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    • 30 Sep 2022
    • 07 Oct 2022
    • Laurel Highland Hiking Trail, Ohiopyle, PA
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    Laurel Highland Hiking Trail

    Ohiopyle, PA 

    September 30 - October 7, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Nanette Eshelman and Will Eshelman

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $275/$135

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 30, 2022

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

    Trip Difficulty: Rugged - 75 total miles with 14 max 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.

    Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be 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

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a 70- mile hiking and backpacking trail from Ohiopyle to near Johnstown, PA. The trail has 8 shelter areas which feature Adirondack style shelters and tent sites which are occupied by reservation only. Each shelter & tenting area has access to water pumps, toilets and trash cans. The 3-sided shelters have a fireplace at the open end and comfortably sleep 4 adults. The trail has diverse terrain and travels thru dark pine forests, thick Laurel groves, massive rock features and a few high elevation views. If our timing is right, the Fall colors will be popping. Both ends of the trail are strenuous, but many sections are easy hiking.


    Our lodging on our travel day will be in rustic cabins in Ohiopyle State Park. The next morning our shuttle will leave Ohiopyle to MM70 in Seward. A climb of 5.1 miles and 1300 ft. elevation gain will take us to our first overnight at Decker Shelter. The next section is an easy 8 miles plus a side trip to the water pump at the trailhead parking area. Our miles per day will increase (three 14-mile days) as will our views of rocky passageways and mossy gardens. Sections of cathedral-like pines will give a soft carpeted footing and the miles go quickly. The trail goes thru the Seven Springs Ski Resort and the views are beautiful. The final 6 miles has more challenging terrain and rocky footing, but the reward is the scenic overlook of the Youghiogheny River and the railroad. We will have earned a stop for lunch at the Falls Creek Pub before our trip home.

    Fee covers all cabin and shelter rentals, transportation to and from Indianapolis in a van rental, and shuttle to the trail head. Participants are responsible for their own meals. There will be a shakedown hike on August 6 to test our trail readiness and evaluate gear needs.

    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. 


    • 01 Oct 2022
    • 07 Oct 2022
    • Tahquamenon Falls State Park, 41382 W M-123, Paradise, MI 49768
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    North Country TrailUpper Peninsula, MI

    Tahquamenon Falls State Park - Grand Marais

    October 1-7, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Dave Hoffmeyer and Bob Klecka

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $400/$280

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 1, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 3 - minimal cell phone coverage

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate; 1200 ft elevation gain total; 500 ft for 1 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: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    Join us for 5 days of hiking on The North Country National Scenic Trail through the Beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This trip is scheduled to be at the same time as peak fall color. Participants will receive credit for 35.5 of the 100 Miles for the North Country Trail hike 100 challenge.


    The hike is 5 days long covering 36 miles. Daily mileage is 4-9 miles. While there are some hills the terrain is fairly gentle uphill portions being rather short. We will begin at Grand Sable Visitor Center after a 4-mile hike to our campsite the first night and the hike will end at Miner’s Castle near the West end of the park. WE have Motel rooms at Grand Marias for the last night, before heading home on Friday the 7th.

    5 nights of camping will be in the National Lakeshore in reserved campsites. Transportation includes gas reimbursement for two private vehicles. All meals are the responsibility of the participant. There will not be cell phone coverage for much of the hike, but your trip leaders will have emergency communication devices. Overnight backpacking experience is required with daily mileage of 8 or more.

    Itinerary

    • October 1st Drive from Indianapolis to Pictured Rocks national lake shore 10 hours, stop for lunch on the way Hike 4.1 miles to Masse Homestead campsite.
    • October 2nd Hike 7.1 miles to Benchmark Campsite.
    • October 3rd Hike 6.8 miles to Trappers Lake Campsite.
    • October 4th Hike 3.7 miles to Coves Campsite.
    • October 5th Hike 8.7 miles to Mosquito River Campsite
    • October 6th Hike 5 miles to Miner’s Castle Drivers picked up by shuttle.
    • Voyageurs hotel 2 rooms 
    • October 7th Return to Indianapolis 10-hour drive.

    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 Oct 2022
    • 16 Oct 2022
    • Bee Rock Campground, London, KY
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    Sheltowee Trace-Bee Rock to Cumberland Falls

    London, Kentucky

    October 12-16, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Sharon Williams

    Type of Trip: Backpacking and Day Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $320/$160

    Cancellation Date and full payment: September 12, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 3 

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous - 14 mile per day maximum with significant elevation gains and losses

    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 be 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: 8/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    This trip is part adventure and part relaxation.  We will start with a backpacking trip and end at the Cumberland Falls State Park where we will have our own private cabins for two nights.

    The Sheltowee Trace is a long trail through the national forests in Kentucky and Tennessee. We will hike some of the most scenic parts of the trail for about 22 trail miles in addition to day- hiking 10 or more miles in the park areas we are visiting.  After an earlymorning departure from Indianapolis on Wednesday, we will arrive at Bee Rock Campground near London, Kentucky to set up our campsite a few feet away from the Rockcastle River. Then we will have plenty of time to explore the scenic views of the rocks and cliffs in the area. Day two we will hike south on the Sheltowee to reach the Holly Bay campground eight miles later. We can explore the lakeshore and enjoy the fall foliage before having our trail dinner at our campsite. Our third day hike will cover 14 miles, mostly along the Cumberland River ending at Cumberland Falls State Park. We’ll check into our two-bedroom cabins and have dinner at the Dupont Lodge, known to be one of the most beautiful state park lodges. Sunday after breakfast at the lodge we will continue to explore the state park including the Cumberland Falls trail.  After a day of hiking, we will come back to our cabins for a relaxing evening. We can eat at the lodge or perhaps find local restaurant nearby. After breakfast on Sunday, we will start back for Indiana and arrive home by early afternoon. 

    The trip cost includes shared transportation, two breakfasts and two dinners on the trail, camping fees for two nights, and a semi-private room with your own queen bed in a cabin for two nights.  Participants are responsible for meals on the road and while at the 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 $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 Oct 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    CIWC Social & Presentation

    October 12, 2022, 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: Dave Hoffmeyer

    CIWC Idea Generation and Event Discussion

    All are welcome CIWC members and nonmembers alike!

    Let us get together and celebrate getting back into Nature. After surviving COVID and a scaled down schedule in 2022, we need to start thinking about a full schedule in 2023! This Social get together will be about things we would like to do, and places we want to go, and capture those ideas for next year. Weeklong trips, weekend overnights and day events are all up for discussion.

    Do you have a trip you want to lead? Please come to the meeting! If you have a schedule conflict let us know and we will include them in the discussion.

    For non-members and even newer members this is an opportunity to learn about the club but also the many resources we have to help you prepare and participate in enjoying the outdoors.

    This will be an exciting get together as we head into a great 2023!

    Please RSVP (register) to help us anticipate turnout.


    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    Volunteer Day at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis


    October 22, 2022  9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

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

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

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

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

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


    Please RSVP to help us anticipate turnout. 



    • 30 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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    Volunteer Day at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis


    October 30, 2022  9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

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    We have been contacted by Holliday Park to see if we could send over some volunteers this Sunday, October 30th at 9:00 AM to help pick up the pumpkin luminaries we set out last Saturday.  This should be a pretty easy task. All of the gravel gets dumped out right on the trail and the pumpkins get put in a large trash bag. 


    This should take less than an hour.

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

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

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Please RSVP to help us anticipate turnout. 



    • 18 Nov 2022
    • 20 Nov 2022
    • Whitewater State Park, 1418 S. State Road 101 Liberty, IN 47353
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    Singing, Hiking and Fossil Hunting Weekend

    Whitewater Memorial State Park, Liberty IN

    November 18-20, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Diane Osborn

    Type of Trip: Social and Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $90/$45

    Cancellation Date and full payment: October 21, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2 -- spotty cell service coverage         

    Trip Difficulty: Easy

    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

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    SINGING! FOSSIL HUNTING! HIKING! – What do these activities have in common? Well, if you join us at Whitewater Memorial State Park on Friday November 18-Sunday November 20, you will be able to do all three. We will stay in two of the family cabins at Whitewater Memorial State Park, which is located in Liberty, Indiana near Brookville Lake. Group singing and music-making will be a prime feature of the weekend, and 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 will have lunch (either at a restaurant or at a picnic area sharing snacks/foods we have brought along – depends on weather and the desires of the group), and we can also do some leisurely hiking around the park.  Singing around the campfire in the evening will be an added delight!

    The trip fee covers cabin lodging, firewood, 2 large breakfasts (including hot coffee, teas, and cocoa) and Saturday dinner. Participants will need to pay for their own lunches in town on Saturday if we decide to eat out, 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, which cabins we will be using, and any other info will be sent to participants after the cancellation date. (Note: The cabins do have stairs up to the door from the walkway, and to get from the living/dining area to the restroom, so they are not accessible to those who cannot do 4-5 stairs.)

    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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