Upcoming events

    • 19 May 2022
    • 22 May 2022
    • Cades Cove, 10042 Campground Dr, Townsend, TN 37882
    Registration is closed

    Cades Cove

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

    May 19-22, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Phyllis Legan and Cindy Durr

    Type of Trip: Hiking/Camping/Biking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $60/$30

    Cancellation Date and full payment: April 19, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 3  (in Cades Cove), 4 on hike to AT

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous hiking with elevation gain of 2,832 ft, 11 miles of  moderated biking

    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.

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    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: 12/7 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.

    Join us for May flowers, mountain views and the history of Cades Cove. We will be front country camping (small tents only) in Cades Cove Group campground. Only 4 vehicles may park at the campsite, but more parking is available a short distance away. We plan to hike to Spence field via the Anthony Creek trail out of Cades Cove on Friday. This trail is a 10.3-mile roundtrip hike with an elevation gain of 2,832’. It is considered quite strenuous. Conditioning ahead of time is a must!


    We will bike the Cades Cove loop (11 miles) beginning Saturday morning. Bike rental is available at your cost or bring your own. We will stop for lunch and a shorter hike that afternoon. After camp clean-up on Sunday, we will head back to Indiana.

    Activities may be weather dependent.

    Provide your own transportation or carpool with another group member Three breakfasts and three suppers will be provided by the leaders. Each participant will provide their own lunches, snacks and meals on the road. Camp chores and clean-up duties will be shared by all participants.

    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. 


    • 21 May 2022
    • 27 May 2022
    • Great Alleghany Passage, 13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502

    The Great Alleghany Passage Trail

    Pittsburg, PA to Cumberland, MD

    May 21-27, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders:  John South and Chris York

    Type of Trip: Biking/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $460/$230

    Cancellation Date and full payment: March 20, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate; 10 mph, 150 total miles, 36 miles one day max; Rail to Trails, wider tires

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    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: 8/7 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 Great Allegany Passage (GAP) is a top 10 bicycle trail in the US. This rail trail trip will start in Pittsburg and 150 miles later arrive in Cumberland Maryland. The trail parallels several rivers, passes through tunnels, over high trestles and goes by many small communities. See more information at gapride.org or bikecando.com

    Our trip will start Saturday May 21st and arrive home on Friday May 27 prior to Memorial Day weekend. Mileage will vary each day from a low of 24 to a high of 36. We will camp each night in campgrounds. Camping equipment and extra clothing will be transported for you between sites. While camping; breakfast and dinner will be provided. Meals on the road and while cycling will be at the cost of each participant.

    A multi-speed bike in good condition will be needed. Lights are required for tunnels. A handlebar bag to transport wallet, camera, phone and other personal items is suggested. A rear rack with truck bag or panniers to transport a small first aid kit, light jacket or rain gear is also needed. A bicycle with wider tires 1.25” to 2” is highly recommended to safely travel on a gravel surface.

    This event is not a race and each participant will have plenty of time to travel to each day’s destination. The rider will need to be fit enough to bike 35 miles and tolerate sitting on a saddle for that time period for 5 straight days.

    There will be an opportunity to visit Falling Water a Frank Lloyd Wright home. That cost will be in addition to the trip price. The cost is $30/person and reservations are needed.

    Health and Safety Notice- we will be traveling together in one or two vehicles from Indianapolis to Pittsburg and return. We will also prepare and serve communal meals. Should you be in ill health or have compromised immune system we would request you don’t attend this 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. 


    • 21 May 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • 6000 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes

    May 21, 2022

    9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

     

    Event Host:  John Carlson ciwcinfo@gmail.com


    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: 30/10

    Location:  Fort Harrison State Park, Camp Glenn Recreation Building 702 (near the Visitor Center & Park Office)


    Date: May 21, 2022 – 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM


    Cancellation Date: NA


    The entire day (9:30 AM to 6:30 PM) at Fort Harrison State Park, Camp Glenn Recreation Building 702, will be devoted to Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) and CPR Classes.  These are especially for current CIWC trip leaders with certifications expiring before the 2020 trip season and/or those new people wishing to become trip leaders. Other members of CIWC are welcome to take the classes as well.

    This training is required to be a CIWC overnight 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 several years.


    There will be a short lunch break, so bring a sack lunch as there will not be time to leave the property.  Everyone is welcome to bring snacks and drinks. There is a kitchenette, which includes a refrigerator with freezer and microwave. Utensils and dishes are not provided.

    The CPR class will start late afternoon. 

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

    Please send questions to:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    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 be sure to 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.
    • A field guide (soft cover, water resistant booklet) is included in the fee for the BWFA class. 
    • CPR gets discounted from $45 to $25 if you take the CPR class the same day as BWFA.
    • 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.

    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 Jun 2022
    • 03 Jun 2022
    • 2355 E 75 S, Albion 46701
    Register

    Chain O'Lakes State Park Mid-Week

    Albion, IN

    June 1-3, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Bob Klecka

    Type of Trip: Food/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $50/$50

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 1, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2 - spotty cell coverage         

    Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate park hiking trails

    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.

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Group Size: 8/7 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.

    JOIN US FOR MID-WEEK SUMMER FUN AT CHAIN O’ LAKES STATE PARK in Albion, Indiana. We will camp in the non-electric campground loop in 4 adjoining sites. Activities at the park include paddling the 9 connecting lakes (rental canoes and kayaks are available or you can bring your own), hiking, swimming, and fishing.

    The club will provide 2 breakfasts, charcoal, firewood, stove fuel, and ice as needed for coolers. Everyone will bring their own lunch/snack items, cold beverages, dinner meat (or veggie “meat”) to grill each evening, and a dinner side item to share potluck style. 

    Boat rental and park entry ($7 or annual pass) will also be everyone’s own responsibility. 

    This will be a leisurely recreational trip, so beginner paddlers are welcome, and we will pace our paddling to fit the needs and experience of the group. PFDs will be required when paddling and personal boats must have a DNR lake permit sticker on them (available at the park office). 

    All trip details will be sent out to participants after the cancellation date, May 1.

    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. 


    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • Shades State Park, 7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989
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    Beginners Backpacking Trip

    Shades State Park

    Waveland, Indiana 

    June 4-5, 2022


    Trip Leaders: Dave Hoffmeyer and Phyllis Legan

    Type of Trip: Backpacking; Hiking

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    Cost: $25 (non Refundable) - Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast; Use of club gear - Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 12

    Difficulty: Beginner

    Rain Date: TBD

    ***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.

    Learn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC members. We will meet at the entrance of Shades State Park and drive to the Hickory Parking lot located within the park. From there we will get acquainted and do some light hiking with maps, snacks and water bottles. We will then make our way back to the parking lot to prepare for our hike to the back-country. Equipment will be disbursed between all hikers. Backpacks will be checked for weight distribution and fit. Everything we will need for our overnight experience will be carried in our backpacks over a moderate 2.5mi trail to our camping area.

    At the campsite we will work together to prepare our tent and kitchen sites while reviewing some camping etiquette. We will prepare a delicious dinner, using a few different types of backpack stoves. Additional activities will include using different water filter systems, hanging food bags and making a campfire. There will be time to explore the area before we pile around our campfire to discuss our day's events.

    In the morning we will heat up water for everyone to have their coffee, tea, oatmeal, etc. After breakfast we will break camp and hike back to the parking lot. Anyone who would like to continue hiking may do so on their own.

    You can Google Shades State Park for a map of the trails and Park information. I will try to have additional maps available as well.

    Don’t have gear? That’s no problem as CIWC has tents and other gear you can borrow.  We share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Suggested gear list will be provided by your trip leader.

    Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the leaders. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and snacks.

    All trip participants must fill out and submit a

    CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form. 

    After registration leaders will communicate additional details. 

    Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com


    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 2355 E 75 S, Albion 46701
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    Chain O'Lakes State Park

    Albion, IN

    June 4-5, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bob Hart and Shelly Burress

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $70/$70

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 6, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2          

    Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate 

    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.

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    ***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 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.

    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. 


    • 08 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    CIWC Social & Presentation

    June 8, 2022, at Holliday Park

    6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis


    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Event Coordinator: John Carlson (ciwcinfo@gmail.com)

    What's In Your Pack

    CIWC is a club that likes to teach its members.  We also like to share our knowledge so you can add to your list of wants as you grow in your experience with the outdoors.  We all need to start somewhere and even some of us who are experienced are constantly learning about better options.  

    Join us for a discussion of 'What’s in Your Pack'. We will feature a Panel discussion of various packs. Day Pack, Backpack and Wilderness Canoe pack. After the discussion the packs will be laid out on display for additional opportunities for question and answers.

    Please RSVP (register) to help us anticipate turnout.


    • 22 Jun 2022
    • 24 Jun 2022
    • Manistee River Loop, Brethren, MI,
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    Manistee River Loop

    Brethren Michigan

    June 22-24, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Steve Kinch and Jill Whelan

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $50/$50

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 22, 2022

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

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous - 10 miles for two days with moderate elevation gain and loss

    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.

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    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: 8/7 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.

    Come join us on this 3-day backpack trip in the Manistee National Forest of Lower Michigan.  We will meet at the Red River Bridge area on Wednesday, June 22nd at 11am to start our adventure.  The 1st day we will hike 5-9 miles on the Manistee River Trail and camp near Eddington Creek on the North Country Trail.  The hike will wet our appetite for the next day’s hike. 

    The 2nd day will be the jewel of the trip.  We will have stunning vistas of the river and the forested east shore. We will cross a wooden replica of the mighty Mackinaw Bridge and continue along the east side of Manistee River. We will cover 8-10 miles on the 2nd day and make camp along the river.

    Day 3 we will hike the North Country Trail back to our cars.  We will cover 3-4 miles.

    The club will provide 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners.  Each hiker should be prepared to carry some extra weight as we divide up the group food and equipment. Hikers are responsible for all meals in transit, as well as snacks and lunches on the trail.

    The club trip does not start until we meet at the trailhead on Wednesday. Participants may carpool or travel independently.

    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. 


    • 15 Jul 2022
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • Shawnee National Forest Headquarters 50 Hwy 145 South Harrisburg, IL 62946
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    Paddling Cache River - Hiking Shawnee National Forest

    Harrisburg, IL

    July 15-17, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Jim Patrick and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Paddling/Camping/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $72/$36

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 17, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Trip Difficulty: Beginner/Easy, 15 miles paddling; PFD required

    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.

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    Group Size: 12/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    ***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 will be in Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest.  It will be a combination trip of paddling and hiking.  If you’ve been wanting to try canoeing this will be a great trip for you. But all paddling experience levels are welcome.  The hikes will be short day hikes exploring a variety of trails.  We will be car camping so pack extra gear to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.  This also gives us the opportunity to cook in a way we normally don’t have on CIWC trips, cast iron dutch oven meals!

    Friday night everyone will drive themselves to meet up at a campground in the Shawnee National Forest.  From the Indianapolis area it is a 4-5 hour drive so car pooling is an option.  Everyone is on their own for dinner.

    Saturday morning we’ll enjoy a hot dutch oven breakfast.  Then we’ll head over to the outfitters to enjoy a 2-3 hour guided paddling tour of the Cache River.  Spending time on the water with the unique opportunity to learn about the river’s history, geology and ecology while in the heart of Illinois’s hidden bayou.  The Cache River Wetlands is America's northernmost cypress/tupelo swamp.  On the drive back to camp we will stop for lunch and a couple hikes.  After enjoying a dutch oven dinner we’ll watch the sunset from the rugged rocky cliff tops of the Garden of the Gods followed up with warm dutch oven cobbler around a campfire.

    Sunday morning we’ll break camp after another hot breakfast then head out to some trails in the area before driving home.

    Meals – breakfast Saturday and Sunday along with dinner Saturday, included.  Participants will need to bring lunch Saturday and Sunday.

    Want to learn more about the Cache River and the trails in the Shawnee National Forest?  A Google search can provide many helpful sites, photos and videos.


    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. 


    • 22 Jul 2022
    • 24 Jul 2022
    • Tippecanoe State Park, 4200 N. U.S. 35 Winamac, IN 46996
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    Paddle and Camp Tippecanoe River State Park

    Winamac, IN

    July 22-24, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Paddle/Camping

    Trip Cost:  Tandem Canoe - $75 (2 per canoe required);

    Single Kayak - $100; 

    Personal Canoe or Kayak - $50

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 20, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 3 - cell phone coverage

    Trip Difficulty: 1 - 12 miles per day/6 hours

    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: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    ***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 plan is for an overnight paddle trip on the Tippecanoe River with camping at the Tippecanoe River State Park with camp sites reserved on the water.

    Arrive at Tippecanoe River State Park Friday evening. In the morning we will drive to Riverside Canoe, by 8:00 AM on Saturday July 23, the Livery will shuttle us 24 miles to the put in point upstream.

    Lunch will be on the water, please bring your own food to eat for both days.

    Dinners and breakfasts will be on your own. We will bring a Coleman stove for hot water. Please bring your “backpacking stoves”, cookware and food.  

    Riverside Rentals
    589 E Old State Rd 14
    Winamac, IN 46996
    574-946-3142

    The cost will be $75 per person if paddling in a rented tandem canoe (2 per canoe required), $100 paddling rented kayak. Personal boat (canoe/kayak) $50

    This is a beginner to intermediate level trip. There will be 2 days, 12 miles each day (approximately 6 hours of paddling each day). Be prepared for full day of paddling both days. Some paddle experience is required. PFD/Life jackets are required to wear on all CIWC sponsored trips.

    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 Aug 2022
    • 13 Aug 2022
    • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 33303 Headquarters Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953
    Register

    Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

    & Sylvania Wilderness

    Ontonagon, MI

    August 6-13, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Elden Hartman and Linda Conti

    Type of Trip: Backpacking/Paddle

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $444/$222

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 6, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2.5 - EMS accessible most of the time within 1-2 hours or at other tines within 1/2 day 

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate and Rugged; Possible 13 mile hike option; 2-8 miles of hiking; PDF required; 

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.

    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: 6/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    ***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.

    We will depart from the south side or west side of Indianapolis early in the morning a 6 passenger Chevrolet Silverado with a covered bed.  We will drive to the Upper Peninsula of MI, to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, where we will spend four nights in a rustic cabin with 4 bunkbeds near the shores of Lake Superior. We will spend three days exploring the park and hiking some of the beautiful trails in the park, including the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area, the Escarpment Trail, Presque Isle River Waterfalls loop, Summit Peak Observation Tower, Union Mine Trail, and others. Early on Wednesday morning, we will drive 70 miles south to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, MI. We will camp three nights in a primitive wilderness campsite on Clark Lake, about a 45 minute 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. The portages are well-maintained and easy trails of short to moderate length. We will leave our campsite on Clark Lake early on Saturday morning, paddle back to the landing, and start our trip home.

    The trip fee will include all meals and snacks from Saturday night through Friday night. The trip leader will provide the stoves, fuel, cook gear, eating and drinking cups, plates, and eating utensils. There will be weight and space restrictions on what you can bring. The club leader will bring all the food and gear needed for the trip. You will just need to bring a sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent, and a minimal amount of clothes and toiletries. Bulky foam pads, seats and chairs are discouraged because of weight and space reasons, and cans and bottles are prohibited pursuant to National Forest regulations


    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 Aug 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 07 Aug 2022
    • Lincoln Trail State Park, 16985 E 1350th, Rd, Marshall, IL
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    Beginners Paddle/Camping Trip
    Lincoln Trail State Park, Illinois

    August 6-7, 2022


    Trip Leaders: Janice Windes and Barb Bates

    Type of Trip:  Paddling; Camping

    Contact:  ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    Cost: $25 (non Refundable); Plus Campsite and Canoe/Kayak Rental; - Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast; Use of club gear - Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

    You can bring your own canoe/kayak or rent from the park. We will split the camp fee. Will reserve 2 sites ($30 divided by number going)

    Adults Only

    Maximum number: 6

    Difficulty: Beginner

    Rain Date: TBD

    ***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 a nice summer paddle/camping weekend at Lincoln Trail State Park in Marshall, IL. We will meet at Lincoln Trail State Park (LTSP) at Noon CST (1 pm EST) on Saturday. From there we will find our campsite, set up camp, then spend 2-4 hours on the water. We will go over basic paddling skills and safety. Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) are required. If you have your own canoe or kayak, feel free to bring it. The park does have a couple of tandem aluminum canoes and some kayaks to rent if you do not have your own. This is not included in the cost. We will explore the lake which is a small and usually quiet place. The campsite will not have electric, but will have water and restrooms. We will also learn various ways to build a fire, set up a tarp, filter water, learn leave no trace principles, and will prepare a backcountry dinner and breakfast.

    Don’t have gear? CIWC has tents you can borrow and we will share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves, water filters and equipment to make hot water. Participants are responsible for their own lunch and snacks.

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

    CIWC Medical Form and Unified Waiver Form  

    Cost is $25 for dinner, breakfast and use of club gear. Participants will bring their own lunch, snack and drink items. Gear lists and trip details will be emailed prior to the trip. Some club backpacks and tents may be available for loan on a first come, first served basis.

    After registration leaders will communicate additional details. 

    Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com 


    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • Brown County, IN
    Register

    Lighten Your Load on the Trail 

    Workshop and Overnight Hike

    Brown County, IN

    August 13-14, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders:  Leslie Green

    Type of Trip: Food/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $65/$65

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 13, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Trip Difficulty: Easy/Beginner

    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: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    ***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.

    Have you complained and labored with the weight of your backpack? Do you come home from a hike with a pack full of extra stuff you didn’t even use?  Are you new to backpacking and don’t know what to bring?  This hands-on training session will give you techniques, tricks, tools, and tips to reduce the weight you carry on the trail.  Then you’ll put your new-found knowledge (and gear) to the test with an overnight hike.  We will use some of the ideas of the ultralight hiking gurus without risking comfort or safety.  This trip could be good for beginning backpackers that haven’t yet invested in equipment and can use the information to select the best, lightest gear. The session includes:

    • Making and using your own alcohol stove cook kit
    • Making a ditty bag of camp essentials at less than 8 ounces
    • Making a personal first aid kit
    • Determining your clothing system for various seasons
    • Evaluating your sleep system and shelter system – examining options
    • Evaluating water treatment systems and the lightest weight options for various situations
    • Creating a menu that provides tasty, substantive nutrition and energy without weighing you down
    • Learning what things weigh zero in your pack

    The cost of the workshop and trip includes lunch, dinner, breakfast, and snacks; a new cook kit (stove, pan, lid, wind screen) that you will create, fuel for cooking and a ditty bag with toiletries & a first aid kit that you will assemble.  You’ll also receive a resource guide that you can use after the trip.

    We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon on Saturday in a location to be determined in Brown County and then take an overnight hike to the Fox Den on the Tecumseh Trail.

    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. 


    • 15 Aug 2022
    • 24 Aug 2022
    • Isle Royale National Park, Grand Portage, MN
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    Backpacking Isle Royale National Park

    Grand Portage, MN

    August 15-24, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bob Hart, Barb Shanks and Jimmy Hodges

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $845/$495

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 15, 2022

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

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous: 45-50 miles. Some long days over hard/rocky trails.

    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: 6/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only and Experienced Backpacker 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.

    Overview:  Isle Royale is North America’s least visited, but most re-visited National Park. This will be a 10-day trip including 4 travel days due to the distance from Indiana to Minnesota. We will be backpacking the length of the Isle Royal primarily on the Greenstone Trail (with some deviations) over 6 days and 5 nights.  Our backpacking trip begins at Windigo Ranger station and will end at Rock Harbor or 3 Mile Camp. 

    Itinerary:  We will leave the Indianapolis area at 8:00 AM on August 15 and stay in a motel en-route, in Wisconsin.  Continue to Grand Portage area the following day.  Upon arrival to Grand Portage we will visit the Grand Portage National Monument.  A stop at the Heritage Center, with two floors of exhibits and a series of short feature films, will show us the importance of the partnership between the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the Northwest Company during the North American fur trade.  We will take a short hike on the Mount Rose loop trail for a stunning overlook of the historic depot, Grand Portage Bay and Mount Josephine.  Stay in Motel again that night. 

    On August 17 we’ll embark on the Voyager II Ferry to Windigo Harbor / Ranger Station where we register and will begin our hike.  Campsites include Island Mine, Hatchet, Chicken Bone (or possibly McCargo Cove), Daisy Farm and either 3 Mile or Rock Harbor. Daily backpacking distances estimated at 7-13 miles per day.  Water availability and ferry schedules are variables. 

    Meals:  Participants will bring, carry and prepare all of their own food.  Leaders will furnish Jet boils for heating water.  Also, each participant will be responsible for cleanup and carrying out their own trash.  Also, travel meals are on your own. More details and guidance will be provided as we get closer to our departure.

    Motel Rooms:  On the way up we will stay Monday night at Rice Lake Wisconsin, 3 rooms, with 2 per room.  On Tuesday night we stay at Grand Marais, MN, 3 rooms, with 2 per room.

    On the return trip we motel one night in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, 3 rooms, 2 per room. 

    Clothing and Gear:  Prepare for rain and summer weather in the Lake Superior area.  Part of the hike will be on uneven-rock terrain requiring robust hiking boots.

    Preparations:  Participants must be experienced backpackers, in good physical shape and able to hike carrying a minimum of 30-35 lb. The amount of water we must carry will be 3-4 liters each.  We will be having a mandatory overnight backpacking shakedown hike to insure we are all ready for this trip.  Leaders will determine the readiness of each participant.

    Trip Price:  You must pay ½ of the trip price upfront and the balance by the cancellation date.  Trip price includes travel expenses, (we plan to rent a van), three nights lodging at motels while traveling to and from Minnesota, ferry fees, and daily use fees to be on the island.

    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. 


    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 28 Aug 2022
    • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 8901 Grand Avenue Pl, Duluth, MN 55808
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    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

    Superior National Forest, MN

    August 20-28, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Paddling

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $660/$330

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 20, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 4 - Very Remote   

    Trip Difficulty: Less than 50 miles paddling total; less than 10 miles paddling one day max; estimated 20+ portages less than a mile; terrain includes hills with rocks and roots

    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: 6/6 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.

    Boundary Waters Canoe Trip, Superior National Forest, MN August 20-280, 2022

    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.

    Who Should Participate in this Trip:

    This trip will be suited for those new to the Boundary Waters or those with canoe tripping experience.  The route is planned for a beginner friendly group. However you should have some backcountry camping experience. At times we will be two days or more from a road access.  You will need to be a good physical shape in order to carry weight over portages and be able camp in remote places over the better part of a week.  See prerequisites below.  If you want to experience wilderness travel at its best you’ll want to go canoe camping in the Boundary Waters.  If needed, Introduction to Canoe Camping can be your qualifying event. 

    Prerequisites:

    • Introduction to Canoe Camping or similar experience (check with leaders)
    • Ability to Carry 40-45 lb. Packs and Canoes Over Portages.
    •  A pre-trip meeting may be necessary to go over gear needs, packing requirements and trip logistics in general.   

      The two day ride up will allow for a relaxed drive, overnighting at a Wisconsin hotel 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.

      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. 


      • 16 Sep 2022
      • 18 Sep 2022
      • Jackson-Washington State Forest 127878 E. S.R. 250 Brownstown, IN 47220
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      Knobstone Trail Weekend

      Southern Indiana

      April 8-10, 2022

      September 16 - 18, 2022

      Co-Trip Leaders: Will Eshelman and Steve Kinch

      Type of Trip: Backpacking

      Trip Cost/Deposit: $40/$40

      Cancellation Date and full payment: March 8, 2022; October 16, 2022

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

      Trip Difficulty: Rugged - 29 miles total with 12 miles one day max with steep elevation gains and descents

      Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

      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: 8/7 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 Knobstone Trail gets its rugged character and name from the ridge of bluffs and knobs (hills) known as the Knobstone Escarpment.  This trip we will start at the New Chapel access and hike 29 miles south to the Spurgeon Lake access. 

      This 3 day trip on 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 a 25-35 lb. backpacks an average of 10 miles a day. This is an average, we may hike as much as 12. We will also have an elevation each day of up to 1500 feet.  We will have a shakedown hike on April 2 at a location in Morgan Monroe State Forest. Those signing up for this trip should plan to attend the shakedown.

      The plan is to meet at the Spurgeon trail head and shuttle to New Chapel early Friday morning.  Water may need to be cached beforehand depending on the trail conditions and the leaders will evaluate to ensure we have adequate water. We will navigate the many ridges and ravines of the Knobstone over three days and we will end at the Spurgeon Lake trailhead Sunday afternoon.

      Participants are responsible for all meals and for own transportation to the trail head

      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. 


      • 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
      • 08 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 1-8, 2022

      Co-Trip Leaders: Dave Hoffmeyer and Bob Klecka

      Type of Trip: Backpacking

      Trip Cost/Deposit: $560/$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 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 58 of the 100 Miles for the North Country Trail hike 100 challenge.  

      The hike is 5 days long covering 58 miles.  Daily mileage is 10-12 miles with one 14.5-mile day.  While there are some hills the terrain is fairly gentle for a trip of this long with uphill portions being rather short. 32 of the 58 miles follow the beautiful Lake Superior Shoreline. We will begin at Tahquamenon Falls State Park after camping there the first night and the hike will end at the trail town of Grand Marais Michigan before heading home on Saturday the 8th.  For Ernest Hemingway fans, we will be camping one night at the mouth of the Big Two Hearted River.

      3 nights of camping will be in State Parks, 1 in a State Forest Campground and 2 will be dispersed backcountry camping.  Transportation is included with one private vehicle and one rented minivan.  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 10 or more.

      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. 


      • 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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