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    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 18 Aug 2019
    • 2355 East 75 S, Albion, IN 46701
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    Intro to Canoe Camping 

    Chain O Lakes State Park - Albion, Indiana

    August 17-18, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayers and Jim Patrick

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $55

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 1, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Trip Difficulty: Beginner, but some camping experience required

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

     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

    In order to be guarantted a place on the trip all trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form

    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • AuSable River, Grayling, MI

    Paddling AuSable River

    Grayling, MI

    August 25-30, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Diane Osborn

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $388/$194

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 25, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3  Some sections will be remote and EMS may be more than 2 hours away         

    Trip Difficulty: Relatively Easy Paddling, but some canoeing experience would be helpful.  Must have camping experience.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Overview: The AuSable River in northern Michigan is known as one of the great recreational canoeing rivers in the Midwest.   Clear water, spring fed, constant flow, easy access and attractive surroundings make the AuSable an ideal river trip for beginners and also has long be known as one of the best trout streams in the Midwest.  It is also the home of the longest non-stop professional canoe race and the oldest continual canoe race in the United States – the AuSable Marathon.

    This would be a great trip for those newer members in CIWC who have not had a chance to do much in the way of overnight trips.    

    Itinerary:  Our plan is to travel in the CIWC van to Grayling, Michigan on Sunday, August 25th and to stay with an outfitter in Grayling, MI at their amazing Bed and Breakfast Inn.  (Another CIWC group stayed there a few days ago and highly recommends that we book with this place – canoeborchers.com).  We will start our paddling trip on Monday the 26th and travel about 49 miles over 4 days and 3 nights to a takeout near Mio Dam.  Camping those three nights will be at State Forest Campsites along the river that have potable water, toilets and picnic tables – so not totally primitive, but without road access.  After our takeout on Thursday, August 29 we will stay again at the outfitter’s B&B.  Then on Friday, August 30 we’ll head home – about a 6 hour drive to Indianapolis.

    Meals:  The following meals are included in the trip plan / price. All breakfasts from Monday through Friday.  Two of those breakfasts will be at the B&B.  Plus all dinners from Monday through Wednesday.    Thursday evening dinner in Graying, all lunches and all meals while travelling are “on your own”.  Anyone with special diet requirements should contact the leaders – sometimes we can “work around” otherwise you may have to bring all your own food. 

    Clothing and Gear Although it will be summertime, quick dry clothing is recommended for a canoe trip.  And, you should have a change of clothes with you in your pack.  It will not be necessary to have special foot ware but open toed sandals are not recommended while paddling.  Old tennis shoes would be fine.  Have dry shoes for camp.  A camping equipment list will be provided well in advance of the departure date, which will include suggestions on dry bags.  The club can loan tents and has a few packs available.  Life jackets are required.  If you do not have a life jacket (PFD) the outfitter will supply one free of charge. 

    Preparation:  Participants should be in reasonably good physical shape to be able to paddle up to 6 hours a day (paddling will not be demanding) and have some camping experience.  Beginner trips will be available in the spring for those wanting to refresh their camping knowledge.  For those who may not be sure of their canoeing ability (which is not technical) we can arrange a practice paddle on a local stream sometime before the trip.  If you have canoed before you are probably OK. 

    Trip Price:  You must pay one-half of the trip price upfront and the balance by the cancellation date.  (Please read the Reservation and Cancellation Policy on the web site – under Club Info).  The price also includes travel in the CIWC van, all lodging and camping costs, canoe rental plus meals itemized above.

    Required Forms:  All overnight trips require a medical form.  As soon as you receive a blank form, fill it out and send it to the email address given in the instructions.  It will be kept confidential and returned or destroyed after the trip.  You will also have to sign a waiver form.  Examples are given on the web site (Club Info). 

    More information:  Will be sent to you as we prepare for the trip.      

    Questions should be directed to ciwcinfo@gmail.com

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

    • 01 Sep 2019
    • 06 Sep 2019
    • Porcupine Mt Wilderness SP, UP, MI

    Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 

    and Sylvania Wilderness

    Upper Peninsula, Michigan

    September 1-6, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Elden Hartman and Roger Coulter

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Backpacking/Sightseeing

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $360/$180

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 5, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 2 Medium Risk

    Trip Difficulty: Beginner to Moderate Level

    Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Teenagers, 14 or older with experience


    • 18 miles total possible (mostly optional) / 7 miles daily max (mostly optional) 
    • Elevation Gain / Loss: Easy Trails in Sylvania Wilderness; Moderate and Rugged Trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    • Moderate and Rugged Trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Easy Trails in Sylvania Wilderness


    • 12 miles total possible (4 miles mandatory)8 miles daily max (optional)
    • wearing PDF required when leader directs.
    • Warm (above 65 degrees) calm waters – very little wind.
    • Cool waters / slightly windy, waves up to one foot: Yes
    • Challenges from wind & waves Possible
    • Portages: Longest portage on the optional loop paddle trips would be .5 (1/2) mile. Most are .1 to .2 (one to two-tenths) of mile. Terrain on the portages is easy with very little elevation change.  

    We will meet at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at a retail store parking lot where multiple-night parking is allowed. We will travel in the club’s van approximately 9 hours to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, bordering Lake Superior. We will spend 3 nights in an 8-bed (4 bunk beds) rustic cabin (no water or electricity) with a wood-burning stove and outhouse. During our two full days at the park, we will do some optional hiking on trails 2 to 8 miles in length, rated moderate to rugged. On Wednesday morning we will drive 45 miles to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest, near Watersmeet, MI. The Sylvania Wilderness Recreation Area is 18,000 acres of beautiful pristine old growth forests, 24 lakes and 25 miles of hiking and portage trails. There are several options for camping, either in the park campground or in designated campsites on one of the lakes. There are hiking trails and canoeing loop trails we can explore. We could also take a trip into civilization and visit the resort town of Eagle River, WI about 20 miles from Sylvania Wilderness. Some canoeing experience is recommended for Sylvania Wilderness. Experience and conditioning to hike rugged trails is recommended for Porcupine Mountains. The canoeing loop trips and rugged hikes will be optional, and we will avoid canoeing long distances in windy conditions. All meals and snacks will be provided except for lunch on way to Porcupine Mountains, lunch on way home, and lunch in Eagle River if we go there. We will leave Sylvania Wilderness early on Friday, September 6, 2019 and drive home. The average temperatures in the UP of MI during first week of September are highs in the upper 60’s and lows in the mid-50’s.

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

    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • Estes Park, Denver, Colorado

    Rocky Mountain National Park 

    Estes Park, Denver Colorado

    September 7-14, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bette Hanna and Cindy Durr

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $660/$330 + Airfare

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 1, 2019

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

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous– 7 miles per day and rocky terrain with at least 1000 ft gain per day

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Flying in to Denver, Colorado, we will get to experience a “Rocky Mountain High.”  After a scenic drive to Estes Park we will be staying in a cabin for six nights.  Estes Park is at 7,500 elevation. After a club breakfast each morning we will heading to various trails in Rocky Mountain National Park for day hikes, many of which will be strenuous and at high altitudes. The park has many beautiful lakes and mountain views. We may see Elk, Big Horn Sheep or maybe even a mountain lion. The average high temperature is 70 with lows in the 30’s.  There may be optional horseback riding and canoeing on Glacier Lake trips. When returning on Friday to stay in a hotel in Denver, we will take the Big Thompson Canyon route noted for its beautiful scenery. We will fly home on Saturday.

    The trip fee includes cabin rental with shared rooming, hotel the night prior to flight home, vehicle rental and six breakfasts in the cabin. You will be responsible every day for your lunches and eating out at dinner and any meals while traveling and for your flight to Denver. A mandatory practice hike will be scheduled at a later date

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

    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • Mt. Hood National Park, Portland, Oregon

    Mt. Hood National Park Timberline Trail

    Portland, Oregon

    September 7-14, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Steve Kinch and Leslie Green

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $575/$288  + Airfare

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 15, 2019

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

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous, Rugged terrain for 40 total miles– 10 miles per day with 9000 foot elevation gain overall.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    The Timberline Trail in Oregon is one of America’s most iconic and scenic trails.  This 40 mile loop circumnavigates monolithic Mt. Hood, which rises to over 11,000 feet. The trail is mostly above the timberline, hence the name, so it will afford us continual views of the surrounding beauty of the area and the peak at the center of our trek.

    Hikers will need to be experienced and in good physical condition. The lowest elevation is at 3420 feet and the highest is at 7300 feet, so while it is not extremely high altitude, it will have physical effects on your breathing and stamina. The trail is considered rugged and in places difficult due to rocky terrain, river fording, but our efforts will be rewarded by views of pristine mountain streams and waterfalls, alpine meadows, craggy mountains and glaciers.

    We will meet on Saturday morning, September 7th at the Portland Airport. After picking up our vehicles we will drive a short distance to hike to the top of Multnomah Falls. Then we will drive to Timberline Lodge where a shared bunkhouse with bath will be our base for two days while we hike in the lodge area. The lodge that became the face of The Shining shares its name with a trail that belongs on the bucket list of every backpacker.

    On Monday the 9th, we will start out for our 4 day/4 night hike on the Timberline Trail. We will stay in backcountry camping areas, so you’ll need full backpacking gear. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the leaders. You’ll bring your own lunches and snacks. Arriving back at the lodge on the 13th, we will stay there again and then head back to Portland on Saturday the 14th for our flights back. There appear to be several late afternoon flights back to Indianapolis, or you may choose to stay over until Sunday at your own cost. Perhaps exploring quirky Portland would be a fun adventure to add to your trip.

    Your trip fee includes 3 nights in Timberline Lodge, car rental transportation, and eight trail meals. You are responsible for your flight to Portland, meals on the road and at the lodge, trail lunches and snacks, and an optional Saturday night stay in Portland.

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

    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 15 Sep 2019
    • BWCA, Superior National Forest, MN

    Paddle Boundary Water 2019

    Superior National Forest, MN

    September 7-15, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayers, Jim Patrick and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $555/$278

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 7, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 4

    Trip Difficulty: Less than 50 miles paddling total; less than 10 miles paddling one day max; Warm calm waters, very little wind

    Group Size: 9/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Fall Boundary Waters Canoe Week Long Trip

    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.

    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, June 22 & 23.

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

    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 15 Sep 2019
    • Red River Gorge, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

    Weekend Day Hiking Red River Gorge

    Courthouse Rock to Double Arch via

    Auxier Ridge and Grays Arch

    Daniel Boone National Forest, KY

    September 13-15, 2019

    Co-Trip Leaders: Lisa Forester and Kyle Shortridge

    Type of Trip: Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $200/$100

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 13, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 3 - typical meetup day event in good weather setting with cell coverage         

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate, 14 miles total; 9 mile maximum

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    Join us on a weekend of day hiking in Red River Gorge. The hikes are for intermediate hikers, they are not suited for beginners. The trails are rated as moderate but there are steep cliffs, no handrails, not suitable if heights are challenging for you. A section of Auxier Ridge is narrow, some areas on the trails require sure- footing. We will be staying in a beautiful 3 level cabin full of amenities.

    Saturday’s hike will be just under 9 miles with an elevation 1,750 ft - Courthouse Rock to Double Arch via Axuier. Courthouse Rock is noted as one of the most recognizable geologic features in RRG. Sunday’s hike will be just over 5 miles - Gray’s Arch. ‘All Trails’ has rated Auxier Ridge Trail to Courthouse as #1 of 96 Trails and Gray’s Arch Trail Loop as #2 of 96 Trails. We will see some of the best landmarks in RRG, there will be plenty of opportunities for great views.

    Friday we will depart from Indianapolis, time to be determined. We will stop for dinner, dinner will be your expense. Saturday we will provide breakfast and dinner. You are responsible for your lunch, snack and water, we will stop for lunch on the trail. Sunday we will provide breakfast. You are responsible for your lunch, snack and water, we will stop for lunch on the trail. Depending on schedule and timing of departure we could stop for dinner, dinner would be your expense.

    We plan to have a least one practice hike prior to this trip.

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

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 28 Sep 2019
    • Katy Trail, Clinton, Missouri

    Bike Katy Trail

    Clinton, Missouri

    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: August 1, 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 West to East

    The Katy Trail across Missouri is one of the most popular and attractive rail trails in the country. We will be riding from the western terminus of Clinton, Mo to Augusta, Mo. The rail trail has some hills at the west end continuing to mostly level through the rest. Daily mileage will average 33 miles. The shortest day is 26 miles the longest is 41 miles. There will be 6 nights of camping and one night in a hotel. Breakfast and supper will be provided for most of the riding days. Meals on travel days and lunch while riding are at your own expense. A total of eleven meals are at your expense. The club will provide support during the ride. Camping equipment, food and other necessities will be transported each day. The van will also be able to pick up riders that have mechanical or physical difficulties.

    The Katy Trail is known for its hospitality, wildlife viewing, wineries and picturesque towns. Our pace through the week will allow time to see the sites, enjoy the scenery and relax.

    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

    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

    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.  

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

    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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