From The President

Peggy Koesel

Welcome. We hope you are reading this as a member or soon-to-be-member of the Cleveland Hiking Club. In 2019, the CHC will celebrate 100 years of hiking in and around Northeast Ohio, the United States and many places around the world. As we prepare for our second century, we plan to continue our focus on enjoying outdoor recreational activity, primarily hiking.

We promote hiking safely and sensibly. We hike no matter the weather, be it sunny or cloudy, hot or humid, freezing cold, pouring rain, or snowing, blowing and drifting. As long as it’s safe to hike, the hike is ON. Whether we are hiking in the woods, crossing a stream, traversing rough terrain, climbing a steep hill, or walking along a city street, our members feel comfortable hiking because they are never alone.

One thing we have found: we learn a lot about the Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio areas by hiking. Many of our hikes are specifically targeted to observe and learn about the many cultural, historic and scenic areas right outside our doors.

Our monthly Schedule of Activities, available on-line to members and non-member alike, is filled with a variety of hikes every day of the year, including holidays. We offer this variety each day so members may choose a location, mileage, and day and time to hike that matches their interest and schedule.

Most of our hikes are between 3 and 6 miles. Each hike is briefly described and listed in our monthly Schedule of Activities, a document that leaves first-time readers amazed. Hike terrain, pace and difficulty vary. Members learn to pick hikes that meet their level of skill and ability. Many members select and enjoy leisurely-paced hikes that accommodate chatting with friends or quietly capturing the scenery, while others select faster-paced hikes or hikes with more challenging terrain. We believe every member’s active participation matters. Although we encourage our members to hike, we do not pressure members to hike any more than they would like to.

Some members commit to achieving goals they set for themselves, such as hiking a specific number of miles during a month or year or hiking a specified number of hikes each week. Some members bitten by the hiking bug take on the challenge of our annual 20, 26 or 40-mile hikes.

Each month, 300+ members are recognized on our “mile-a-day” list because they have hiked one mile for every day in that month. The Club also recognizes members by celebrating a member’s hiking milestones starting with their first 100 miles, their first 500 miles, and for every 1,000 miles hiked thereafter. Many of our members have hiked 10,000 miles or more with the CHC. Some veteran members have hiked many, many more.

Although hiking is our major focus, we are also a social club. Every month of the year, some of our hikes end with socializing activities, like a post-hike stop for coffee, ice cream, pizza, or at a local pub. We also routinely plan potluck dinners, soup suppers, campfires, and cookouts in the months when the weather in Northeast Ohio allows. Our hikes and social activities allow us to meet new friends, catch up with old acquaintances, and just be outside enjoying nature.

For those who like to travel and explore, the CHC has an active excursion program. We describe an excursion as a trip more than 300 miles from Northeast Ohio that is usually between 7 and 10 days. Excursions offer our members the opportunity to travel and explore many national and state parks, wildlife preserves, wilderness areas, historic, cultural and scenic sites and cities - all while earning mileage credit.

In the last two years alone, CHC members have traveled together to New York; Maine and New Hampshire peaks; Florida; the Appalachian Trail; Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, Utah; Colorado peaks; Cape Cod Massachusetts; and the western North Carolina forests and parks. We also traveled to Israel; the Loire Valley and Paris, France; and Mohonk Preserve, Toronto, Canada. This year we already have excursions planned to the Pacific Northwest; Florida; Colorado Springs, CO; Abington, VA; New York City, NY; as well as, Europe (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy); Ottawa, Canada; and, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

CHC members organize club excursions and then seek the board of directors approval. In most cases, a CHC member plans the itinerary and provides help with ideas for hotel and transportation options. CHC excursion leaders may also serve as the on-site guide to local attractions.

We think that the Cleveland Hiking Club provides real value in exchange for modest membership dues. If there is something we can do to help you enjoy our Club, please see our “Contact Us” page.

We hope to see you on the trails!

Peggy Koesel, President

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