What we're about

The ORIGINAL, LARGEST and MOST ACTIVE outdoors group in the Carolinas! Often imitated but never duplicated!

Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group (aka THOG) is the premier outdoor adventure group in central North Carolina. With over 7000+ members and 300+ events a year, we offer a comprehensive array of exciting adventures in the Carolinas and beyond! We are the ORIGINAL Meetup hiking group and #1 in the Carolinas. Membership is FREE and open to any adults over the age of 21 years old. Our members range in age from 21 to 70+ years old, although the majority of our members are in their 20s through 50s. Our membership base is diverse and includes members who are singled, married and partnered.

Our Activities

Our regular activities include walking, local hiking, day trips, camping, backpacking and paddling. Depending on the season, we offer additional activities such as hanggliding, zip-lining, indoor rock climbing, and snow skiing). The majority of our events are hiking events, that allow old and new residents to enjoy the great outdoors and scenic areas around the Triangle area.

Why join THOG?

We know there are several outdoor groups in the Triangle area to choose from. When you join THOG you are joining the BEST group in the Carolinas. Our volunteer board consists of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable individuals in the Triangle area.

1) Experience counts! We were the first Meetup-based hiking group in the Carolinas and have hosted over 3000+ events since our inception. We are now in our 10th year of operation and continue to lead the way by providing unique and innovative events for our members!

2) Member exclusives! Throughout the calendar year, we offer events that are only available to THOG members. Events include workshops and hikes on private property where we have secured permission in advance!

3) Most importantly, we have great members who are fun and adventurous but also safety conscious and responsible.

We are an INDEPENDENT group and are not associated or affiliated with any other hiking or outdoor groups. In other words, there are other groups that claim to be like THOG, but they are not! On rare occasions, we will co-host events with other groups, but these will be clearly identified on the THOG site.

What THOG is not ...

- THOG is not a singles group and those looking to join THOG for the sole purpose of finding dates will be disappointed. (* On a serious note, if you are on the receiving end of unwanted advances, harassing e-mails or stalking behaviors, please let us know by contacting a Volunteer or Organizer)

- THOG does not condone or engage in careless, reckless or irresponsible activities or behaviors.

We expect that members will do their socializing on the trail, at camp, or on the water! Thus, you won't find social mixers, dining events or parties on our site. What you will find are some of the most unique outdoor adventures in the Triangle area. Whether its hiking, bicycling, zip-lining, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, snow skiing, snowshoeing, or camping, we've likely done it!

We are a VOLUNTEER based group and do not collect ANY fees or dues. Volunteers and organizers are selected based on their experience and commitment to the group. We require prospective volunteers and organizers to attend a minimum of 3 events prior to consideration for such positions.

What are you waiting for? Join THOG Today!

By joining THOG you are agreeing to our Membership Code of Conduct (http://www.meetup.com/Adventures/pages/THOG_-_Code_of_Conduct) and the Trip Participant Waiver of Liability (updated December 30, 2015).

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.

Upcoming events (4)

Let's Hike the Sycamore Trail

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Hello Fellow Hikers! How about getting a little exercise in our beautiful urban oasis, Umstead State Park? The hike is 7.2 miles long, blazed by blue triangles, rocky and rooty. We should be back at the parking lot in a about 2.75 hours, meaning an average pace of pace of about 3 miles per hour with short breaks for water and/or snacks. I plan to be wearing a weighted backpack, but it is fine if you proceed at a faster pace. Looking forward to seeing you near the middle set of stairs in the last parking lot. By participating in this event, you agree to the terms below: 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.

(Overnight) Fall Foliage XV - GSMNP

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Join us for THOG's annual Fall Foliage Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Highlights include a summit hike to Mt. Cammerer, several waterfalls, and possibly another hike to the Mt. Sterling fire tower. READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE YOU RSVP! RSVP's open on September 27! Attendee total at this point will be limited to 18 people. Our trip starts on Friday, October 25. We'll meet somewhere in the Triangle, setup carpools then drive 5 hours to our campsite at Cosby Campground. Once we arrive at our campsite in the afternoon, we'll setup our tents and do a short hike to some waterfalls in the area. Saturday: We'll begin our 6 mile hike (12 miles total) to the summit of Mt. Cammerer in the morning. The trail is rated strenuous with an elevation gain of about 3,045ft. We will have lunch at the summit near the fire tower. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a campfire at the campground. Sunday: We'll pack up at camp and either hike to some waterfalls or Mt. Sterling. We can decide at camp. Mt. Sterling is a 1.5 mile one way (3 mile out and back) strenuous hike. On our way home, we'll stop by for a bite to eat. Important things to know: -Campground has drinking water, flush toilets and utility sinks -Bring a Daypack, Hiking boots/shoes with good support, and hiking poles (optional) -Bring your own camping gear, I.e. tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc. -Tents larger than a 3 person tent will need to be approved due to limited campsite space -Bring enough food for the weekend: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, trail snacks, water, beverages. -Bring layers including jacket, gloves, hat! It will probably be cold -Bring money for campsite and firewood ($5-10 per person for shareable costs) PLUS money to share carpooling costs with your driver -RSVP only if you are ok with the itinerary -A maximum of 5 Vehicles will be allowed at the campsite. Vehicles with at least 2 or 3 passengers will have priority in parking. -Previous No Shows and Last minute/Late cancellations may affect your RSVP. -Specific trip information will be emailed to those who are going after RSVP's close We should be able to see some great fall colors this year! See you all soon! Larredo If you have any questions related to this event, post in the comments or send me a meetup message. By participating in this event, you agree to the terms below: 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.

Forest Bathing

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve

Shinrin-yoku, otherwise known as forest bathing is the practice of totally immersing yourself in a forest. This event will be a variant of the practice. We will walk silently and stop occasionally to deeply experience our natural surroundings. We will walk at a slightly faster pace than is normally practiced; an average of 2.5 mph. We'll hike approximately 3-4 miles. We will stop at a peaceful pond toward the end of our hike where there are a few picnic tables and benches to sit on. At the stop, we'll have a short opportunity to meditate, write, draw, etc. Before starting, you will receive some tips on how to get the most enjoyment from the activity so please try to arrive on time. The trails are single and double-track dirt with some hills. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Sorry, no dogs. Heading into town (Hillsborough) for tea after our walk is an option. For more information about shinrin yoku, feel free to read this article published in REI Co-Op Journal: https://bit.ly/2P1xJ9U

Triangle Mountain Climber

Nash Street Tavern

With a summit at 867 ft above sea level making Occoneechee Mountain the highest point between Hillsborough and the coast, this little-known state park presents several trails that might possibly provide 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 (no climbing involved). Total distance for the event will be about 6.5 miles (7.5 miles if you're hiking to the brunch location). We'll try to maintain an average pace of 3.0 mph with one brief stop at the overlook so we can enjoy a view of treetops as far as the eye can see. If you're continuing to Weaver Street Market for an outdoor brunch (sheltered roof providing shade) you are welcome to bring a mystery token that fits in your pocket (object, poem, story, etc.) to share in show-and-tell format. The token would be something from an adventure, local or beyond. To add fun and suspense, we won't reveal our tokens until we are all seated. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Sorry, no dogs on this hike. We'll hike in drizzle, mist or chance of rain. Bring a dry set of clothes to leave in your vehicle, just in case. Actual rain at the start or slippery conditions cancels. By participating in this event, you agree to the terms below: 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.

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Biking at Pocahontas State Park VA

Pocahontas State Park

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