2014 Spring Dinner Meeting

When: April 25th
Where: Eastman Lodge
How: Last page of the newsletter

Time to enjoy fellowship as the outdoor season begins…

Our evening program is on “Amazing Places in The Tennessee Blue Ridge” by David Ramsey.  The Appalachian Trail closely follows the North Carolina–Tennessee border along the main Appalachian crest.  Although the wild and scenic qualities of the lands that lie on each side of this boundary are virtually equal, those of the Tennessee region have often been overshadowed by their North Carolina counterparts.  This program will explore the Tennessee Blue Ridge ending with an update about Rocky Fork.

Happy “Trails” Hour begins at 5:30pm.  Dinner will be BBQ from Phil’s Dream Pit for $12 inclusive per adult and $6 for children.  Club awards will be presented.  Door prizes!  Done by 9pm.

For more details, check the club newsletter.

Bluestone River Trip, May 16-18, 2014, 35th Year

Leader: Terry Dougherty (423-502-5177) The annual Bluestone River Trip (35th Anniversary) is scheduled for May 16-18, 2014. We will stay at the beautiful Pipestem State Park (Mountain Creek Lodge). Our trip leader has reserved a block of rooms, please call 800-CALL-WVA (ask for Pipestem State Park / Mountain Creek Lodge) and reserve your room for Friday and Saturday. To secure one of the clubs block rooms, reservations must be made by April 16. We plan to paddle the scenic Bluestone River both days. This is a class III trip the first day and class I the second day. You can skip the second day, if you like. Other options include family camping at the state park campground and / or driving up on Saturday morning. This is a GREAT trip with a lot of family fun, scenic river and very nice lodging. In addition to the paddling, Ed Montgomery will once again be in charge of HAPPY HOUR and libation coordination on Saturday night and is going to make this one special. Please contact the trip leader (Terry Dougherty, 423-502-5177), if you are planning to attend the trip.

New Members

TEHCC is glad to welcome this month’s new members

Kevin Sedgwick
Mack Cooke
Benjamin Bellamy
Yancey Appling
Noelene Hosking
Jeffrey Stanley
Steven Van Cott
Jeremy Franklin
Ashish Chaturvedi
David Inancsi
Michael Painter

Wilderness First Aid Course – Saturday-Sunday, March 22-23

The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts and Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club are sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course taught by Landmark Learning. The official registration form is obtained here. Course fee is $137. Check for the course fee is payable to Landmark Learning, but being collected by Scott Fisher. For current TEHCC members, a limited number of $50 scholarships are available (rebate upon successful completion). Contact a Steering Committee member to apply.

On Friday evening prior (March 21st), an optional CPR class is being offered for those wanting to become CPR certified/re-certified. This is a separate class and participation in one is not required to take the other. Cost is $45. To encourage the training, current TEHCC members can apply for $20 rebate scholarships to knock the price down to same as Red Cross. The same info packet is used.

Vandalism at Cross Mountain

A report has come in from Cross Mountain that there has been vandalism of both the trail info board and a few vehicle break-ins. Local authorities have been notified and asked to scope the area at regular intervals. If hiking in this area, or anywhere for that matter, please take a moment to hide away any valuables in your vehicles or take them with you. While this is not a complete solution, as least there would be nothing around to entice someone. The trail info board will be repaired soon. Also, don’t forget to report any damage or vandalism you see while enjoying your hike. Happy hiking!