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    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana
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    Clifty Falls State Park

    July 21-23, 2017

    Trip Leader: Bob Klecka  rmklecka@gmail.com

    Co Leader: Mark O'Daniel

    Trip Cost: $70

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 12

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum 8   Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level 2                     Difficulty: moderate to rugged

     Join us for a 2 night hiking and camping trip at Clifty Falls State Park. The park has beautiful hiking trails with spectacular views of the several different water falls. We will camp in the primitive camp sites in the park.  The park does have a swimming pool and tennis courts for other activities. Group meals will be provided for breakfast and dinner. Lunch and snacks will be your responsibility. The hiking is moderate to rugged with some challenging elevation change and incredible views. We have will hike to Clifty Falls, Little Clifty Falls, The Railroad Tunnel and Tunnel falls. Details for the van meet up site will be sent later Cost covers van transportation, camping fees, and group food.  

    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • Cherry Shelter, Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana

    Lighten Your Load on the Trail
    Workshop and Overnight Hike
    August 12-13, 2017

    Leader: Leslie Green   (lesliekgreen@gmail.com )
    Cost: $50
    Cancellation and Full Payment Date: June 9, 2016
    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adults
    Groups Size: Maximum 10   Minimum 8
    Wilderness Level: 2  Difficulty: easy/beginner

     Have you complained and labored with the weight of your backpack? Do you come home frCom a hike with a pack full of extra stuff you didn’t even use?  Are you new to backpacking and don’t know what to bring?  This hands-on training session will give you techniques, tricks, tools and tips to reduce the weight you carry on the trail.   Then you’ll put your new-found knowledge (and gear) to the test with an overnight hike.  We will use some of the ideas of the ultralight hiking gurus without risking comfort or safety.  This trip could be good for beginning backpackers that haven’t yet invested in equipment and can use the information to select the best, lightest gear. The session includes:\

    • ·       Making and using your own alcohol stove cook kit
    • ·       Making a ditty bag of camp essentials at less than 8 ounces
    • ·       Determining your clothing system for various seasons
    • ·       Evaluating your sleep system and shelter system – examining options
    • ·       Evaluating water treatment systems and the lightest weight options for various situations
    • ·       Creating a menu that provides tasty, substantive nutrition and energy without weighing you down
    • ·       Learning what things weigh zero in your pack

    The cost of the workshop and trip includes all food (lunch, dinner, breakfast, and snacks); a new cook kit (stove, pan, lid, wind screen) that you will create, fuel for cooking and a ditty bag with toiletries & a first aid kit that you will assemble.  You’ll also receive a resource guide that you can use after the trip.

    We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon on Saturday in the Cherry Shelter at Morgan Monroe State Forest, and then hike to the backcountry camping area on the Low Gap trail to try out our lightened loads.  


    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 19 Aug 2017
    • Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, Michigan

    Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, Michigan

    August 12-19, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Dave Hoffmeyer     dave.hnm@gmail.com

    Co Leader: Barb Shanks      barb.shanks103@gmail.com 

    Trip Cost: $460             

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 12, 2017

    Group Size: Maximum 9    Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level: 3              Difficulty: Rugged 50 miles total, 12miles 1day max

     Backpack 42 miles along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the North Country National Scenic Trail, known as one of Michigan’s classic hikes. We will spend 4 days and 3 nights backpacking between Grand Marais and Munising, passing lighthouses, giant sand dunes and sandstone cliffs. After driving to Michigan we will stay at the Sunset Inn then again after we complete the trail. On day 6 we will join Pictured Rocks Cruises on a 2+ hour water excursion and view the brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches.

    After our cruise we will drive to and camp for 2 nights at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.  Here we will hike approximately 8 miles and explore one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.

    All activities and motel accommodations are included in the cost of the trip. In addition 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners are also included.  Participants will be responsible for bringing their own lunches, snacks, and travel meals. Details will be provided as we get closer to our travel date.  

     Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  In August, expect average an average high temperature of 74 degrees and a low temperature of 56 degrees. 

    This is a Level 3 activity due to lack of cell phone coverage.  The terrain is relatively flat, experienced backpackers should have no problem with elevation on this trip.  Longest daily hike distance is 12 miles and backpackers should have the capability to keep with the group at a moderate pace of 2 to 2.5mph.    

    • 02 Sep 2017
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • Mackinaw City, Michigan

    Mackinac Bridge Walk -- Michigan

    September 2 – 4, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Bashir Polash bpolash@vt.edu

    Trip Cost: $240   

    Cancellation Date and full payment: Aug 2, 2017

    Adult &Youth 16+ with adult okay

    Group Size: Maximum  8 Minimum  7

    Wilderness Level   1-2          

    Difficulty: easy- longest walk @ 5 miles.

    Shakedown / Orientation Date: August 26, 2017

     The Mackinac Bridge Walk has been held every year since 1958. The first bridge walk was held during the Bridge's Dedication Ceremony in June of 1958 and only 68 people walked across the Mackinac Bridge that year. The walk has been held on Labor Day every year since 1959. In recent years, this annual event draws in nearly 100,000 people. It’ll be 60th Annual Walk this year on September 4, 2017. Everyone gets a certificate of completion after the 5 mile walk.

    We will drive early Saturday morning to arrive at Mackinaw City, MI on the south side of the bridge for dinner and enjoy the beautiful sunset overlooking the bridge. Hotel stay will be near the north side of the bridge in St. Ignace, MI. Breakfast is included with the hotel booking. There are many tours available to Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by ferryboats. Sunday activities could include a tour in the Mackinac Island. Bridge walk will be early Monday morning. After the bridge walk, we will stroll through the town for a short time and drive back.

    Transport in the club van and two nights’ hotel bookings are included in the trip cost. All other expenses including lunch and dinner or any tours will be individual responsibility. Starline ferry offers Mackinac Island Package that includes: Round Trip Ferry Ticket, 1 1/2 hour Narrated Carriage Tour, and Entrance into Historic Fort Mackinac. This tour to the island is optional. If you need to ride back to the north side after the bridge walk, you’ll need to buy the shuttle bus ticket for $5 (cash only). 

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • Upper Gauley River Whitewater Rafting, Lansing, West Virginia

    Upper Gauley River Whitewater Rafting, Lansing, West Virginia

    Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 and Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

    Co-Leaders: Elden Hartman: elhart54@sbcglobal.net and Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com

    Trip Fee: $320.00

    Cancellation Date: July 15, 2017

    Family and Difficulty Rating: Minimum Age is 15 (with Waiver Signed by Parent), Strong Swimming Skills Required, Prior Rafting Experience Recommended but Not Required.

     The legendary Upper Gauley River is the most renowned whitewater in West Virginia, and one of the top three rated whitewater rafting experiences in the United States. The Upper Gauley trip is a high impact adventure recommended for only serious whitewater enthusiasts. The Upper Gauley drops over 335 feet in 9 miles, and features 40 action-packed rapids, including five Class V rapids and a huge Class IV rapid at Wood’s Ferry. You will encounter tight, technical rapids that demand precise maneuvering, skill and attention, and navigate through steep drops, narrow chutes, rocky ledges and crashing whitewater. A professional guide in our raft will provide instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. Our raft will be 16 feet long, and comfortably seat 8 members of our group and our guide. This is a full-day trip, with approximately four hours on the water, plus shuttle time to and from the river, and lunch along the river.  All necessary rafting equipment (helmet, PFD, paddle, and raft) will be provided. You may want to wear a synthetic layer over your swimsuit, to help warm you from exposure to the 50 degree water temperatures. If desired, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent, for an extra $15.00 and $10.00, respectively.  

     The trip fee will include camping Saturday evening at the resort’s Mill Creek campground at a large campsite, or multiple sites, containing a picnic table and fire ring, located near the campground showers and restroom facilities, and within walking distance of the restaurants, trip meeting areas and shops. You should bring your own tents and sleeping bags, and camp chair for sitting around the campsite. You can borrow sleeping bags and tents from the club or trip leaders if you do not have your own. The trip leaders will serve dinner and hot and cold beverages on Saturday evening. There will be no alcohol provided or permitted. We will depart on our trip on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the southeast side of Indianapolis, near the I-65 Southport Road Exit 103. The travel time to Lansing, WV is approximately six hours, but we will stop along the way for lunch and bathroom breaks as needed. We will enjoy a hot country breakfast buffet on Sunday morning (provided as part of trip fee), and meet with our group for outfitting and instructions before departing for the river on a shuttle bus at approximately 9 a.m. We will enjoy a complimentary hot lunch along the river, after we have conquered all of the Class V rapids. We should be back at the resort by 3 p.m., where we will take showers and change our clothes before heading home. We expect to get back to our starting point by 11 p.m. on Sunday evening. 

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Cataloochee Campground, Waynesville, NC

    Smoky Mountain National Park Camping and Trail Hikes

    September 11-17, 2017

    Leader: Bill Armstrong

    Cost: $230    

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 10, 2017

    Trip Difficulty Rating Details (choose what applies)

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum  10   Minimum 7
    Wilderness Level:  2                         Difficulty: Strenuous

     Join Bill Armstrong, trip leader, and others as we camp in Cataloochee Campground, one of the Smoky Mountain National Park campgrounds, for 6 nights and spend our days hiking many of the over 900 miles of trails in this park. The plan is to leave Indy on Monday morning in the club van, arrive in the park in time to set up tents and do a short hike before diner. The following 5 days will allow time for long one-way hikes using the van to drop off and pick up hikers or to do loop trails. Each night we will return to the campground.  On Sunday we will take a short morning hike before leaving to return to Indy sometime in that evening.

    The trails in the Smokys are well marked and easy to follow but can be very strenuous in the mountain areas. We should be able to see waterfalls, mountain streams, old growth trees, old settler’s homes, numerous wildflowers, bears, and fantastic scenery from the mountain clearings.

    The specific trails will be picked out by the trip leader in the spring of 2017. Cost for the trip is $230 per person. This will include van transportation to and from the park as well as daily drop offs and pickups, 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners and campsite fees.  This trip is not for beginning hikers as the hikes will be several hours long and can be strenuous as noted above. You will be responsible for providing sleeping bags, tent and your own snacks and lunches while on the trails. Meals while traveling to and from the park on Monday and Sunday will be at your expense.

    Don’t miss this walk in the park!

    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Marshall, Indiana

    Turkey Run State Park – camping, hiking, paddling

    September 15-17, 2017 

    Leader: Cindy Durr   Durbys4@aol.com

    Co-Leader: Melanie Wise  

    Cost: $70     

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 15, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum  10   Minimum  8
    Wilderness Level:  2                         Difficulty: easy

    Join us for a weekend at one of Indiana’s jewels --Turkey Run State Park.  The park is located along Sugar Creek (well known for canoeing), in Parke County, Deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves harbor some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state. To get to many hiking trails you need to cross the famous suspension bridge over Sugar Creek.  If weather/moon permits, we may do a night hike.

    This will be a relaxing time spent doing a combination of hiking, canoeing/kayaking, enjoying friends, nature and perhaps a game or two of euchre. Trip fee will pay for campsites, Friday and Saturday evening dinners, along with Saturday and Sunday breakfasts.  You will be responsible for any extra activities such canoe rental, and lunches.  

    • 16 Sep 2017
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • Acadia National Park, Maine

    Acadia National Park, Maine

    Saturday Sept 16 - Sunday Sept 24, 2017 

    Trip Leader: Bashir Polash (bpolash@vt.edu)

    Co Leader: John Bredenkamp   indyjohnb@hotmail.com 

    Trip Cost: $410   

    Cancellation Date and full payment:  June 30, 2017

    Adult &Youth 16+ with adult okay

    Group Size: Maximum  12   Minimum  10

    Wilderness Level: 2                          

    Difficulty: moderate to strenuous

    40-60 miles total-10 miles max

    Shakedown / Orientation Date: August 19/27, 2017

    Acadia is comprised of a cluster of islands on the Atlantic coast of Maine. Mountains, lakes, streams, wetlands, forests, meadows and beaches are all found within roughly 45,000 acres comprising Acadia. In spite of its relatively small land area, Acadia National Park has an amazing trail system with over 120 miles of trails beckoning for exploration. From family strolls along the rocky coastlines to strenuous and exposed scrambles to the tops of the majestic granite peaks, Acadia has something for everyone.

    Plan is to rent two 7-passanger vans and group camp in one of the three group campsites. We will try Blackwood as our first preference when making reservation in 2017. Breakfast will be included in the trip cost. Individuals are responsible for lunch and dinner expenses in local restaurants. All other personal and travel expenses are also individual responsibility.

    Bar Harbor International Airport (BHB) is within 10 miles of the park entrance. Next nearby major airport is Portland International Airport (PWM) [make sure NOT Portland, Oregon]. Please arrive before noon on Sept 16, 2017 and plan to meet at Bar Harbor airport by 1pm. Airline travel expense is not included in the club trip cost

    Daily activities will include moderate hiking with considerable elevation (over 1000 ft) gains. Based on the group aptitude, a short kayak tour may be made optional using rentals from local outfitters. The cost will be individual responsibility.

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 07 Oct 2017
    • Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and Porcupine Mountains State Park Sightseeing, Upper Peninsula, MI

    Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and

    Porcupine Mountains State Park Sightseeing,

    Upper Peninsula, MI

    Sunday, October 1 through Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Co-Leaders: Elden Hartman: elhart54@sbcglobal.net and Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com            

    Trip Fee: $355.00

    Cancellation Date: August 15, 2017          

    Rating: Beginner to Moderate Level; Adults and Teenagers 14 or older, with experience

    We will depart Indianapolis early in the morning on Sunday, October 1, 2017 and drive through Rockford, IL and then straight up through the middle of WI into the Upper Peninsula of MI, to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, where we will spend two nights in a rustic cabin with 8 bunks near the shores of Lake Superior. We will spend a full day there on Monday to see some beautiful sights of the “Porkies”, including the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area, the Escarpment Trail and the Overlook Trail.  On Tuesday, we will drive 70 miles to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, MI, stopping on the way at Sylvania Outfitters to pick up our canoe paddles and PFDs. Our canoes will be shuttled for us to the Clark Lake landing. We will camp four nights in a primitive wilderness campsite on Clark Lake about a one hour paddle (and no portaging) from our entry point, and take some day paddles or hikes from our base camp there. Sylvania Wilderness is a beautiful and pristine area of 18,000 acres, with 34 lakes, and 25 miles of hiking trails and portages. The portages are well-maintained and easy trails of short to moderate length. One of the days while we are camping in Sylvania, we will take a day trip in the van to the resort town of Eagle River, WI, about 35 miles away.  We will leave our campsite on Clark Lake early on Saturday morning, paddle back to the landing, and hit the road after a much-needed hot shower, arriving home late Saturday evening.

    The trip fee will include all meals and snacks on Monday through Friday, except for the day we travel to Eagle River, and meals on the drive up and drive home on Sunday and Saturday. We will provide the stoves, fuel, cook gear, eating and drinking cups, plates, and eating utensils. For suppers, we will have home-made dehydrated meals or Mountain House entrees, and Ramen noodles, along with some puddings or other desserts. We may be able to have some fried fish to supplement our regular menu, if we have fishermen, and they catch fish they can keep. For lunches, we will have peanut butter, jelly, tuna in foil packs, Miracle Whip or mayonnaise on tortillas, flatbread or sandwich thins. There will also be beef jerky, summer sausage, dried apples, and granola bars for snacks. For breakfasts, we will have bacon, eggs, oatmeal, granola, and pancakes, but probably not all for the same breakfast! We will have coffee singles, tea bags, Crystal Lite drink mix packets, and hot cocoa for drinks. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted. We will have filtered lake water to drink at all times as well. If you have any special dietary needs or complaints with the above fare, let me know. There will be weight and space restrictions on what you can bring. The club leaders will bring all the food and gear needed for the trip. You will just need an inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent, and clothes. No bulky foam pads or metal chairs will be allowed, and cans and bottles are prohibited pursuant to National Forest regulations.

    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • Appalachian Trail, Virginia

    Appalachian Trail, Virginia – McAfee Knob/Triple Crown
    October 13-17, 2017

    Co-Leader: Leslie Green (lesliekgreen@gmail.com)

    Co-Leader: Barb Shanks (barb.shanks103@gmail.com)

    Trip cost: $270

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 7, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum 9 Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level: 2              Difficulty Rating: Strenuous 2 days at 10+ miles per day

     McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail and a bucket list item for hikers around the world. Beyond that we’ll actually be taking in the “Triple Crown” that includes McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliff and Dragon’s Tooth in this AT trip to Central Virginia 

    We will start on Friday afternoon with a stay along the way in Beckley WV.  A short ways along from there, our first hike will be the Dragon’s Tooth, a unique geologic feature that consists of Tuscarora quartzite spires which outcrop on the top of Cove Mountain. Then we’ll stay in Daleville VA before we start a 21 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.  Along the way we will view the Tinker Cliff, stay in two AT shelters and have plenty of time to take in the scenery get all our pictures of the Blue Ridge Mountains when we arrive at the McAfee Knob.  The trip is planned from Friday to Tuesday with hopes of avoiding the hiker crowds in the shelters over the week-end.  Surely the fall colors will also be part of our trail delight. 

    The trip price includes two nights’ hotel lodging with breakfasts, two trail breakfasts, two trail dinners, shuttles, and transportation in the club van.  In preparation for the trip a couple of day hikes and a possible overnight hike will be arranged.

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