Upcoming events

    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Spurgeon Hollow Trailhead, Scottsburg, IN 47170
    • 6
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    National Take a Hike Day!

    CIWC Day Hike

    November 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Spurgeon Hollow to Delaney Loop

    Spurgeon Hollow Trailhead, Scottsburg, IN


    Time: 9:00 AM  


    Event Coordinator:  Janice Windes  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    Day Hike at Knobstone Trail - Spurgeon to Delaney Loop

    Join us for National Take a Hike Day! We will meet and start our hike from the Spurgeon Trailhead and hike the loop around Delaney on Knobstone Trail. This is long and challenging hike. Duration of the hike depends on the crew, weather and trail conditions, so you are signing up for an all day event. This would be a good practice hike for any of your challenging backpacking trips.

    The weather looks to be in the 40's so dress in layers.

    Length and elevation: Approximately 11 miles with about 1350 feet elevation gain. You need to maintain moderate pace(2-2.5 mph) throughout the hike.

    Difficulty level: Difficult and strenuous hike because of length and elevation.

    Location: We will meet at Spurgeon Trailhead at 9am.

    Bring plenty of water and your lunch/snacks.

    Standard CIWC rules apply. No pets. You need to sign a waiver before the hike. See you all on the day of hike.

    Please Register to help us anticipate turnout. If you need to cancel, please let us know so any waitlisted person may attend. 

    Any questions or status change, please contact Janice Windes at: ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    • 10 Jan 2020
    • 12 Jan 2020
    • Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 SR 664 S, Logan, Ohio 43138
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    Hocking Hills State Park Cabin Weekend

    Logan, Ohio

    January 10-12, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Sam Sokolski and Jinkie Limio (ciwcinfo@gmail.com)

    Type of Trip: Hiking  

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $220/110

    Cancellation Date and full payment: December 10, 2019

    Wilderness Level: 2 - 911 Available but EMS may be more than one hour away      

    Trip Difficulty: Level 1 Moderate, 9 miles total/ 7 max one day, possible icy conditions; Yak Trak required

    Level 1: Applies to trips in which we carry only day packs and stay on maintained trails. Hiking distances range from 3-6 miles, and elevation gain can be as much as 200 feet. You should be comfortable hiking 3-6 miles in a day with considerable elevation gain/loss on good trails.

    Group Size: 10/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults, High School age with leader approval

    On Friday Jan 10, join us for a short 3.5 hour drive to one of Ohio’s most beautiful state parks, Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio. We will then check into adjacent modern cabins to unwind and prepare for our Saturday adventure.

    Saturday morning after enjoying a hot cooked breakfast we will depart our cabins to explore the miles of streams, waterfalls, and caves that makeup this park. In January the streams and waterfalls are usually frozen creating a spectacular winter wonderland. For this reason Yak Trax or similar footwear items are required and trekking poles are recommended. We will be walking on ice for much of the day. Because the intent is too explore a winter wonderland, cold weather gear (hats, gloves, etc) will be required

    Hocking Hills Park consists of 7 major attractions that can be driven too, ensuring that no more than1 hour at a time will be spent outside if conditions are too cold. We will be walking on easy trails at a slow pace, specifically to ensure we operate safely on icy trails. In the unlikely event weather conditions get above freezing, we will adjust and incorporate some additional hiking to ensure we maximize our time.

    On Sunday morning before departing for home their will be an opportunity, to explore other nearby caves and waterfalls based on the desires of the group.

    Meals provided by the club include Saturday breakfast and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

    Meals the club members are individually responsible for include Friday dinner (at a restaurant tbd en route to Hocking Hills), Saturday lunch (from your backpack and eaten on the trail) and Sunday lunch (en route on our return home).

    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.

    • 17 Jan 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 Jan 2020
    • Winter Sports Complex, 462 Scenic Dr, North Muskegon, MI 49445
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    Michigan Snow Weekend

    Winter Sports Complex, Muskegon, MI

    January 17-19, 2020

    Backup Date: January 31- February 2, 2020

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bob Hart and Steve Johnson

    Type of Trip: Cross Country Ski with options for Snowshoe or Ice Skate

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $265/$135

    Cancellation Date and full payment: January 3, 2020

    Wilderness Level: 2 Some parts of the complex may be hard to reach by EMS         

    Trip Difficulty: Cold Winter Conditions/Trails, easy to moderate

    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: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults, Kids accepted if part of a family membership and with responsible parent or guardian

    We are going to take advantage of lake effect snow in the Muskegon, MI area and go cross country skiing. There may also be possible options to snowshoe and to ice skate. The plan is to leave the Indianapolis area about 4:00 PM in the club van on Friday, Jan 17 and drive to Muskegon, Michigan with a dinner stop in the way. We’ll stay in a hotel. After a free breakfast in the hotel on Saturday morning we’ll then head to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for a full day and evening of winter activities. www.msports.org

    The complex (within a Michigan State Park) contains a variety of trails from easy to advanced and supports both skate and classical style skiing. Each separate activity (XC ski, ice skate and snowshoe) requires a day pass ($10 each) and daily equipment rental is available ($8 each). There is also a luge but it requires advance reservation - fee is $49.  These fees are the individual’s responsibility and it is permissible to bring your own equipment. Participants should dress for below freezing temperatures.  There is a nice lodge that serves as a warming area with a concession stand and is available for snacks or a simple lunch.

    We’ll probably opt to leave the complex for supper in town (nearby) and return for night skiing which is available up until 9:45 PM. After a second night in the hotel and breakfast we’ll head back home on Sunday with a likely lunch stop on the way.

    The complex is suited for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing. The beginner trails are on gentle terrain and are packed and groomed. There are 5 different trails with distances from 2K to 5K. Three (3) of the trails allow night skiing and are lighted. Here is a useful https://www.rei.com/learn/c/cross-country-skiing

    After you register you will be given additional suggestions on what to bring.

    Questions may be submitted to ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    We’ve chosen the Muskegon area because there is a better chance of having suitable snow there than compared to areas further south and just over the state line. However, if there is a warm period and the snow conditions are unacceptable the trip will be rescheduled for the backup date.  If conditions are unacceptable for the backup date the trip will be cancelled by CIWC.

    The trip price includes travel in the club van, 2 nights in a hotel (2-3 per room) and admission to the State Park. The hotel where we are staying offers a free breakfast.  The participant is responsible for all other meals, the snow activity day pass(es) and equipment rental.


    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 Feb 2020
    • 23 Feb 2020
    • Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
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    Volunteer Opportunity

    Indianapolis Boat, Sport, & Travel Show

    Indiana State Fairgrounds

    1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN

    February 14-23, 2020

    For the 14th year CIWC will have a presence at the Ford, Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show. We will have a spot in the “Club’s Area” in the Champions Pavilion. We will be sharing the booth spaces C234 – C237 with other not for profit groups. Volunteers who work at our booth and help promote the club will be given FREE admittance to the show and access to a free parking pass. All you have to do is to hang out and talk to show visitors about CIWC and also then encourage them to come to our annual backpacking class on March 7th at Holiday Park. There they can learn what we do and get involved in beginner trips. We will have literature and club information. This show is one of our key marketing activities during the winter season. Volunteer times for the weekend dates of the show are shown in the registration levels. By registering for the shift of your choice (maximum of 2 people per shift) you will have free admittance and be able to tour the various sections of the show when not helping at the booth. Plan to come for the entire day if you have time.

    Please register for the shift(s) of your choice and you’ll receive a confirmation.

    If you would rather volunteer for an off shift (during the week, Monday through Thursday, Feb 17-20), please contact Bob Hart at the email address below.

    A. The volunteer check-in list will be at the Champions Pavilion Pass Gate Entrance – front of the building (north side) building entrance faces the Grandstands on the main boulevard.

    B. Volunteers will sign in at the pass gate and once the allotted number for that day has been reached, further entries will be via an eight dollar guest pass from the Show Office (located at the same entry point)

    C. Only the Volunteers can use the sign in sheet.

    Important Information from the Show Management:

    Parking and Entry

    A. During the week parking will likely be close to the Champion’s Pavilion especially with an Exhibitor Parking Pass.  For those who do not have a parking pass the parking fee will be $8.00.

    B. Week-ends will require parking further from the building but, shuttles run each day and can drop volunteers at the Champions Pavilion – the ONLY Volunteer entry point.

    C. Discount guest Passes are only available for your volunteers and their immediate families at the Show Office in Champions Pavilion. Family members / guests can buy a discounted pass ($9.00) at the Show Office in the Champions Pavilion. Please stress this location with your volunteers. The Show Office is on the north side (Grand Stand side) of the Champions Pavilion; enter at the main building entry (center of building).

    Show website:  www.indysportshow.com

    Any questions, please contact Bob Hart. rrhrunner@comcast.net


    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 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.




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