- 2014 -
- Dec 13 (Fri) - 6pm
- Club Christmas
TWC, plan to bring an appetizer - beverage or dessert. Cost is
$10/person and we need a count ASAP as the meal is being catered.
to register. There will be a gift exchange like the past several years.
Joe R. would like a higher quality of gifts so he has better options.
- Jan 12 (Sun) - 2pm - June
lead a Day
in the C.V.N.P. Meet at Red Lock Trailhead on Highland road - 1/2 mile East of Riverview and Vaughan Road. Restrooms at trailhead. 4-mile easy hike.
- Jan 17 (Fri) - 7:30pm
- ... - snacks & drinks - Bob G. & _______
- Jan 18 (Sat) - 9am-11am -
49th Annual Hocking Hills Winter
- Feb 2 or 9 (Sun) - Winter picnic, possibly at CVNP Ledges shelter.
- Feb 21 (Fri) - 7:30pm
- ... - snacks & drinks - Hilberts.
- Mar (?-?) Joe R. is thinking
about a 4-5 day Day
trip to the four-corner
area. (Arizona, New
Mexico, Utah, Colorado)
- Nov 15 (Fri) - 7:30pm
- Michael Hocker,
Director, Ohio Lincoln Highway Historical Byway explained how the
was developed and showed a DVD about the 100th anniversary
of the Lincoln Highway.
- Oct 18 (Fri) - 7:30pm
- Paul Stutzman had a slide show about his Biking
Through trip across the USA.
- Sep 20 (Fri) - 7:30pm
- Scott O. had a slide show about the trip (Jul
to Banff National Park in Canada.
- Aug 16 (Fri) - 7:30pm
- Movie night in one of the pavilions. Inspired by an incredible true
begins in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from
a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500-mile trek to
freedom across the world's most merciless landscapes.
- Jul 19 (Fri) - 7:30pm - Club
Meeting was to be a hike around TWC
before the storm damage.
- Jun 21 (Fri) - 6:30pm
- Club Picnic - The
club is celebrating our 30th
year and Fritz & Alice's 59th anniversary.
16 - Charlie Daigen had a slide show of
his Mt. Whitney trip.
- Apr 19/20 - No program but
50 minutes of announcements
trip reports followed by a social time at the Prairie Shelter.
We watched a variety of videos including ANoBoTale about hiking the
A.T. - BioLite Camp Stove - The Handy Hammock - Juggling Fire
Mike's New Car - Mohican: The Long View - NASA Johnson Style - Paperman
- Presto - The Lorax - multiple episodes of Mr. Bean - and the favorite
.. Strap and Crap. We had four stay overnight. On Saturday morning
other club members
arrived and we had about a dozen people show up to ask questions and
look around. A couple expressed interest in joining the club.
- Mar 15 - Charlie D. had a
slide show of his trips to western
parks in Alaska, Wyoming, etc.
- Feb 15 - Fritz S. showed
pictures from their trip to Colorado
- Jan 18 - Trip planning for
- Dec 14 - Christmas party and
white elephant gift exchange.
- Nov 16 - Joe R. had a short
video and discussion about
hiking & backpacking First Aid.
& Remote First Aid - Red Cross
- Oct 19 - "Farther
Than The Eye Can See"
blind climber Eric
Weihenmayer's renowned summit of Mt. Everest
- Sep 21 - Charlie Daigan's
Mt. Shasta trip
- Aug 17 - Stark Parks
- Jul 20 - Hike around TWC
- Jun 15 - Club Summer Picnic
- May 18 - Chuck Hewett talked
about his 2011 AT Hike.
- Apr 20 -
- Mar 16 - Confirmation of
officers, decision to buy a solar
panel, trip reports.
- Feb 17 - Trip & Hike
Planning for 2012
- Jan 20 - No Club Meeting -
cancelled due to storm
- Dec 16 - Christmas
- Nov 18 - Phillip Revlock,
R.S. spoke about Mosquitoes and
Past Day Hikes
- Nov 03 (Sun) - 2pm - Janice
lead a Day
Hike at Portage Lakes State
Park - (pdf
- Oct 20 (Sun) - 2pm
- Forrest W. led a Day
Hike to The
in Geauga County. (Trail
Map - PDF)
- Oct 06 (Sun) - 2pm - Charlie
D. led a 6 mile Day
Hike with 7-8 people at Towner's
- after some fresh cider and apple dumplings from a nearby orchard,
they went to the historic Pufferbelly Restaurant in Kent.
- Sep 22 (Sun) - 2:00pm -
Jerry M. led a Day
on the Salt Run Trail (Kendall Lake) in the Cuyahoga Valley National
- Sep 08 (Sun) - 1pm
H. & Sarah will led a Day
Hike at Wooster Memorial
- Aug 24 (Sat) 10am - Monique
T. organized a bike ride on the
Kokosing Gap trail from Danville to Mt. Vernon. (PDF
- Aug 25 (Sun) 2pm - Dan
A. led a Day
the Beach City Wildlife Area / Dundee Falls. (JPG
- Aug 17-18 (Sat/Sun) -
Charlie Daigen led a canoe trip
the Grand River in Ashtabula County.
- Aug 03
- 8:30am - Larry H. &
Tom A. led a Day
at the Glenmont
Homecoming. It was a great day to be in Glenmont! It rained
night on Friday and was still raining as I set out supplies at 7:30am,
but the rains stopped and Saturday was a very nice day with temps in
the 70s. 23 people attended the hike for some part. We met at St.
Peter & Paul's Catholic Church
in Glenmont and the Brewers really hooked us up. The room had a full
kitchen, bathrooms, and even table cloths. We had our breakfast of
Raisin Bran and juice. We gave Tom the giant hero's ribbon and a
special "A.T." hiking stick and then Tom was able to say a few words.
We broke up into two groups - 6 went with Dan A. to see the new tunnel
under US 62 and do the 8-mile hike starting at the Bridge of Dreams
(longest covered bridge in Ohio) - and 6 went with Larry to do the
4-mile hike starting at Baddow Pass (originally known as Bad
Pass due to the steepness of the grade). Drivers were provided and the
two groups set out. The short trip hikers heard some tales of Baddow
Pass and started for town. We got to town in time to get a drink and
find some seats in the shade and prepare ourselves for the noon parade
which started promptly at 1pm. When the parade was over we headed to
the park for mud volleyball (as spectators). The long trip hikers got
back to town on schedule and we went to the community center for
bar-b-que. After the dinner, pie and ice cream - we called it a day. I
am sure Tom appreciated the event and I had a great time. My vote is to
make this a yearly event!. - Larry H.
21 - (Sun) - 2pm - Donna
Z. led a Day
at Hampton Hills Park, 2925 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH. The park is
between Bath Road and Steels Corners Road. Restroom facilities at the
trailhead. Hike is approximately 4 miles and rated medium. We will eat
afterwards at Pub Bricco on Merriman Road.
07 (Sun) - 2pm - Gary A. led a Day
Hike on the Boston
Run Trail. This is a
that we had not done before in the Cuyahoga Valley National
22 (Sat) - 10:30am - Monique led a day hike at Byers Woods during the
Bobolink festival. (map)
- Jun 15-16 (Sat/Sun)
- Joe R. led a Day
Hike / overnight near
Slippery Rock at McConnells
Mill State Park
in PA. On an adventure scale from 1-10 it was an 11. It was a good
trail, but the last mile from the mill down to the bridge and
up was difficult and not enough water was taken
19 (Sun) 1pm - Paul & Linda M. led a floating clean up
Ernie's Bike Shop in Massillon. We had 14 people who gathered a nice
pile of trash.
- May 5 (Sun) - 2pm -
Fritz led a Day
Hike at the Wooster Secrest
28 (Sun) - 1:30pm - Randy
Starner led a Day
Hike on the Holmes County
Trail starting at the Millersburg Station.
- Apr 07 (Sun) - 2pm - Larry
H. led a Day
Hike at Mohican. The
weather was beautiful and 23 hikers came out to do "HOG HOLLOW".
We had the regulars as well as new members, old members, and
number of out-of-state guests. The hike started at the bottom
the gorge and climbed to the peak of the fire tower. From
level we crossed the six new bridges and a number of board walks built
by the Mohican Hiking Club as we followed the creek up the valley.
We then passed thru the woods up to the rear of the old youth
camp. Then past a few gas line roads till we came to the base
the 1937 fire tower. A couple of hills, some ups &
a good 2.3 mile hike. After yoga, pictures, and some fire
climbing it was time to return to the covered bridge. The
trip was "all down hill" as promised! All of the hikers
for supper at the Lodge and we had a great meal in the Bromfield Room.
In case you were not able to join us - you can still do
homework assignment. Log into www.mohicanadvocates.org and
click on the 13 minute
video "MOHICAN THE LONG VIEW" and the 4 minute video "THE WOODS AT
MALABAR". This will tell you how "HOG HOLLOW" was named and
you pictures of the park and fire tower being built.
- Mar 17 (Sun) - 1pm - Ken
Cheryl led a Day
Hike at Salt Fork
starting at Horse Camp. [Map]
- Mar 03 (Sun) - 10am
- Linda M. led a different
Cuyahoga Valley Nat. Park. On a beautiful snowy morning a
avid hikers ventured out from Station Road Bridge, walking on railroad
tracks for about one mile, then entered the woods , hiking the Buckeye
Trail to Ottawa Point for a lunch break then on to Brecksville Nature
Center. Some of the group stayed at the Nature Center and enjoyed the
birds while the others hiked the walking trail back to Station Road
Bridge totaling 7.6 mi. Dinner & fellowship was enjoyed at
Creekside in Brecksville.
- Feb 24 (Sun) - 2pm - Marty
S. led a Day
Hike on the Ralph Regula
towpath trail. (12) met at Crystal
Springs parking lot and hike 2.7 miles north and back again.
Afterwards (10) of us ate at the Towpath Restaurant.
- Feb 10 (Sun) - 2pm - June B.
led a Day
Hike on Wetmore
Bridle Trail. <Map>
- Jan 27 - Larry H. led a hike
at Mohican followed by a meal at the
- Jan 19-20 (Sat-Sun) 48th
Hocking Hills Winter Hike. We had (11)
participate in the weekend. After the winter hike, we drove over to
Burr Oak to split into two deluxe cabins for an evening of food and
relaxation. Sunday morning we took a 3.4 mile hike on part of the
Buckeye Trail before heading back.
- Jan 13 (Sun) - Winter
picnic, Shady Hollow Pavilion, Sand Run
Metro Park, Akron. We had a morning hike, a picnic at 2 with a Chili
Cook-off and Soup Cook-off, and an afternoon hike.
- Dec 7 (Fri) - 6:30pm - Joe
R. led a Night
through a section of Massillon to look at Christmas
- Nov 18, (Sun)
- Scott O. led a Day
on the Sippo Trail. Eight hikers met in the Tuslaw High School parking
lot. By 4pm we were seated at the Top of the Viaduct restaurant. By
6:30pm we had returned to Tuslaw High School completing the 9-mile hike.
- Nov 4, (Sun) - Nov
4, (Sun) - Becky
S. led a Day
to the Beach City Dam area.
- Oct 21, (Sun) - Charlie
D. led a Day
Hike in the CVNP,
starting from the Everett Road Covered
13, (Sat) - Joe R. led an informational stop at the Calmoutier
Church, a hike up through Hog Back Ridge, and supper at Anna
Hershberger's. The hike was "sold out" and everyone enjoyed the great
weather, fall colors, and family style meal with more pie than we could
- Sep 23, (Sun) - Janice T.
led a Day
Hike at Southgate Park
- Sep 9, (Sun) - 2pm - Larry
& Susan H. led a Day
at Camp Mowhana.
- Aug 19 - 2pm - Ken and
Cheryl led a Day
Hike at Mill
Creek Park in
Youngstown, the first park district in Ohio, established in
1891. Twelve people came to the hike about 5 miles on
shady trails, deep in Mill Creek gorge, which made it feel like we were
not in a city park. Who would have thought of mink in the city park?
But there are, and June got to see one. The stop
half-way for refreshment at Lanterman’s Mill added to our
Thank you to all who came. Ken and I were delighted to be able share
this gem. And yes, of course, we did have dinner. We went to
- Aug 4 (Sat) 2pm - Tom
Alexander led a Day
on the Glenmont Trail. Seven met at Glenmont Park and hiked across the
longest covered bridge in Ohio on the Mohican Valley Trail and through
the Bada Pass down into Glenmont. We ended the hike enjoying homemade
ice cream, BBQ chicken and pie.
- Jul 22, (Sun) - Greg G. led
in North Canton. We met at the new Glen Oak High School near 1801
Schneider Street and afterwards ate at the Gervasi Vineyard &
- Jul 8 (Sun) 2pm - Gary Auman
led a Day
on a section of the Ohio and
Erie Canal Towpath in Summit county. Afterwards they had a covered
dish dinner at Gary Auman's home.
- Jun 24 (Sun) 2pm - Monique
T. led a Day Hike at the Wooster
- Jun 17 (Sun) 12:15pm - Paul
M. organized a Voyageur canoe
ride at Hinckley Reservation (all 16 seats taken). (Map)
Afterwards they had a picnic lunch and short hike.
- Jun 3 (Sun) - 2pm - Donna
Hike at the Botzum parking
lot off Riverview in Cuyahoga
- May 6, (Sun) - 2:00pm - Dan
& Joyce A. led
a dozen hikers on a 6-mile Day Hike
at Mohican State Park along the Hemlock Trail. Afterwards we had a
picnic along the river.
- Apr 28 (Sat) - Eleven of us
joined Boy Scouts from Troop
916 on a Mystery
Hike. Paul organized the
challenges and we had five teams of
two. The winning team was... June & Cheryl.
- Apr 1 (Sun) - 2pm - Greg G.
led a group of over 20 around
the trails at
Norma Johnson Center. Afterwards about 15 went to the Hog Heaven
- Mar 18, (Sun) - 2pm - Joe
R. led a Day
at Sippo Park in Massillon.
- Mar 11 (Sun) - 2pm - Marty
S. led a Day
on the Ohio Erie Canal. We had about 20 meet at the Craig Pittman Park,
Hudson Drive SW, Navarre to hike up to Warmington Rd. and back.
Afterwards 16 went to El Galeron Mexican Restaurant.
- Feb 19, (Sun) 10am - Day
& Picnic at Shady Hollow Pavilion, Sand
Run Metro Park
- Feb 4 (Sat) 10am - 32nd
Annual Buckeye Trail Winter Hike, Findley
~ not a club
- Feb 4 (Sat)- 6:30pm - Full
Moon Hike led by Paul Mutchler.
- Jan 29 (Sun) - 2pm - Greg
Gottshall led a hike with (11) attending at Johnson's
Woods north of
Hikers, I would 1st like to thank all who showed up for the hike at
Johnson's Woods in Orrville 0n the 29th of January. Twelve people
showed up on that windy day. We walked on a boardwalk that led us
through the preserve of 300 year old trees. We did learn of a specie of
bird called an OVENBIRD. A lot of us had not heard of such bird. It is
also called a Water Thrush and is in the Warbler Family. It gets it's
name from it's nest building, it looks like an oven. Here we made jokes
thinking it was a type of chicken or Turkey served for dinner. We
walked around the preserve a couple of times, different ways maybe a
3mile walk. When we returned back to the parking lot it started to snow
huge snowflakes and covered the ground completely and beautifully while
we sat by a big bay window and ate. We ate at Dravenstotts in Orrville
and had a great time. Thank you again, may the forest be with you. Greg
21 (Sat) - 9am-11am
start times - 47th Annual Hocking
Hills Winter Hike
~ The attendance was down due to the snow and ice storm, but 2,265
hikers still showed up to see the winter wonderland. [5,417
attended in 2010]
~ not a
- Jan 8 (Sun) - 1pm - Deb
Berkshire led a dayhike on the
towpath from Butterbridge Trailhead to Canal
4 (Sun) - 2pm -
Charlie Daigen led a dayhike in the
CVNP, starting at the Pine Lane
20 (Sun) 1pm - Monique
led a 3+ mile dayhike at Mohican.
6 (Sun) 2pm - Charlie
Daigen led a dayhike at Chapin Forest
Reservation in Lake County.
23 (Sun) 2pm - Larry
H. led a group
of 15 on a hike at the
Hunter Tree Farm near Nashville, OH.
2 (Sun) 10am - Salt
Fork State Park Hikes ~ led
by Dan A.
& Joe R.
18 (Sun) - 2pm - Donna
Zintek led a hike at
Alderfer-Oenslager - 6100 Ridge Rd. in Medina, OH
(Sun) 2pm - Day hike
to Adam's Run (Hampton Hills Metro Park) led by June B.
21 (Sun) - 2pm
- Janice T. led a hike on the Salamander Looop Trail at the Brecksville
Reservation Nature Center.
7 (Sun) - 2pm - Ken
Cheryl led the Doughty Gorge hike with 19 attending.
24 (Sun) - 2pm - Gary
Auman - "walk on water" hike at Summit Lake.
16 (Sat) - 7:30pm - Paul &
Linda led a moonlight canoe trip starting at
Bike Shop, Lake Ave. Trailhead, in Massillon.
10 (Sun) - 2pm - Ken
& Cheryl led a trip to Oak Hill - Plateau Trail Hike in
5 (Sun) - 2pm - Marty
Smith led a hike on the Ohio Erie Canal.
15 (Sun) - 2pm - A hike
of all the TWC trails led by Becky Soehnlen.
1 (Sun) - 2pm - Day hike at Isaac
Walton led by Fritz and Alice Schmitthenner.
16 (Sat) - 6:30pm the Mutchlers
led an adult "FULL Moon night hike" on the towpath.
3 (Sun) - 10:00am Charlie
& Paul led a different
in beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park starting at Station Road
Bridge parking lot.
20 (Sun) - 2:00pm
- Day hike at Wooster Memorial Park led by DDonna Zintek.
6 (Sun) - The winter picnic
in CVNP led by Paul and Dan turned out to be a grand time.
- Feb 20
Ken & Cherly led a day hike at Quail Hollow State Park,
5 (Sat) -
10am - 31st Annual
Winter Hike at Findley State
16 (Sun) - Sippo
Lake hike led by Joe
15 - Hocking
Hills Winter Hike
Past Backpacking Trips
- Nov 1-3 Backpacking
to the Black Forest Trail, PA.
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.
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
site near the Moore Run Trail. On Sunday, we returned back to the cars
via the Otter Creek Trail.
to the Susquehanna
Trail System. There was a large
group with 12 people and one
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.
24-27 (Memorial Day) Backpacking
to Cranberry, WV [Brochure]
to Laurel Highlands, PA
22-24 Dan B. led a Backpacking trip
to Minister Creek, PA
- Oct 26-28
Trip to Minister Creek,
PA .. cancelled due to
- Sep 28-30 - Backpacking
Trip to Otter
Creek, WV led by Dan B. The four of us stopped in Weirton W.Va. for the
famous lasagna at Marino’s served only on Friday
then went to Horseshoe camp in W.Va. thinking of discovering a place to
use then and in the future near Parsons but found it closed (out of
season) so we continued on to the trailhead at Turkey Run and camped
there. On the way out, we looked over the camping
at Big Spring Gap trailhead and found it provided several spots on a
railroad grade back from the road which should be considered in the
future. We then drove to the Otter Creek Trailhead and began
hike there using the largest cable walking bridge I have ever been on
to cross Dry Fork River. We proceeded up Otter Creek past
falls, lots of rhododendron and ferns on an easy trail to Moore Run
where we stopped for lunch by an impressive falls. We
on past the high falls, on to our usual camp near Moor Run trail
intersection (7.3 mi.) We had two crossings through Otter Creek with
water levels near normal, albeit rather cold. With darkness somewhat
early this time of year, we collected sufficient firewood to last the
evening and settled in for dinner and an enjoyable evening.
Sunday we headed up Possession Camp Trail which was a near effortless
trek on a railroad bed to Green Mountain Trail. We enjoyed
beautiful vistas along the trail of early fall colors in the higher
elevations. The trek down was a bit rocky and steep with everyone
thankful to see Otter Creek Trail once again for the short hike out to
the car. (17 mi. trip total). We were held up on the road by
turkeys working their way across. The Steer Restaurant in Elkins
provided a hearty buffet on the way home. We had perfect
weather on this trip with partly cloudy days and cool weather. - Bill
31-Sep 3 - Labor Day
Trip to Pine Creek / West
Rim, PA .. cancelled due to lack
12-22 - Banff
area: The group
arrived at Lake Louise Campground on Saturday, July 12. The first
outing was to Takakkaw Falls and some hiked the Iceline Trail with
up-close views of glaciers. Monday we were shuttled to our trail head
at 7200 ft. to begin our backpack portion of the trip. We started
through one of the largest alpine meadows in the world which retained
patches of snow and towering mountains all around. After ascending
Citadel pass, we hiked to Og Lake for a distance of 13 miles. The next
day took us to our 2 day campsite goal at Lake Magog with Mt.
Assiniboine towering above us at 11,867 ft. On Thursday, we hiked 16
miles out to our shuttle at Mt. Shark and then headed for pizza in
nearby Canmore. Friday took us past Moraine Lake to Sentinel Pass for
views of Paradise Valley. Saturday was a car tour of the Icefields
highway through Jasper National Park before we headed back to Calgary
where we would fly home the next morning. Bill
22-24 - Backpacking
Trip was to be to Dolly Sods,
WV .. cancelled due to lack
25-28 - Backpacking
Trip to North Fork, WV
- We had planned on
camping at the Red Creek Campground but found there were only 12
& all were full. We came back the access road a bit and
pulled over to a trail head parking area and spent the night camped
there. The hike started at US 33 atop North Fork Mt. heading North. The
weather was near-perfect for hiking with temperatures atop the mountain
in the 70's and some breeze along the ridge. The first night's camp
looked seldom used. It was situated a short distance from a 200 ft.
cliff and experienced a small sprinkle as we rested from our hike.
After dinner, we started a campfire and took a short walk to a
vista for an evening view. Unbeknown to us, a small black bear had
wandered between us and the camp, seen the camp and was running away
from it. All we heard was a whomp whomp whomp as it came toward us full
out. When it neared to about 20 ft. & I called out Bear, Bear
it must have thought "Good Lord! People everywhere!" as it turned down
the hill. On Sunday, we headed to our second camp, stopping at my car
to replenish our water. On Monday, we continued to the end of the 28
mile hike with an impressive downhill at the end. We had a nice dinner
in Elkins on the way home. Bill
27-29 - Backpacking
Trip to Quebec
Run Wild Area, PA -- cancelled
due to lack of interest and
- Mar 23-25 - Bill
M. led a group of nine
to Lamping Homestead
18 - BTA Road Fork Section
- Feb 24-26 - Bill
M. led a group of four to Oil
Creek, PA - [map].
We ended up with only 4 hikers venturing out on this Winter trip which
meant that we could all go in one car. ~ The drive over to Oil Creek
included a stop at Kings for dinner. We arrived Friday
about 9:30 PM. Parking at the access road to our shelter was
far as the road was plowed. There was about 3 inches of snow
the ground and the promise of some more overnight. We arrived
the shelter to find that there was no split wood normally present at
the shelters, but there was cut logs and a maul at the wood
shelter. We arranged the tarps over the openings aside the
fireplace and worked to get a nice fire going by the time we turned
in. Through the night, the wind picked up and more snow fell
some mist blowing into the shelter but not enough to be a bother. ~ On
Saturday, we had breakfast and got an early start heading back to the
car. There was now about 7 inches of snow on the steep
road, but we were confident the car could manage to get out so we
continued on to the trail crossing on Miller road. We hiked
the road to the paved bike trail for our counterclockwise trek to Cow
Run Shelter. Anytime the wind picked up, the snow fell from
trees sometimes quite intense. The forest was beautiful with
on all the limbs of the trees. After crossing the bike bridge over Cow
Run Creek, we followed the railroad tracks avoiding the trudge up and
down one hill. From there, we had a very pleasant hike on
to the shelter. ~ At Cow Run Shelter, there was a volunteer couple
splitting wood who even offered their wagon for us to supply the
shelter's fuel. We had the tarps up and the shelter warmed up
nicely. After supper, we traded off the spots in front of the
fire and enjoyed the evening. Saturday night was far less
and we got a couple more inches of snow. We had reserved a
shelter expecting more than 4 people on the trip, so when I saw a
couple guys considering the extra shelter, I told them that I had it
reserved with no plans to use so they were welcome to use it without
concern. They almost couldn't believe their good fortune.
~ On Sunday, the trail had more evidence of travel and the
weather was working on the snow. We had no problems driving
for another meal at Kings before heading home. ~ Over all, it was
better than we could normally hope for on a February
trip. Bill Miller
- Jan - no hike.
- Dec - no hike.
- Nov - no hike.
- Oct 28-30 - Hickory
Creek, PA led by Bill
- Sep 23-25 - Mid-State trail
north of Poe Paddy State Park
in PA led by
- Sep 2-5 Cranberry, WV led by
- Aug Trip Report - Western
Trip - High Uintas Wilderness led
by Bill M.
22-24 - Quehanna in PA led by Bill M.
- Jun 24-26 - Allegheny
in PA led by Dan B
- May 27-29 - Black
Forest, PA led by Bill
- Apr 30-May 4 - Great Smoky
Mountains Trip led by
- Mar 25-27 - Lamping
Homestead led by
- Feb - no hike.
- Jan - no hike.
Members - 2013
A - Gary
A - Dan & Joyce A - Debbie B - Sheri B - June B - Sue Ann C -
Judy D - Cynthia D -
E - Patrick F - Bob G - Mike H - Carol H - Curtis H - Sarah H - Chuck H
& Susan H - Dwight K - Kimberly M - Gina
& Rex M
- Chuck M - Bill M & Becky S - Jerry M - Tara M - Glen
& Sandy M
- Ken M
& Chery L
& Linda M - Shirley N - Scott O - Joe R - Fritz & Alice
S - Jim
- Marty S - Ted
& Colleen S - Becky S - Randy S - Monique T - Steve &
Helen V -
Forrest W - Matt W - Donna Z ... if you
listed, you haven't paid your dues yet.
* Nov 5 - Parks
Trend a Digital Divide
(wsj.com) YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK,
Wyo.—Sitting beside the cobalt-blue water of a mountain lake more
than 7,000 feet above sea level, Lisa Miller had her eyes on her mobile
phone, sending vacation pictures to her daughter. The 53-year-old
retired nurse's husband, meanwhile, wanted no part of tapping into the
area's recently added cellular access, choosing to take in Yellowstone
Lake's splendor without disruption from gadgets. "With the cellphone,
you keep doing the same things you do in your busy life," which
distracts from seeing the sights in the park, said Chris Miller, a
52-year-old software executive from Bend, Ore. "I'm here to see it and
remember it." The Millers' different views on mixing technology and
nature underscore the competing interests the National Park Service
faces as it debates how to expand mobile-phone and wireless Internet
service within park grounds. Park managers across the country are
devising ways to use wireless technology to engage
park-goers—from coded signs they can scan with their cellphones
to access online information about park features to text messages with
weather and traffic information. Park officials say enhancing wireless
access is one way to connect with visitors increasingly attached to
their electronic devices. But as park officials go digital, they are
struggling with how to keep those tools—and the cell towers and
other equipment they require—from interfering with visitors'
enjoyment of nature. "There is an upside and a downside"... (more
* 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
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.
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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.
Backpackers and Dayhikers Club
General Club Policy
- All members must have a
signed policy and blanket release
- It is expected that
participants will voluntarily judge
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.
- 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.
- You are expected to be
self-reliant and prepared
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.
- Participants must inform
trip leader if they are planning
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.
- 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.
- Alcohol, illegal drugs,
fireworks, firearms, and weapons
not permitted on club trips.
is a Wilderness Center
affects all associated clubs.
- 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.
- 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.
- After their first trip, all
participants wishing to
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Revised Summer 2001
Forest, PA - N
41° 37.274' W 79° 09.190' - 10/98, 3/97, 12/96, 11/95,
Allegheny Hiking Trails
Front Trail, PA
- 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
- Arizona - 03/02 -
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
PA - 6/05, 10/02,
9/99, 9/94, 10/92 - Strenuous - 3 Day
Path, PA - 6/10
Swamp Trail, PA
- Canaan Valley, WV - WV
p70 - 13 mi - Bald Knob stren. - 2/98, 2/97, 2/96
- Chapin Forest, OH - N
41° 35.367' W 81° 22.209'
- Chuck Keiper Trail, PA -
Creek, PA (Kennerdell) - 08/10
- Conkles Hollow - N
27.255' W 82° 34.481' - 50 Hikes - OH - #5 p41 - 3.5 mi - 3 hrs
- 230' rise
- Cooke Forest SP, PA -
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,
- Delaware Water Gap, PA -
Mod-Strenuous - 4 Day
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)
- East Fork, OH - N
00.389' W 84° 08.453' - 50 Hikes - OH - #39 p204 - 14 mi - 8
hrs - 125' rise - 6/02 - Moderate - 3 Day
- Glade Creek, WV - WV
p181 - 14 miles on 4 trails - 7/99
Canyon Trip Planner
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
Lake, OH - 02/09
- Kennerdell, PA - 11/05,
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
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
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 -
(BSA) - N
39° 22.966' W 82° 44.749'
- 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!
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
Sisters/Symmes Creek, OH
Adams, WA - 8/09
- Mt. Rogers, VA - 7/02,
Strenuous - 4 Day
Trail, PA - 6/95,
6/94, 6/93, 6/92
WV - N 38° 58.904' W
79° 13.871' - WV Guide -
24 mi - 1way - no water - 5/05, 5/02, 8/97, 8/96 - Moderate - 4 Day
- Northern Cascades - 7/02
Strenuous - 9 Day
- Oak Openings, OH - N
41° 32.645' W 83° 50.643'
Creek, PA - [map]
50 Hikes - W PA
- #46 p190 - 5.3 mi - 3 hrs - 950' rise - 3//05, 3/00 - Moderate - 3 Day
- O'Neil Woods, OH - N
41° 10.250' W 81° 35.465'
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
- Penn-Rosevelt SP, PA -
Rocks National Lakeshore
Creek, PA - N 41°
33.432' W 77° 22.859' - 9/05, 7/97, 5/96 - To PA Grand Canyon!
Range, NH - 07/10
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,
Run Wild Area, PA
Creek, PA - 50 Hikes - W
PA - #44 p181 - 8.3 mi - 5 hrs - 780' rise - 6/04
Creek Gorge, KY - Daniel
Boone National Forest. (11x17
Creek, WV - 8/04
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
- Roan Mountain, NC-TN -
5/99 - Strenuous - 4 Day
- 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
River State Forest, MD - 06/98
- Moderate - 4 Day
Creek, PA - 12/99
- - Backpacking
- - Forest
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
Trace - KY
Meadows SP, VA - ?? - 4 Day
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<
Trail, PA - N
41° 46.114' W 77° 52.267'
Trail, PA - N
41° 41.482' W 79° 15.491' - 9/01
Hollow, PA - 10/99, 10/97,
Ridge, PA - (trail map)
50 Hikes - W
PA - #31 p136 - 10.3 mi - 5+ hrs -
1,200' rise - 09/10, 3/09, 7/96
Lakes Trail, PA - N
41° 36.75' W 78° 45.71' - 14.7 miles
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
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