What we’re about
Are you a fun and friendly person ? Like to Hike, Kayak and have adventures outdoors ? This midwest base group is based on past "MR JEFF" adventures on other meetup groups to continue the fun ! Future meetup adventures will include Hiking, kayaking, rock climb, skiing, camping, biking, exploring , museums, wine tasting, and much more ! ( like>>> Parachute, Go cart race, Yoga, Zipline, etc)
I am based out of Western Suburbs, but I have events staged all over Greater Chicago area, including City of Chicago, surrounding cities, Midwest greater area includes Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.
I am open to suggestions for more meetups ( can work with just about any idea to formulate a whole meetup event.
Our group annual cash donation fee of $ 5.00 helps offset costs incurred and allows for group donations made quarterly to 501C Charitable agencies such as SEVA Foundation. I often will give talks at our meetup events and hold special events to continue to support such great organizations. In addition, Our group in the past has mended trails, cut invasive brush, and have several cleanups on Chicago Rivers.
I request you pay the $5.00 donation fee when you first join online via Chase/Zelle bank quick pay or Paypal ( friends/family) to Hiline59@aol.com), or you can give me cash $5.00 on the very first meetup .
If you choose to pay online via Meetup system, the annual cost is $6.00 ( as they take the first $1.00)
Again, this annual donation not only gives us the ability to make a difference to others around the Globe, while you get to enjoy adventures with a exclusive group of great people ! There are typical at least 20 plus events on the calendar for the future already fully planned.
Please note if you are not paid by 14 days, you will miss out on Event mailings and notifications. You will also lose ability to rsvp to any future events. You can still rejoin at later time.
See you very soon !
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Xmas morning hike at MortonMorton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
Monday Dec 25, 2023
Grounds open, 7:00 a.m. - sunset
All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Restrooms will be available in the west pavilion of the Visitor Center and the West Side shelter at Parking Lot 21.
Enjoy FREE admission. !!! However due to covid, you must use the link below to order tickets for 9 am . Choose non member, adult and the date , it will be free !
Choose GUEST and enter your email data to get e ticket mailed. Try for 9 am entry or 930. Either one will work
Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world.
On the East Side, a short walk from the Visitor Center, guests are able to step within a huge female figure, as if into the heart of nature. Continuing along a less than mile-long walk, they encounter a majestic maternal figure as tall as a tree, and a sculpture of diverse human facial traits interwoven with root structures. On the West Side, two hands joined by intertwining roots extend near a grove of old oaks, and a towering face evokes the interconnectedness of humans and trees. Made of concrete, fiberglass, and steel, each sculpture weighs several metric tons. The largest ground footprint is 28 feet wide and 37 feet long.
Trees have the power to refresh and restore people, to connect them to the natural world. People rely on trees for clean air to breathe, shade to cool, and beauty that can bring joy and relaxation, among many other benefits. In turn, trees need people to care for them if they are to thrive and share their benefits, especially in a changing climate. Guests are invited to reimagine their relationships with trees as they explore these expressive large-scale artworks while also enjoying the outdoors and the trees of The Morton Arboretum.
Take a hike and burn off some calories prior to your Thanksgiving meal!
- Mileage up to you ( usual average is 3-6)
Bring hot thermos, gloves and your smile
** sorry no pets
Kids ok !!
Meet at main entrance gate to park, just outside bathrooms near parking lot.
- Mileage up to you ( usual average is 3-6)
- "Vertical Yoga " CLIMB ON !Vertical Endeavors, Glendale Heights, IL
Rock climbing is a great way to get a full body workout and have fun being active in the colder months, and just about anyone can do this and have fun in safe mode.
For anyone new to Rock climbing, it is easy, all up to you on how hard you try and how much effort you want to make to try harder routes. We can all help each other out with pointers, take photos and have FUN !
No prior experience required. This is a top rope gym with lots of routes with auto-belays across a wide range of difficulties (including very easy), so there will plenty to do even if very few attendees are belay certified.
*** Note ten punch pass on sale this month ! Never expires
Possible Lunch after !!
****If you are brand new, once you enter, head to the left side and enter information and waiver on ipad. Once you do that, head across to cashier, advise them of your last name to find digital waiver . You can rent a harness $5.00, and climbing shoes $5.00. Note shoes run 1.5 sizes small. You can store jacket and stuff in lockers. Once you are ready to climb or try on harness, head back to desk and wait for orientation. ( this whole process takes about 45min-1 hr)
After all that, you can meet us to climb with group.
** anyone who has been here before, will need to sign a new post covid waiver on ipad and everyone must wear a mask the entire time in building.
Note that if you have climbed before and know how to belay but have not climbed at VE before, you must tell the staff when you get there that you want to take the belay test and do it before climbing.
- Please note, once you see Windy Point Drive, there is Eaton Engineering on building, first left turn into driveway , then along other end of building to VE Entrance.
- PREMIERE EVENT ! The MOST AMAZING TRIP ! Visit Machu Picchu & Puma PunkoO'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL$50.00
• What we'll do
The Most amazing trip !!
Climbing a Via Ferratta up 1200 feet on the Mountain Cliff over the enchanted Peruvian Valley of Cusco overlooking the river. Dinner and breakfast, staying overnite in a Clear Pod mounted on the Cliff wall, then Ziplining down the 1200 feet back to the Valley floor. That is only two days of this amazing adventure !
Exploring via hike the incredible and ancient Peruvian Ruins at Machu Picchu high up on the mountain.
Visiting the famous Puma Punku . Puma Punku is the name of a large temple complex located near Tiwanaku, in Bolivia, and is part of a larger archaeological site known as Tiahuanacu. Puma punku was a terraced earthen mound originally faced with megalithic blocks, each weighing several tens of tons. The red sandstone and andesite stones were cut in such a precise way that they fit perfectly into and lock with each other without using mortar. The technical finesse and precision displayed in these stone blocks is astounding. Not even a razor blade can slide between the rocks. Some of these blocks are finished to 'machine' quality and the holes drilled to perfection.
Amazing food, hikes, ancient ruins, culture, art and adventure.
** IF you RSVP, you must be serious about going, be in good physical shape to hike to high elevations and be committed to getting airfare, shots, passport, etc. Rough expected cost is $1800 per person. More details to follow.
• What to bring
Passport, camera, your smile
• Important to know
Airfare will need to get bought on your own, Hotel will be prearranged and required advance payment.
Day1 - arrival at Cusco City-
Everyone will need to purchase Airfare to Lima with transfer to Cusco City.
See details below for Our Adventure on the Mountain($ Cost $ 475 USD )
14:00 pm Hotel pick up in Cusco City
15:30 pm Arrive to Pachar
15:30 – 16 pm Safety talk and equipment
16 – 17:30 pm Ascent ( climbing Via Ferrata)
17:30 – 18 pm Arrive to SkyLodge Adventure suites, we will receive you with hot drink
18 – 18:30 pm Briefing on how to use the lodge ( holds 4 people)
20 pm Dinner
7 am Breakfast
9:30 -11:30 pm Descent (rappelling or Ziplining)
11:30 – 5 pm Pachar- Cusco city
530 pm Arrive to Cusco City
Stay at Hotel in Cusco City
Machu picchu ( $65-85)
Train ride and day hike
Travel to Lake Titicaca
(train or bus $ 45-180)
KAYAK UROS + AMANTANI CLASSIC (2D1N):
The tour with Kayaks on the highest navigable lake in the world,
visit to Uros via sea kayak, motor boat to island of Amantani, sleep and share with the local families many experiences, next day,visit the island of Taquile.
Duration: 2 Days & 1 Night
Price per person $ 120.00 USD
• Transfer Hotel - Port - Hotel.
• Motor boat.
• Spanish / English guide.
• Tickets, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast.
• Basic accommodation (in Amantani 1st day).
• LUNCH IN TAQUILE.
Day 7 ( stretch goal - over border in Bolivia)
Bolivia charges $ 160 for visit pass completed in advance)
Ancient Site of Puma Punku ( $40)
Puma Punku covers a large part of the massive ancient city of Tiwanaku and it is located just southeast of Lake Titicaca in the Andes. The mystery lies in the precision and complexity of the structures that pervade the ruin. The finely cut doorways and remaining stone blocks bear no chisel marks and many interlock with very fine precision.
Travel back to USA
Please wear comfortable clothes, pants no shorts, hiking shoes or running shoes, a thermal jacket to wear under a dawn jacket and warm (thermal) clothes.
Bring at least 1 lt. resusable containers for water.
!! IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GOING- Get me Cash Deposit
Airfare cost appears to range from $600-1100.- ideally we leave from Chicago-Lima-Cuzco _ about 15 hours and we lose one day heading there. Return trip leave in Morning and arrive in Evening.
- Weekend at Devils LakeDevils Lake, Wisconsin, WI$25.00
Devils Lake Weekend
Kayaking, Hiking, Camping, Exploring hidden waterfall, Ice Age Trail and more!
!!Quiet time 11-6!! **********
Bathrooms, showers, water supply all nearby campsite.
Bring a small daypack and experience the Ice Age trail as we travel to nearby Parfey's Glen.
***Hiking Boots required
Hike the always amazing views of Devils Lake.
Kayak in the nearby lake. ( beach has variety of **kayak rentals if needed)
$15 per hour)
Explore a nearby waterfall ( **water shoes needed)
Dinner at Tumbled Rocks Brewery nearby
Campfire each nite ( bring your **camp chair)
Friday arrive as early as 3 pm to sites, set up Campsite tents, gear. Recommend leave kayak on car. Only two cars per campsite, others will go to extra parking lot nearby. Plan on dinner at campsite with nice group fire.( I recommend something easy to roast over open fire)
Saturday plan to go on backpack trip on nearby trails. Bring a day pack to carry water, and snacks, etc. Recommend Hiking boots. We might be crossing small stream or going up and down on some rocky ground. We will traverse Classic Ice Age Trail sections and maybe see a waterfall.
Back to campsite, we will weather permitting, take our kayaks out on the lake. Very peaceful and calm, great way to see the awesome mountains and views.
Another nice hike nearby in Baraboo, just a short drive away, but we will need to carpool as parking lot is very small. Hike to waterfall and wear your watershoes, you can walk upstream and downstream a bit.
Breakfast stuff- I do have large Jetboil if you need any hot water
Lunch- we will eat on trail, so bring snackbars, fruit, drinks,etc
Dinner; Choice of possible visit in town to Tumbled Rocks or dinner at the campsite
Sunday after breakfast, we will hike the circumference of Devils Lake, about 8.5 miles. back to camp, grab some lunch and leave at your leisure, you can stay till 3 pm at site.
Cost is $ 25 per person, pay me in cash prior to event or send money via Venmo or Zelle/quick pay or Paypal ( must use friends/family option)to Hiline59@aol.com
** if you rsvp and fail to pay, others can take your spot
( fee covers camp fees, firewood and donation for Seva.Org)
** We will have plenty of sites grouped near each other, Tent sites will be emailed and shown in comments near date