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Officers for 2013
President
 - Joe Ress
V.President
 - Marty Smith
Secretary
 - Sue Ann Cass
Treasurer
 - Bob Geiser
Day Hike Organizer
 - June Bretzin
Backpack Organizer
 - Bill Miller
Officers for 2014
President
 - Joe Ress
V.President
 - Marty Smith
Secretary
 - open
Treasurer
 - Gina Mast
Day Hike Organizer
 - June Bretzin
Backpack Organizer
 - Bill Miller

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Past Meetings

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2012
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Past Day Hikes

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2012
2011

Past Backpacking Trips

2014
2013
  • Nov 1-3 Backpacking trip to the Black Forest Trail, PA. 
  • Sep 27-29 - Dan A. led a Backpacking trip with four people on the west loop of the Allegheny Front Trail [in the Black Moshannon forest in Pa.] They camped Friday night at the trailhead - had perfect backpacking weather - and all enjoyed the trip.
  • Aug 17-18 Charlie D. led a canoe trip down the Grand River in Ashtabula County. Starting at the headwaters, near Shaffer Rdd., they paddled downstream for about 6 hours to River Glen where they camped for the evening. The next day they continued to Harpersfield in about 5 hours. 
  • Aug 9-11 Backpacking trip to Otter Creek in WV. We drove to the Bear Haven Campground Friday evening. On Saturday we headed up the East route to camp at our 'normal' site near the Moore Run Trail. On Sunday, we returned back to the cars via the Otter Creek Trail.
  • Jun 14-16 Backpacking trip to the Susquehanna Trail System. There was a large group with 12 people and one dog attending. Several backpackers from the NEOHBC joined in. The trail maintainer for that section led the hike. It was a bit damp as it rain a lot the previous day, but the weather was good. The coyotes were howling close by Saturday night. There were fresh bear tracks on the trail, but no bears were spotted. We gained two new members as a result of the trip.
  • May 24-27 (Memorial Day) Backpacking trip to Cranberry, WV [Brochure] [Map]
  • Apr 26-28 Backpacking trip to Laurel Highlands, PA
  • Mar 22-24 Dan B. led a Backpacking trip to Minister Creek, PA

2012
2011

Members - 2014

... no current list

News

* ALDHA Summer newsletter - Cover story about the search in Maine for Geraldine Largay.

* U.S. Debt in hiking terms. Start at Springer Mountain with $10,000 "bricks" of one hundred $100 bills. Face north and lay the "bricks" ten wide and ten long. You would now have a hiking path 26.1" wide and 61.4" long containing $1 million. Continue paving north and just before you arrive at Big Stamp Gap / USFS 42, you would reach $1 billion. Continue paving north through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and most of Virginia. You would reach the $1 trillion mark just before you arrived at the Jim & Molly Denton Shelter (969.1 miles). To represent the current $17+ trillion dollars of U.S. Total Public Debt Outstanding - you could finish paving all 2,185.9 miles of the Appalachian Trail, 3,100 miles of the Continental Divide Trail, 2,654 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, 1,444 miles of the Buckeye Trail in Ohio, 1,400 miles of the Florida Trail, 1,000 miles of the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, 790 miles of the Arizona Trail, 562 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail in western New York, 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, 330 miles of the Allegheny Trail in West Virginia, 300 miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail, 295 miles of the Pinhoti Trail in Alabama, 282 miles of the Sheltowee Trace Trail in Kentucky, 270 miles of the Long Trail in Vermont, 211 miles of the John Muir Trail in California, 205 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota, 92 miles of the Midstate Trail in Massachusetts, 85 miles of the Susquehannock Trail in Pennsylvania, 70 miles of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in Pennsylvania, 33 miles of the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska.

Membership/Forms

Membership - MUST also be a member of
  The Wilderness Center. 
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The Wilderness Center
Backpackers and Dayhikers Club
Backpackers' Trip Blanket Release Form


  As a participant in overnight trips, I am in physical, mental and emotional readiness for the rigors of the experience. As a participant in outdoor adventure sports, I realize that the fun of these sports holds certain hazards and inconveniences. I realize that I am dealing with the forces of nature and that I am dependent on myself alone to survive safely. I have adequately prepared and equipped myself for the challenges of such adventure. And deviation from equipment recommended by the trip leader is my decision, at my own risk.

  I hold harmless The Wilderness Center and the Backpacking Club, their officers, staff, and associates; the trip leaders; and fellow participants; from any physical, mental, or emotional injury which results from participating in a trip. I ask that all relatives, heirs, insurance carriers, and all others consider this document morally, if not legally, binding. I ask that they also hold harmless The Wilderness Center and the Backpacking Club officers, staff, associates; trip leaders; fellow participants; from any injury which results in participating in a trip.

  I agree that if the trip leader determines I am not prepared for the rigors of the trip, or that I am not properly equipped, then I will agree not to participate.

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The Wilderness Center
Backpackers and Dayhikers Club
General Club Policy
  1. All members must have a signed policy and blanket release on file.
  2. It is expected that participants will voluntarily judge their own abilities for a given trip. Not all trips are suitable for all members. Trip difficulties range from leisurely to strenuous off-trail bushwhacks. Trips will be rated for difficulty and/or experience level; however, changing weather conditions and time of year can easily change these ratings within hours. If you are unsure, ask trip leaders or other experienced club members.
  3. It is recommended that new club members and/or guests seek out the trip leaders and/or other club members prior to the first tip so we may ascertain your level of competence.
  4. You are expected to be self-reliant and prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally. Each individual is expected to have appropriate equipment for the given trip. The backpacking club will provide a minimum equipment list required as requested.
  5. Participants must inform trip leader if they are planning to go on an overnight trip. They must inform trip leader of any condition that would affect their abilities. Trip leaders have the right to request that the unprepared or ill equipped person not participate on a given trip for safety reasons. Anyone coming unprepared jeopardizes their own health and safety and because of the extra burden, jeopardizes the health and safety of all other participants.
  6. Club members sometimes organize additional major backpack trips. The extended nature of these trips involves considerably more planning and preparedness than the usual weekend outing, and also presents the potential for increased danger. For these trips, the trip leaders or planning committee may set their own criteria to judge the suitability of participants to help insure everyone's safety, health and enjoyment. Special needs for equipment, physical conditioning, etc. may also be required. On many trips, participants may be limited in number because of trail regulations, ecological concerns, or to be consistent with minimum impact camping guidelines.
  7. Alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms, and weapons are not permitted on club trips. This is a Wilderness Center policy, which affects all associated clubs.
  8. Good backpacking manners preclude bring "boom boxes", gasoline lanterns, and other items which detract from the wilderness experience of the group. If you insist on bringing a cell phone, the ringers must be turned off.
  9. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for and must accompany minors. An adult with written permission and written authorization for emergency medical treatment may accompany a minor in place of a parent or legal guardian. Adult must confirm with the trip leader in advance. Trip leader has the right to request they not come.
  10. After their first trip, all participants wishing to continue are expected to become members of The Wilderness Center and the Backpacking and Dayhikers Club. Dues for the backpacking club are set by the Executive Committee and are collected for each address to which materials are sent this covers the cost of mailings and some long-distance telephone calls required in trip planning. Dues are requested each January and are due at the time a person joins the club. They are not prorated.
  11. The TWC Backpackers and Dayhikers support the concept of minimum impact camping. All participants are expected to show sincere concern for protecting the ecological and scenic integrity of the places we visit.
  12. Each individual is responsible for bringing his or her own first aid kit. Items suggested for the first aid kit are included in the equipment list.
  13. Each individual is required to complete a personal medical information card and keep it in his or her pack on all club trips. The card will be provided by the trip leaders.
Approved by Club membership at the regular meeting on 3/16/90; to be effective 4/20/90.
Revised Summer 2001

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Trails

  1. Allegheny Forest, PA - N 41° 37.274' W 79° 09.190' - 10/98, 3/97, 12/96, 11/95, 11/92
    - Allegheny Hiking Trails
  2. Allegheny Front Trail, PA
  3. Archer's Fork, OH - N 39° 30.985' W 81° 12.709 - 50 Hikes - OH - #29 p147 - 9.5 mi - 6hrs - 375' rise - 3/10, 7/05, 3/96 
  4. Arizona - 03/02 - Strenuous - 10 Day 
  5. Bear Run, PA - N 39° 54.480' W 79° 27.550' - 50 Hikes - W PA - #14 p70 - 8.8 mi - 5+ hrs - 1,160' rise - 4/04, 8/02, 4/01, 4/00 - Easy - 3 Day - Near "Falling Water" 
  6. Black Forest, PA - 6/05, 10/02, 9/99, 9/94, 10/92 - Strenuous - 3 Day 
  7. Bucktail Path, PA - 6/10
  8. Buzzard Swamp Trail, PA
  9. Canaan Valley, WV - WV Guide - p70 - 13 mi - Bald Knob stren. - 2/98, 2/97, 2/96 
  10. Chapin Forest, OH - N 41° 35.367' W 81° 22.209' 
  11. Chuck Keiper Trail, PA - 2/00 
  12. Clear Creek, PA (Kennerdell) - 08/10
  13. Conkles Hollow - N 39° 27.255' W 82° 34.481' - 50 Hikes - OH - #5 p41 - 3.5 mi - 3 hrs - 230' rise 
  14. Cooke Forest SP, PA - 2/05
  15. Cranberry, WV - N 38° 17.708' W 80° 31.441' - WV Guide - p118 - 70 miles in 10 trails - 5/09, 5/04, 5/01, 5/98, 7/97, 5/95, 7/94 
  16. Delaware Water Gap, PA - Mod-Strenuous - 4 Day 
  17. Dolly Sods, WV - N 39° 01.946' W 79° 18.878' - WV Guide - p56 - 28mi total unmarked trails - 5/10, 7/98, 6/97, 6/96, 6/93 - Moderate - 3 Day  (Brochure)
  18. East Fork, OH - N 39° 00.389' W 84° 08.453' - 50 Hikes - OH - #39 p204 - 14 mi - 8 hrs - 125' rise - 6/02 - Moderate - 3 Day 
  19. Glade Creek, WV - WV Guide - p181 - 14 miles on 4 trails - 7/99 
  20. Grand Canyon Trip Planner
  21. Hickory Creek, PA - N 41° 41.482' W 79° 15.491' - 50 Hikes - W PA - #32 p139 - 11.6 mi - 7 hrs - 1,030' rise - 5/04, 4/022, 11/01, 6/00, 7/92 - Easy - 3 Day
  22. Jefferson Lake, OH - 02/09
  23. Kennerdell, PA - 11/05, 10/04 
  24. Lake Vesuvius, OH - N 38° 36.909' W 82° 37.457' - 50 Hikes - OH - #33 p167 - 8mi - 5hrs - 338' rise - 3/01, 11/93 - Park @ Iron Ridge Campsite
  25. Lamping Homestead, OH - N 39° 37.840' W 81° 11.444' - 50 Hikes - OH - #30 p154 - 3.25mi - 2.5hrs - 240' rise - 2/04, 2/95, 2/93
  26. Laurel Highlands, PA - N40° 24.613' W79° 00.273' - 13.3 miles - 4/09, 3/04, 3/02, 7/01, 11/99, 11/98, 11/97, 11/96 - Moderate - 3 Day
  27. Logan Trail, OH (BSA) - N 39° 22.966' W 82° 44.749' 
  28. Mid State Trail, PA - N 40° 49.330' W 77° 28.373' - 50 Hikes - C PA - #49 p203 - 27.8 mi - 3 days - 5,020' rise - 85 meter tunnel! 
  29. Minister Creek, PA - N 41° 37.285' W 79° 09.160' - 50 Hikes - W PA - #27 p121 - 6.3 mi - 4+ hrs - 1,030' rise - 11/04, 12//02, 12/01, 11/00, 4/99, 4/98, 4/97, 4/96, 4/95, 4/94, 4/93 - "Off-Trail" - Strenuous - 3 Day
  30. Morgan Sisters/Symmes Creek, OH
  31. Mt. Adams, WA - 8/09
  32. Mt. Rogers, VA - 7/02, 9/92 - Strenuous - 4 Day
  33. North Country Trail, PA - 6/95, 6/94, 6/93, 6/92
  34. North Fork Mtn Trail, WV - N 38° 58.904' W 79° 13.871' - WV Guide - p50-56 - 24 mi - 1way - no water - 5/05, 5/02, 8/97, 8/96 - Moderate - 4 Day
  35. Northern Cascades - 7/02 - Strenuous - 9 Day
  36. Oak Openings, OH - N 41° 32.645' W 83° 50.643' 
  37. Oil Creek, PA - [map] 50 Hikes - W PA - #46 p190 - 5.3 mi - 3 hrs - 950' rise - 3//05, 3/00 - Moderate - 3 Day
  38. O'Neil Woods, OH - N 41° 10.250' W 81° 35.465'
  39. Otter Creek, WV - N 39° 02.646' W 79° 39.784' - WV Guide - p82 - 45 mi on 11 trails - 9/09, 8/05, 9/04, 9/02, 10/01, 8/00, 9/99, 9/96, 7/95 - Moderate - 3 Day 
  40. PA Park Maps
  41. PA Reservations
  42. Penn-Rosevelt SP, PA - 06/01
  43. Pictured Rocks National  Lakeshore
  44. Pine Creek, PA - N 41° 33.432' W 77° 22.859' - 9/05, 7/97, 5/96 - To PA Grand Canyon!
  45. Presidential Range, NH - 07/10
  46. Quahanna, PA - N 41° 11.637' W 78° 30.636' - 50 Hikes - C PA - #50 p209 - 76.2 mi - 7 days - 9,790' rise - 4/05, 6/99, 8/95, 8/93
  47. Quebec Run Wild Area, PA
  48. Racoon Creek, PA - 50 Hikes - W PA - #44 p181 - 8.3 mi - 5 hrs - 780' rise - 6/04 
  49. Red Creek Gorge, KY - Daniel Boone National Forest.  (11x17 Map)
  50. Red Creek, WV - 8/04
  51. Rimrock Morrison, PA - N 41° 51.728' W 78° 53.807' - 10/05, 7/02, 8/01, 7/00, 9/97, 10/94 - Easy - 3 Day
  52. Roan Mountain, NC-TN - 8/02, 5/99 - Strenuous - 4 Day 
  53. Roaring Plains, WV - N 38° 57.649' W 79° 21.206' - WV Guide - p59 - 8/01, 5/00, 5/97, 8/96, 5/93, 5/92 - ?? - 4 Day
  54. Savage River State Forest, MD - 06/98 - Moderate - 4 Day
  55. Seneca Creek, PA - 12/99
  56. Shawnee State Forest
  57. - Backpacking Trails Map
  58. - Forest Map
  59. Shawnee Turkey Creek, OH - N 38° 43.834' W 83° 10.889' - 50 Hikes - OH - #27 p130 - 7-36mi - 1-7d - 682' rise - 10/00, 10/95, 10/93, 3/92
  60. Sheltowee Trace - KY
  61. Sky Meadows SP, VA - ?? - 4 Day
  62. Spruce Knob, WV - N 38° 51.876' W 79° 33.485' - WV Guide - p62 - 70 miles in 18 trails - WV High point 4,861' - 5/94<
  63. Susquehannock Trail, PA - N 41° 46.114' W 77° 52.267'
  64. TanBark Trail, PA - N 41° 41.482' W 79° 15.491' - 9/01
  65. Tar Hollow, PA - 10/99, 10/97, 10/96, 3/95
  66. Teton Crest Trail
  67. Tracy Ridge, PA - (trail map) 50 Hikes - W PA - #31 p136 - 10.3 mi - 5+ hrs - 1,200' rise - 09/10, 3/09, 7/96
  68. Twin Lakes Trail, PA - N 41° 36.75' W 78° 45.71' - 14.7 miles
  69. Wildcat Hollow, OH - [msp] N39° 34.47' W82° 01.97' - 50 Hikes - OH - #34 p172 - 4.5-13 mi - 3-8 hrs - 350' rise - 10/09, 9/98, 3/94, 4/92
  70. Zaleski, OH (Lake Hope) - N39° 19.923' W82° 20.399' - 50 Hikes - OH - #35 p177 - 10-23.5 mi - 6h-3d - 307' rise - 8/09, 11/02, 9/00, 3/98, 9/95, 3/93 - Strenuous - 3 Day
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