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

Family-Friendly ActivityWINTER 2017 SCHEDULE                            

family friendlySaturday, March 18, 2017: Celtic Breakfast Fundraiser for Rentschler Arboretum
Join us for a morning of food, friendship, fine arts and crafts, and Celtic music by the Martins.  Deadline for reservations and prepayment is March 12.  Reservation Form. Bernville Grange, 37 Shartlesville Road, Bernville, PA, 9:00am-1:00pm. $15 per person. Contact: Fred or Linda Enders Roxberry 610-775-3004; lindaphred@yahoo.com

Sunday, March 19, 2017: Work Trip on the Appalachian Trail
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library, I-78 & 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.  Leader: George Shollenberger 717-933-4858.

Monday, March 20, 2017: Vernal Equinox – First day of Spring.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Appalachian Trail Rt. 645 to William Penn Shelter
Meet at 10am Rt. 645 parking lot. 4.2 miles in and out. Contact 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com. Weather conditions may change length and location.

family friendlyFriday, March 24, 2017: Mengel Natural History Society –“ Six-legged Crime Solvers: How we use insects and other arthropods in forensic investigations” by Professor John Wallace of Millersville University. Dr. Wallace is Professor of Entomology, Aquatic Entomology, Medical and Forensic Entomology, Stream Ecology and Director, M.U. Center for Environmental Sciences. Co-Coordinator, Watershed Education Training Institute." All welcome. Free.
7:30pm – Nolde Environmental Education Center, Rt. 625. 610-670-0657

family friendlyFriday, Saturday March 24 and 25, 2017: Rentschler Arboretum Spring Cleanup
Meet at 9:00am at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Enjoy the outdoors and help with general cleanup and trail work. Bring llunch and fluids. Call 610-775-3004 for info.

family friendlyTuesday, March 28, 2017: Nolde Forest Hike
Meet 9am at Saw Mill Parking Lot. Approx. 4 miles on trails. Contact 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.  Weather conditions may change length and location.

Saturday, April 1, 2017: William Penn Privy Project
Contact Todd Gladfelter for details @ 570-943-2198 or cindyross4@verizon.net

family friendlySunday, April 2, 2017: April Fool’s Hike at Lundgren Cabin
Meet 12:00pm at Rt. 501 parking lot (where the A. T. crosses Rt. 501 at the top of the ridge). Hello, all you April Fools! It’s time to meet for our annual April Fool’s Cookout and Hike at Lundgren Cabin. Gather at noon, drop food at the cabin, and head out for a short hike. (Length of hike to be determined by the participants, or hang out at the cabin and wait for the hikers to return.) When we return, we’ll enjoy the “first cookout of the season” and regale each other with trail stories. Bring a “dish to pass”, your own meats for the grill, and your plates and flatware. Hot drinks will be provided, along with the leader’s infamous “15-bean soup”! Rain, sun, wind, or snow, join us for a fun afternoon! Leader: Dave Crosby 610-376-5967 dogwhisperer001@verizon.net

Sunday, April 2, 2017: William Penn Privy Project
Contact Todd Gladfelter for details @ 570-943-2198 or cindyross4@verizon.net

Tuesdays, April 4-June 27, 2017: Rentschler Arboretum Work Trip  Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Membership meeting, Rentschler Arboretum
Meet 7pm. Committee chairman bring annual reports, election of officers and budget approval. Leader: Joan Moyer @ jogomo@verizon.net or 610-775-3482.

Sunday, April 9, 2017: Arts and Parks Series XXXIII - Allentown Fish Hatchery/Symphony Concert
Meet 12:12pm at Fish Hatchery Parking lot 2901 Fish Hatchery Rd, Allentown,PA 18103. Hike  one hour, then a 15minute drive to Allentown Symphony Hall (23 S. 6th St, Allentown, PA 18101). 3pm concert. Free parking at Prison Lot. Concert: 20% off ticket price for Hikers. Box office 610-432-6715 “HIKE20" or purchase Sunday.  10% off food at Brewworks. Leader: Cellist, Mercedes Jurkiewicz 484-515-8001(text)Mercedes.Jurkiewicz@gmail.com  co-leader: Ron Kieffer  610-562-8680

Saturday, April 15, 2017: William Penn Privy Project
Contact Todd Gladfelter for details @ 570-943-2198 or cindyross4@verizon.net

family friendlyTuesday, April 18, 2017: – Wild flower walk at Rentschler Arboretum – Members only.
Meet at 2pm at the arboretum. Susan Munch will identify wildflowers. Linda Enders 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

family friendlyFriday, April 21, 2017: Garlic Mustard Pull with Marian Orlousky 
Meet 9:00am at Rt. 645 parking lot at the A.T. trail crossing. Join, North. Res. Mgmt. Coord. for  ATC. Let’s exceed last year’s 236 lbs. pulled by 4 people. Garlic mustard is tall, pulls out easily. Bring gloves. Leader: Linda Enders 610-775-3004/lindaphred@yahoo.com

family friendlySaturday, April 22: Earth Day – 6th Street Skew Bridge Clean-up
Meet at 8:30 at Historic Skew Bridge parking lot next to the bridge. Gloves and equipment supplied by City of Reading. Bring water.  Leader: Catherine Shade 610-929-8733.

Sunday, April 23, 2017: William Penn Privy Project
Contact: Todd Gladfelter @ 570-943-2198 or cindyross4@verizon.net

Saturday, April 29, 2017: BMECC at CABELAS CAMPING CLASSIC  9-5 at Cabela’s Hamburg
The Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club has been invited to set up a display and interact with Cabela's shoppers during the Cabela's Camping Classic. This is a huge event, drawing big crowds into Cabela's, and is a great opportunity to meet the public, tell them what the BMECC is, and what we do. I am looking for club members willing to volunteer 2 hours of their time to represent the club to the public. The schedule is as follows:  8-30AM to 11AM, and will include set-up; 11AM to 1PM; 1PM to 3PM; 3PM to 5:30PM will include tear down. The club will provide displays and handouts - all of the materials you will need to represent the club; all you need to do is bring yourself. If you can commit to volunteering 2 hours of your time on Saturday, April 29th, contact David Bailey at 610-698-4457 (call or text) or mdbailey61@comcast.net. Please indicate which of the four shifts you will be working. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017: Work trip on the Appalachian Trail
Meet at 8:30am at Bethel Library, I-78 & 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

family friendlySunday, April 30, 2017: Bird Walk at Rentschler Arboretum
Meet 7am at the arboretum. Join Ed Barrell of the Baird Ornithological Club for a 2-3 hour bird walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Leader: Ed at 610-926-2962. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017: St. Walspavich Nacht night walk on Witchcraft Hill
For details contact Ron Kieffer @ 610-390-2572.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017: Membership meeting, Rentschler Arboretum
Meet 7pm. Leader: Joan Moyer jogomo@verizon.net or 610-775-3482.

Saturday, May 6, 2017: William Penn Privy Project
Contact Todd Gladfelter @ 570-943-2198 or cindyross4@verizon.net

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 cindyross4@verizon.net

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 hawkscott@gmail.com

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)
or mdbailey61@comcast.net.

Sunday, May 21, 2017: Old Mt. Road. New and Improved Edition!
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 lindaphred@yahoo.com

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 lindaphred@yahoo.com.

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/lindaphred@yahoo.com
 
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 lindaphred@yahoo.com.

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 hawkscottb@gmail.com. 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/lindaphred@yahoo.co. 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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