Upcoming events

    • 07 Jan 2020
    • 01 May 2020
    • BSA Voyegeur Adult Safety Training, Camp Belzier, 6102 Boy Scout Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46226
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    Boy Scouts of America

    Voyageur Spring 2020 

    Canoe Training and Paddle Craft Safety

    for Adults

    (NOT a CIWC sponsored event)


    The Voyageur Canoe Training Program was established in the Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America following the tragic death of a youth in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the early 1960s. The youth’s parents and local scout leaders established this program to provide adults and youth training and education in canoe safety and trip planning. The program is designed to reduce the potential of that tragedy being repeated. Through the years the training has been limited to only registered adult scout leaders but is now open to any adult over 18.

    See BSA Voyageur Canoe Spring 2020 website for additional information and sign up.

    CIWC provides opportunities for various wilderness adventures. Each year we host and Introduction to Canoe Camping at a local State Park. This event provides members with the basic training to participate in a wilderness canoe trip. We strive to have members become coleaders through experience and/or training.

    The Crossroads of America Council of Scouts BSA (formally Boy Scouts of America) offers a training event to teach adults to lead a wilderness canoe trip. It's commonly referred to as the Voyageur Canoe Training Program. This training is not only focused on safe canoeing skills it also lays the ground work for planning a wilderness canoe trip. Some co-leaders of CIWC  took their early canoe training through this program including CIWC Paddle Chair.

    The training is two weekends in May. The instructors are BSA trained and many are ACA certified. The training is held at Camp Belzer in Indianapolis and the Sailing Club on Geist Reservoir.  This program in the past was only open to Adult's registered as a BSA leader. Recently this program has been opened up any adult over the age of 18. If you are new to canoeing and interested in coleading a wilderness trip with CIWC, this is a good program to take.

    This is not a CIWC sponsored event but as an incentive, if you complete this program the club will credit $100 on a wilderness trip you co-lead with CIWC.

    See BSA Voyageur Canoe Spring 2020 website for additional information and sign up.

    Any questions about CIWC's involvement, please contact ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    • 08 Mar 2020
    • 14 Mar 2020
    • Coconino National Forest, 1824 S Thompson St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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    Hiking Coconino National Forest

    Sedona, Arizona

    March 8-14, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and Bernie Weitenkamp

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $720/$360     (+Airfare)

    Cancellation Date and full payment: December 31, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 2     

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Rugged - hike up to 10 miles per day, elevation gains up to 2000 feet

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Group Size: 8/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us for this trip to what is considered one of the top destinations in the country for day hiking. Our hiking will be in the Coconino National Forrest, primarily the Red Rocks District. There are over a hundred trails to choose from with trail lengths and elevation changes to satisfy hikers of every skill level. The one thing they all have in common are the majestic red rock formations with famous names like Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte and Cow Pie just to name a few.

    We will be staying in a lovely home a short distance from the many trailheads. Daily hikes could vary from 5 to 10 miles and will have elevation changes up to 2,000 feet, so conditioning will be important. The Sedona area elevation is mostly at about 4,000 feet. March average temperatures are between highs of 63 to lows of 35. Great hiking temperature but layering cloths will be important. This is not a remote wilderness area and cell service should be available in most places.

    Breakfast will be provided, and lunches will be on the trail with whatever you choose to bring. Dinners will be at local restaurants at your expense. There should be ample time to take in the many interesting sites of the area like Jerome, an eclectic old mining town with interesting dining, shops and a history of the mine and town. We may also visit a few of the close by National Heritage sites. Of course, we will be in Sedona and the quaint Village of Oak Creek. We will likely take in a visit to Flagstaff and include a visit to the famous Lowell Observatory. Most of the area is part of the “dark sky community” and on a clear night the sky and stars are amazing! We only get a week so we will be very busy. You will get a good taste of the Sedona area and we expect that most will want to plan a return visit…just too much to see and do in a week.

    Trip cost includes lodging in shared house, rental vehicles, breakfasts and miscellaneous supplies. Household chores and cooking with be shared between group members.

    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 2019 trips, there will be a $50 nonrefundable 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 roster (i.e. who stay on the waitlist) will not be charged the fee.


     

    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 PM
    • Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
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    CanoeCopia 2020

    Alliant Energy Center - Madison, WI

    March 13-15, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Bob Hart

    Type of Trip: Convention/Paddle

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $200/$100

    Cancellation Date and full payment: February 14, 2020

    Wilderness Level:  1       

    Trip Difficulty: Easy

    Group Size: 10 Maximum

    Adults Only

    Canoecopia at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI is the largest paddlesports trade show and educational symposium in the world. The show features more than 200 exhibitors, outfitters, and guides, in a 250,000 square foot exhibition hall full of canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards, outdoor equipment, and clothing. Over 100 presentations scheduled at multiple times over the weekend will inform, entertain, and inspire you. We will be occupying two rooms at the Clarion Suites Hotel, which is attached to the Alliant Energy center. The rooms are furnished with two queen beds and a queen size sleep sofa. Rooms include a complimentary breakfast buffet and exercise room. The trip fee does not include admission to the three-day show. The three-day weekend pass be purchased at the box office for $30.00, or may be ordered online from Rutabaga (the show sponsor) at https://www.rutabaga.com,. To view the Canoecopia 2020 show guide, go to: http://www.canoecopia.com. You can request a Show Guide be mailed to you, and order wristband admission tickets on the www.canoecopia.com.

    We will travel in the CIWC van, leaving at approximately 9:00 a.m. from the northeast side of Indianapolis. We will eat lunch on the way and arrive in time to check in at the hotel by 3 p.m. The Friday show hours start at 4:00 p.m. We will leave the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI on Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m., and arrive home around 9 p.m.

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


    Effective on all 2019 trips, there will be a $50 nonrefundable 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 roster (i.e. who stay on the waitlist) will not be charged the fee.




    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    • 6000 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216
    • 12
    Register

    Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes

    March 14, 2020

    9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

     

    Event Host:  Rick Kischuk  ciwcinfo@gmail.com


    Cost: See registration levels - $45 to $100 depending on the option chosen. Up to $50 credit towards your cost of leading future trip for CIWC.


    Maximum/Minimum number: 30/10

    Location:  Fort Harrison State Park, Camp Glenn Recreation Building 701 (near the Visitor Center & Park Office)


    Date: March 7. 2020 – 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM


    Cancellation Date: March 1st (fee must be received by this

    date). Late registrations after March 1st must be paid in full at registration. All registrations become nonrefundable after March 1st.


    The entire day (9:30 AM to 6:30 PM) at Fort Harrison State Park, Camp Glenn Recreation Building 701, will be devoted to Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes.  These are especially for current CIWC trip leaders with certifications expiring before the 2020 trip season and/or those new people wishing to become trip leaders. Other members of CIWC are welcome to take the classes as well.

    This training is required to be a CIWC overnight trip leader and you’ll find the classes to be pertinent to the type of trips we do and the venues we travel to.  The class instructor is Doug Pyle, EMT with the Fishers Fire Department.  Doug is also an outdoor adventurer and Boy Scout leader.  He has been teaching classes for CIWC for several years.


    There will be a short lunch break, so bring a sack lunch as there will not be time to leave the property.  Everyone is welcome to bring snacks and drinks. There is a kitchenette, which includes a refrigerator with freezer and microwave. Utensils and dishes are not provided.

    The CPR class will start late afternoon. 

    You will be issued an e-card based upon the name in your registration. 

    Please send questions to:  Rick Kischuk at  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    There are several options that you’ll see within the registration levels.
    • If you have valid and current CPR certification you do not need to take CPR again, but be sure to bring your card to the class.
    • If you do not have a valid or current CPR certification then you need to select a registration level that includes CPR.
    • Either a field guide (soft cover, water resistant booklet) or an eBook (downloadable) is included in the fee for the BWFA class. You can choose either. If you already have the field guide from a previous class, then getting the eBook is a good option as you can download it to your phone. The field guide is not available for registrations after March 1st.
    • CPR gets discounted from $45 to $25 if you take the CPR class the same day as BWFA.
    • Only select one registration level.
    • When you lead your next (or first) trip you will receive a credit up to $50 for the training you have paid for.


    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. 

    • 20 Mar 2020
    • 22 Mar 2020
    • Whitewater State Park, 1418 S. State Road 101 Liberty, IN 47353
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    Singing-Hiking-Fossil Weekend

    Whitewater Memorial State Park, Liberty, IN

    March 20-22, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Diane Osborn

    Type of Trip: Singing/Hiking/Fossil hunting

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $70/$70

    Cancellation Date and full payment: February 20, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 1/2         

    Trip Difficulty: Easy, 5 miles total hiking

    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: 9/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    SINGING! FOSSIL HUNTING! HIKING! – What do these things have in common? Well, if you join us at Whitewater Memorial State Park on Friday March 27-Sunday March 29, you will be able to do all three. We will stay in two family cabins at the park, which is in Liberty, Indiana near Brookville Lake. Group singing and music-making will be a prime feature of the weekend, so all participants are encouraged to bring any portable instruments that they may play (including spoons, sticks, shakers, etc.) and some of their favorite songs to share/teach! In between music sessions, we will go out fossil-hunting along the road cuts on the way into Brookville (where we could have lunch at a restaurant or as a picnic at a scenic location) and do some easy hiking around the park. If the weather cooperates, there should be some great star gazing. Also, the lake is there for those who may want to fish.

    The trip fee covers cabin lodging, firewood, 2 breakfasts (including hot coffee, teas, and cocoa) and Saturday dinner. Participants will need to pay for their own lunches in town on Saturday, their entry into the park (currently $7 or State Park pass), and will bring along their own Friday dinner (or eat before coming), a favorite snack or dessert item to share with the group during the weekend, and any cold drinks desired. Details of what personal items to bring along, when to arrive at the park, and any other info will be sent to participants a few weeks before the trip. 

    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. 


    • 27 Mar 2020
    • 29 Mar 2020
    • Leota Trailhead, Scottburg, IN
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    Knobstone Trail

    Leota to Deam Lake (SOBO) or Deam Lake to Leota (NOBO)

    Scottsburg, IN

    March 27-29, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: South Bound (SOBO)/North Bound )NOBO)

    SOBO: Nanette Eshelman and Will Eshelman

    NOBO: Janice Windes and Wendy Brinson

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $40/$40, Full payment due at sign up.

    Wilderness Level: 3 

    Trip Difficulty: Rugged. Up to 1500 feet elevation gain per day. Twenty five miles with average of 8 miles per day

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Group Size: 16/14 Maximum/Minimum


    Adults Only

    Note: Due to popular demand, we have expanded this trip from our original plan and will now have two groups of hikers that will hike from opposite ends of the section and cross in the middle. This will allow us to include an additional eight hikers. Each group will have trip leaders, who will coordinate the activities of the group.

    The Knobstone Trail gets its rugged character and name from the ridge of bluffs and knobs (hills) known as the Knobstone Escarpment.  Last year we hiked 3 of the northern sections of the trail for about 20 miles. This year we will complete the remaining 25 miles from the Leota Trailhead to Deam Lake.

     This 3-day trip to the Knobstone Trail is an intermediate backpacking trip.  Previous backpacking experience is required.  While a moderate terrain, the trails of the Knobstone are quite strenuous.  You should be comfortable backpacking with 25-35 lb. backpacks an average of 8 miles a day.  (This is an average, we may high as much as 10). We will also have elevation each day of up to 1300 feet.  We will have a shakedown hike on March 8th in Brown County State Park and those signing up for this trip should plan to attend the shakedown.     

    The plan is to meet at the Leota Trailhead and start our trip early on Friday.  Water may need to be cached beforehand depending on the water situation.  The leaders will access this situation to ensure we have adequate water. We will navigate the many hills and hollers of the Knobstone Trail over the three days ending up at the Deam Lake Trailhead Sunday afternoon.  We will then shuttle back to Leota to get our cars. 

    The trip fee includes 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the trail and use of club equipment. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. The leaders will communicate more details as the trip approaches. 

    If we stop to eat after the trip the meal would be at the participant’s expense.  More details will be provided prior to the trip.  A shake-down (practice) hike is planned for March 8th.

    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. 




    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    CIWC FREE Backpacking Seminar

    April 4, 2020  9:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club will present a FREE backpacking class, which is open to the public, on Saturday, April 4th from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM.  The location is the Holliday Park Nature Center (6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis, IN).

    Topics will include selecting pieces of gear (hiking boots, sleeping bags, tents, packs, clothing and accessories), learning about "minimalist" backpacking, how to "pack" a backpack, trail safety, water treatment, stoves and cooking, first aid, staying comfortable, and backcountry ethics such as "leave no trace".

    Ever wanted to try backpacking but didn't know how to get started or where to go?  This class is perfect for both novice and experienced backpackers, and a good place for anyone to pick up and share new ideas.

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club has been offering affordable backpacking trips (as well as other adventures) since 1982.  For over 20 years the club has presented its annual backpacking class.  Come to this class and get on board to take backpacking trips as close as southern Indiana, or as far away as you can imagine.  The presenters are seasoned adventurers with experience in places such as the Appalachian Trail, The Grand Canyon, the Canadian Wilderness and more.

    Don't miss this FREE class! Contact Nanette or Will Eshelman (ciwcinfo@gmail.com) with questions.

    The Central Wilderness Club is a not-for-profit volunteer-run club founded for the purpose of providing reasonably priced backpacking, hiking, canoeing/rafting, biking, cross-country skiing d and other wilderness adventures for members.  Membership is open to anyone with a real interest in the outdoors.

    ciwclub.org

    Please RSVP (register) to help us anticipate turnout.

    • 08 Apr 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    CIWC Social & Presentation

    April 8, 2020 at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis


    Time: 6:30 PM Social and 7:00 PM Announcement and Presentation - 8:30 pm

    Event Coordinator: Steve Kinch

    10 Essentials for the Trail and on the Water

    Join CIWC on April 8th, 6:30 pm, at Holliday Park for an informative evening on what to bring on a day hike, or a day out on the water. We will have several presenters showing the 10 essentials they take when out in nature. The 10 essentials can make up the basics for multi days out on the trail and on the water. We want everyone who goes out to have a plan when/if something goes wrong. The 10 essentials, can vary slightly for the different seasons. We will have time for the audience to interact with our presenters.

    Note: CIWC membership is not required to attend the social event and presentations. It's all free!! 

    Don't forget to invite your friends. 

    Steve Kinch

    Central Indiana Wilderness Club

    Please RSVP (register) to help us anticipate turnout.


    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 25 Apr 2020
    • Parks of Utah, Utah
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    Utah Parks and Canyon

    Utah

    April 18-25, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Nanette Eshelman

    Type of Trip: Hiking/Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $600/$300     (+ Airfare)

    Cancellation Date and full payment: January 18, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 4 

    Trip Difficulty: Difficult-elevation gains and losses, rock scrambling, 50+ miles of hiking with up to 10 miles per day over rugged terrain

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can e steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

    Group Size: 7/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    This adventurous trip to southern Utah will include visits to four national parks, a few state parks, and exploration of The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  A tentative itinerary includes:

    - Canyonland National Park (Island in the Sky) - Walking along the canyon edge you will have amazing views of the Colorado River and watch the light and shadows play on the canyon floor as the sun sets.  Upheaval Rock, Whale Rock and Grandview Point will be short hikes with a big punch of scenery unique to Utah. Mesa Arch, famous for its sunrise views will delight at any hour.  

    -Deadhorse State Park -The Visitors Center and grounds will give us a chance to brush up on geology facts and the local flora. Viewing the night sky will be breathtaking.  

    -Arches National Park with more than 2,000 sandstone arches, towers, and monoliths will amaze as we drive the 18 miles to our campsite and trailhead at Devils Garden.  Stops along the way will include Delicate Arch, the most famous of the arches. Landscape Arch, Pine Tree and Tunnel Arch are just some of the highlights of an 8- mile hike from Devils Garden.

    -Goblin Valley State Park- You may think you are on planet Mars as we make a brief stop when we travel between national parks.

    -Capitol Reef National Park We’ll the Scenic Drive before a hotel night where we can prepare for our first overnight backpack trip. Upper Muley Twist will travel through a colorful, meandering canyon that brings us to expansive views of the Waterpocket Fold (colorful geologic landform). Imagine the views from high on the spine of the fold.

    -Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - a vast and diverse geologic treasure speckled with monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges, and arches. We’ll undertake several day hikes and canyon explorations in the area, which will have you climbing rock walls and squeezing through narrow passages. Our second backpack experience will be to Coyote Gulch, a deep red-walled canyon that will afford you neck-craning views up and through numerous arches and geological features.

    -Bryce Canyon National Park -- before heading back to Salt Lake City, we’ll make a stop to see (and possibly hike in) the eye-popping, fairyland of hoodoos in this natural wonder.

    This will be a briskly paced trip with daily hikes that will put significant demands on your stamina. You must be physically fit and capable of climbing up and down rock features, traipsing through water, and hiking 5-10 miles in rocky and sandy terrain with a day pack or a full backpack.

    The cost of the trip includes camping fees for three nights, hotel lodging at Capitol Reef and Salt Lake City prior to return home, transportation in high-clearance vehicles, eight campground meals, park entrance fees, and other miscellaneous expenses. Airfare to SLC and other meals are at your expense. 

    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. 



     

    • 02 May 2020
    • 03 May 2020
    • Richmond, IN
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    Bike - Richmond to Marion

    Indiana

    May 2-3, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: John South and Chris York

    Type of Trip: Biking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $70/$70

    Cancellation Date and full payment: April 1, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 1 

    Trip Difficulty:  About 38 miles per day; 10-12 mph average on rail trail or flat county roads of Central Indiana; 

    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.

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Group Size: 14/12 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults, High School age with leader approval

    Beginner Bicycle Touring Ride: We will start in Indianapolis and drive the club van to Richmond Saturday Morning May 2nd. Starting at the Richmond D Street trailhead we will ride on the Cardinal Greenway to Camp Red Wing, south of Muncie. Lunch will be on your own during the ride. We’ll enjoy a hearty supper and breakfast Sunday morning and then ride to Marion Indiana and finish at a local ice cream shop.

    Mileage for both days will be about 38 miles. The club van will carry camping supplies and return us safely to Indianapolis Sunday afternoon. Helmets and bikes in good working order are required.

    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. 




    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 07 Jun 2020
    • Chain O Lakes State Park, 2355 E. 75 S. Albion, IN 46701
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    Introduction to Canoe Camping

    Chain O' Lakes State Park

    2355 E. 75 S. Albion, IN

    June 6-7, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Bob Hart

    Type of Trip: Canoeing/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $57

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 8, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 2 

    Trip Difficulty: Easy, very little wind, waves up to 1 foot

    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: 10/07 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and High School (with leader approval)

    This activity is designed for those who wish to learn about and prepare themselves for extended canoe camping trips out of state.  This can be a qualifier for an extended canoe camping trip.  Canoe camping is one of the best ways to experience the wilderness area as it gives you a lot of flexibility.  For this introductory event we have picked a slightly remote setting on the water but our campsite will definitely be away from our cars.  Safety will be stressed.  Participants must be able to enter and exit a canoe by crawling over packs and be prepared to swim if the canoe would swamp. 

    You will learn basic canoe strokes and safety considerations plus how to lift, carry and portage a canoe.  We will demonstrate rescue scenarios in case of an open water swamp.  You will have plenty of time to practice what you have learned.  Our canoe camp will cover setting up of tents and tarps as well as how to safely secure food away from animals.  You will also learn that canoe campers eat very well – leaders will plan both dinner and breakfast meals.  Participants will be responsible for their own lunches and snacks.  More information including what gear to bring will be provided in advance of the trip.  This will be a carpool trip. 

    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. 




    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 13 Jun 2020
    • St Croix National Scenic Riverway, WI
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    St Croix National Scenic Riverway

    Wisconsin

    June 6-13, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayers and Jim Patrick

    Type of Trip: Canoeing

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $550/$275

    Cancellation Date and full payment: April 20, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 4 Very Remote

    Trip Difficulty: 

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 4

    Lake Paddling – wearing PDF required 

    1. Warm (above 65 degrees) calm waters – very little wind.

    2. Cool waters / slightly windy, waves up to one foot – water is always cool 

    3. Challenges from wind & waves – trip may experience days with wind. 

    4. Portages: (number, longest, terrain) depending on the route selected, estimate 20+, longest less then a mile, terrain includes hills with rocks and roots

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Will depart westside of Indianapolis in the club van at 6:30 AM Saturday June 6, 2020. Will drive 10 hours to Springbrook WI and camp at Camp Namekagon

    This trip is not a beginner trip. You need to have canoe experience and backcountry camping experience. We will be sharing in all camp chores of cooking, dishes, filtering water and gathering firewood. All breakfasts and dinners on the water are included. You need to provide your own lunches and other meals during the trip.

    On Friday June 12, 2020 we will be picked up by the outfitter and shuttled back to Camp Namekagon where we can shower. The we drive halfway to Indianapolis and get a hotel room for the night.

    Get up Saturday and finish the drive back to Indianapolis.

    Those going on the trip should attend the canoe trip training weekend.

    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. 




    • 19 Jun 2020
    • 21 Jun 2020
    • North Country Trail, Michigan
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    North Country Trail/Manistee River

    Michigan

    June 19-21, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Janice Windes and Steve Kinch

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $125/$75

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 19, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 3

    Trip Difficulty: Difficult - Approx 23 miles; Avg 7-8 miles/day Trip

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Come join us on this 3-day weekend backpack trip in the Manistee National Forest of Lower Michigan.  We will meet and drive the club van to Red River Bridge to start our adventure.  The 1st day we will hike 3-5 miles on the Manistee River Trail and make camp.  This short hike will wet our appetite for the next day’s hike. 

    The 2nd day will be the jewel of the trip.  We will have stunning vistas of the river and the forested west shore. We will cross a wooden replica of the mighty Mackinaw Bridge and continue on the west side of Manistee River. We will cover 8-10 miles on the 2nd day and camp near Eddington Creek on the North Country Trail.

    Day 3 we will hike the NCT back to the van for the ride to Indianapolis.  We will cover 7-9 miles.

    The club will provide 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners.  Each hiker should be prepared to carry some extra weight as we divide up the group food and equipment. Hikers are responsible for all meals in transit, as well as snacks and lunches on the trail.

    We will leave Northern Indianapolis area (Location TBD) approx. 8 am for the 5.5 hour drive.  

    Previous backpacking experience required.  You should be comfortable carrying 25-35 lb. backpack for an average of 8 miles a day and an elevation of 1000 feet.  We will have a shakedown on 5/16/20 at Turkey Run State Park and those signing up for this trip should plan to attend the shakedown. 

    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. 




    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 28 Jun 2020
    • Smoky Mountains - Cades Cove, TN
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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove, TN

    June 25-28, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Phyllis Legan and Cindy Durr

    Type of Trip: Hiking/Biking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $195/$95

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 25, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 3 

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous hiking with elevation gain of 2800 feet, 11 miles of moderate hiking

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us for June flowers, mountain views and the history of Cades Cove. Front country camping will be in the Cades Cove Group campground. We plan to hike to Spence field via the Anthony Creek trail out of Cades Cove on Friday. This trail is a 10.3 mile roundtrip hike with an elevation gain of 2,832’. It is considered quite strenuous. We will bike the Cades Cove loop (11 miles) early on Saturday morning (bike rental will be at the camp store and is included in your trip fee). We will save Saturday afternoon for viewing the cove or a short hike. After camp clean-up on Sunday, we will head back to Indiana with a longer stop for a restaurant lunch.

    Activities may be weather dependent. Cost of the trip includes transportation in the club van, all camping, bike rental and supplies. Three breakfasts and three suppers will be provided by the leaders. Each participant will provide their own lunches, snacks and meals on the road. Camp chores and clean-up duties will be shared by all participants.

    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. 



     

    • 24 Jul 2020
    • 26 Jul 2020
    • Brown County SP, 1801 SR 46 E, Nashville, IN 47448
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    Conditioning Campout at

    Brown County State Park

    1801 SR 46 E, Nashville, IN 

    July 24-26, 2020

    Trip Leader: Leslie Green

    Type of Trip: Hiking/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $30

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 1, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 1

    Trip Difficulty: 1000 feet elevation gain per hike

    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.

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Group Size: 20/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Do you need to get yourself in better condition for one of the longer, more strenuous hikes with CIWC this year? Do you want to build your stamina? Come spend a summer weekend in Brown County State Park and get in over 16 miles of hilly terrain that will help you build your fitness level and enjoy one of Indiana’s most beautiful places.

    Friday night

    Arrival and set up camp at the Rally Group Campground. If time allows, complete Trail 10 and climb the fire tower for an expansive view of the Brown County Hills.

    Saturday – Hills and Hollows

    Set off early, before the heat builds, for a 9+ mile hike up and down the hills on parts of Trails 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 including the “stair-master”  After arriving back at camp we can clean up (showers available) and head over to Big Woods Distillery for dinner.

    Sunday – Lasso the Lakes

    Another early start to hike around Ogle and Strahl Lakes and points in between for a total of about 6 miles. There are plenty of elevation gains and losses as we enjoy the shoreside trails.  After breaking camp, we’ll head over to Abe Martin Lodge for the buffet breakfast.  

    Bring your camping set up, a full backpack to carry on the trail, dinner for Friday night (or eat before you come), trail lunches/snacks, a musical instrument (as desired), and other entertainment – cornhole anyone? Coffee and tea with oatmeal mixes will be available each morning for breakfast. Trip fee covers camping, two breakfasts and firewood. Entrance to park is $7.00 per vehicle unless you have park pass. Carpooling to the location is recommended. You’ll also pay for meals at Big Woods and Abe Martin Lodge.


    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 $30 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 $30 cancellation fee. 




    • 28 Jul 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • 01 Aug 2020
    • Manitou Island, Michigan
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    Manitou Island - Between Sunrise and Sunset

    Michigan

    July 28 - August 1, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayres and Bob Klecka

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $220/$110

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 29, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 4

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate - 6-8 miles per day

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Group Size: 10/9 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    We will meet at 7:00 pm,Tuesday July 28, 2020 in Indy and drive to Ludington, MI to get motel room. Wednesday we will finish the drive to Leland . Board the ferry and take hour long boat ride to  North Manitou Island. After meeting the Ranger we will start our hike. We will have three campsites and hiking will be 4-6 miles a day. The loop is 13.5 miles but there will be opportunity for exploring and side hikes.

    To really enjoy and appreciate the history of the island I recommend picking up copy and reading the book Between Sunrise and Sunset by Rita Hadra Rusco. She lived on the island and knew many of the people and history of the island.

    Island is very scenic and there are some of the homes and structures we will find along the way. The sunrises and sunsets are amazing. This is not high mileage trip so come and enjoy the island and kickback and enjoy time on the beach. You will need to bring your own lunches while on the island. All breakfast and dinners while on the island are included. Ferry tickets and all park fees are also included.

    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. 




    • 22 Aug 2020
    • 29 Aug 2020
    • Enchantment Lakes, Leavenworth, WA
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    Enchantment Lakes Trip

    Leavenworth, Washington

    August 22-29, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Steve Kinch and Sharon Williams

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $965/$485     (+ Airfare)

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 1, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 4

    Trip Difficulty: Difficult (Total and 1-Day max) 8-10 miles; One day 21 iles maximum for those interested

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can e steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Washington’s Enchantment Lakes are a truly magical sight to see. They reside in an area where immense granite peaks, majestic mountain goats, and crystal-clear alpine lakes are hidden around every corner. If you haven’t had a chance to experience this captivating place, this is the trip for you.

    This trip has a high difficulty rating, so experience and fitness is required. We will day hike to Colchuck Lake area, Snow Lake area, Thunder Mountain Lakes trail and a possible total Enchantment zone thru hike for those willing and up to the challenge (approximately 21 miles). This trip will involve significant elevation gain.

    We will meet on Saturday, August 22nd in the morning or early afternoon at the Seattle airport. We will pick up rental vehicles and head to our house which will be our base for the next week. The club will provide breakfast and dinners at the house. You will need to provide lunch and snacks while on the trail. A dinner in town may be an option at your expense.

    Sunday, we will explore the nearby town of Leavenworth Washington. Monday we will start our day hiking.

    Our trip will conclude with flying out of Seattle on Saturday, August 29th

    We will have 1-2 shakedown hikes in June and/or July before we leave.

    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. 



     

    • 22 Aug 2020
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • BWCA, Superior National Forest, MN
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    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

    Superior National Forest, MN

    August 22-30, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayers and John Carlson

    Type of Trip: Canoeing

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $525/$260

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 30, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 4 Very Remote

    Trip Difficulty: 

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 4

    Lake Paddling – wearing PDF required 

    1. Warm (above 65 degrees) calm waters – very little wind.

    2. Cool waters / slightly windy, waves up to one foot – water in BWCA is always cool with waves when the wind is up

    3. Challenges from wind & waves – a BWCA trip may experience days with wind. Schedule will allow for adjustments in case of being wind bound.

    4. Portages: (number, longest, terrain) depending on the route selected, estimate 20+, longest less then a mile, terrain includes hills with rocks and roots

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is over 1 million acres of wilderness where the glaciers left behind rugged cliffs, canyons, gentle hills, towering rock formations, rocky shores, sandy beaches and thousands of lakes and streams, interspersed with islands and surrounded by forest. This unique area is located in northeastern Minnesota along the Canadian border. Join the crew for a week-long early fall trip paddling and portaging lightweight Kevlar canoes through this amazing wilderness enjoying the water, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and ending our days with the milky way stretching out overhead like a blanket. This trip will be a combination of canoeing and portaging (hiking between bodies of water). This is a level 4 trip due the remoteness of the area and physical requirements to paddle a canoe and carry gear and canoes.

    Who Should Participate in this Trip:

    This trip will be suited for those new to the Boundary Waters or those with canoe tripping experience. The route is planned for a beginner friendly group. However you should have some backcountry camping experience. At times we will be two days or more from a road access. You will need to be a good physical shape in order to carry weight over portages and be able camp in remote places over the better part of a week. See prerequisites below. If you want to experience wilderness travel at its best you’ll want to go canoe camping in the Boundary Waters. If needed, Introduction to Canoe Camping can be your qualifying event.

    Prerequisites:

    · Introduction to Canoe Camping or similar experience (check with leaders)

    · Ability to Carry 40-45 lb. Packs and Canoes Over Portages.

    · A pre-trip meeting may be necessary to go over gear needs, packing requirements and trip logistics in general.

    The two day ride up will allow for a relaxed drive, overnighting at a Wisconsin cabin providing an opportunity to organize personal and crew gear saving time at the outfitters in Ely. We’ll also have time to stop in Duluth and have more time in Ely before bunking down the night to get a good night’s rest before hitting the water. After we come off the water we’ll get showers at the outfitters, eat lunch in Ely and start the two day drive back home.

    Those going on the trip should attend the canoe trip training weekend.

    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. 




    • 31 Aug 2020
    • 07 Sep 2020
    • Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota
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    Superior Hiking Trail

    Minnesota

    August 31 - September 7, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Dave Hoffmeyer and Wendy Brinson

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $310/$155

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 1, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 3 

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous - distance of up to 12 miles per day and 1800 elevation change per day

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can e steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    The Superior Hiking Trails a 310-mile long footpath in northeastern Minnesota that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior for most of its length. On this trip we will complete about 50 miles of the trail. Our first day will be travel as we head to Minnesota.  The next morning, we will begin our hike on the Superior Hiking trail part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. 

    We will backpack five days back to the van after being shuttled. Many sections of the trail are very challenging with steep up and downhills, but you will also experience many scenic views of Lake Superior and inland forests. There are many stream crossings including a bridge over High Falls of Baptism River, the highest falls entirely in Minnesota. The Superior hiking trail goes through several forest types on its path up the north shore of Lake Superior so the scenery will change day to day.

    Daily Mileage will be no more than 12 miles.  Maximum elevation gain will be 1800 feet and the trail is somewhat rocky. This is Bear Country, and a sighting is possible so we will take preventative measures to secure our food.

    After backpacking we will stay in a campground and have a day to explore and hike Eagle Mountain. We will start heading home on Sunday and arrive back on Monday, Labor Day.

    We will have at least one practice hike to discuss the trip review gear and make sure that everyone is physically ready for the trip.

    Everyone will be responsibility for all their own food, although we will hold a workshop if you would like to pre-prepare meals.  The trip cost includes transportation in the club van, transportation, and use of club gear.

    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. 



     

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 19 Sep 2020
    • Adirondack Mountains, New York
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    Hiking the Adirondack Mountains

    New York

    September 12-19, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bette Hanna and Dave Hoffmeyer

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $685/$345     (+ Airfare)

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 1, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous; Rugged terrain, about 7 miles daily; 1000 feet elevation gain; 

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Leaving Albany New York on Saturday September 12th we will get to experience the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. After a scenic drive to Keene Valley, we will be staying in a 5 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bathroom cabin for six nights. There is lots of day hiking nearby.The park has many beautiful lakes, water falls and mountain views. You will be responsible every day for your lunches and eating out for dinner and your travel to Albany. The average high temperature in September is 70 with lows in the 30’s. There may be optional canoeing on trips. We will return on Friday to stay in a hotel in Albany. You will be responsible for any meals while traveling. We will fly home on Saturday. While this is a Level 2 day hiking trip it will be very strenuous, we are in the mountains!!

    A mandatory practice hike will be scheduled at a later date.

    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. 



     

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 29 Sep 2020
    • Forth Wayne, IN
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    Bike Fort Wayne Indiana

    September 28-29, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: John South and TBA

    Type of Trip: Biking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $85/$85

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 15, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 1 

    Trip Difficulty: 30 miles on level trails; 10-12 mph; some small hills mostly level terrain; riding on mostly bike trails with some road riding;

    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: 14/12 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Fort Wayne Trails- We’ll visit my old stomping grounds of Fort Wayne. Since I left the area in the mid 70’s they have built miles of trails that predominately follow the three rivers that converge in Fort Wayne.

    The trip will consist of driving to Fort Wayne in the club van with well-tuned bicycles and helmets on Monday morning. After arriving we will ride 20 to 30 miles of Fort Wayne trails, see parks, (visit the zoo?) and check into a hotel that night. Tuesday will be much the same with riding in the morning and returning to Indianapolis later in the day. We will be stopping at restaurants for our meals. Meals are not included in the trip cost. Most of the bicycling will be done on dedicated trails but some road riding will be required to complete loops and minimize out and back riding.

    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. 



     

    • 02 Oct 2020
    • 11 Oct 2020
    • Appalachian Trail, TN/VA
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    Appalachian Trail

    Roan Mountain to Damascus (NOBO) or

    Damascus to Roan Mountain (SOBO)

    Tennessee and Virginia

    October 2-11, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: North Bound (NOBO)/South Bound (SOBO)

    NOBO: Leslie Green and Barb Shanks

    SOBO: Nanette Eshelman and Shelly Burress

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $305/$155

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 3, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 3

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous - 80 total miles; up to 11 miles per day; Elevation gains of up to 1000 feet per day

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can e steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

    Group Size: 18/14 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Note: Due to popular demand, we have expanded this trip from our original plan and will now have two groups of hikers that will hike from opposite ends of the section and cross in the middle. This will allow us to include an additional eight hikers.  Each group will have trip leaders, who will coordinate the activities of the group.

    The iconic Appalachian Trail is beloved to many hikers and Damascus, aka Trail Town, is one of the quintessential locations on the trail.  This hike from Roan Mountain, TN to Damascus, VA is 76 miles in total and is designed for experienced backpackers that want to conquer a significant section of the trail over eight days of hiking. Those going on this trip should be serious backpackers who are willing and able to arise early, efficiently hit the trail, and cover an average of 10 miles per day. It will be a self-sufficient trip, meaning you will bring your own gear and trail meals. Still, we will hike, eat, and work together to create the companionship that is the hallmark of any CIWC trip.

    NOBO (Northbound) will start the hike from at the Mountain Harbor Hostel in Roan Mountain, TN.  Features of the hike include Laurel Falls, Watugua Dam, and numerous high viewpoints. The elevation challenges in this section are moderate by AT standards, but still provide a challenge. The fall foliage may be starting to show, especially as we traverse the upper elevations.

    SOBO (Southbound) will start from Woodchuck Hostel in Damascus and hike south, using all the stops and sites of the NOBO group, but in the opposite direction. Both NOBOs and SOBOs will stay together mid-trip at Boots-Off Hostel.  From here hikers can also go to a nearby town to resupply for the final four days of hiking.  

    SOBOs will continue to Mountain Harbor Hostel where they will pick up the club van and bring it back to Damascus for a rendezvous with the NOBO Group who will be finishing the trip there.  NOBOs and SOBOs will all spend Saturday night back at the Woodchuck Hostel in Damascus.

    Damascus, VA, which is steeped in trail culture as the home of Trail Days that draws 10,000 hikers every June. The Woodchuck Hostel, where we will be staying is rated by many hikers as one of the best on the AT. There are plenty of places around town to get a post-hike meal and pleasant places to stroll about.

    The trip cost includes transportation in the club van (NOBO) or passenger cars (SOBO), all overnight accommodations, and breakfasts at three hostels. You are responsible for all other meals and snacks both on the road and on the trail. Recipes and suggestions will be provided as requested. Please note that we start the trip on a Friday and travel back the following Sunday. NOBOs and SOBOs will leave and return to the Indianapolis area from the same location.

    There are pre-requisite training hikes prior to the trip for those on the active and waiting list. Participants must agree to a strong regimen of conditioning hiking in advance of the trip. Leaders will be in contact accordingly.

    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. 




    • 06 Nov 2020
    • 08 Nov 2020
    • Red River Gorge, Kentucky
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    Red River Gorge Intermediate

    Backpacking Weekend

    Kentucky

    November 6-8, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $135/$70

    Cancellation Date and full payment: October 6, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 3 

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous 6-8 miles per day with significant elevation changes

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

    Group Size: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    This 3 day trip to Red River Gorge is an intermediate backpacking trip.  It is possible there will be fall color remaining in the area.  Campsites are first come first serve so we will plan to leave Indianapolis about 9am on Friday, November 6, from a carpool location TBD based upon participants who sign up.

    We will plan to hike from one end of the forest to the other end for approximately 6-8 miles daily.  The trip will begin at Rock Bridge/Creation Falls and follow the Swift Camp Creek Trail to the Rough Trail.  We will hike the Rough Trail, which is challenging with the ups and downs and uneven ground and loop around on the Koomer Ridge/Buck Creek trail to the Hanson’s Ridge and then to the Gray’s Arch area Sunday morning to be picked up by a shuttle to the van.  We will locate a camp site each night depending upon where we are in our journey.  Sunday morning, we will plan to shower and then head to Miguels for pizza before heading home.

    We should be able to arrive back in Indy by 7pm or sooner, depending upon when we depart the area.

    The trip fee includes transportation in the club van.  All meals are on your own, but we will provide club equipment for use to prepare for meals on the trail.  We will be happy to provide recommendations for meals.

    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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