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Appalachian Trail Maintenance
Work Trips

Sep 24, Oct 11, Nov 1, Dec 6

Rt 183 Cleanup
Oct 25

Skew Bridge Cleanup
Nov 22



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

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.

NO OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING
 
SATURDAY, October 3, 2020 - ROARING CREEK HIKE AT WEISER FOREST DISTRICT – CATAWISSA, PA - R.S.V.P. IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND
Meet at 8:45am. Hike starts at 9am. Roaring Creek Rail Trail at Brush Valley Reservoir. The parking area is along Route 42 (aka Numidia Dr) in the valley just past the Weiser Forest District 18 office in Catawissa, PA. (Restrooms are available at parking area.) Enjoy a colorful fall hike through the Roaring Creek Valley with 2 hike-length options. Option 1 is an “out and back” along the Roaring Creek Rail trail past several beautiful lakes with a self-guided return trip to the parking area. Choose how far you want to walk… For those interested in the longer Option 2 hike, we will turn at rail trail milepost 5, up and into the woods. The 13.2-mile loop will follow the Big Mountain trail along the ridge. We’ll take our time to enjoy the views, woods and history of the area. Option 1 is a very easy hike, a wide level, gravel rail trail.  Choose your own length. Option 2 is Moderate due to the length of the loop.  No serious climbs or rugged terrain.  Leader: Sarah Shirk Contact info: call or text to 717-368-5385.  Email: sarahzz@ptd.net
 
SATURDAY, October 3, 2020 – KERNSVILLE DAM KAYAK TRIP
Meet 10am at Port Clinton playground. Will dock near the Hamburg Pool. View the famous Rock and Kernsville Dam by the river. Must have kayak or canoeing experience. Adverse weather or water levels will cancel. Call the night before for details.
Leaders: George and Joan Shollenberger 717-933-4858.
 
FRIDAY, October 9, 2020 – EVENING CAMPFIRE AT THE RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM – MEMBERS ONLY
Meet 6pm Rentschler Arboretum in Bernville, PA. Linda and Phred will host a campfire with optional overnight car or tent camping. Bring your own food and drinks. Rain date will be October 16, 2020. RSVP. Leader: Linda Enders 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com
 
SUNDAY, October 11, 2020 - BMECC APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Enjoy the outdoors while doing important and satisfying work. Maintainers: Contact me if you need assistance on your section. Please contact leader regarding meeting place and time. Leader: Scott Birchman (484)280-3034

FRIDAY, October 16, 2020 – DEADLINE FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD NOMINEES
Send to David Reitz - See nomination form. Past recipient voting deadline is October 30.
 
SUNDAY, October 18, 2020 - HIKE THE A.T. TO BMECC TENT SITE
Meet 10am at the Rt. 183 A.T. trail crossing. Parking at the gamelands parking lot 1/2 mile south on Rt. 183. ‘Out n Back’ hike on the AT new reroute (southbound) to the new BMECC tent site.  After a brief rest and time for exploration we’ll return to Rte 183, via the retired trail. This is a chance to see several BMECC volunteer projects. Moderate 7-8 miles. No big hills but the trail is rocky and a longer trek. Please RSVP if attending. 717-368-5385 or via email: sarahzz@ptd.net. Leader: Sarah Shirk
 
SUNDAY, October 25, 2020 – Route 183 HIGHWAY CLEANUP A.T. 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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 - DEADLINE FOR BANQUET RESERVATIONS

SUNDAY, November 1, 2020 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS

SUNDAY, November 1, 2020 - BMECC APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Enjoy the outdoors while doing important and satisfying work. Maintainers: Contact me if you need assistance on your section. Please contact leader regarding meeting place and time. Leader: Scott Birchman (484)280-3034
 
WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2020 – BMECC GENERAL MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Leader: Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.
 
SUNDAY, November 8, 2020 – EASIEST WAY TO THE PINNACLE HIKE
Meet 9am at Windsor Furnace parking lot. Hike approx. 8 miles with hardly any uphill! Mostly flat and downhill. Start near Port Clinton Fire Tower and take the Pinnacle Spur Trail to the A.T. For details and directions call George Shollenberger 717-933-4858. Adverse weather cancels.
 
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, 2020 – SUNDAY HUNTING.
 
SUNDAY, November 15, 2020 - BARTRAM RAIL TRAIL BIKE RIDE KERNSVILLE TRAIL HEAD to AUBURN BRIDGE AND RETURN
Twelve miles total, slow, easy ride on hard packed trail.
Call Dave Reitz for details (610)301-4159
 
SATURDAY, November 21, 2020 – BMECC TRAIL MAINTAINERS PICNIC and BONFIRE
Meet – 2:30pm at 501 Shelter (Outside Only).
All current, former maintainers and aspiring maintainers are invited. We will be joined by George Shollenberger, Lowell Luft and Al Shrom with over 100 years of maintaining experience combined! All three have received the BMECC Distinguished Service Award. Exchange trail work ideas, swap stories, and enjoy the company of our fellow A.T. maintainers for an hour or two.
What to bring: Your lawn chairs, mask, hand sanitizer, food, fluid, and s’mores. This will be a social distancing event keeping ourselves safe. Adverse weather cancels.
Leader: Scott Birchman (484)280-3034
 
SUNDAY, November 22, 2020 – SUNDAY HUNTING.
 
SUNDAY,  November 22, 2020 – 6th STREET SKEW BRIDGE CLEANUP
Meet 8:30am at North 6th & Greenwich Street, Reading 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 29, 2020 – SUNDAY HUNTING.

WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2020 – BMECC GENERAL MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Leader Joan Moyer 610-775-3482.
 
SUNDAY, December 6, 2020 - BMECC APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK TRIP
Enjoy the outdoors while doing important and satisfying work. Maintainers: Contact me if you need assistance on your section. Please contact leader regarding meeting place and time. Leader: Scott Birchman (484)280-3034
 
NO JANUARY 2021 GENERAL MEETING
 
SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY, March 27, 2021 - SPRING APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLEAN-UP. Rain date April 3.

KEYSTONE TRAILS ASSOCIATION FALL HIKING WEEKEND OCTOBER 2-4
IN THE CUMBERLAND VALLEY kta-hike.org for more info.


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


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