Museum Excursion
Meet 8am sharp at Bethel Library I-78 & PA 501. Carpool to Pine Grove Furnace S.P. Be prepared to share expenses with drivers. Hike a 5.4 mile loop including the A.T. to the Pole Steeple. Hopefully enjoy a nice view from up there. See both Laurel and Fuller Lakes; spend some time in the A.T. Museum and see the sights. Spend the day and stop for a meal on the way back to Bethel if the group agrees. Bring hiking gear, fluids, lunch and spending money. Rain or shine event!  Leader: Scott Birchman484-280-3034 or

Saturday, May 20, 2017: Pinnacle Hike with optional Map and Compass
Meet 8:30am at Hamburg Reservoir Parking Lot. Shuttle to Port Clinton Fire Tower. Depart Port Clinton Fire Tower for the Pinnacle at 9am. 4.6 miles, no dramatic ups or downs. For those that are interested, we will be doing some map/compass work at the Pinnacle. Bring compass with base plate, appropriate section map of the AT, pencil and straight edge. Depart the Pinnacle, hike back out to the helipad, then down to the Hamburg Reservoir Parking Lot. This section will be level ground and downhill. Total trip: 8.99 miles, 4-5 hours. Bring fluids and snack or lunch if you wish. Leader: David Bailey at 610-698-4457(call or text)

Sunday, May 21, 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 Leader: Dave Reitz, 610-921-3303 for meet up details.

Sunday, May 21, 2017: Old Mt. Road. New and Improved Edition! *** CANCELLED ***
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

Thursday, May 25-June 2, 2017 – PA Hiking Week

Friday, May 26, 2017: City Park to the Pagoda
Meet 9am at City Park Parking Lot. Scenic walk through City Park. Visit the Veterans’ Memorials, pass former Central Catholic H.S. and beautiful homes on our way to the Pagoda and return. Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004 or

Sunday, May 28, 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. George Shollenberger 717-933-4858

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Youngstown, OH. For details contact Ron Kieffer @ 610-390-2572.

family friendlyMonday, May 29, 2017: Charles Evans Garden Cemetery
Meet at 9am inside the Center Avenue gate at Charles Evans Cemetery. Hike approx. 5 miles on paths and drives.  Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004 or

family friendlyTuesday, May 30, 2017: Blue Marsh and Rentschler Arboretum
Meet 9am at Rentschler Arboretum for a 1.5 mile trail walk, then to Blue Marsh Lake for a walk along the dam breast. Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004/
family friendlyFriday, June 2, 2017:  Albright College Tree and Sculpture Walk
Meet 9am at Weis Markets parking lot at 13th & Rockland Sts. Tour the campus’ exceptional variety of trees and contemporary American Sculpture from the Freedman Gallery collection. Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004 or

family friendlySaturday, June 3, 2017: Visit the Sacred Oak.  Friedensburg Road, Oley, Pa. 9am-2pm.

Saturday, June 3, 2017: National Trails Day - Night hike at Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Meet 7:07pm.Take rt. 873 to Paint Mill Rd. south of the Lehigh River Bridge. Night hike to hear the whip-poor-wills. Approx. 2.5 hours. Bring hiking boots and a flashlight. Thunder and lightning will cancel, light rain does not! Leader: Ron Kieffer 610-390-2572. Co-Leader: Mercedes Jurkiewicz 484-515-8001 Joint hike with Allentown Hiking Club.

family friendlySunday, June 4, 2017: Warbird Watch at Berks Heritage Center
Meet 1:23pm. Warbird watching walk on the Union Canal towpath along the Tulpehocken Creek. Very easy level walk. Bring the kids, bring the bikes. Bring Warbird guide books if you have them. Binoculars will be helpful to properly identify the warbirds at their annual migration/stopover at Reading Airport. Directions: Rt. 222 to Broadcasting Rd., turn away from Broadcasting Square toward Penn State Berks Campus to the end. Turn right to Gring’s Mill recreation area on left. Leader: Ron Kieffer 610-390-2572

family friendlySunday, June 11, 2017: June Outdoor Meeting – Rt. 501 Shelter
Meet 11:00am for a morning hike. Mid-day meal at 12:00pm. Mike Najarian will be preparing chicken breasts. Bring a dish to share and a chair, drinks provided. Brief Club meeting followed by entertainment. We hope to share our bounty with the hikers. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rt. 501 Shelter and of the Wednesday Work Crew. Leader: Scott Birchman Contact Joan Moyer 610-775-3482/Scott for directions.

family friendlySaturday, June 17, 2017: The Hi Line, NYC
Meet 5:30am at Beiber Bus Terminal Kutztown(arrive early to guarantee a seat). The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. For details and RSVP contact Linda Enders 610-775-3004/ Adverse weather cancels. $58. Round trip.

Sunday, June 25, 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. George Shollenberger 717-933-4858


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