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Appalachian Trail Maintenance
Work Trips

Many dates scheduled
for summer - see to right!

Arboretum Work Trips
Every Tuesday



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 2020! To join the club or to renew your membership, please see the membership information. If you have any questions about membership not answered on this page, please email membership@bmecc.org. Membership fees are: Individual ... $12.00; Family ... $15.00; Junior (17 & under) ... $3.00; or Life ... $300.00.


SUMMER 2020 SCHEDULE  
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, please contact the leader before going to any hike or activitiy. Family-Friendly Activity

EVERY TUESDAY -
RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM WORK TRIPS

Rentschler Arboretum - Practice social distancing while participating in the upkeep of the grounds. Add Tuesdays to your calendar for our weekly work sessions. Bring lunch and water, work gloves, a mask, and your love for the outdoors. For info contact Linda Enders (610) 413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 – BIKE AND HIKE AROUND COLD SPRINGS & AT SHELTER
Meet 9:30 AM at commuter parking lot intersection of I-81 & Rt 443 past McDonalds outside of Pine Grove. Bicycle and hike in the coolest places in our area in July. Bicycle into St. Anthony's Wilderness. Lock your bike and hike around Cold Springs & the AT Shelter. Length of hike depends on group. Bring water and snacks. Leader: George Shollenberger. (717) 933-4858.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020, BIKE HIKE SGL# 110
Service Road Bike Ride fm Rte# 183 SGL lot to Old Stage Coach Road & return, 14 miles total. Moderate difficulty with rolling hills & some rough road sections. Off-road bike w/ wide tires suggested. Call Dave Reitz, (610) 921-3303 for details.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020: MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum. Leader: Joan Moyer - 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020 - MT. GRETNA, PA - LEBANON COUNTY
Meet 9:00am at Clarence Shock Memorial Park at Governor Dick Environmental Center parking area, 3283 Pinch Rd., Mt. Gretna, PA 17064. Length of hike 6-7 mile loop. Hick includes trails, tower, Environmental Center at Governor Dick, a portion of the Horseshoe Trail, neighboring state game land trails and streets of historic Mt. Gretna. The meeting place address shown is from the Governor Dick website parkatgovernordick.org. Please note that depending on your preferred GPS/mapping site the town could also be shown as Manheim or Cornwall. Hike leader Sarah Shirk (717) 368-5385.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2020 WINDSOR FURNACE WORK TRIP
Meet at 8:30 at the Hamburg Reservoir parking lot. Call for details and confirmation so I don't leave through the locked door without you. Leader: Todd Gladfelter (570) 943-2198

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, AUGUST, 22, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 - TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

WEDNESDAY, September 2, 2020: MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum. Leader: Joan Moyer - 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 (Labor Day!) - TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020, PENNSYLVANIA A.T. COMMITTEE MEETING
Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville, PA. 10am until 12 noon. Come on out to see how this works to help manage the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania and how it does report directly to the Secretary of DCNR. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 - HIKE AT SWATARA STATE PARK
Meet 9:00am at Bethel Library Exit 13 off I-78. Drive to Lickdale Trailhead & hike Round-about -Loop to Rail Trail To Waterville Bridge,cross over the new Inwood Bridge & view the old Inwood Bridge which has been refurbished & set up as a display, return to Lickdale on the Rail Trail. 4.50 miles. Leader: Al Shrom (570) 754-5040.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 TRAIL WORK
Please contact the leader for details. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 - CHAINSAW PRACTICE WITH BOB SICKLEY, ATC
Meet at 9am at the 501 Shelter. BMECC certified chainsaw operators and those interested to be certified should plan to attend. Please contact leader to confirm attendance by Monday September 21st. PPE required! Long pants and long sleeve shirts too. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 - RESERVATIONS DEADLINE - ANNUAL BANQUET

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2020 - ANNUAL BANQUET AT THE HEIDELBERG COUNTRY CLUB
Social hour starts at 11am, meal begins at noon (3 entree buffet), speaker at 1pm, DSA and auction to follow. We are honored to have as Guest Speaker Jay Erskine Leutze, author of "Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in The Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail" He is a Trustee and Acquisition Specialist for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Cost is $30 per person, check payable to BMECC. Send to Sue Reiber, 314 Charleston Lane, Wyomissing, PA 19610. Reservation deadline 10/31/20. See flyer.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29 - SUNDAY HUNTING DATES
Special dats set by the Pennsylvania Game Commision.


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


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