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Work Trip
Eagles Nest Shelter
:
Mar 3

Eagles Nest Privy:
Mar 10, Mar 18, Mar 31

Windsor Furnace Shelter
Mar 14

Arboretum Work Trips
Every Tues Mar-Dec

Starts Mar 20



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 ActivityWINTER 2018 SCHEDULE                            

Sunday February 18, 2018 - HIKE SAND SPRING TRAIL TO APPALACHIAN TRAIL
The hike will begin on the Sand Spring Trail, hiking 2 miles to the Appalachian Trail.  We will hike North on the AT for approximately 4 miles to the service road before heading back to the parking lot.  Total mileage will be approximately 8 miles.  Depending on group and weather conditions, possible additional mileage to the Eagle's Nest Shelter. We will take breaks when needed and a lunch stop so bring snacks, lunch and water.  Sturdy boots recommended as there is no shortage of rocks on the trail.  Due to weather conditions this time of year, preregister if you plan to attend.  Contact Leader Martyann Gutierrez for meeting time and place - martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169.

family friendlyThursday, March 1, 2018 – FULL MOON HIKE - BERNVILLE
Meet 5pm at Rentschler Arboretum in Bernville. Hike Arboretum Road to Friedens Lutheran Church cemetery for a hike in the open under the full moon 2-4 miles hilly. Bring flashlight, dress for the weather. Adverse weather cancels. Call leader to confirm. Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

Saturday March 3, 2018 - WORK TRIP AT EAGLES NEST SHELTER
Meet 9am at the parking lot near the Sand Spring Trail, Shartlesville, PA.  No heavy lifting, no skills required.  This is a hike and more!  We will enjoy a nice hike from the parking lot to the AT until we get to the trail leading to the Eagles Nest Shelter.  Jobs to include painting blazes, branch clipping, cleaning out fire rings, etc.  Enjoy the company of other hikers while helping get this section of trail ready for the arrival of thru-hikers on their way from Georgia.  Tools will be provided however, bring your own work gloves.  Sturdy boots recommended as there are plenty of rocks on this section of Trail.   Also bring snacks, food and water. Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more info contact Leaders Martyann Gutierrez at martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169 or Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING –
Meet 7pm at Upland Center, Alvernia University, 540 Upland Avenue, Reading, PA 19611.
Contact Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – EAGLES NEST PRIVY REBUILD. 9AM START
Contact Todd Gladfelter for info 570-943-2198

Sunday, March 11, 2018 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME– SPRING FORWARD

family friendlySunday, March 11 - INSCRIPTION TREE HIKE - FAMILY FRIENDLY
Meet at the Bethel Library parking lot just north of the intersection of Route I-78 and PA Route 501 at 1 PM. We will then drive to the Gold Mine Gate Parking Area East arriving at approximately 1:30 PM. The hike will begin at the Parking Area East. For those coming from west or north of Bethel contact the Hike Leader at 610.698.4457 for alternate directions taking you directly to the Parking Area East. Due to the short distance and groomed trail this is a family friendly hike suitable for families with children. We will walk east on the Stony Valley Rail Trail for approximately 1.3 miles to the site of the “Inscription Tree” that stands just north of the trail along the banks of the Evening Branch Creek. Individuals have been carving their names or initials into the old Beech tree for decades and the tree became something of destination in the 1980's when several stories about the tree appeared in Harrisburg-area newspapers. The “Inscription Tree” still stands, now surrounded by its offspring that bear their own inscriptions. Take a few minutes to try to make out the names carved into the bark; time and increasing girth have blurred the oldest inscriptions, much like an old tattoo is blurred by the passage of time. Have your picture taken with the tree - as mentioned, it is somewhat of a celebrity these days. At this point you can turn about and head back to the parking lot for a total hike of approximately 2.5 miles, or push on another 2/10 of a mile to an old stone marker designating the point where the rail line crossed the Lebanon/Schuylkill County line (you will encounter a few remnants of the old rail line on the hike). It is another great place for a photo. The hike will then continue on another 4/10 of a mile to the western end of the Lebanon Reservoir where we should have some great views as trees won't have leafed out yet. From the Lebanon Reservoir the round trip should be about 4 miles total. Leader: David Bailey 610-698-4457

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR CELTIC BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

Wednesday March 14, 2018 - WORK TRIP WINDSOR FURNACE SHELTER
Meet 9am at Hamburg Reservoir parking lot for this midweek work trip.  No heavy lifting, no skills required.  We will enjoy a nice hike from the parking lot to the trail leading to Windsor Furnace Shelter.  Once all work is completed, optional hike to Pulpit Rock.  Jobs will include branch clipping, cleaning out and / or dismantling of fire rings, etc.  Help us maintain this popular shelter.  Tools will be provided however, bring your own work gloves.  Sturdy boots recommended if you wish to hike afterwards.  Bring snacks, lunch and water. Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more info contact Leaders Martyann Gutierrez at martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169 or Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

family friendlySaturday, March 17, 2018 CELTIC BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER FOR RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
  BEST LEGS IN A KILT CONTEST!     GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CELTIC SIDE!

Sunday, March 18, 2018 EAGLES NEST PRIVY REBUILD. 9AM START
Contact Todd Gladfelter for info 570-943-2198

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – FIRST DAY OF SPRING ARBORETUM WEEKLY WORKDAYS begin today. Tuesday’s starting at 9am March through December.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 -  EAGLES NEST PRIVY REBUILD. 9AM START
Contact Todd Gladfelter for info 570-943-2198

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – FULL MOON HIKE - KEMPTON
Meet 6:30pm at New Bethel Church parking lot, 135 New Bethel Church Road, Kempton. 4-6 mile road hike in scenic Kempton. Views of the Pinnacle if the moon cooperates. Brng a flashlight. Dress for the weather. Adverse weather cancels. Call the leader to confirm. Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 – EASTER

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – ORIENTATION FOR ARBORETUM VOLUNTEERS
Meet 9am Rentschler Arboretum, Arboretum Road, Bernville, PA. Bring your passion for nature and join our volunteers. Celebrate our new conservation easement status. Call Linda Enders for more info 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

 

 


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