Upcoming events

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 28 Sep 2019
    • Pumpkin Vine Trail, Goshen, Indiana
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    UPDATED !!! Katy Trail Ride moved to Pumpkin Vine Trail - Kal-Haven Trail - Kalamazoo Trail

    Goshen, IN and Kalamazoo, MI

    September 21-28, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: John South and TBD

    Type of Trip: Biking/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $450/$225

    Cancellation Date and full payment: September 18, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 1

    Trip Difficulty: Approx. 200 miles; Shortest day 26 miles; Longest day 41 miles; Average 10-14 MPH; 95% on dedicated trail; Light stone surface; Wider Tires recommended; Rails to Trails, some bike lanes;.

    Group Size: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Katy Trail Trip- Due to the poor condition of the Katy Trail, the fall bike ride has been changed to Michigan. We will ride the Pumpkin Vine trail from Goshen, spend three nights in Kalamazoo riding the Kal-Haven Trail, Kalamazoo River Trail and a ride to the Gilmore Car Museum. The rest of the week will be near Traverse City. Rides to Mission Point, The Leelanau Trail and Sleeping Bear Dunes are planned. Possible side activities include an October Fest in Kalamazoo and Jazz concert at Interlocken Music school. Rides will be 30 to 40 miles in length and camping each night. We will leave Saturday 9/21 and return Saturday 9/28. The cost of $450 includes travel, morning and evening meals and some entertainment. Registration is due in full by 9/18.

    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  



    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • Red River Gorge, Daniel Boone Forest, Kentucky
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    Backpack Red River Gorge Intermediate Backpacking

    Daniel Boone Forest, Kentucky

    September 27-29, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and TBA

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $100/$50

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 26, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous – 15-20 miles total with 500-600 foot elevation gain daily

    Group Size: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    This 3 day trip to Red River Gorge is an intermediate backpacking trip. Campsites are first come first serve so we will plan to leave Indianapolis about 9am on Friday, September 26, 2019, from a carpool location TBD based upon participants who sign up.

    The plan is to hike the Koomer Ridge trail to the first primitive campsite on the Rough Trail near Chimney Top Road approximately 5-6 miles. We will set up camp and then prepare dinner as well as a campfire for the evening. The next morning we make breakfast, packup and continue on the Rough Trail to the Pinchem Tight trail to the primitive campsites near Grays Arch approximately 4-5 miles. Be prepared for a change in plans depending upon availability of campsites. We will then setup camp and prepare a campfire and dinner. If time allows, we may go for a short hike exploring the area.

    Sunday morning, we will pack up early and be out of the campsite by 9am and hike back to the van. This will be approximately 7 miles. We will then head to Miguels Pizza for lunch which is on your own.

    We should be able to arrive back in Indy by 7pm. Sooner depending upon when we pack up and head back to the van Sunday morning and after lunch.

    The trip fee includes transportation in the club van, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the trail and other fees. Lunches and trail snacks, meals in route and post hike at Miguel’s are at participant’s expense.

    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • Ozark Highlands, Missour
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    Ozark Trail Backpacking

    Ozark Highlands, Southeastern Missouri

    October 3-6, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Dan Harrell

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $230/$115

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 30, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 4 Very high risk with EMS more than 1/2 day away

    Trip Difficulty: Rugged – 11 miles maximum daily mileage with moderate elevation gains

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    The Missouri Ozarks in southeastern Missouri are part of the Ozark Highlands, an area covering nearly 47,000 square miles in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  It is by far the most extensive mountainous region between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. The Ozark Trail and the trail networks in Missouri provide a hiker’s paradise.  

    We got a taste of the Ozark Trail in Missouri in 2018 We are going back to conquer another 22.7 mile section in the fall of 2019, when it will hopefully be a little cooler than our first trip.  We will also explore one of the favorite state parks in the Ozarks while we are there.

    Leaving on Thursday afternoon, we’ll travel to Missouri and stay overnight in the Fort Davidson Hotel near the trail. We’ll start our two day hike of the Middle Fork Trail on Friday morning. This hike features plentiful water with rock-bottomed creeks, small waterfalls and a mix of hardwoods and pines. The contoured trail winds up and down the ridges and hollows of the headwaters of the Black Fork of the Middle River. This is fast becoming a favorite destination in the area.  We will camp in the back country near one of the waterfalls.

    After finishing our hike on Saturday, we will head over to Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park where we will stay in the campground overnight (with showers available).  Sunday morning we’ll take in one of several popular hikes in the Park, followed by a post hike meal at the Fort Davidson Café (FDC) before heading home.

    The trip cost includes transportation in the club van, Thursday night hotel costs (double occupancy), two trail breakfasts, two trail dinners, and camping fees. Meals on the road, trail lunches and trail snacks are at your expense. 


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    Volunteer Day at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis


    October 12, 2019  9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

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    Twice a year we “pay back” Holliday Park for allowing us free use of their facilities for our socials, workshops, classes and other events.  Your volunteer hours are needed to help us meet our goals with our partnership agreement. 

    Dress in work clothes as we will be out on the grounds most likely setting up the pumpkin luminaries for the park’s Halloween event.

    After we conclude we always head over to Broad Ripple and catch some lunch at some fun place.  This gives everyone a chance to talk up recent outings and upcoming plans.  It’s even likely that brand new trip ideas will be hatched. 

    Please register here on the web site if you plan to volunteer at this event so that we can have a count on volunteers. There will be a separate posting on Meetup for non-members to participate.  There is no need to register / RSVP twice. 

    You may need to sign a waiver onsite to volunteer at the event. Thank you! 


    Please RSVP to help us anticipate turnout. 



    • 20 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    Volunteer Day at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis


    October 20, 2019  9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

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    We have been contacted by Holliday Park to see if we could send over some volunteers this Sunday, October 22nd at 1:00 PM to help pick up the pumpkin luminaries we set out last Saturday.  This should be a pretty easy task. All of the gravel gets dumped out right on the trail and the pumpkins get put in a large trash bag. 


    This should take less than an hour.

    We get credit for our volunteer hours to be used to offset our use of the nature center for our meetings.   This would help build our relationship with the park and keep us on good terms.

    Please register so we can anticipate turnout. You will be expected to check in and sign a waiver. 

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Please RSVP to help us anticipate turnout. 



    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 27 Oct 2019
    • Great Smoky Mt NP, Waynesille, NC
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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataloochee Area, Waynesville, NC

    October 24-27, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Phyllis Legan and Cindy Durr

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $204/$102

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 26, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 High Risk – Forested setting with road access but EMS more than 2 hours away      

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous with up to 10 miles per day and up to 2200 foot elevation gain in one day.

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us for an adventure to Cataloochee Valley near Waynesville, NC in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This area is noted for its history including several cabins, churches and homes built before the 1930’s when the park was created. It is also known for wildlife viewing since elk were re-introduced here in 2001(late October is near the end of the rut season). There is always a chance to see turkeys and possibly a bear as well.

    We will be front country camping in the primitive campground. Prepare for cool nights and some steep climbs with moderate footing. Plans are to hike the Little Cataloochee Valley trail (10.2 miles and lots of history) and the Boogerman Trail (7.3 miles and several stream crossings) all depending on the weather and stream height. There are many alternate trails which are also beautiful if we need to change plans. If you are a fisherman (Tennessee or N. Carolina license needed) you may have some time in the evening to try for trout as well. 

    Trip cost includes transportation in club van, park entrance, camping fees, six trail meals, use of shared club gear, and miscellaneous supplies. Meals on the road are at your expense.


    All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  




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