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    • 07 May 2021
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    • 08 May 2021
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    • Hoosier National Forest, Story, IN
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    Beginners Backpacking Trip
    Hoosier National Forest
    (Story, IN)
    May 7-8, 2021 


    Trip Leaders: Nanette Eshelman and Leslie Green 

    Type of Trip:  Backpacking; Hiking

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

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

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 8

    Difficulty: Beginner

    Rain Date: TBD

    Spend one night backpacking in the Hoosier National Forest near Story, Indiana.  It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, so we will meet Friday afternoon (approximately 4:00 PM) and will backpack to our campsite 1 mile from a parking area. The trail is a multi-use trail and climbs to the top of a ridge.  There are 2 short sections that can be wet, and the use of hiking poles are advised, as well as footwear that you feel comfortable walking in mud or wet leaf debris.  We will set up camp for the night, have dinner, learn about campfire safety and protecting food from critters.  In the morning we will have a short hike to a breakfast spot, filter water, and prepare breakfast. After breakfast we will break camp and hike back to the parking area.  We will day hike at a nearby Nature Preserve, using just a daypack that would hold your water bottle and your emergency items.

    Don’t have gear? That’s no problem as CIWC has tents and other gear you can borrow.  CIWC will provide the stove and water filter. Suggested gear list will be provided by your trip leader.

    Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the leaders. Participants will need to bring their own lunch, snacks, eating utensils, bowl, cup and water bottle.

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

    CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.  

    After registration leaders will communicate additional details. 

    Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com 


    • 15 May 2021
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    • 16 May 2021
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    • Hoosier National Forest, Story, IN
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    Beginners Backpacking Trip
    Hoosier National Forest
    (Story, IN)
    May 15-16, 2021 


    Trip Leaders: Bob Hart and Barb Shanks 

    Type of Trip:  Backpacking; Hiking

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

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

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 8

    Difficulty: Beginner

    Rain Date: TBD

    This will be an overnight for one night in Hoosier National Forest near Story, Indiana.  We will meet Saturday morning (approximately 10:00 AM) and stay overnight one night to get comfortable with carrying a pack and setting up the campsite.  We will backpack to our campsite approximately 2 miles from a parking area. We will set up camp and eat lunch/snacks before learning basic backpacking/camping in the wilderness and work together to make dinner, learning about the different pieces of equipment, hanging food, tying knots and other miscellaneous items.  We will make a leisurely breakfast Sunday morning before heading out for the day.

    Don’t have gear? That’s no problem as CIWC has tents and other gear you can borrow.  We share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Suggested gear list will be provided by your trip leader.

    Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the leaders. Participants will need to bring their own 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. 

    CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.  

    After registration leaders will communicate additional details. 

    Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com 


    • 22 May 2021
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    • 23 May 2021
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    • Charles Deam Wilderness, Hoosier National Forest, IN
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    Beginners Backpacking Trip
    Charles Deam Wilderness

    Hoosier National Forest

    May 22-23, 2021 


    Trip Leaders: Steve Kinch and Diane Osborn 

    Type of Trip:  Backpacking; Hiking

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

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

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 8

    Difficulty: Beginner

    Rain Date: TBD

    Learn and practice backpacking skills, enjoy a mid-May weekend in the Hoosier National Forest. 

    We will hike in on an easy, well-traveled trail; establish camp near Terrill Pond.  We will set-up our tents and explore this wonderful area.  Also learn the various water filtration options, how to build a fire, how to prepare a backcountry dinner and a breakfast the next morning.

    After breakfast, we will pack up, using leave no trace techniques and hike back to the trailhead.

    Cost is $25 for dinner, breakfast and use of club gear. Participants will bring their own lunch, snack and drink items. Gear lists and trip details will be emailed prior to the trip. Some club backpacks and tents may be available for loan on a first come, first served basis.

    Don’t have gear? That’s no problem as CIWC has tents and other gear you can borrow.  We share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Suggested gear list will be provided by your trip leader.

    Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the leaders. Participants will need to bring their own 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. 

    CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.  

    After registration leaders will communicate additional details. 

    Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com 


    • 12 Jun 2021
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    • 13 Jun 2021
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    • Shades State Park, 7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989
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    Beginners Backpacking Trip
    Shades State Park

    Waveland, Indiana 

    June 12-13, 2021 


    Trip Leaders: Dave Hoffmeyer and Will Eshelman 

    Type of Trip:  Backpacking; Hiking

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

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

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 8

    Difficulty: Beginner

    Rain Date: TBD

    Learn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC members. We will meet at the entrance of Shades State Park and drive to the Hickory Parking lot located within the park. From there we will get acquainted and do some light hiking with maps, snacks and water bottles. We will then make our way back to the parking lot to prepare for our hike to the back-country. Equipment will be disbursed between all hikers. Backpacks will be checked for weight distribution and fit. Everything we will need for our overnight experience will be carried in our backpacks over a moderate 2.5mi trail to our camping area.

    At the campsite we will work together to prepare our tent and kitchen sites while reviewing some camping etiquette. We will prepare a delicious dinner, using a few different types of backpack stoves. Additional activities will include using different water filter systems, hanging food bags and making a campfire. There will be time to explore the area before we pile around our campfire to discuss our day's events.

    In the morning we will heat up water for everyone to have their coffee, tea, oatmeal, etc. After breakfast we will break camp and hike back to the parking lot. Anyone who would like to continue hiking may do so on their own.

    You can Google Shades State Park for a map of the trails and Park information. I will try to have additional maps available as well.

    Don’t have gear? That’s no problem as CIWC has tents and other gear you can borrow.  We share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Suggested gear list will be provided by your trip leader.

    Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the leaders. Participants will need to bring their own 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. 

    CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.  

    After registration leaders will communicate additional details. 

    Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com 


    • 12 Jun 2021
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    • 13 Jun 2021
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    • Charles Deam Wilderness, Hoosier National Forest, IN
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    Beginners Backpacking Trip
    Charles Deam Wilderness

    Hoosier National Forest

    June 12-13, 2021 


    Trip Leaders: Steve Johnson and Janice Windes 

    Type of Trip:  Backpacking; Hiking

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

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

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 8

    Difficulty: Beginner

    Rain Date: TBD

    Learn and practice backpacking skills, enjoy a June weekend in the Hoosier National Forest. 

    We will hike in on an easy, well-traveled trail and establish camp .  We will set-up our tents and explore this wonderful area.  Also learn the various water filtration options, how to build a fire, how to prepare a backcountry dinner and a breakfast the next morning.

    After breakfast, we will pack up, using leave no trace techniques and hike back to the trailhead.

    Cost is $25 for dinner, breakfast and use of club gear. Participants will bring their own lunch, snack and drink items. Gear lists and trip details will be emailed prior to the trip. Some club backpacks and tents may be available for loan on a first come, first served basis.

    Don’t have gear? That’s no problem as CIWC has tents and other gear you can borrow.  We share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Suggested gear list will be provided by your trip leader.

    Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the leaders. Participants will need to bring their own 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. 

    CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.  

    After registration leaders will communicate additional details. 

    Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com 


    • 26 Jun 2021
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    • 27 Jun 2021
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    • Tippecanoe River State Park, 4200 N US Highway 35, Winamac, IN 46996
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    Paddle and Camp Tippecanoe River State Park

    4200 N US Highway 35, Winamac, IN

    June 26-27, 2021

    Co-Trip Leaders: Janice Windes and John Carlson

    Type of Trip: Paddle/Camping

    Trip Cost: Tandem Canoe = $75; Single Kayak = $100

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 11, 2020

    Wilderness Level 3 cell phone coverage         

    Trip Difficulty: Class 1; 12 miles per day/6 hours

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 1: Applies to trips in which we carry only day packs and stay on maintained trails. Hiking distances range from 3-6 mile, and elevation gain can be as much as 2000 feet. You should be comfortable hiking 3-6 miles in a day with considerable gain/loss on good trails.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only; High School Youth with Leader approval

    The plan is for an overnight paddle trip on the Tippecanoe River with camping at the Tippecanoe River State Park with camp sites reserved on the water.

    Arrive at Riverside Canoe, by 8:00 AM on Saturday June 26, the Livery will shuttle us 24 miles to the put in point upstream. Your personal gear including tent, sleeping bag, change of clothing and food for on water lunch both days. All personal gear should be in waterproof bags carried with you in your canoe/kayak.

    Camping will be at the Tippecanoe River State Park, we have 3 sites reserved on the water in their tent only boat section.

    Lunch will be on the water, please bring your own food to eat for both days.

    Dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday will be on your own per CIWC Covid-19 policy. Please bring your “backpacking stoves”, cookware and food.  

    Riverside Rentals
    589 E Old State Rd 14
    Winamac, IN 46996
    574-946-3142


    The cost will be $75 per person if paddling in a tandem canoe (2 per canoe required), $100 paddling kayak.

    This is a beginner to intermediate level trip. There will be 2 days, 12 miles each day (approximately 6 hours of paddling each day). Be prepared for full day of paddling both days. Some paddle experience is required. PFD/Life jackets are required to wear on all CIWC sponsored trips.

    If you would like to camp on Friday night also, the coleaders will be camping at our reserved sites Friday night at the Tippecanoe River State Park. We plan to leave a car at our camp site to lock up items if necessary. If you join us, meals Friday night and Saturday morning will be on your own.

    Questions may be submitted to ciwcinfo@gmail.com.

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

    Effective on all trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel. Even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee. 




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