What we're about

Hello! Welcome to the South Central Missouri Canoe Hiking and Kayaking Club!
I want to welcome everyone to this group. I would also like to thank Cassaundra Hites for the effort she initially made in setting up this Meetup Group. I have made a few changes, but for the most part this group and its activities shall remain the same. Most importantly, all members will continue to have an equal opportunity to participate, plan and organize future events. Your constructive input is always helpful, and it's key in helping us plan exciting events.
Events need to be well organized, with as much detail given to the event as possible. Please don't leave us hanging by posting an event and leaving the "details to follow". If you need help, we're there for you.
Mutual respect is something that is expected among all members attending any event. Please leave any prejudices or judgment of others at home when you plan an event or agree to attend an event that someone else has scheduled. The idea here is to have fun, enjoy nature, be relaxed and enjoy our time together.

Many possibilities await those willing to be adventurous and put forth the effort in doing so.
Let's have some fun!
Hiking

Canoeing and Kayaking

Leisure/Sight Seeing (Zoo, Museums, etc.)

Backpacking/Overnight hikes

and whatever event you may want to host!

Upcoming events (5+)

Members Choice Float/Current River

Jasons Place Campground

I have updated the information regarding this trip. Please read carefully. All details are subject to revision, but we will try to hold to the plans as I have them at this point. Camping is at Jason's Place Campground. That's up the hill from Akers Ferry on Highway K. Prices for camping are $10.00 per person per night. Electric sites are available for an additional $10.00/night. Canoe Rental price is $40.00/day. Kayaks are $30.00/day. Those are probably sit on tops, I did not ask. Departure time is at 8:30 am on Saturday morning. Akers Ferry Canoe Rental will take us up to the put in point at Baptist Camp. From there we'll float back to Akers Ferry. That should take about 7 hours. There is water available at the campground. Please try to be firm in your commitment to this event. I will cancel if it's going to rain. Everyone is responsible for making their own floating reservations with Akers Ferry Canoe Rental. Their phone number is[masked]. They also own the campground. Hopefully it will be a great weekend for fall foliage! 😃

Fun, Fast Paced Hike In FOREST PARK

Forest Park Visitor Center

BRING A HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT! WE WALK IN THE WOODS AND ON UNEVEN GROUND. We'll tour portions of Forest Park, partly on the pedestrian "heels" path, but also on hills, grass, pavement, and sometimes dirt trails. Each time we'll take a little different route. The distance will be about 5 1/2 miles. We will move at a rate of about 20 minutes per mile (3 mph) and finish before 8:45 PM. ASSUMING I DON'T INJURE MYSELF (AGAIN) COUNT ON CLIMBING A LOT OF HILLS. It will not be as challenging as the Clark Trail in terms of long climbs, roots, or rocks, but there won't be ticks, AND, our choices of eating establishments afterwards will be better and closer. You can to "peel off" early if you like but please tell me when you leave. If you will want to do this, and you are not familiar with the park please pick up a map in the visitor center. There are water fountains and public bathrooms in the visitor center and throughout the park. WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather. Bring water, good shoes/boots, and bug repellent (just in case), trekking poles if you use them, micro-spikes if it is icy, and a headlight. On general principles bring rain gear. Most of us work up a sweat. If you join us afterwards to eat and/or have a drink you may want to have a jacket or change of clothes in your car to keep from becoming chilled. You can bring your dog, but it must be leashed and not become a nuisance. We'll start walking at 6:30. -----------------PLEASE KEEP YOUR RSVP UP TO DATE.----------------- This event will repeat every other Tuesday.

Fun, Easy Pace Night Hike On The Clark Trail

Lewis and Clark Trail

WHAT IS IT: Fun 5.3 miles on the popular Clark Trail. (It's popular but it does have some hills. You will sweat!) It's a night hike, something a bit different. YOU WILL DEFINITELY NEED A HEADLIGHT OR FLASHLIGHT WITH FRESH BATTERIES. IF IT IS COLD YOU MAY NEED EXTRA BATTERIES OR A SECOND LIGHT. We'll hike at an easy pace, 2 1/2 mph (24 minutes per mile). A LOT OF US WILL GET SOMETHING TO EAT AFTERWARDS AT A LOCAL PUB OR RESTAURANT. WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather. Wear hiking shoes, trail runners, or boots, no open toed sandals. There are roots and rocks and steps. Remember to bring water. Wear micro-spikes if it is icy and insulated boots if it is cold. SPECIAL NOTE: (It's good headlight etiquette to not shine your light in people's eyes. It temporarily blinds them and that is most inconvenient when hiking a trail at night. 😩 Turn it off or look down when you are talking to them. Don't worry if you forget. We all forget sometimes.) WHERE & WHEN TO MEET: We'll meet in the trailhead parking lot at 6:20 and start hiking on time at 6:30. ------------------------Please keep your RSVP up to date!-------------------

Fun, Fast Paced Night Hike In FOREST PARK

Forest Park Visitor Center

BRING A HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT! WE WALK IN THE WOODS AND ON UNEVEN GROUND. We'll tour portions of Forest Park, partly on the pedestrian "heels" path, but also on hills, grass, pavement, and sometimes dirt trails. Each time we'll take a little different route. The distance will be about 5 1/2 miles. We will move at a rate of about 20 minutes per mile (3 mph) and finish before 8:45 PM. ASSUMING I DON'T INJURE MYSELF (AGAIN) COUNT ON CLIMBING A LOT OF HILLS. It will not be as challenging as the Clark Trail in terms of long climbs, roots, or rocks, but there won't be ticks, AND, our choices of eating establishments afterwards will be better and closer. You can to "peel off" early if you like but please tell me when you leave. If you will want to do this, and you are not familiar with the park please pick up a map in the visitor center. There are water fountains and public bathrooms in the visitor center and throughout the park. WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather. Bring water, good shoes/boots, and bug repellent (just in case), trekking poles if you use them, micro-spikes if it is icy, and a headlight. On general principles bring rain gear. Most of us work up a sweat. If you join us afterwards to eat and/or have a drink you may want to have a jacket or change of clothes in your car to keep from becoming chilled. You can bring your dog, but it must be leashed and not become a nuisance. We'll start walking at 6:30. -----------------PLEASE KEEP YOUR RSVP UP TO DATE.----------------- This event will repeat every other Tuesday.

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