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    • 07 Jul 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Meeting
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    Central Indiana Wilderness Club

    Virtual Public Meeting

    Trail Food Cooking Methods: An Instructional Webinar 


    Time: 6:30 PM EDT: Virtual Meeting on July 7, 2020

    Event Coordinator: Steve Kinch


    Trail Food Cooking Methods

    An Instructional Webinar from Central Indiana Wilderness Club

    Planning food for your backcountry trip can be a challenge. You want tasty, easy to prepare meals that are light weight. It’s possible to achieve all these objectives with some planning and preparation.

    Through a visually engaging and interactive webinar you will learn about three cooking methods, recipes for each method, how to prepare the meals, and when they are best used on the trail. You come away with ideas, tips, and recipes to use on your next adventure.

    This webinar is presented by Leslie Green, CIWC’s Backpacking Chair and avid backpacker. Leslie will share her passion for meal preparation as an exciting part of trip planning. Some of the meals she has shared over the years have become club favorites.

    The webinar is open to all CIWC members as benefit of your membership. Prospective members may join for a $10 registration fee that can be applied to a club membership of $35 per individual or $50 per family.

    Tuesday July 7, 2020 6:30-7:30 pm Zoom link to be sent after registration.

    Questions?  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    Steve Kinch

    Central Indiana Wilderness Club

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    • 28 Sep 2020
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    • 29 Sep 2020
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    • 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. 



     

    • 23 Oct 2020
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    • 25 Oct 2020
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    • Leota Trailhead, Scottburg, IN
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    Knobstone Trail

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

    Scottsburg, IN

    Rescheduled to

    October 23 - 25, 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. 




    • 06 Nov 2020
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    • 08 Nov 2020
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    • 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. 




    • 13 Nov 2020
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    • 15 Nov 2020
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    • 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

    (Rescheduled to)

    November 13-15, 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. 


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