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    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Morgan-Monroe, Indiana

    Beginners Backpacking Trip 

    Morgan-Monroe Backpacking Skills Trip

    September 30 - October 1, 2017

    Trip Leaders:  Bob Hart and Sharon Williams    (ciwcinfo@gmail.com)

      

    Cost: $25 (non-refundable) for Sat Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and use of club gear -  Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Maximum/Minimum number: 9/6

    Morgan–Monroe State Forest (south of Martinsville)

    September 30, 2017, 9:30 AM to October 1, 2017 12:00 pm

    (no rain date)

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

    Cancellation Date: September 15th (fee must be received by this date)

    Learn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC members.  First priority for this trip is reserved for those who have not yet participated in a beginner trip in 2017.  The trip will then open to other members who have attended an event this year and would like to attend another one by August 12, 2017.

    Rendezvous point: To be announced.  

      

    Trip Plan:  First order of the day will be to get acquainted and then make sure everyone has their pack adjusted properly.  Group items will be dispersed among the participants, which will consist of group food, cooking and kitchen gear and some materials we’ll use in skills training, such as water filters and ropes for hanging food at night.  Everything we will need for overnight will be carried into the backcountry where we will make camp,

    Working as a group goals would be to teach the basics of shelter, fire, water, personal hygiene and camp food.  It will be extremely helpful if participants have either (1) been to the beginning backpacking class or (2) have prior camping experience.    

    Shelter:  We would cover how to pitch a backpacking tent and keep the inside dry.  We will also show various methods of erecting a tarp.

    Fire:  We would teach how to gather tinder and fuel and how to start and safely maintain a fire.

    Water:  Various water collection and purification procedures will be demonstrated.

    Personal Hygiene:  Personal cleanliness and “bathroom” processes will be explained.

    Camp Food:  Leaders will demonstrate and prepare a camp dinner and a camp breakfast.  Group involvement is a key part of our club culture for shared camp duties for meal preparation and clean up procedures.  So, we will involve everyone in the process.  Methods will be discussed and demonstrated for keeping a clean camp and protecting food from critters.  

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 07 Oct 2017
    • Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and Porcupine Mountains State Park Sightseeing, Upper Peninsula, MI

    Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and

    Porcupine Mountains State Park Sightseeing,

    Upper Peninsula, MI

    Sunday, October 1 through Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Co-Leaders: Elden Hartman: elhart54@sbcglobal.net and Roger Coulter: jroger7@aol.com            

    Trip Fee: $355.00

    Cancellation Date: August 15, 2017          

    Rating: Beginner to Moderate Level; Adults and Teenagers 14 or older, with experience

    We will depart Indianapolis early in the morning on Sunday, October 1, 2017 and drive through Rockford, IL and then straight up through the middle of WI into the Upper Peninsula of MI, to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, where we will spend two nights in a rustic cabin with 8 bunks near the shores of Lake Superior. We will spend a full day there on Monday to see some beautiful sights of the “Porkies”, including the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area, the Escarpment Trail and the Overlook Trail.  On Tuesday, we will drive 70 miles to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, MI, stopping on the way at Sylvania Outfitters to pick up our canoe paddles and PFDs. Our canoes will be shuttled for us to the Clark Lake landing. We will camp four nights in a primitive wilderness campsite on Clark Lake about a one hour paddle (and no portaging) from our entry point, and take some day paddles or hikes from our base camp there. Sylvania Wilderness is a beautiful and pristine area of 18,000 acres, with 34 lakes, and 25 miles of hiking trails and portages. The portages are well-maintained and easy trails of short to moderate length. One of the days while we are camping in Sylvania, we will take a day trip in the van to the resort town of Eagle River, WI, about 35 miles away.  We will leave our campsite on Clark Lake early on Saturday morning, paddle back to the landing, and hit the road after a much-needed hot shower, arriving home late Saturday evening.

    The trip fee will include all meals and snacks on Monday through Friday, except for the day we travel to Eagle River, and meals on the drive up and drive home on Sunday and Saturday. We will provide the stoves, fuel, cook gear, eating and drinking cups, plates, and eating utensils. For suppers, we will have home-made dehydrated meals or Mountain House entrees, and Ramen noodles, along with some puddings or other desserts. We may be able to have some fried fish to supplement our regular menu, if we have fishermen, and they catch fish they can keep. For lunches, we will have peanut butter, jelly, tuna in foil packs, Miracle Whip or mayonnaise on tortillas, flatbread or sandwich thins. There will also be beef jerky, summer sausage, dried apples, and granola bars for snacks. For breakfasts, we will have bacon, eggs, oatmeal, granola, and pancakes, but probably not all for the same breakfast! We will have coffee singles, tea bags, Crystal Lite drink mix packets, and hot cocoa for drinks. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted. We will have filtered lake water to drink at all times as well. If you have any special dietary needs or complaints with the above fare, let me know. There will be weight and space restrictions on what you can bring. The club leaders will bring all the food and gear needed for the trip. You will just need an inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent, and clothes. No bulky foam pads or metal chairs will be allowed, and cans and bottles are prohibited pursuant to National Forest regulations.

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Holiday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260

    CIWC Bi-Monthly Gathering

    October 4, 2017 at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN

     Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Event Coordinator: Dave Hoffmeyer   (ciwcinfo@gmail.com)

    Come and join us on Wednesday October 4th for our regular bi-monthly gathering at Holliday Park. 

    Doors open at 6:30 PM and there will be light refreshments in the corridor outside the auditorium.  (No food and drink allowed in the Auditorium. Please!).  At 7:00 PM we will assemble in the Auditorium for three interesting presentations.

    Activity #1:  Freezer bag meal demonstration and workshop.  We will be putting together several “Freezer bag meals” for your use on future trips.   The club will have some home-made ingredients to put together some tasty meals for use in the Backcountry.   We have been using several of these on recent trips and love not only how they taste but that you only have to add hot water! You can eliminate the need for cookware as well as having to do dishes.   Bring a foam type beer can koozie if you want to eat at the meeting or you can take your meals home with you.

     Presentation: We will have a trip review from the attendees of the recent Pictured rocks and Tahquamenon Falls trip in Michigan. This trip has become a club favorite and we will also share some tips on planning future trips to this beautiful area.

    Activity #2:  2018 Trip planning workshop, we will start discussing places and dates for next year’s adventures!  Come with your ideas and see what we are thinking.  Even if you have not been trained to lead a trip we have trip leader training upcoming and have other trained leaders that may be looking for additional co-leaders. Time to start dreaming and getting excited about 2018!

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

    Please RSVP and update as needed so that the event host can plan for the refreshments and seating. 

    Don't forget to invite your friends. 


    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Lost in the Woods

    October 7-8, 2017 

    Leaders: Bob Hart and Steve Kinch

    Contact: ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    Cost: $30     

    Cancellation Date and full payment: September 15, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum  11   Minimum  8
    Wilderness Level:  3                       

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Lost in the Woods

    Are you ready to become a survivor?  On this trip we’ll learn the importance and value of carrying “THE ESSENTIALS” in your day pack.   The scenario – we’re out day hiking and something goes wrong.  Now we are forced to spend the night in the woods with only the contents of our day packs to SURVIVE.


    This will be an intermediate trip (not for beginners) and we’ll work together to make a shelter, find water, build a fire and improvise with basic tools you will have in your day pack.  A list of essentials will be provided by the leaders and it will compare very closely with the classic and modern lists that outdoor experts and survivalists use.   Tents and sleeping bags are out so you’ll be improvising to make a shelter and stay warm during the night.  You’ll also be working as a team.  Not only will it be fun but rewarding as a memorable learning experience.  We are asking that everyone who applies should have spent a minimum of 3 nights in previous backcountry situations.



     

    This will be a reprise of a similar CIWC event from 2015.  The participants in that event were all newer members in the club at the time with less than 2 years of club experience.  Six of that group have gone on to become trip leaders and 3 became members of the board. So, they were successful and what a confidence builder!



    The exact destination will be withheld until the end but you’ll be guided to meet at a rendezvous point outside of the wilderness.  The event will last just a bit over 24 hours from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.  The cost (estimated at $30) will cover “one last meal” (at lunch) and some surprises.  You’ll be expected to submit a medical form and sign a waiver and release.

    Additional information including a list of what to bring will be supplied after you sign up.  Cancellation date is:  Sept 15, 2017.


    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • Appalachian Trail, Virginia

    Appalachian Trail, Virginia – McAfee Knob/Triple Crown
    October 13-17, 2017

    Co-Leader: Leslie Green (lesliekgreen@gmail.com)

    Co-Leader: Barb Shanks (barb.shanks103@gmail.com)

    Trip cost: $270

    Cancellation Date and full payment: August 7, 2017

    Adults only

    Group Size: Maximum 9 Minimum 7

    Wilderness Level: 2              Difficulty Rating: Strenuous 2 days at 10+ miles per day

     McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail and a bucket list item for hikers around the world. Beyond that we’ll actually be taking in the “Triple Crown” that includes McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliff and Dragon’s Tooth in this AT trip to Central Virginia 

    We will start on Friday afternoon with a stay along the way in Beckley WV.  A short ways along from there, our first hike will be the Dragon’s Tooth, a unique geologic feature that consists of Tuscarora quartzite spires which outcrop on the top of Cove Mountain. Then we’ll stay in Daleville VA before we start a 21 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.  Along the way we will view the Tinker Cliff, stay in two AT shelters and have plenty of time to take in the scenery get all our pictures of the Blue Ridge Mountains when we arrive at the McAfee Knob.  The trip is planned from Friday to Tuesday with hopes of avoiding the hiker crowds in the shelters over the week-end.  Surely the fall colors will also be part of our trail delight. 

    The trip price includes two nights’ hotel lodging with breakfasts, two trail breakfasts, two trail dinners, shuttles, and transportation in the club van.  In preparation for the trip a couple of day hikes and a possible overnight hike will be arranged.

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Holliday Park Nature Center, 6363 SpringMill Rd. Indianapolis

    CIWC Volunteer Day

       October 14, 2017 at Holliday Park

       6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

     

    Time:  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM noon

    Event Coordinator: Dave Hoffmeyer   dave.hnm@gmail.com

    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 luminarias 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 register (free) to help us anticipate turnout.  

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Morgan-Monroe, Indiana

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Beginners Backpacking Trip 

    Morgan-Monroe Backpacking Skills Trip

    October 28-29, 2017

    Trip Leaders:  Lisa Forester and Diane Osborn  (ciwcinfo@gmail.com)

      

    Cost: $25 (non-refundable) for Sat Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and use of club gear -  Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Maximum/Minimum number: 8/6

    Morgan–Monroe State Forest (south of Martinsville)

    October 28, 2017, 9:30 AM to October 29, 2017 12:00 pm   (no rain date)

    Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.

    Cancellation Date: October 14th (fee must be received by this date)

      

    Learn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC members.  First priority for this trip is reserved for those who have not yet participated in a beginner trip in 2017.  The trip will then open to other members who have attended an event this year and would like to attend another one.

    Rendezvous point: To be announced.  

    First order of the day will be to get acquainted and then make sure everyone has their pack adjusted properly.  Group items will be dispersed among the participants, which will consist of group food, cooking and kitchen gear and some materials we’ll use in skills training, such as water filters and ropes for hanging food at night.  Everything we will need for overnight will be carried into the backcountry where we will make camp,

    Working as a group, goals will be to teach the basics of shelter, fire, water, personal hygiene and camp food.    

    Cost is $25 per person to cover the cost of group food, cost of using club equipment and fuel for the camp stoves.  Online payment is required to get on the list.  After we reach 8 people a waitlist will be started.  

    After camp set up there should be time for relaxation or area exploration (day hike) before we begin supper preparation. Both Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast will be group meals and will be done by camp duty sharing.  Any other food such as Saturday lunch and snacks is your personal responsibility and should be placed in a separate bag for securing against unwanted animal visitors.

    On Sunday after breakfast we will pack up camp and hike back to the trail head parking lot.   

    Don’t have gear?  CIWC has tents and backpacks you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters.  Suggested personal gear list will be provided by your trip leaders.  

    All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation.



      




    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd.  Indianapolis
    • 34

    Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes

    November 4, 2017

    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

     

    Event Host:  Rick Kischuk rkischuk@umich.edu


    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: 40/10

    Holliday Park:  6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis


    Date: November 4, 2017 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


    Cancellation Date: October 15th (fee must be received by this

    date).


    The entire day (9 AM to 4 PM) at Holliday will be devoted to Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes.  These are for current CIWC trip leaders with certifications expiring before the 2018 trip season and / or those new people wishing to become trip leaders. 

    This training is required to be a CIWC 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 3 years. 


    Holliday Park is located at 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis.  Building opens at 9:00 AM and the WFA class will start approximately at 9:15 AM and will go 4 to 4.5 hours.


    There will be a short lunch break so bring a sack lunch as there will not be time to leave the property. 


    The CPR class will start promptly at 1:45 PM. 

    We have to be out of the building by 4:00 PM

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

    Please send questions to:  Rick Kischuk at rkischuk@umich.edu

    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 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 required for the BWFA class.  You can choose either at the corresponding price.  $25 for the field guide or $15 for the eBook.  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. 

    ·     CPR gets discounted from $45 to $25 if you take the CPR the same day as WFA. 

    ·     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. 

      


    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 12 Nov 2017
    • Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

    Hocking Hills Hiking /Cabin Weekend Trip

    November 10-12, 2017


    Trip Leader: Lisa Forester (ciwcinfo@gmail.com)

    Co Leader: Mary Weerts (ciwcinfo@gmail.com )

    Cost: $170

    Maximum number: 10 Minimum number: 8

    Cancellation Date and full payment: October 8, 2017

    Adult &Youth 16+ with adult okay

    Wilderness Level - 2                

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (6-10 miles)

    Come spend fall weekend admiring the beauty of the waterfalls, cliffs, gorges and rock shelters while hiking the trails at Hocking Hills State Park. Experience the largest recessed cave in Ohio as well as the nearly 100-foot tall waterfall. This is expected to be a slow paced hike as we take pictures and take in the beauty of the park.

    Rendezvous details will be communicated later as we’ll be taking the club van.  On the way to Hocking Hills, we will be stopping for dinner along the way, which each person will be responsible for. The trip is estimated to be 3 ½ hours driving, so we hope to arrive around 9 pm Friday night. Two state park cottages have been reserved, which are close to each other.

    Saturday morning we’ll wake up and enjoy a freshly made breakfast at the cottage before embarking on the trails at Hocking Hills. There are six trails ranging from ¼ mile up to 2 ½ miles we will be hiking. Most of the trails will be lined with cliffs with the possibility of ice formations coming off the rocks and possibly the waterfalls as well. Depending on how much time we are at each site, we can add the rim trails as well. Along the way, we will eat lunch at one of the sites which everyone will be responsible for themselves.

    After spending the day hiking, we will come back to the cabins to cook dinner and relax in front of the fire. Breakfast will be provided Sunday before leaving as well.

    The cost of $170 includes travel in the club van, lodging in the cabin with up to four others, two breakfasts and one dinner. Cabin duties will be shared.  Dinner on the drive to Hocking Hills and Saturday lunch is at your own expense.




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