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Appalacian Trail Maint.

Mar 9, Mar 30

Rentschler Arboretum
Mar 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 ActivityWINTER 2019 SCHEDULE                            

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019 – HIKE AND HOMELESS VETERANS FEED IN CITY PARK – MEMBERS AND GUESTS
Meet 9am at Reading City Park lot. Monthly, The Biker Church, RMC of Oley helps feed and provide homeless vets with the basic necessities (like toiletries, clothing, and such) that we take for granted on a daily basis. Let’s give back to these vets that have given us so much. City hike will begin approx. 9:30. Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 – MEMBERS ONLY – CROSS COUNTRY SKI ATOP BLUE MOUNTAIN 
Meet 10 am at Schollenberger’s home. Members and guests only. Cross country ski atop Blue Mountain near Rt. 501 on mostly old logging roads. Bring sandwich and water. Hot soup and drinks supplied. No snow will cancel. Call ahead for directions and ski conditions. Leader: George Schollenberger 717-933-4858.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2019 – MEMBERS AND PROSPECTS SOCIAL - Reserve by January 28
Meet 7pm at Liberty Ale House, at the corner of Lancaster Ave. and Prospect St., Shillington for a meet and greet, get to know Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club. Call Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net, she’ll save you a seat.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019 -SUPER BOWL SUNDAY HALDEMAN TRACT LOOP HIKE
Meet 8:30am at Pa. 501 Parking Lot at Appalachian Trail Crossing. Secondary Meeting 8:50am at McDonalds Parking Lot I-81 and Pa. 443. Get warmed up for those Super Bowls parties. The Eagles may not fly like last year, so maybe we can see some other soaring raptors! We will carpool from Pine Grove to the hiking destination near Elizabethville, Dauphin County. The HQ for this area of the Weiser State Forest is an old C.C.C. camp. We will hike up the Deep Hollow Tr. to the Hang Glider Launch/ Vista and loop back down on other trails depending on conditions. Bring footwear for all types of winter hiking, lunch, carpool, and fluids. Adverse weather and conditions may cancel. Please contact leaders to pre-register by 7pm on Saturday February 2, 2019. 6-7 miles moderate (both will also depend on trail conditions).
Co-Leaders: Brian Mihalic   brian.mihalic@gmail.com   Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

family friendlyTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2019 – KESTREL NESTING BOX CLEANOUT     
Meet Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. We will prepare our Kestrel Nesting Boxes for March nesting. Contact Linda Enders for more information 610-413-1754. Adverse weather cancels.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at the Alvernia University Upland Center. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 – OLD MOUNTAIN ROAD HIKE
Meet 10am 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 County. We'll spot old foundations, inns, farmsteads and blacksmithies and learn a little Berks County history.  Historical maps and pictures will be distributed. Leader – Mike Najarian 717-933-4682

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019 – LEHIGH GORGE D&L TRAIL SHUTTLE HIKE
Meet 8am Burger King Rt. 61 N. of Hamburg near Cabelas. 2nd meeting place 9:15am Glen Onoko trailhead 40.883-75.7588. We will shuttle to Rockport and hike “downstream” along the Lehigh River. Bring footwear for all winter conditions as well as winter hiking gear, lunch, and fluids. Adverse weather and trail conditions will cancel hike. Contact leaders by Feb. 16, to confirm attendance. Leaders – Annie Jay at anniejay35@gmail.com; Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 – SHUTTLE HIKE FROM ROCK BACK TO RT 501
Meet 9am at Rt. 501 AT parking lot. Shuttle hike from Rock back to Rt. 501 AT parking lot on less traveled and unmarked trails. Rated moderate/difficult. Deep snow will cancel. Leader: George Schollenberger 717-933-4858.

family friendlySUNDAY, March 3, 2019 – LEARN FOREST ETIQUETTE PROGRAM
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.  This program is free and open to the public. Leader - Leon Jaskuta  610-842-1017

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at the Alvernia University Upland Center. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library I-78 and Pa. 501. Join us for late winter trail work on the national treasure that is the A.T. We will be cleaning up after whatever the winter may bring. Maintainers call if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS MARCH 10!

family friendlySATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 – CELTIC BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER FOR RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
Join us for a wonderful morning of fun, food, friendship, music, local artisan wares and much more at the Bernville Grange from 9am-1pm. $15- Reservation deadline 3/12. See the flyer for details. If you would like to contribute an item for the Chinese auction or Silent (bid) auction please contact Linda Enders 610-775-3004. Enter the 'Best Legs in a Kilt Contest'. Need a kilt, try Party City.
Schedule
9-1 Celtic Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Music by The Root Blossoms
10:30 Best Legs in a Kilt Contest

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019 – LEBANON VALLEY RAIL TRAIL WINTER BIKE RIDE
Bike ride from 8th Street Lot, Lebanon, PA to Cornwall and return. All flat and easy to total 10 miles.  
Call for timing and details – Dave Reitz 610-921-3303.

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM WORK TRIP
Meet 9am at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville for the start of our weekly work trips. We will begin Spring cleanup on the grounds and pick up trash along Irish Creek Road. All volunteers welcome. Adverse weather cancels. For more info contact Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

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 RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM VOLUNTEERS

 


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