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2015 Calendar of Events

The information listed in this calendar is our best assesment of what we hope to accomplish this year. Some of the details are yet to be determined and things may change as the year progresses. It is always best to check our website for updates or reach the contact person of the event for any last minute changes.

Occasionally, outings have to be canceled because of unexpected events. Outing leaders strongly urge you to sign up for all events using the e-mail links provided in each event, or phone number if you do not have e-mail, so that you can be notified in the event that plans change.


2015 Calendar
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May June July August
September October November December


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MAY

Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 - Pictured Rocks NCT Lakeshore Trail Hike

Join the Western Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association for a hike along one of the most scenic sections of the North Country Trail in Michigan. Members and non-members are welcome, though the group is limited in size so interested parties should register as soon as possible.

The trip has been planned based on designated group campsite locations, scenery, and a planned exit time that will allow for a nice post-hike pizza party and still ensure that those living anywhere from Grand Rapids to Detroit will be home before midnight on Memorial Day. Previous attendees have made this trip leaving Grand Rapids/Detroit as late as 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, so Friday and Monday might be the only days off of work that need to be taken in order to enjoy this relaxing trip.

The total distance covered will be 43.2 miles, broken down as follows: Friday 8.1, Saturday 11.3, Sunday 12.8, Monday 11.

Memorial Day is still early in the season at the Pictured Rocks, an area that has limited bail-out options. While there are plans in place for an evacuation should a true emergency occur, hikers should be prepared and committed to hike the mileage required.

The weather this time of year can vary. Past trips have witnessed lows around freezing and highs at 93 degrees! The sections of our hike that are along the lakeshore can be cooler than the inland areas, but these same sections can be challenging during times of rain, with strong winds off the lake making for cold and wet conditions. Swarms of mosquitoes should be expected while hiking just a few hundred feet inland from the beach, as well as when in camp at night. Hikers should come prepared for everything that a back-country experience in Michigan can offer.

Deadline for registration is May 1st - we have limited room on the permit so it's better to register earlier if possible. Those interested in attending this hike should e-mail Andy with their name, phone number, and the number of hikers they wish included on this trip.

Contact Andy Mytys at andy@followtheblazes.com or (248) 825-3148. Or, visit the event's website at http://www.northcountrytrail.org/wmi/events/piro_e2w.html for further details.



Saturday, May 30 - National Trails Day, Cedar Springs

What: National Trails Day, a Fun Filled Day with Prizes, Games, Hiking, Music, Food and More! The event is FREE and everyone is welcome!! Great for Kids!!!
When: Noon - 4 PM
Where: Long Lake County Park
(located between Kent City and Cedar Springs, on M-46/17 Mile Rd)
Contact: Chuck Vannette at cvann30643@aol.com or (231) 408-5664


JUNE

June 20 - 21 - Mowing and More Weekend I
Mowing and chainsaw work along the length of the trail in Newaygo county. Volunteers are need to cut back brush and help mow sections of the trail where grasses are encroaching. Feel free to camp out with us at the Birch Grove School House and enjoy an evening of fun conversation around the campfire. Members may participate for one day or both days.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com or (616) 636-8587 (email, preferred).



June 21 White-Cloud Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
If meeting the public is your thing, we need you!!

Volunteers are needed to help promote the trails, talk to the public, hand out maps, brochures and literature.

Contact Chuck Vannette at cvann30643@aol.com, WMC president, for times and locations.


JULY

July 11 - 12 - Mowing and More Weekend II
Mowing and chainsaw work along the length of the trail in Newaygo county. Volunteers are need to cut back brush and help mow sections of the trail where grasses are encroaching. Feel free to camp out with us at the Birch Grove School House and enjoy an evening of fun conversation around the campfire. Members may participate for one day or both days.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com or (616) 636-8587 (email, preferred).


AUGUST

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.


SEPTEMBER

September 26 - Ada Water Festival
If meeting the public is your thing, we need you!!

Volunteers are needed to help promote the trails, talk to the public, hand out maps, brochures and literature.

Contact Chuck Vannette at cvann30643@aol.com, WMC president, for times and locations.


OCTOBER

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.


NOVEMBER

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.


DECEMBER

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.



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