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.
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.
TEHCC would like to welcome the following new members to our organization.
TEHCC is sponsoring two FunFest events this year.
Tuesday, July 16 – Jay Erskine Leutz presents “Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail” at 6:30pm, Kingsport Higher Education Center Auditorium (300 W. Market Street). Jay will discuss the effort (as told in his book) about preserving Belview Mountain, a towering peak along the AT over in North Carolina, from destructive mining.
Thursday, July 18 - Moonlight Hike at Bays Mountain Park. ****CANCELLED**** Park reports significant damage from yesterday’s cloudburst, thus decision was made at 3:30PM.
This popular event attracts 400-600 participants each year. The hike traverses 2.5 miles around the lake on Lakeside and Holly Trails. It kicks off at 8:00PM from the dam near the visitors center. Arrive early as parking has been an issue with shuttle buses now running from the Eastman lodge parking lot. Bring your own flashlight/headlamp, water, and insect repellant. Hike ends with a headcount back at the visitors center by 10PM.
We need at least twelve volunteers to assist the Bays Mountain Park Association with this event. The responsibilities are minimal – show up 30 minutes early (7:30 pm), stand at a trail junction with a flashlight or headlamp and help make sure nobody gets lost. Contact Marc Schurger if interested, 423-229-5921.
With the shorter days comes an opportunity to gather at the Eastman Lodge to trade stories with friends about your adventures. Happy “Trails” Hour begins at 5:30pm. Dinner is a Seafood Boil, which is a throwback to the 1970’s when seafood was the fare at many club dinners.
Our evening program “Tennessee’s Western Blue Ridge: America’s next great park?” outlines a concept. The western rim of the Blue Ridge lies partially in northeastern Tennessee and includes spectacular wild places, such as the Roan Highlands, Unakas, Bald Mountains and Tennessee’s newest state park, Rocky Fork. Informal discussions have begun among local citizens to have part of this region designated as a new national recreation area. David Ramsey, a nationally recognized conservation photographer who was a leader in the effort to preserve the Rocky Fork area, will present images and information in support of this ambitious goal.
More information and the reservation form is in the October 2013 newsletter.
For the several decades, TEHCC has organized a summer weekend trip to Mount LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This lodge (elevation 6593 ft) can only be reached by hiking trails. Even supplies are brought in by llama train once a week. The hiking distance to the lodge is 5.5 to 7.8 miles one-way depending on the route. The package price this year is $138.30 per person which includes supper on Saturday, lodging for the night, and breakfast on Sunday. We have four reservations in a five-person cabin (double bunk beds and a single). If you are interested in one or more of these reservations, please contact Steve Falling, 423-239-5502, for availability. You must be a TEHCC member to participate in this outing. You can find out more about Mount LeConte Lodge at www.leconte-lodge.com.