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Appalacian Trail Maint.
Oct 7, Oct 18, Nov 11

Route 183 Cleanup
Oct 14

Skew Bridge Cleanup

Nov 17



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 ActivityFALL 2018 SCHEDULE                            

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.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY – OCTOBER 6-7, 2018 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL OVERNIGHT HIKE
Meet 8:45am Sat. Oct. 6 at the parking lot on Moonshine Rd. off Rt. 443 in Swatara Gap. All are welcomed to join in! Karen and I will be back packing a short section of the trail. The 1st day will be 8.7 miles with the overnight at William Penn Shelter. Our 2nd day will go to Rt. 501 Shelter, 4.1 miles. Start time will be 8:45am on the 6th.  Please bring your own personal gear and food. Wearing of the Orange is needed! We look forward to seeing you, be prepared for great fun! Contact, Rich Odenweller 610-909-5018 or Karen Sciole 610-823-9023 or artzgirl@mac.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018 - WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Meet 8:30am Bethel Library I-78 and PA 501. Enjoy the outdoors and help with trail work. Bring lunch, fluids, and work gloves. Trail maintainers call if you need assistance with your section. Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018 - BARTRAM TRAIL BICYCLE SAFARI
Meet 10am at Kernsville Silting Basin parking lot. Ride to Schuylkill River Bridge and back. 12 miles.
Dave Reitz 610-921-3303

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 - ROUTE 183 CLEANUP AT THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CROSSING
Meet 10am at State Game Lands parking lot at the top of Rt. 183. Clean up litter along our designated section. Gloves, pickers, vests, bags provided. Leader: Mike Najarian 717-933-4682.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 - THURSDAY WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Call the leader if you are available to go or need assistance on your section. Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21. 2018 – TUSCARORA STATE PARK HIKE
Meet 10am. Hike 3.1 or 6.2 miles. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and lunch. Optional lunch at White Birch Golf Course, Barnesville. Directions: Rt. 309 north through Tamaqua, watch for sign for Tuscarora State Park, bear left to the entrance on the left. Park at the top parking lot. Leader: Catherine Shade 610-929-8733.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018 - NATURE JOURNALING WORKSHOP WITH CAROL WELSH
Meet 1pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Nature Journaling provides a peaceful opportunity to focus on natural areas and the diversity of life found there while using art and writing tools like the historical naturalists. The Arboretum is a beautiful setting for working as a naturalist and making notes and drawings of what you find there. All materials are provided for you but you may bring your own supplies if you wish. You may wish to bring a stool for your comfort in the field. This workshop fits anyone interested in the outdoors and all ages are welcome. The workshop leader is Dr. Carol Welsh. She has been an educator at Millersville University and provides Nature Journaling Programs for schools and museums throughout the region. Contact Linda Enders to register 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018 - CROW'S NEST PRESERVE HIKE - MEMBERS ONLY
Meet 1PM at Chick-fil-A at Broadcasting Square. We will depart Chick-fil-A and travel to the Crow's Nest Preserve arriving approximately 2:00 PM. On the club’s visit to Crow’s Nest Preserve we’ll see some varied habitats in the 621-acre preserve, from a dry rocky hilltop with mountain laurel and chestnut oaks to the floodplains of French and Pine Creeks. Crow’s Nest Preserve has been protected by Natural Lands and is open to the public every day, free of charge. Some of the preserve is forested, some is managed as meadows, and a portion is leased for farming. Natural Lands is a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. They've been at it since the early 1950s and, today, more than 2.5 million people live within five miles of lands under their permanent protection. We’ll begin our hike at the restored 19th century barn which is the visitor center located at 201 Piersol Road, Elverson, PA 19520. It houses the classroom, library, restrooms, and office. We’ll have an opportunity to discuss land stewardship activities and see how they are used on the Crow's Nest Preserve. Hike Leader: David Bailey @ 610.698.4457 (call or text).

family friendlySATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018 - POTTSTOWN CAROUSEL VIA SRT – FAMILY FRIENDLY  
Meet 9am at the Union Township Trailhead of SRT behind Fork N Ale off Rt. 724 in Douglassville and shuttle cars to Montgomery County CC. 7.2 miles on SRT and a short walk to the restored Pottstown Carousel. There will be a short version for little hikers and their responsible adults starting at 1pm. (Call leader for details.) Rides are $2.00 or 3/$5.00. Children under 42” ride free with a paying adult. Water, candy, ice cream for sale or bring drinks and snacks. Adverse weather cancels the hike. Linda Enders Roxberry 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018 - BMECC BANQUET “CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERS”  AT MOSELEM SPRINGS GOLF CLUB 
Meet at 12pm for a Three Entree Buffet, speaker Leanna Joyner, Program Director at the Appalahcian Trail Conservency and Volunteer Recognition Chinese Auction. Reservations $27. For more information contact: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018 - WORK TRIP ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Meet 8:30am Bethel Library I-78 and PA 501. Enjoy the outdoors and help with trail work. Bring lunch, fluids, and work gloves. Trail maintainers call if you need assistance with your section. Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 - HISTORIC SKEW BRIDGE CLEAN-UP, 6TH STREET, READING
Meet 8:30am at N. 6th & Greenwich St, Reading PA, at the small store across from Rite Aid Pharmacy close to the RR bridge. Event ends at 12pm. Come and leave as your schedule allows. We will be cleaning 2-3 blocks on 6th Street, including the Historic Skew Bridge. Bring water and gloves. Leader: Catherine Shade 610-929-8733.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018 – HAMBURG TO PORT CLINTON – WEAR BLAZE ORANGE
Meet 9am at Port Clinton parking area behind the train station. We will shuttle to the Olivet Camp. Hike from the camp up to the A.T. then on to Port Clinton. Steep descent. Dress for the weather. Snow, ice or rain cancel. 5 miles. Leader: Linda Enders Roxberry 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018 - NYC VIA KLEIN’S TRANSPORTATION – COST $53.
Hike the city streets and enjoy the holiday spirit. Dress for the weather. Join the group hike or make your own arrangements to see a show or hike on your own. We will make our way to Central Park to catch a glimpse of preparations for the Macy’s Parade. Drop Off/Pick Up: The motor coach will drop off and pick up in the heart of the Theatre District at 51st Street between 7th & 8th Avenues. Broadway Shows: If desired, Klein will assist each passenger in booking theatre tickets to the show of their choice. Please call a sales representative to receive assistance with purchasing tickets (800-451-6700). Departures: Wyomissing ~ 7:15 am; Douglassville ~ 7:45 am; King of Prussia ~ 8:30 am. Approximate Arrival: 11:00 am Depart Destination: 6:00 pm Estimated Return Time: 9-10:00 pm. Contact Linda Enders Roxberry for more info 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com. To reserve your seat on the bus, go to the Klein’s Transportation website or call 800-451-6700.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018  Happy Thanksgiving!
’I’m thankful for nature and the outdoors’.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2018 - CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS AT FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK
Meet 10am boat launch parking lot. Hike off some of your Thanksgiving dinner. Come explore what is left of CCC camp SP-17, then we will hike about 5 miles, possibly walking on trails they built, and see some of the things they built in the park. Paul Schumann 484-529-8682

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 - CIRCLE HIKE NEAR WATERVILLE BRIDGE, SWATARA STATE PARK
Meet 9am Bethel Library I-78 and Route 501. Drive to Trout Run Trailhead on Rt. 72. Hike 4 miles on the Moonshine Trail to Waterville Bridge then go south on the Appalachian Trail. Deep snow will cancel. Al Shrom 570-754-5040.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 – ATC Holiday Open House
Meet at 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV * Contact Person: Laurie Potteiger; lpotteiger@appalachiantrail.org; (304) 535-2200 x128

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018 - WOMELSDORF HISTORY HIKE
Meet 1:30pm at the traffic light on Rt. 422, at Womelsdorf, turn south on Rt. 419 (into Womelsdorf) and a right turn into large parking lot (across from Womelsdorf). Hike 5.5 to 6 miles on roads outside of Womelsdorf. We will see a historic bridge, walk along the “Tully”, and see historic areas where one of BMECC former presidents Leonard L. Reed, Sr. spent some of his childhood. Gerry and Willie Kramer 610-678-5245

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018 - BOX CAR ROCKS TO LEBANON RESERVOIR
Meet 9am Rt. 501 Appalachian Trail parking lot. Moderate difficulty – 6 miles. Deep snow will cancel.
George Shollenberger 717-933-4858.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 – UNION CANAL TOWPATH
Meet 10am at Reber’s Bridge parking lot and hike to Gring’s Mill. Stop at Penn State’s Freyberger Gallery exhibit and return. The exhibit celebrates Penn State Berks Campus’ 60th year. Bring water and snacks and camera for selfies at the gallery. 6 miles. Adverse weather cancels.  Leader: Linda Enders Roxberry 610-413-1754/lindaphred@yahoo.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018 – WINTER SOLSTACE – THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2018 – SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER
We will carpool to visit BMECC members who are shut-ins. Contact the leader if you know a BMECC shut-in who would enjoy a visit from old friends. Adverse weather cancels. Linda Enders Roxberry 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018 - PORT CLINTON TO AUBURN SHUTTLE HIKE
Meeting 12:15pm sharp at Auburn Schuylkill River Trail trailhead parking lot Pa. 895.
It's not the shortest day (or hike) of the year, but it is close to it! We will shuttle back to Port Clinton and walk along the John Bartram section of the S.R.T. Most of the hike along a flat rail-trail. The group and the leader will decide the route that day depending on conditions. Bring snacks, fluids, and footwear for all winter conditions. Adverse weather cancels. Length and Difficulty: 5-6 miles-easy to moderate, depending on conditions Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

 


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