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THE THOG Big Brevard Camping trip!

  • Jul 26, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Join THOG for our annual Big Brevard camping trip! This is the largest camping trip of the year!

NEW for 2013:

The campground is reserved on Thursday July 25, 2013. You are welcome to camp out on Thursday night!

 

Dog policy for 2013:

Any THOGer who brought a dog for the 2012 trip is welcome to bring their dog for this year's trip. Otherwise if you are planning to bring a dog, you will need to contact me (Chris C) IN ADVANCE. Due to logistics, the number of dogs are LIMITED to ensure that everyone has a good time (including the dogs). If bringing a dog is a condition of your attendance, then DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE TRIP, UNLESS YOU HAVE A PRE-APPROVAL!

 

Sign-ups will open to THOG members on Monday June 24, 2014 at 7PM.

This is an extremely popular trip, and is expected to fill to capacity. We make every effort to balance attendance to allow new members the opportunity to attend. Having said that, IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF BAD BEHAVIOR (ie YOU REPEATEDLY BAIL ON A TRIP OR ARE A NEGATIVE PERSON AND COMPLAINS ABOUT EVERYTHING), your RSVP may be involuntarily removed. Consider this, if you RSVP and bail, you PREVENT someone else from attending.

 

Activities:

LOTS AND LOTS OF WATERFALLS and SWIMHOLES! Be prepared to get wet!

Hikes and such will be posted on the calendar. As of this post, Casey has already posted events! Others will so follow. Expect great fellowship and mega campfires every night. Be aware, we are NOT a wild group, and offensive behavior will NOT be tolerated. However, there may be some adult language and responsible consumption of alcohol.

Is this event family friendly? Well, that depends. As mentioned above, there will be responsible alcohol consumption, and adult conversations. Use YOUR judgment!

 

Bring lawn games, frisbees, etc. (bubble stuff) It will be a great weekend!

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  • Johnny M

    What a fantastic trip! Great first event with a great group of people. Thanks to all the folks who helped make this event happen.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Christine V

    It's always nice to get away and up to the mountains! Andy and I had a great weekend with everyone.

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Heidi

      And thank you Christine--the Hungarian goulash hit the spot!

      July 30, 2013

    • Theresa

      It was nice to meet you. Congratulations on the engagement.

      July 30, 2013

  • Wes

    Awesome as always !!!

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Heidi

    This trip feels like a big THOG family reunion! I enjoyed seeing everyone and only wish we had more time to enjoy all the waterfall hiking options in the area.

    3 · July 30, 2013

    • Betsy

      I always did call it the THOG family reunion

      4 · July 30, 2013

  • Chih-Wei C.

    Epic water levels, wish I could just spend a week out there chasing waterfalls. This is by far my favorite big trip of the year!

    4 · July 29, 2013

  • Isabel S.

    Typical THOG style - well organized, lots of friendly people, excellent variety of hikes offered. Every question I posed was answered in full, really a help in inspiring confidence. Had a great time!

    3 · July 29, 2013

  • Theresa

    Thank you all for being so friendly, I had a great time. I will see you all again soon.

    2 · July 29, 2013

  • Shung

    I forgot to mentioned, thanks to all those who willingly and doesn't mind put up more miles in car from the start and want us to tag along with them with so much stuff, you guys are awesome ;)

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Loye

    Fantastic Trip with great friends.

    2 · July 29, 2013

  • Jeff P.

    This was my first THOG trip and the great, friendly people and planning made it a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who made me feel welcome! I'll see you all again soon!

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Shung

    Another great Brevard trip, THOG we did it again, rain or shine fun is always in the air. I personally want to thanks to those folks who reaching out to help others when needed, that makes this THOG trip so awesome. I personally want to thanks those who came to my rescue when I was starving to dead because my food were no where to be found! :) and awesome friends who are willing to offer to give me a ride home and to those who making me reach home safe and sound. Thanks a bunch!

    2 · July 29, 2013

  • kaveh

    Thx to all organizers and specially those who helped with our car problem! You made our Brevard trip a success. Looking forward to seeing you all again !

    July 29, 2013

  • Janette

    Another amazing Brevard year! Great times with old friends and made new friends. Thanks for all of the laughs.

    4 · July 28, 2013

  • Clifton

    Sorry to have to give the bad news...from the nc dot site: http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ Thru Monday morning it appears.

    July 28, 2013

    • Janette

      Thanks for the heads up! Glad you made it back safely.

      July 28, 2013

    • Clifton

      Thanks! I hope you do as well!

      July 28, 2013

  • Andy V.

    If you don't take exit 170, it will take you 2 hours like it did for us.

    July 28, 2013

  • Chris

    Detour from 40 to 601 to 421 to 40 took us about half an hour...tune into 1600 am for updates. take exit 170 for this particular detour.

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Chris

    best brevard trip ever!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Charles

    Great weekend. Always lots of fun with THOG

    July 28, 2013

  • Andrea

    First time doing this trip, and even though I had to cut it short, I had a fantastic time!! And what's a little rain ;) The waterfalls were amazing! Thank you to the organizers for putting this together. Great meeting and seeing everyone and I look forward next year!! My poor tent should be dried out by then ;)

    2 · July 28, 2013

  • Clifton

    HEADS UP ON YOUR TRIPS BACK....I made it safe but had to go an hour out of the way. Interstate 40 east is closed at exit 180. This is between Statesville and Winston-Salem. There is an a.m. radio alert station 1600 and the DOT has a detour it suggests which I took...but again it was an hour long. I am not sure if this will be a factor during the day, but keep this in mind and at least check before getting near that area.

    July 28, 2013

  • Clifton

    AWESOME!! :)

    July 28, 2013

  • Chris C

    Just a heads up... Eubanks Park and Ride CANNOT be used for overnight parking! You risk a citation.

    July 26, 2013

  • Kavi R.

    I am still looking for a ride, anyone have room for one more? I can meet you at the Chapel Hill/Hwy 86 exit off I-40, which should be on the way for most. I can leave anytime on Friday day or night.

    July 24, 2013

    • Isabel S.

      It looks like the intersection at i40 - 86 would be a good place to meet.

      July 25, 2013

    • Kavi R.

      Ok, great! What time should I meet you there? Or would you like to call me when you are on your way? I'll send you an email with my number.

      July 25, 2013

  • Chris C

    Ranger states water crossing should be fine. That can change though so be vigilent

    July 25, 2013

    • Cindi

      Thanks for the update, I was just thinking about calling!! My car is a little Kia hatchback so it can't do deep water.

      July 25, 2013

  • Larredo

    Sorry, cancelling trip.

    July 25, 2013

  • Chris C

    Everyone, please exercise EXTREME caution this year. In addition to high water, MANY RIVER FEATURES HAVE CHANGED! Boulders have shifted, downed trees and debris may clog swimming holes. Turtleback MAY NOT BE SAFE THIS YEAR! Read your e-mail!

    July 25, 2013

  • Erin O.

    Hey everyone,
    We have 2 carpool spots if anyone is interested. We're trying to leave around 3 or 4pm Friday from Chapel Hill/Durham area. Please let me know if you'd like to join us. Thanks! Looking forward to the trip!

    July 14, 2013

    • Carrie

      Do I have a ride with you guys?[masked] let me know.. Thanks

      July 25, 2013

    • Carrie

      Let me know of anyone has room.. Thanks

      July 25, 2013

  • Casey M

    Weather Update. It looks like we are going to enjoy some cooler than average temperatures this weekend but don't forget the rain gear! There is a reason this region has the highest annual rain fall in North Carolina and this year is a record precipitation year!

    Friday
    Chance of a Thunderstorm 79 | 64 °F
    Chance of T-storms 30% chance of precipitation

    Saturday
    Chance of a Thunderstorm79 | 64 °F
    Chance of T-storms 50% chance of precipitation

    Sunday
    Chance of a Thunderstorm79 | 63 °F
    Chance of T-storms 40% chance of precipitation

    July 24, 2013

    • Betsy

      Thanks. guess I better pack some warmer clothes for the chilly nights

      July 24, 2013

    • Chih-Wei C.

      Don't worry, with Amanda and Meagan as fire marshals, we'll be lucky if we don't burn down the forest. Also have a new toy to help them out that's not battery operated!

      2 · July 24, 2013

  • Chris C

    Everyone, the 4 spots that were available in the e-mail has been taken. While it seems easy to "just squeeze one more person in" we have a campsite limit that we must respect, therefore unless there is a RSVP spot available, the event is otherwise full. Thank you for your understanding

    July 24, 2013

  • John R

    While in Brevard be on the lookout for the legendary ferocious white squirrels of Brevard. :-)

    http://www.ncfbmagazine.org/2010/05/white-squirrels-truth-or-tale/

    2 · July 24, 2013

  • Elaine F.

    dang it; missed the window again. Those more diligent than I on checking, please enjoy the weekend!

    July 23, 2013

  • Allen

    Sorry guys, I was supposed to update this last week.

    July 23, 2013

  • Elaine F.

    Chris, if people cancel will you open registration back up?
    If so, I'll keep an eye out for any last minute chance to attend.

    July 12, 2013

    • Kavi R.

      Me too! My weekend just opened up and I'd love to make it out there with you all.

      July 23, 2013

  • Betsy

    If anyone has joined this event since Sunday please email me so I can forward the 2 emails that went out this past weekend with directions & campsite information

    July 23, 2013

  • Charles

    I need directions to campground, please (it's been a while!)

    July 23, 2013

  • Christopher B.

    Chris, my two guests have a medical emergency to attend to this week, therefore, I'm giving 2 slots back (it won't let me do it myself).

    Thanks.

    July 22, 2013

  • Dave M.

    sorry about the late notice - family emergency, I'm off to chicago

    July 21, 2013

  • John D

    Justin's Sunday hike and swim/waterfall sliding (if water levels allow) for Big Brevard attendees which was previously closed to RSVPs is now open again. http://www.meetup.com/Adventures/events/126924242/

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Chris C

    FYI, drowning 7/16/2013 at Turtleback Falls.... Thanks to John M for the heads up

    Doing the Turtleback may NOT be safe this year!

    http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130717/NEWS/307170024/Search-continues-Transylvania-drowning

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, I hurt my back and won't be able to make it. Hopefully someone else can take my spot!

    July 18, 2013

  • John M.

    I just posted an adventure for the Sunday of the Brevard weekend. For information and sign ups please see: http://www.meetup.com/Adventures/events/129779632/

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Larredo

    If anyone wants to carpool Friday afternoon after work around 4:30 or 5 let me know. Seems my carpool fell through. Thanks.

    July 14, 2013

    • Erin O.

      Hey Larredo, we're leaving slightly earlier, if you're able to make it a little sooner we'd be happy to give you a ride

      July 14, 2013

    • Larredo

      Thanks Erin. Unfortunately, I can't get out earlier.

      July 15, 2013

  • Steve L

    Hey, Is anyone, by chance, interested in carpooling from Sanford? I am planning on leaving Sanford around noon and taking the southern scenic route to Brevard.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow I'd love to go to this. So if someone drops out then rsvps will reopen?

    July 15, 2013

  • Mahesh

    Hello Everbody,

    I and Kaveh are carpooling for the trip and have space for one more. We will be leaving around 3 PM on friday and start home after sunday's hike. If you are close to my home i can pick you up or you can park in my apartment's lot.

    July 12, 2013

    • Mahesh

      We got robin! Thanks

      July 12, 2013

  • Manira

    as much as I want to go, driving across streams just sounds scary.
    Anybody willing to let me carpool with them? I live in Durham, near South point.
    Let me know.
    Thanks.

    July 12, 2013

    • Betsy

      The stream is only about 3" deep. As long as you don't drive a low-rider & your wheels lift your car at least 8" off the ground you should be just fine.

      July 12, 2013

    • Mahesh

      How about 5.3"?

      July 12, 2013

  • Theresa

    Hi Everyone,

    Am I missing something? I don't know where we are camping. Who should I contact?

    I would like to carpool if anyone is interested. I can drive if we think my Mazda 3 can swim! (or at least be 8" off the ground, I will have to check). Anytime on Friday will work for me.

    My other question would be food. Are there any group meals I'm not aware of or do I just take care of myself?

    July 12, 2013

    • Betsy

      Teresa. An email will go out to all participants with directions and all the details. there are no group meals. Everyone must be self sufficient with their food and all supplies.

      July 12, 2013

  • meagan

    probably not going to be able to leave till friday after work ~5pm if anyone wants to carpool

    July 11, 2013

    • Grace

      same here - Derrick might be taking the jeep - want to ride with us?

      July 11, 2013

    • meagan

      Sure Grace, thanks

      July 12, 2013

  • Theresa

    Thank you!

    July 11, 2013

  • Cindi

    Do we have to drive across a stream to get to the campsite?

    July 7, 2013

    • Chris C

      or VWs missing bumpers!

      7 · July 10, 2013

    • Shung

      Chris, hopefully not like that this year but never know, just saying

      July 10, 2013

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