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Beginner Backpacking Trip: Terrill Pond in Charles Deam Wilderness, May 5-6, 2018

  • 05 May 2018
  • 06 May 2018
  • Charles Deam Wilderness, Bloomington, IN

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Beginners Backpacking Trip

Terrill Pond in Charles Deam Wilderness

(South of Bloomington, IN)

May 5-6, 2018 

Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Steve Johnson

Type of Trip:   Backpacking; Hiking

Cost: $25 (non Refundable) - Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast; Use of club gear - Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

Cancellation Date/Full payment: April 5, 2018 (fee must be received by this date)

Adults Only

Maximum number: 8

Wilderness Level: 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best. 

Difficulty: Beginner

Learn and practice backpacking skills, enjoy springtime in the Hoosier National Forest, climb a fire tower and explore a pioneer cemetery! We will hike in on an easy 2-mile trail to Terrill Pond, select tent sites and set up camp, try different water purification techniques, gather firewood and learn how to make fire, cook group meals, discuss safety and learn about Leave No Trace principles. The wildflowers are sure to be beautiful and we may be serenaded to sleep by frogs in the pond at night.

Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast are included.  Participants will bring their own lunch and snack items.

Individual gear lists and trip details will be sent by email to all participants prior to the trip. We will likely meet up at the Cutright Recreation Area in the morning and then carpool in a couple of vehicles to the trail parking.


Don’t have gear? CIWC has tents and backpacks you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Dinner and breakfast are provided. Participants should bring their trail lunch and snacks.

All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation.

Rain Date Hike – Location to be determined

June 30th - July 1st

Leaders: TBA

CIWC wants you to have the best experience for your first time out. Therefore, we are likely to cancel trips in the event of rain. Rather than disappoint participants, this makeup date for any cancelled trips will give hikers the opportunity to have a beginner backpacking experience. Leaders will determine the location based on the group size. Should the group size be larger than eight, the leaders may divide the group into two separate locations. Regardless of location participants will receive the same information and experience they would have received on their original trip.

Those unable to participate in the Rain Date Hike will receive a refund of their trip fee.


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