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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 ActivitySUMMER 2018 SCHEDULE                            

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018 – LEASER LAKE HIKE – Approx. 5 miles
Meet 9:30am at the parking area down Pleasure Ct. Directions: I-78E to Exit 35. Turn left onto Rt. 143N in Lenhartsville, drive apprx. 8 miles, turn left onto Pleasure Ct., just before the stone church at Jacksonville (apprx. 1 mile past Wanamaker’s General Store). GPS: Pleasure Court, Kempton 19529. Hike around the perimeter of Leaser Lake just over the northern Berks Line in Lehigh County, through terrain varying from open fields to deep woods to marshy areas. Especially suited to spotting many different bird and wild flower species. The new bridge over the dam spillway is installed, so no more having to find a way around that obstacle! Lunch at C.J. Hummel’s afterwards. Leaders: Ed Glausman and Linda Reed 610-921-3252 or 610-451-5380 morning of the hike.

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018 – WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Meet 8:30am Bethel Library I-78 and 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.

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018 – BLUE MARSH LAKE miles 10-15.5 – 5.6 hilly miles
Meet 9:30am at mile 10 (Spring Creek) GPS: 40.36990 – 76.08056 and shuttle to mile 15.5. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Part 1 of 5 in a series of hikes to circuit Blue Marsh Lake. Call to confirm this hike David or Cyndi – 484-706-9070.

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018 – BOYD BIG TREE PRESERVE CONSERVATION AREA
Meet 2:00pm at the Big Boyd parking area. Located just off of SR 443 outside of Harrisburg. We will choose from a great variety of diverse trails. Bring a moderate supply of water. Dress for the weather. If the Friday July 13 weather forecast for Sat. shows rain, the hike will be cancelled. Call or text
Brian Mihalic 717-439-2505 if you have questions. Hope you can make it!

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018 – ORWIGSBURG HIKE – 5 miles
Meet 1:00pm at Memorial Building in Orwigsburg. Hike trails, paths and streets around town. Good views and hills (sneakers are fine). From Hamburg area go Rt. 61 thru Deer Lake and turn right on Red Church. Go to blinker light, turn right on Washington St. Bear right at top of hill onto Grove St. Building on right, parking lot on far left. Leaders: Gerry and Willie Kramer 610-678-5245.

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 – ANGELICA CREEK PARK/THUN TRAIL
Meet 9:30am main parking area on St. Bernadine St. (beyond the environmental center) GPS: 40.310440, - 75.928775. Easy meander through trails at Angelica Creek Park then continue on to part of the Thun Trail. Bring plenty of water. Call to confirm this hike with David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 – CHAINSAW PRACTICE DAYS AT RT. 501 SHELTER – MEMBERS ONLY
Meet 9:30am at Rt. 501 shelter. These sessions are for NPS – CERTIFIED SAWYERS and for non-certified club members who want to learn how to assist the sawyers in clearing blow-downs from the Appalachian Trail. SAWYERS: bring/wear all of the required equipment/clothing. ALL OTHERS: wear sturdy “over-the-ankle” leather boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, work gloves, eye and ear protection required, head protection strongly recommended. ALL: insect repellent, lunch and plenty of fluids! Sawyers can practice their chainsaw techniques and sawyers and assistants will hopefully build good working relationships with each other. Co-leaders: Dave Crosby (610-376-5967 (leave message) dogwhisperer001@verizon.net and Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 – BLUE MARSH LAKE mile 15.5-21.5 – 6 hilly miles
Meet 9:30am at Old Church Rd. Bernville GPS: 40.40744 – 76.07892. Shuttle from Old Church Rd. (mile 21.5) to mile 15.5. Part 2 of 5 in a series of hikes to circuit Blue Marsh Lake. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Call to confirm this hike with David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482.

family friendlyFRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 – GREEN HILLS PRESERVE HIKE - 4 easy miles
Meet 9:30am at 553 Gunhart Rd., Mohnton, PA. GPS: 40.249726, - 75.924614. Apprx. 4 easy miles through bird filled meadows and woods with several scenic views. Bring the family if they are capable of walking four miles. Bring plenty of water. Call to confirm this hike with David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018 – WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Meet 8:30am Bethel Library I-78 and 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.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 10-12, 2018 - ATC VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP MEETING – SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. VIRGINIA

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018 – BLUE MARSH LAKE mile 21.5-27.5. – 6-7 hilly miles
Meet at 9:30am at Dry Brooks Day Use Area (mile 27.5) GPS: 40.39 -76.04213 and shuttle to mile 21.5. Part 3 of 5 in a series of hikes to circuit Blue Marsh Lake. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Call to confirm this hike with David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

family friendlySUNDAY-MONDAY, AUGUST 12-13 – PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER – MEMBERS AND GUESTS ONLY
Meet 7:00pm at Rentschler Arboretum meteor watching. Overnight tenting will be allowed for late night viewing. The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a rich meteor shower, and it’s steady. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year’s Perseid meteors. These swift and bright meteors radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. As with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. These meteors frequently leave persistent trains. Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight. Predicted peak in 2018: the night of August 12-13. Rain cancels. Bring a blanket or comfy chair. Leaders: Phred and Linda Enders Roxberry 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018 – CHAINSAW PRACTICE DAYS AT RT. 501 SHELTER – MEMBERS ONLY
Meet 9:30am at Rt. 501 shelter. These sessions are for NPS – CERTIFIED SAWYERS and for non-certified club members who want to learn how to assist the sawyers in clearing blow-downs from the Appalachian Trail. SAWYERS: bring/wear all of the required equipment/clothing. ALL OTHERS: wear sturdy “over-the-ankle” leather boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, work gloves, eye and ear protection required, head protection strongly recommended. ALL: insect repellent, lunch and plenty of fluids! Sawyers can practice their chainsaw techniques and sawyers and assistants will hopefully build good working relationships with each other. Co-leaders: Dave Crosby (610-376-5967 (leave message) dogwhisperer001@verizon.net and Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 – SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL – BRENTWOOD TO GIBRALTAR HILL - 6.4 easy miles
Meet 9:30am at Brentwood trailhead Rt. 10. GPS: 40.314189, -75.924207. Hike to Gibraltar Hills and return. 6.4 easy miles. Bring plenty of water. Call to confirm this hike with David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 – BLUE MARSH LAKE mile 2-10 – 8 hilly miles
Meet 9:30am at Spring Creek (mile 10) – GPS: 40.3699 -76.08056 and shuttle to mile 2. Part 4 of 5 in a series of hikes to circuit Blue Marsh Lake. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Call to confirm this hike with David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 – NOLDE FOREST EEC – 6 hilly miles
Meet 9:30am at Sawmill parking area, 910 New Holland Rd. – GPS: 40.281670, -75.968118. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Call to confirm this hike with David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 – WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Meet 8:30am Bethel Library I-78 and 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.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - STONY MOUNTAIN FROM THE NORTH – 11.5-12.7 miles
Meet:  9:30 AM at the AT parking lot at Rte. 325. – GPS 40.451386, -76.77643 Pace: Average.  Terrain:  Moderate/Strenuous. This hike follows the Appalachian Trail as it traverses the north side of Stony Mountain to the ridge line, where it joins the Horse-Shoe Trail at its western terminus.  After descending the Horse-Shoe Trail, it joins Rattling Run Road at the Devils Race Course and the old town site of Rattling Run.  From here, the hike follows Rattling Run Rd up to Third Mountain and then descends the mountain via the Water Tank Trail concluding the loop.  An added short (1.2 mile round-trip) side trip brings you to the site of the Stony Mountain Lookout Fire Tower. Leaders:  SATC: Cindy Radich, cradich7@verizon.net and BMECC:  Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 – CHAINSAW PRACTICE DAYS AT THE RT. 501 SHELTER – MEMBERS ONLY
Meet 9:30am at Rt. 501 shelter. These sessions are for NPS – CERTIFIED SAWYERS and for non-certified club members who want to learn how to assist the sawyers in clearing blow-downs from the Appalachian Trail. SAWYERS: bring/wear all of the required equipment/clothing. ALL OTHERS: wear sturdy “over-the-ankle” leather boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, work gloves, eye and ear protection required, head protection strongly recommended. ALL: insect repellent, lunch and plenty of fluids! Sawyers can practice their chainsaw techniques and sawyers and assistants will hopefully build good working relationships with each other. Co-leaders: Dave Crosby (610-376-5967 (leave message) dogwhisperer001@verizon.net and Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

family friendlySUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 – BIRDSBORO WATERS AND HAY CREEK HIKE – 1.5-3 miles – there is both a challenging version and a FAMILY FRIENDLY version.
Meet 1:25pm at Chick-fil-A at Broadcasting Square. Travel to Birdsboro Rustic Park. There is both a challenging version of this hike and a “kid/family friendly” version. Hike along spectacular Hay Creek with a short visit to the Birdsboro Climbing quarry to watch the climbers “do their thing”. The 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. Hike over a slowly disintegrating blacktop road alongside Hay Creek. Locals use it and abandoned buildings as a giant canvas for beautiful graffiti art. Challenging version includes 2 river crossings 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 begin at the gated entrance – no cable bridges to cross. Learn more about Birdsboro Waters at pahighlands/org/?location=Birdsboro-waters. Leader: David Bailey 610-698-4457.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 – SWOPES VALLEY, SWATARA STATE PARK AND BORDNER CABIN – 7.5 miles.
Meet 9:00am at Bethel Library I-78 and Rt. 501. Drive to Swopes Valley parking lot at Swatara State Park and hike on the rail trail to cross Sand Siding bridge to Bear Hole Trail. Stop at Bordner Cabin and return to Swopes Valley (involves some road walking). Secondary meeting place 9:30am at Swopes Valley parking lot. Leader: Al Shrom 570-754-5040.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 – BLUE MARSH LAKE mile 27.5-2 - 5-6 miles
Meet 9:30am at State Hill Boat Ramp (mile 2) – GPS: 40.36784 -76.04333 and shuttle to mile 27.5. Part 5 of 5 in a series of hikes to circuit Blue Marsh Lake including a nature trail loop. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Call to confirm this hike with leaders David or Cyndi 484-706-9070.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 – CAMP SWATARA TRAILS - 4 miles
Meet 9:00am at Rt. 645 Appalachian Trail parking lot. Approx. 4 miles. Shuttle hike on Camp Swatara trail and the Appalachian Trail. Short scenic difficult hike. Hike from Rt. 645 north on the A.T. turn right and descend the Grapevine Trail, turn left onto Boundary Trail, then left and ascend onto Rockpile Trail (which is steep and rocky). Turn right onto the A.T. and end at Rt. 501 parking lot. Leader: Brandon Hitz – 717-679-2725.


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