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+)

Triangle Mountain Climber - Rescheduled

Gold Park

With a summit at 867 ft above sea level making Occoneechee Mountain the highest point between the coast and Hillsborough, this lesser 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. Trails are well maintained dirt with some rocks and tree roots so sturdy, closed toed shoes are highly recommended. Sorry, no dogs.

After work bike ride on the ATT

Needs a location

We'll be starting near Southpoint and final starting point will be sent out Monday evening. Make sure that your bike is in good working order - tires hold air and are up to pressure, brakes and shifters work and your chain has been oiled. We'll be riding for just over 1 3/4 hour and about 18+ miles. The ride is fairly flat and shaded and our pace will be moderate (about 12.5 mph average). I recommend a hard tail or hybrid bike, but if you really want to bring a road bike it's ok, though you'll likely be a bit bored. Unicycles....? Helmets are required and by signing up you agree to THOG liability waiver statement. Please Note!! Any cancellation less than 30 hours before the beginning of the event will be considered a "no show"

(Overnight-Camping Trip) LINVILLE GORGE/TABLE ROCK

Needs a location

$5.00

Known sometimes as the "Grand Canyon of the East", Linville Gorge offers a spectacular wilderness full of adventure that awaits us on this trip. Beautiful rock formations, cliffs, steep trails and the Linville River span this amazing gorge that stretches twelve miles. Table Rock will also not disappoint with The Chimneys, wonderful views and a little rock scrambling. ***RSVP's OPEN SUNDAY April 21 at 7:00AM! IGNORE the opening date on Meetup. It wouldn't let me change the date to Sunday*** We'll begin our trip on Saturday by meeting in Chapel Hill. We'll arrive around 11AM and set up camp at one of the available primitive campsites just outside the gorge then drive to the Babel Rock Trailhead. We'll hike to the top of Babel Rock in the valley of the gorge, hike back to our cars then drive to the Linville Falls parking lot to see Linville Falls. Upon our return to the parking lot we'll head back to camp for a nice campfire and dinner. Sunday morning we may drive to Wiseman's View near Linville Falls and do a short hike to see the sunrise then head back to camp for breakfast and break camp. We'll then drive to the road that leads us up the 11+ mile dirt road which takes us up to the Table Rock parking lot. From there we will do an out and back hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and stop at numerous views of the gorge. Our hike includes a steep hike up a side trail to see a rock window formation and other amazing sights. We'll climb back down to the MST and continue our hike to various views of the gorge. Our total hiking distance the entire weekend will be roughly 18 miles We'll stop by Morganton for an early dinner on Sunday before heading back to the Triangle. -Hikes range from Moderate to Strenuous and include rock scrambling and hiking near cliffs. -Sturdy hiking boots/shoes are recommended for this trip due to the terrain. -We will be hiking in a wilderness area. It is important you stay with the group! -We will be primitive camping- that means no bathroom facilities are at the campsite. However, there is a store near the gorge that we can stop at for a bathroom break. -You must bring your own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, food, utensils, camp stoves, etc.) -We'll purchase firewood nearby for our campfire. A group cost of up to $5 per person for firewood will be collected at camp. -An email will be sent out to all participants after the RSVP's close with specific event details. Your response to the email is necessary so please update your email in Meetup. -Event may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. -Previous No Shows/Late Cancellations will be checked and may affect your RSVP. If you know you can't go, please change your RSVP before the event closes. **We'll meet in Chapel Hill at 6:45AM and set up carpools at our meeting location. Please share the cost of gas with your driver. ** 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, feel free to send me a message or post in the comments section. Cheers! Larredo

Mystery Token Hike

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve

We'll hike 4-5 miles on serene trails through hardwood forest and meadows at a relatively fast pace, joining all the new life bursting with energy during the spring. Three-quarters of the way through our hike, we'll stop at some tables to show-and-tell our mystery tokens and stories with a tranquil pond in the background. You are invited to bring something that is associated with your travels or outdoor adventures (past or future), is special to you, and fits in your pocket. It can be an object, a poem, a song, etc. In the spirit of fun and suspense, do not share or reveal before we reach the pond. Bringing something is optional. You are welcome to just listen or sit by/circle around the pond which has cut grass along its perimeter courtesy of the Triangle Land Conservancy. Although the trails are well maintained, there will be dirt, roots, and rocks so sturdy closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. No Dogs. Rain cancels.

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