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 (5+)

The Best of NC State Parks: VIEWS OF PLANET EARTH (Pilot Mountain)

Harris Teeter parking lot

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.

(Local) DAYHIKE - UMSTEAD RUINS & HISTORY – PART 3

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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

Triangle Mountain Climber

Nash Street Tavern

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.

Falls Lake/MST Section 22 - 9 MILES

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Join your THOG friends for the next in a series of hikes along the Falls Lake Trail, a section of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail. This week, we will hike section 22 in northeast Durham. Due to limited parking at the trailhead, we will meet and carpool to the trailhead and then hike Section 22 up and back. The hike will be about 9 miles, so please plan on at least 3 hours. Fit hikers only as we will be hiking at a brisk pace with only a few quick breaks and we may need to cross streams without bridges. This section can be swampy. This hike is a 3 by the THOG hiking scale - slight intermittent elevation gains, rocks, tree roots. Bring: 1 - 2 liters of water Snack Good hiking boots Rain Gear No dogs or children please. I will email all participants with a Yes RSVP 24 hours before the hike with the carpool location. 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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