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+)

Forest Bathing

Duke Forest Gate 26

Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is the practice of living healthy by periodically immersing yourself in a forest. Come on out and have some fun - and no, you don't have to get wet 🙂 Today, we will spend about 90-minutes in the forest, walking and occasionally stopping, using all our senses to deeply experience our surroundings. We will be silent the entire time. There is a stop on some rocks along New Hope Creek where you will have 5-10 minutes to meditate, write, draw, or listen to the rapids if you'd like. The trails are single and double-track dirt with some hills. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Sorry, no dogs. Total walking distance will be 2.5 miles. Heading into town (Chapel Hill) for live music and amazing treats after our walk is an option. You will receive a few tips on how to get more enjoyment from the activity at the beginning so please arrive on time, ready to go. To be even more prepared, feel free to read this article published in REI Co-Op Journal: https://bit.ly/2P1xJ9U I also recommend reading the book, Forest Bathing, by Dr. Qing Li: https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/04/04/599135342/suffering-from-nature-deficit-disorder-try-forest-bathing 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.

(Local) DAYHIKE - UMSTEAD RUINS & HISTORY – PART 4

Umstead State Park (Hwy 70 entrance)

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 northern stone sites in the park and ponder the existence of a solitary grave. We will also learn about a dedicated school teacher who adopted the farming community and helped bring it into the modern age. 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: Distance: Approximately 8-10 miles. Location: William B. Umstead Park – North Side – U.S. 70 /Glenwood Ave. entrance Directions: See http://www.ncparks.gov/william-b-umstead-state-park/directions Please meet at the FAR END of the SECOND parking lot at the end of the park entrance road. 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

(Local) Eagle Spur Workday with Triangle Rails-To-Trails

If you have ever hiked a trail and most of us have… Here is your chance to give back! A LOT of trails exist only because they have been volunteer built and maintained. This is one of them. Thanks to the recent heavy rains and the level of Jordan Lake rising 13 feet! In a day and a half the trail has once again been underwater for a week or two. When this happens logs, trash, and other debris float up onto the trail and remain when the tide goes out. The recent severe weather has likely brought down several trees. Our goals for this workday are: 1. Cut up (if necessary) and remove logs and debris from the trail. 2. Pick up and remove trash. 3. Haul in some more Sakrete for the culvert project 4. Remove any down trees on the corridor. The Eagle Spur is the remnant of the original "Tobacco Trail" rail grade that was originally built in the 1920’s and was abandoned with the construction of Jordan Lake and runs from Stagecoach Road 2.3 miles to the lake. The land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has taken the responsibility for maintaining the trail. DETAILS: Trail Map (reference only!): See (http://www.triangletrails.org/pdfs/EagleSpur.pdf) We will be parking and meeting at the Colvard Farms clubhouse/pool parking lot which is located on Colvard Park Dr. Please park in the back of the parking lot away from the clubhouse. When you turn right on Colvard Park you will see the tennis courts on your left and the clubhouse on your right. If you come to a stop sign on Colvard Farms Rd. you have gone too far. The street address according to Google maps is: 69 Colvard Park Dr., Durham, NC 27713 The following link to Google Maps will get you there: https://www.google.com/maps/place/69+Colvard+Park+Dr,+Durham,+NC+27713/@35.8639801,-78.9650124,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89ace90d627d3dcf:0x7e6b1493112ff7bf!8m2!3d35.8639801!4d-78.9628184 NOTE: TRTC HAS PERMISSION TO MEET HERE FOR WORKDAYS ONLY! DO NOT USE THIS LOCATION FOR REGULAR TRAIL ACCESS. Use Stagecoach Rd. or Watercolor Way instead. WHAT TO BRING: All you need is regular hiking attire including boots and work gloves. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch if you plan to stay later. If you have and want to bring a chain saw please do as many of the floated in logs will need to be cut in order to get them off the trail. If you happen to have a hand saw or loppers you can bring them as well. If you don’t have tools we will have some to share. SIGNUP: Please keep your RSVP current so that we can plan work crews. We are recruiting volunteers from several sources other than THOG so we should have a good turn out. Active or pending precipitation will unfortunately cancel the outing. In case of a cancellation I will update THIS EVENT on the THOG WEB SITE by 8:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. 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

Gold Park

First Saturdays Community Hike 🌲🌲🌲 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. There will be an optional post-event gathering at one of the restaurants in historic downtown. Location is TBD. As always, 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 outdoor adventure, local or beyond. To add fun and suspense, we won't reveal our tokens until we are all seated. We're staying on trails but sturdy, close-toed shoes are highly recommended. No dogs for today's hike. Rain cancels but we'll go if there is only a chance of rain. FYI: this hike is offered the first Saturday of every month and RSVPs open 3 weeks before event day. About Occoneechee Mountain: https://vimeo.com/377897997 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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