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We're celebrating!
... the first 100 steps of our journey!

BMECC's Founding FathersOn June 15, 1916, Dr. Harry Rentschler, a Reading, PA physician, invited friends to trek with him to a remote Bald Eagle's nest that he had discovered atop his beloved Blue Mountains. This adventure resulted in the formation of a hikiing club that these prominent and influential gentlemen called The Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club! As an extension of their love of and familiarity with the local wilderness, the BMECC members became actively involved in the planning, building, and maintaining of the Appalachian Trail and, later, in acquiring and protecting AT lands.

A hundred years later, we continue to serve Dr. Rentschler's mission and share his passion. We lead club hikes on the AT, in other locations in Berks and Lehigh Counties, and beyond. We offer a year-round schedule of bike rides, cultural events, educational programs, camping trips, lunches & dinners, and all sorts of outdoor activities. We are proud of our role as a builder and caretaker of the Appalachian Trail and hold frequent work trips on our section of the AT, which includes seven shelters, club monuments, and numerous vistas. The club also owns and maintains Rentschler Arboretum, a beautiful 34-acre refuge, and Kalbach Pavilion, our meetinghouse, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

And this year we have even more planned! (See Anniversary Events) We hope you will celebrate with us!

BMECC 100th Anniversary Logo

Anniversary Events:

Kick-Off Weekend at
KTA Spring Meeting

Camp Swatara
April 17-19, 2015

Get Outdoors Day
Blue Marsh Lake
June 13

Larry Luxenberg
Rentschler Arboretum
June 14

ATC Biennial Meeting
Winchester, VA
July 17-24

5K Run/Walk &
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

Rentschler Arboretum
October 3

History Hike
Charles Evans Cemetery
and Berks History Center
October 10

100th Anniv. Banquet
Moselem Springs Golf Club
November 7

Welcome to the Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club (BMECC)
Since 1916, our club has been advocating for the preservation and enjoyment of the Great Outdoors. From the inception of the Appalachian Trail, we have helped to build and maintain our 65-mile section of the AT and its cabins, shelters, monuments, and rest stops between Pennsylvania's Lehigh and Susquehanna Rivers.


Become a Steward of the great Appalachian Trail ... AND HAVE FUN!

Join BMECC to hike with us or help with our conservation mission, special projects, and trail maintence efforts ...

Come to our monthly meetings, share in our many programs and events, or help us keep the Rentschler Arboretum growing and beautiful ...

And enjoy the company of like-minded, interesting people!

BMECC 100th Anniversary Tshirt

Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club, P. O. Box 14982, Reading, Pennsylvania 19612-4982, USA,

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