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With rain likely tonight and tomorrow morning, I moved the Triangle Mountain Climber to next Saturday. In it's place for anyone who was really looking forward to hiking tomorrow, an alternative is offered without the hills, but also without the mud. Half of this route is a beautiful paved trail through the woods along the Eno River and the other half is well-drained macadam. Depending on conditions, I might replace the unpaved portion with a scenic walk through historic downtown. Depending on group consensus, total distance will be between 3-6 miles with plenty of shortcut options in town. We'll go if there is only a chance of rain by the afternoon but active rain will cancel the outing.
Hello THOGers! Join me on a strenuous hike to the top of one of the most recognizable landmarks in North Carolina. Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain was known to the native Saura Indians, the earliest known inhabitants of the region, as Jomeokee, the "Great Guide" or "Pilot." We will hike about 10 miles in a long loop that will include Mountain trail, Grindstone trail, Ledge Spring trail and Jomeokee (Pinnacle) trail. There will be some pretty steep uphill and downhill sections. We will come all the way from the base to the top and see cliffs and some breathtaking views from under the Big Pinnacle. This is going to be a good exercise for strong hikers as well as folks who want to get into a better physical shape. On Saturday morning we will meet in Chapel Hill at 8AM and then carpool to the park (1.5 hours). Once there, we will start our hike from the Visitor's center. Details and GPS coordinates of the meeting place will be provided to the participants prior to the event. We will have breaks along the way and then stop at the Little Pinnacle area for lunch. We will finish our hike before 4PM and then drive back to RTP. We should be back to Chapel Hill by 6 PM. PACKING LIST: • Layers of warm clothes, it will be windy at the top. • Water (~ 2 liters/person) • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots • Snack and lunch TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY: I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety. Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above. ABOUT THE SERIES: This hike is a part of THE BEST OF NC STATE PARKS event series. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state parks by hiking beautiful parks all over the state. Pick up your passport at a State park or order one on-line for free using this link (https://www.ncparks.gov/north-carolina-state-parks-passport-request)and share the fun! Read more about the passport program here (https://www.ncparks.gov/passport-program). It's not required to participate in the event, but might be a good way to learn more about the parks. Join me on this adventure, collect stamps and explore our beautiful state.
Here is an opportunity to experience parts of Umstead State park that you may have never seen if you have always stayed on the marked hiking trails. On this series of hikes we will explore some of the wilder and more remote sections of the park keeping our eyes peeled for natural wonders and signs of previous habitation. Now we have the assistance of the recently published “Stories in Stone” by Tom Weber that puts names and faces to some of the things that we might find. On this hike we will be exploring the central section of the park which contains a significant number old home sites. We’ll learn about an unsolved murder and visit the remains of the camp that was named HMS Crabtree by the British sailors that stayed there during WWII. We will be hiking on maintained and unmaintained trails, old roads, bridle trails, and cross-country. There are NO convenient short-cut or bail-out points on this hike. Because of this I am rating this outing STRENUOUS and suitable for FIT HIKERS ONLY! Sorry, No kids or pets. DETAILS: Date: SATURDAY, Febuary 23rd. Time: 9:00 A.M. Please be ready to start hiking. We should be back by mid-afternoon. Distance: Approximately 8-10 miles. Location: William B. Umstead Park – Reedy Creek Section – I-40 Harrison Ave exit. Directions: See http://www.ncparks.gov/william-b-umstead-state-park/directions Please meet in front of the restrooms. WHAT TO BRING: Please dress appropriately for the expected weather conditions. This includes bringing foolproof rain gear and sturdy hiking boots. Please bring enough water to last the entire hike, lunch, and a snack. Bring a map and compass or a GPS if you would like some practice staying found. Active or pending precipitation will unfortunately cancel the outing. Fog, mist, or cold temperatures will not. In case of a cancellation I will update THIS EVENT on the THOG WEB SITE by 8:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Remember, YOUR RSVP IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO THIS TRIP and your future good standing in THOG depends on how well you honor your commitments. Late cancellations (less than 36 hours before the event) or no-shows will be noted in your THOG attendance history and may restrict your ability to sign up for future THOG events. Members are responsible for the attendance and suitability of their guests to participate. SIGNUP: Put yourself on the waiting list. You will be moved to the event once your satisfactory attendance history has been verified. No-Shows and last minute cancels go to the back of the line! This is the only way I can be fair to everyone. TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY: I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety. Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above. If you have any questions you can send me an email via the THOG web site (Steve L). Steve L THOG Organizer
With a summit at 867 ft above sea level making it the highest point between the coast and Hillsborough this little known state park presents several trails that might possibly be the closest simulation to mountain climbing you can get without leaving the Triangle. We'll do a combination of trails to get an altitude gain of 1,000 feet in 5 miles. Total distance for the event will be about 6 miles. We'll try to maintain an average pace of 3.0 mph without any stops. Sturdy, closed toes shoes, water bottle and breathable quick-dry layers are recommended. No dogs. Slippery conditions (rain, snow, ice) or temperatures below freezing cancels.