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Call for Volunteers!

Work Trips on AT:
Oct 15, Nov 12

Skew Bridge Cleanup:
Nov 4

Kurtz Cabin Demolition:
Nov 11



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 ActivityFALL 2017 SCHEDULE                            

Sunday, September 24, 2017,  Roaring Creek Tract Shuttle Hike
Meet 9:30 am sharp at Pa. 501 and Appalachian Trail crossing @ parking lot 4 miles N. of Bethel. We will drive up to the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest near Mt. Carmel, Pa. After placing vehicles, we will hike on this flat rail trail. Power walking in this beautiful setting a definite option here. We will stop about half way through for a lunch/snack/fluid/comfort break at one of the three reservoirs in this area. Bring lunch, fluids and comfortable footwear. Length/Difficulty: 8 miles/Easy, but depending on the pace! Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034 or hawkscottb@gmail.com.

Sat-Sun, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017 – FALL CAMPOUT AT LUNDGREN CABIN ** CANCELLED **
Yep, we’re doing it again this year! Arrive anytime between noon and 3 PM on Saturday and get set up (tents, hammocks, “cowboy camping”).  Early arrivals can explore the trails in the area.  We’ll share a community spaghetti supper, and then relax by the campfire and trade “tall tales” and hiking stories.  S’mores and/or popcorn – optional.  In the morning, we’ll share a hearty breakfast before breaking camp and exploring along the trail.  (Note:  vegetarian options will be available for both meals.) There’s off-street parking for half a dozen vehicles on the cabin property.  Signs will be posted along Rt. 501 so that everyone can find their way down. Sunday hike to see new William Penn Privy.  R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, 9/27, so that the cook knows how much food to buy. Dave Crosby (610) 376-5967 (leave message), or dogwhisperer001@verizon.net

Sunday, October 1, 2017 – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY HIKE, HARPERS FERRY, WV. Contact appalachiantrail.org

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – NO MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Friday, October 6, 2017 – DEADLINE FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD NOMINEES to Mike Najarian.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – OLEY VALLEY HIKE and SACRED OAK
family friendlyMeet 9am at Weis Market parking lot route 73 and Friedensburg Road. This will be a 6 mile shuttle hike through covered bridges and on scenic country roads in rural Oley Valley with a stop at a local farm along the way. Come prepared to be out in the open. Bring fluids and snacks. After returning to Weis Market parking lot at approximately 1:00 we will visit the Sacred Oak (optional hike or drive). Contact Linda Enders if you plan to attend @ 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com  WEAR BLAZE ORANGE for road hiking. Call for directions for kids accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 – APPALACHIAN TRAIL MARSHALL’S PATH LOOP HIKE
Meet 9:00am at Port Clinton Post Office.  AppalachianTrail in Port Clinton – up southbound climb – Auburn Look-out – Marshall’s Path – downhill – “remote” gamelands trek back to A.T. to Port Clinton. Due to up and downhill and rocky trail and required. endurance hike is rated difficult. Wear sturdy footwear, bring water and snacks. Leader: Cliff Weinhold, 570-294-1430. CONTACT LEADER WEEK OF HIKE.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - ANNUAL VOLUNTEER HOURS DUE
Hours from Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016 are due to George Shollenberger, P.O. Box 86, Bethel, PA 19507.  717-933-5848. See attached instructions.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - LEBANON VALLEY RAIL-TRAIL BIKE EXPEDITION  
Ride from Cornwall Trailhead/ Parking Lot to Colebrooke Trailhead/Parking Lot and return - approx. 13 miles total distance. Moderate climb both ways over Mt. Gretna - if the train could make it, so can you!  Hardpacked gravel rail trail through very nice woodlands. Call for meetup details. Leader:  Dave Reitz, 610-921-3303.

Sunday, October 15, 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.

Monday, October 23, 2017 – DEADLINE FOR BMECC 2017 BANQUET RESERVATION to Mike Najarian, 7185 Rte. 183, Bethel, Pa 19507.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – HALLOWEEN HIKE
Meet at 6:10pm at State Game Lands rifle range off of Pine Swamp Road in Kempton. This will be a shuttle (through) hike. We will shuttle vehicles to the far end of our hike so that when the hike concludes we can all ride back to our start point. Hike starts at 6:30pm into SGL 160 to find a ‘lost’ headstone and grave. Paul Schumann will give an account of how the grave came to be in the middle of the SGL, then we will continue our hike. WARNING: there may be scary tales of strange goings-on in Berks County along the way. After the hike there will be a treat if the weather cooperates. Hike will be 45-50 minutes along access roads in the SGL. The treat will be at a separate location. Call or text David Bailey at 610.698.4457 if you are planning to attend. Costumes allowed and encouraged.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet at 7pm Rentschler Arboretum. All members welcome. Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 orjogomo@verizon.net

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 6TH STREET HISTORIC SKEW BRIDGE CLEANUP
Meet at 8:30am at N. 6th & Greenwich St, Reading PA, at the small store across from the Rite Aid Pharmacy close to the RR bridge. The event ends at 12:00 PM. Come and leave as your schedule allows. We will be cleaning 2-3 blocks on 6th Street, including the Historic Skew Bridge. Bring your own water and gloves.  Leader: Catherine Shade 610-929-8733.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – BMECC 2017 BANQUET

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – WORK TRIP TO DEMOLISH THE KURTZ CABIN
Meet at 8:30am at the Bethel Library I78 & Rt. 501. George Shollenberger 717-933-4858

Sunday, November 12, 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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – INSCRIPTION TREE HIKE
family friendlyMeet 9:30am at 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 the Gold Mine Gate Parking Area East, arriving approximately 10 AM. Proceed east on the Stony Valley Rail Tail for approximately 1.3 miles, then to the 'Inscription Tree' immediately to the north of the trail. Take time to try to make out the names carved into the tree, and have your photo taken at this well-known landmark. At this point some hikers may choose to turn back to the parking area and depart. But the hike will continue east another .2 of a mile to the Lebanon/Schuylkill County Line where there is an interesting old carved stone marker, a great spot for additional photos, then another .4 of a mile 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

Thursday, November 23, 2017 – THANKSGIVING DAY

Friday, November 24, 2017 – THANKSGIVING WALK IT OFF HIKE #1 - CROWS NEST PRESERVE
Meet 9am at Ollie’s parking lot Rt. 222 Shillington. Hike from Hopewell Furnace Park into Crows Nest Preserve on the Creek and Deep Woods Trails. 6 miles. Shuttle hike.  Adverse weather cancels.
Contact Linda Enders 610-413-1754/lindaphred@yahoo.com.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 – THANKSGIVING WALK IT OFF HIKE #2 - PETERS MOUNTAIN
Meet 8:00 sharp at Bethel Library I-78 and PA 501. Appalachian Trail shuttle Hike (Pa. 225 to Pa. 325). Walk off that Thanksgiving meal along the A.T.! We will place cars and hike past Table Rock, the palatial Peters Mt. Shelter (and site of the old Earl Shaffer Shelter), cross the Victoria Trail, stop at Kinter View, a bit past halfway, then drop into Clarks Valley to finish the hike. Bring sturdy footwear, lunch, and fluids. Adverse weather cancels. 9.6 miles Moderate(one long descent). Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034 or hawkscottb@gmail.com

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, HARPERS FERRY, WV – 9-5. Contact appalachiantrail.org.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE-RYERSS FARM FOR AGED EQUINES – FAMILY FRIENDLY
Meet at 10am at Ollie’s parking lot Rt. 222 Shillington. 2nd meeting place 10:40 at Warwick Park Rt. 23. Hike on the Horseshoe Trail through Warwick Park to the farm.  These horses were retired by their owners or after being rescued from abusive situations, injured or saved from a slaughterhouse. It is the oldest non-profit horse shelter–125 years old.  5-6 miles. Contact Linda Enders @ 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com. Bring your holiday spirit and watch for Santa. Call for directions for kids accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – FULL MOON SUPERMOON - The only supermoon in 2017.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet at 7pm Rentschler Arboretum. All members welcome.Joan Moyer 610-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net

Thursday, December 9, 2017 – CHRISTMAS RECITAL JESUIT NOVITIATE, WERNERSVILLE, PA 7PM

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – HIKE FROM ROCK TO PA-501 PARKING LOT
Meet 9:00am at PA-501 parking lot at the Appalachian Trail crossing (4 miles north of Bethel). 6-7 miles.
George Shollenberger – 717-933-4858.

Thursday, December 13, 2017 -GEMINID METEORS- members and guests only.
Meet at Rentschler Arboretum to view the Geminid Meteors. Enjoy a campfire for warmth as we watch for “The annual Geminid meteor shower (which) will reach its peak activity this night for viewers in the Americas. The Geminids are known to be quite prolific, with rates as high as 60 to 120 shooting stars an hour at peak times. This year’s event will be special because sky-watchers will only have to contend with the waning crescent moon until about local midnight. Once the moon sets, the best viewing will be in the predawn hours of December 14—exactly when the shower is predicted to reach its peak performance.” Best viewing from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will rotate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Call 610-413-1754 to make a reservation.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – OLEY VALLEY 22ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY – FAMILY FRIENDLY
Meet at 5:30pm at Weis Supermarket Rt. 73 and Friedensburg Rd. See attached information.
Contact Linda Enders @ 610-413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 – WINTER SOLSTICE, the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.  Hike into darkness.

Saturday, December 30, 2017 - PERKIOMEN TRAIL SHUTTLE HIKE
Meet 10am sharp Weis Parking Lot Rt. 73/772 Oley. 4.75 miles. Easy. The group/leader together can adjust the pace/ mileage depending on conditions. After placing vehicles, we will hike the flat rail-trail at the upper end from Snyder Rd. to Spring Mount. Nice section that is a potential power walk opportunity, pace/length to be determined! Bring footwear for all winter conditions, snacks/lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034 or hawkscottb@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 30, 2017 – GRING’S MILL HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND CONCERT
Meet at 4:30 at Ollie’s parking lot in Shillington. Carpool to Gring’s Mill ($5.00/car parking fee). Enjoy the Holiday Lights then celebrate the season with the Jurkiewicz Family.  Mercedes Jurkiewicz 484-515-8001.

Sunday, December 31, 2017 – NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION/FIREWORKS AT THE PAGODA ON MT. PENN
Call Paul Schumann for details 484-529-8682.


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