We are the 97-year-old Cleveland Hiking Club, more than 1,100 members strong. We offer between 390-460 hikes in the North East Ohio region on a monthly basis for hikers of all fitness levels. Every day we offer hikes of different difficulties, at different times, and at various locations. You do not need to be a member of the club to join us on a hike, so spend some time on our web site to learn more then come and take a hike with us! You’ll be glad you did; but be careful, hiking is addictive!
Safety and Health Notes from Julie Wojcik
Including numerous articles; updated with To Stretch or Not to Stretch
Club News and InfoAdditional information is communicated to our members via our monthly newsletter and (as needed) e-mails. Really old news and info has been archived.
Members, please note: the deadline for making a deposit for the Alaskan excursion is Thursday, October 20, 2016. Call Donna at the number listed on the excursion detail page.
As mentioned in the October 2016 Newsteps, members are encouraged to volunteer to be hike leaders. Support is available to assist you to be successful. Refer to the information posted in the Members Only section on the Newsteps or HikeLeader pages.
An e-mail notice was sent to members conveying this invitation from Kelly Coffman, PLA, Senior Strategic Park Planner of Cleveland Metroparks: "Please join us for the upcoming Public Open Houses for Cleveland Metroparks draft 2016 Reservation Master Plan Updates. This year we’re updating plans for Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley, and West Creek Reservations. The plans will help direct efforts in the parks over the next two to twenty years. The public is invited to join our staff to share ideas for the future of the parks. Plans and comment cards will be available for each reservation at each meeting. Materials can also be found online at http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Reservation-Plan-Updates.aspx4/8/2016
Attention hike leaders: please review the revised instructions for reporting hiker and visitor activity on hikes and excursions found at the Member's Only Hike Leader Info section. Your cooperation will enable better and timely recording of activity.
The 2015 Annual Report to Members is now available in the Contacts section of the Members Only portion of the website. The annual report recaps the main events for 2014 and compares activities of the club to the past and our goals for the year. Please take a minute to glance at this report to recognize the tremendous efforts of members, committee chairs, officers and directors in helping to make our Cleveland Hiking Club the outstanding organization that it is.
Dave Richards, Immediate Past President
2/9/2016 (updated 3/13/2016)
Interested in a robust challenge? The annual 40-mile hike is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at the Shelterhouse in South Chagrin Reservation (this is has been changed from its original location). Maps have been posted on the "Hiking Schedule" page.
The annual 26-mile hike is scheduled for Sunday, April 17. You can download the map and the directions for the hike and its different mileage options:
Instructions for 26 Mile Hike in 2016
Map for 26 Mile Hike in 2016
Instructions for 5 and 10 Mile Options for 26 Hike in 2016
Map for for 5 and 10 Mile Options for 26 Mile Hike in 2016
The annual 20-mile hike is scheduled for Sunday, April 3. You can download the map and the directions for the hike:
Instructions for 20 Mile Hike in 2016
Map for 20 Mile Hike in 2016
Julie Wojcik will be replacing Karen Pressman as Safety Chair effective December 2015. Any injury or illness on the trail requiring medical intervention or follow up needs to be reported to Julie at at: email@example.com or 440-845-9048. The club expresses its appreciation to Karen for her past articles!
We are pleased to announce that Leslie Leventhal has accepted the position of CHC Reservationist beginning in 2016.
A big thank you to Sue Portnoy for doing a great job as Reservationist for the past few years. Sue will be passing the pen to Leslie for the many exciting events that are in the planning stages for 2016. If anyone would like to host an event at camp, please let Leslie or Darlene Jacobson know your ideas. The camp is a great place and whatever happens there is always fun.
Standing Rules Updated:
The CHC Board of Directors recently approved a revised set of Standing Rules (formerly known as Standing Operating Procedures). The rules were also realigned with the revised Constitution and Bylaws approved by the membership in 2014. A new format has been initiated to correlate rules to the applicable Constitution and/or Bylaw clause. The revised Standing Rules can be found at this link
under the “Members Only/Contacts & Docs” drop down menu on the website. Updates were made to existing rules to reflect current operations, improve wording, and add clauses transferred from the previous Constitution. Several rules were deleted since they no longer apply (a list of deleted rules appear at the end of the revised document). Contact Dave Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The 2014 Annual Report to Members is now available in the Contacts section of the Members Only portion of the website. The annual report recaps the main events for 2014 and compares activities of the club to the past and our goals for the year. Please take a minute to glance at this report to recognize the tremendous efforts of members, committee chairs, officers and directors in helping to make our Cleveland Hiking Club the outstanding organization that it is.
Dave Richards, President