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Call for Volunteers!

Work Trips
Appalachian Trail Maint.

Mar 7, Mar 28

Rentschler Arboretum
Mar 31 - Volunteer Orientation

Celtic Breakfast

Come join us for a
fun-derful morning of
food, friendship, music,
local artisan wares,
and much more!

WHERE:
Bernville Grange

WHEN:
Saturday, March 14, 2020
9 am to 1 pm

FEATURING:
Music by
"The Root Blossoms"
Silent Auction

and the always-popular
"Best Legs in a Kilt
Contest
!"

COST:
$15 per person (benefits Rentschler Arboretum)


RESERVATION DEADLINE:
March 9
(seating is limited)

See flyer for menu
and more details

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 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 2020 SCHEDULE                            

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020 – BMECC SOCIAL AT BLUE MARSH CANTEEN RESTAURANT
Meet 6:15pm at Blue Marsh Canteen Restaurant, Rt. 183.  Social gathering for potential and BMECC members. Call Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or contact at jogomo@verizon.net if you plan to join us for food and drink. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020 – HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL TO PULPIT ROCK
Meet 9am at Windsor Furnace parking lot at Hamburg Reservoir. Hike the A.T. to Pulpit Rock and return to parking lot on Whitey’s Trail. Rated moderate. Length 6 miles. Deep snow cancels. Bring water and snacks. Leader: Alan Shrom 570-754-5040

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020 – OLD RAILROAD BED HIKE
Meet 9:30am at McDonald’s parking lot outside Pine Grove on Rt. 443. Hike on old railroad beds between 2nd Mountain and Stoney Mountain. Rated easy, hike approx. 6 miles. Can be hiked in light snow. Adverse weather will cancel. LEADER: George Schollenberger 717-933-4858.

family friendlySUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020 – HIKE THE PAGODA TO WILLIAM PENN FIRE TOWER
Meet 10:00am at the Pagoda for a 3 mile walk to William Penn Fire Tower and back. Enjoy the winter view from atop the Pagoda. Lunch/snacks/drinks available for purchase at the Pagoda gift shop.  Call the leader if the weather is uncertain. Contact Catherine Shade, leap year baby, at 610-929-8733.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020 - BMECC MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Alvernia University Upland Community Room 103. Leader: Joan Moyer 610- 775 3482 or contact at jogomo@verizon.net

SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2020 -APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP.
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library I-78 and Pa.501. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. We will enjoy the outdoors while working on the A.T.  Maintainers: Contact leader if you want assistance on your section. Leader: Scott Birchman (484)280-3034.

                                      
family friendlySATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020 – SIXTH ANNUAL CELTIC BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER FOR RENTSCHLER ARB.
at the Bernville Grange. Reservations must be received by March 9. See flyer for details and reservation information. Contact Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

family friendlySUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 - INSCRIPTION TREE HIKE
Meet 9:30am at the Bethel Library parking lot (I-78 & Rt. 501). Due to the short distance and stroller accessibility this is a 'family friendly' hike suitable for families with children. Travel to Gold Mine Gate parking area east arriving approximately 10am. Proceed east on the Stony Valley Rail Trail approximately 1.3 miles, then to the 'Inscription Tree' immediately north of the trail. Take time to try to make out names carved into the tree and have your photo taken at this well-known landmark. At this point some hikers may choose to return to the parking area and depart, the hike will proceed another 0.2 miles east to the Lebanon /Schuylkill County line where there is an interesting old carved stone marker (a great spot for additional photos) then another 0.4 miles east to view the western end of the Lebanon Reservoir. Total trip just short of 4 miles, or 2.5 miles for those visiting the 'Inscription Tree' only. Leader: David Bailey 610-698-4457.

SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020 - BMECC APPALACHIAN TRAIL SPRING CLEANUP DAY
Are YOU An A.T. Volunteer Maintainer? 
Meet at various locations/times as assigned. We will gather as many volunteers as possible and divide into groups to try to cover as much of our 64.4 A.T. miles as possible. Willingness more important than experience! We will divide up our chain sawyers to include them in the groups of volunteers to clean up whatever winter has done to the Trail. ALL SECTION MAINTAINERS: Please check on your section by 3/25/20 and let the leader know conditions and if you want a group to go through your section. ALL: Bring fluids, lunch, work gloves, and sharp hand saws and loppers, with your own special skills and willingness. WORK SMART. WORK SAFE. PLEASE CONTACT LEADER BY 3/25.  Leader: Scott Birchman (484)280-3034.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020 - BARTRAM RAIL TRAIL BIKE RIDE
Bike ride from Hamburg, State Street Trailhead to Auburn Bridge, and return, total 14 miles. Flat, hard packed, surface.  Easy pace. Call Dave Reitz, 610-921-3303 for details.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 – RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM ORIENTATION FOR VOLUNTEERS
Meet 9am at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville, for light refreshments and a meet and greet. Learn about the arboretum and how you can be part of preserving this beautiful gem. New and veteran, young and old welcome. For more information contact: Linda Enders 610-413-1754. Adverse weather may cancel or change the location. Volunteer hours are Tuesday 9-5 April thru November. We welcome volunteer groups.

 


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


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