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Work Trip
Eagles Nest Shelter
:
Mar 3

Eagles Nest Privy:
Mar 10, Mar 18, Mar 31

Windsor Furnace Shelter
Mar 14

Arboretum Work Trips
Every Tues Mar-Dec

Starts Mar 20



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 ActivityWINTER 2018 SCHEDULE                            

Friday, January 12, 2018 - NEVERSINK CANDY CANE TRAIL/HAT/ORANGE LOOP **New Date**
Meet 10:00am at 91 Klapperthal Rd, Reading, PA 19606-9504 GPS 40.314702-75.892875. There is limited parking at this location. Additional parking is in Forest Hills Cemetary GPS 40.313434 -75.892435. This will be approximately 6-7 miles and can be somewhat strenuous. We'll hike north going up the orange trail to the Candy Cane Trail. From there we'll visit the witche’s hat and then wind back down the orange trail. We'll be going up the steep rocky section so you might want to bring a hiking stick. Rain, snow, and/or ice postpones this to 1/12/2018. Contact: David (484) 706-9070
 
Sunday, January 14, 2018 – JESUIT NOVITIATE, WERNERSVILLE
Meet 11:00am at Ollie’s Parking Lot, Route 222, Shillington. Call for 2nd meeting place in Wernersville at 11:30.Walk the rolling hills of the 240 acre estate. 6 moderate miles more or less depending on weather. Dress for weather. Inclement weather cancels. Leader: Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

Friday, January 19, 2018 - NOLDE STATE PARK - PART 1
Meet 10:00am at 2910 New Holland Road, Mohnton, Pennsylvania 19540 Sawmill parking lot. GPS 40.281757 -75.947942.This will be approximately 7-8 miles on several of the park's trails.This is moderately strenuous and hiking poles are advised. This year's challenge is to hike all Nolde trails in just two visits. Think we can do it? We might need more planning than last time. Rain, snow, and/or ice postpones this to the following week. Contact: David (484) 706-9070

Sunday, January 28, 2018 – HIKE FROM RT 183 to SAND SPRING TRAIL
We will hike the Appalachian Trail for 5 miles before we hike 2 miles on the Sand Spring Trail.  Depending on group and weather conditions, possible additional mileage to the Eagles Nest Lookout. We will take breaks when needed and a lunch stop so bring snacks, lunch and water. Sturdy boots recommended due to our wonderful PA rocks. Because of weather concerns this time of year, preregister for hike if you plan to attend. Contact Leader Martyann Gutierrez for meeting time and place -  martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169.

family friendlyWednesday, January 31, 2018 – FULL MOON SUPERMOON AND LUNAR ECLIPSE AND BLUE MOON – MEMBERS AND GUESTS ONLY – GREEN HILLS PRESERVE
Meet 4:30pm at Flying Hills Village Center parking lot from Reading follow Route 10 south just past Healthsouth. Village Center is on the left, park facing route 10. Limited parking on site so we will carpool. Short walk 1-3 miles through meadow paths. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Adverse weather cancels. Call the leader to confirm Linda Enders 610-775-3004 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.
The late January supermoon will take place during a total lunar eclipse visible from western North America, the Pacific and Eastern Asia. It will also be a blue moon. [Supermoon 2017 Guide: When and How to See It]  The light reflected off Earth will be visible on its surface, producing a ruddy red-brown color on the moon's surface during totality. The lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 will be visible during moonset. Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it, (Source: SkyWatch)

Friday, February 2, 2018 - NOLDE STATE PARK - PART 2
Meet 10:00am at 2910 New Holland Road, Mohnton, Pennsylvania 19540 Sawmill parking lot. GPS 40.281757 -75.947942. This will be approximately 6-7 miles on several of the park's trails with a visit to the painted turtle pond and the north pond. This is moderately strenuous and hiking poles are recommended. Let's see if we can hike all of Nolde in just two visits this year. Rain, snow, and/or ice postpones this to the following week. Contact: David (484) 706-9070

Sunday, February 4, 2018 – SUPER BOWL SUNDAY UNION CANAL TOWPATH SHUTTLE HIKE
Meet 12:30pm sharp at Stilling Basin Parking Lot Palisades Drive near Blue Marsh Dam. We will shuttle back to Stonecliff and hike the mostly flat, historic rail trail along the Tulpehocken Creek. We will stop at the Gring’s Mill area and also at the covered Red Bridge. Last year we saw both blue and green herons, outnumbering the human fisherman! Maybe this will be the ‘Eagles’ year? Bring winter footwear for all conditions, snacks, and fluids. Length of hike and difficulty: 6 miles easy depending on weather and trail conditions. Leader: Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING  
Meet 7pm at Upland Center, Alvernia University, 540 Upland Avenue, Reading, PA 19611.
Contact Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

Friday, February 16, 2018 - NEVERSINK UPPER LOOPS AND WITCH'S HAT
Meet 10:00am at 2644 Fairview Ave, Reading, PA 19606-2042, GPS 40.326638 -75.882789. This will be approximately 7 miles. We'll hike St Lawrence trail (green), Promenade trail/City Overlook (green), Neversink North trail (purple/orange), down the West Woodland trail (blue), up the West Woodland trail (blue), back the Neversink North trail (orange), Upper Glen trail/Witch's Hat (orange) and back to the parking via the East Ridge trail (green). This is a fairly strenuous hike over some loose rocks. Hiking poles are advisedRain, snow, and/or ice postpones this to the following week. Contact: David (484) 706-9070

Sunday February 18, 2018 - HIKE SAND SPRING TRAIL TO APPALACHIAN TRAIL
The hike will begin on the Sand Spring Trail, hiking 2 miles to the Appalachian Trail.  We will hike North on the AT for approximately 4 miles to the service road before heading back to the parking lot.  Total mileage will be approximately 8 miles.  Depending on group and weather conditions, possible additional mileage to the Eagle's Nest Shelter. We will take breaks when needed and a lunch stop so bring snacks, lunch and water.  Sturdy boots recommended as there is no shortage of rocks on the trail.  Due to weather conditions this time of year, preregister if you plan to attend.  Contact Leader Martyann Gutierrez for meeting time and place - martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169.

family friendlyThursday, March 1, 2018 – FULL MOON HIKE - BERNVILLE
Meet 5pm at Rentschler Arboretum in Bernville. Hike Arboretum Road to Friedens Lutheran Church cemetery for a hike in the open under the full moon 2-4 miles hilly. Bring flashlight, dress for the weather. Adverse weather cancels. Call leader to confirm. Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com

Saturday March 3, 2018 - WORK TRIP AT EAGLES NEST SHELTER
Meet 9am at the parking lot near the Sand Spring Trail, Shartlesville, PA.  No heavy lifting, no skills required.  This is a hike and more!  We will enjoy a nice hike from the parking lot to the AT until we get to the trail leading to the Eagles Nest Shelter.  Jobs to include painting blazes, branch clipping, cleaning out fire rings, etc.  Enjoy the company of other hikers while helping get this section of trail ready for the arrival of thru-hikers on their way from Georgia.  Tools will be provided however, bring your own work gloves.  Sturdy boots recommended as there are plenty of rocks on this section of Trail.   Also bring snacks, food and water. Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more info contact Leaders Martyann Gutierrez at martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169 or Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING –
Meet 7pm at Upland Center, Alvernia University, 540 Upland Avenue, Reading, PA 19611.
Contact Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – EAGLES NEST PRIVY REBUILD. 9AM START
Contact Todd Gladfelter for info 570-943-2198

Sunday, March 11, 2018 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME– SPRING FORWARD

family friendlySunday, March 11 - INSCRIPTION TREE HIKE - FAMILY FRIENDLY
Meet at the Bethel Library parking lot just north of the intersection of Route I-78 and PA Route 501 at 1 PM. We will then drive to the Gold Mine Gate Parking Area East arriving at approximately 1:30 PM. The hike will begin at the Parking Area East. For those coming from west or north of Bethel contact the Hike Leader at 610.698.4457 for alternate directions taking you directly to the Parking Area East. Due to the short distance and groomed trail this is a family friendly hike suitable for families with children. We will walk east on the Stony Valley Rail Trail for approximately 1.3 miles to the site of the “Inscription Tree” that stands just north of the trail along the banks of the Evening Branch Creek. Individuals have been carving their names or initials into the old Beech tree for decades and the tree became something of destination in the 1980's when several stories about the tree appeared in Harrisburg-area newspapers. The “Inscription Tree” still stands, now surrounded by its offspring that bear their own inscriptions. Take a few minutes to try to make out the names carved into the bark; time and increasing girth have blurred the oldest inscriptions, much like an old tattoo is blurred by the passage of time. Have your picture taken with the tree - as mentioned, it is somewhat of a celebrity these days. At this point you can turn about and head back to the parking lot for a total hike of approximately 2.5 miles, or push on another 2/10 of a mile to an old stone marker designating the point where the rail line crossed the Lebanon/Schuylkill County line (you will encounter a few remnants of the old rail line on the hike). It is another great place for a photo. The hike will then continue on another 4/10 of a mile to the western end of the Lebanon Reservoir where we should have some great views as trees won't have leafed out yet. From the Lebanon Reservoir the round trip should be about 4 miles total. Leader: David Bailey 610-698-4457

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR CELTIC BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

Wednesday March 14, 2018 - WORK TRIP WINDSOR FURNACE SHELTER
Meet 9am at Hamburg Reservoir parking lot for this midweek work trip.  No heavy lifting, no skills required.  We will enjoy a nice hike from the parking lot to the trail leading to Windsor Furnace Shelter.  Once all work is completed, optional hike to Pulpit Rock.  Jobs will include branch clipping, cleaning out and / or dismantling of fire rings, etc.  Help us maintain this popular shelter.  Tools will be provided however, bring your own work gloves.  Sturdy boots recommended if you wish to hike afterwards.  Bring snacks, lunch and water. Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more info contact Leaders Martyann Gutierrez at martyann9@yahoo.com or 610-780-7169 or Scott Birchman 484-280-3034.

family friendlySaturday, March 17, 2018 CELTIC BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER FOR RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
  BEST LEGS IN A KILT CONTEST!     GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CELTIC SIDE!

Sunday, March 18, 2018 EAGLES NEST PRIVY REBUILD. 9AM START
Contact Todd Gladfelter for info 570-943-2198

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – FIRST DAY OF SPRING ARBORETUM WEEKLY WORKDAYS begin today. Tuesday’s starting at 9am March through December.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 -  EAGLES NEST PRIVY REBUILD. 9AM START
Contact Todd Gladfelter for info 570-943-2198

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – FULL MOON HIKE - KEMPTON
Meet 6:30pm at New Bethel Church parking lot, 135 New Bethel Church Road, Kempton. 4-6 mile road hike in scenic Kempton. Views of the Pinnacle if the moon cooperates. Brng a flashlight. Dress for the weather. Adverse weather cancels. Call the leader to confirm. Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 – EASTER

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – ORIENTATION FOR ARBORETUM VOLUNTEERS
Meet 9am Rentschler Arboretum, Arboretum Road, Bernville, PA. Bring your passion for nature and join our volunteers. Celebrate our new conservation easement status. Call Linda Enders for more info 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

 

 


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