Founded in 1982, The Central Indiana Wilderness Club (CIWC) is a non-profit volunteer-run club organized for the purpose of providing affordable wilderness adventures. Each year CIWC conducts trips ranging in length from one to ten days to destinations as diverse as southern Indiana, the Grand Canyon and the Smokey Mountains. We have trips for beginners and those with lots of outdoor experience. On a CIWC trip you will have the opportunity to explore new places and meet new friends. Our trips are small and friendly, averaging eight people per trip, organized by a CIWC member. Our membership includes members who vary widely in age, experience and ability.
Based in central Indiana, our activities include backpacking, camping, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, cross-country skiing, and spelunking.
Upcoming Trips and Other Events:
The typical trip fee for a backbacking trip includes transportation in the club's 12-passenger van, breakfast, dinner, tents (for 2 or 3 people), water filter, stoves and cooking utensils. All you need is your personal gear. Participants will be required to assist with carrying club equipment and food and are expected to help with chores such as setting up camp, cooking and cleaning up. See the Trip Schedule for detailed information about upcoming trips.
Find out about becoming a member of the club. Membership brings you the Trail Mix, our quarterly newsletter. Receiving the Trail Mix allows you to preview and sign-up for trips before they are posted on the website.
To learn more about the club and to meet other outdoor enthusiasts, come join us at our next day trip, meeting, or class.