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+)

After work bike ride on the ATT

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We'll be starting near Southpoint and final starting point will be sent out Monday evening. If you've been thinking it's time to get back on your bike, it's time to start! Regular riders are welcome, too. 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 about 1 1/4hour and about 14 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"

(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

Service Project - Sycamore Mess Hall Restoration - Saturday March 30

Sycamore Multi-Use Trail Head, William B. Umstead State Park

Help us restore Sycamore Mess Hall so that it can be open for public use for the first time in almost 30 years. It first opened to the Public in 1937. We will be working on the tables and benches for the Mess Hall, as well as the kitchen ceiling. If we have folks with carpentry skills, we'll also be re-hinging the window screens. Bench/table repairs will be also be available for those of you with carpentry skills. Park Bike and Bridle Trail Head (off US70 entrance). Questions:[masked] Jean at Umstead Coalition We cross link this service day with a couple event managers. We anticipated we will have about 10-15 volunteers. We would welcome your help for whatever time you have to offer. Feel free to come anytime during event times. Registration helps us with planning of food (lunch and snacks provided) and supplies. Dress with work clothes for painting, scraping, cleaning. Service event will take place rain or shine. DIRECTIONS: Enter Park from Glenwood Avenue. Follow signs to Multi-Use Trail Head. Take first left past Visitor Center, then first right, than first left onto Sycamore Road. Follow Sycamore Road til it ends in a gravel parking lot. Mess Hall is the right in the trees as you enter parking lot. Park in gravel parking lot and walk in. More details: http://umsteadcoalition.org/events 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.

Camping & Hiking Event

Carolina Beach State Park

This is VERY DETAILED. You must respond to the questions before being considered to attend this event. We will camp at Carolina Beach State Park Friday night to begin a 8am hike from Ft. Fisher State Park to Bald Head Island Saturday morning. That's right...Hike to an Island. You must make your reservation on ReserveAmerica.com. Be sure to do Carolina Beach State Park in Carolina Beach. I am in Site 49 so please try to get as close as possible because we will leave at 7:30am Saturday morning. I'll send out a list of what to pack for the day later. I plan to go to Greenfield Lake and the Carnivorous Plant Garden on Friday around noon. I may do paddle boats. I need to find out if they are available on this date. Saturday morning we will drive to Ft. Fisher State Park-drop off passengers then take 2 vehicles to the Ferry drop off site. More details on this later. This is going to be a VERY LONG Day. We will be hiking close to 15 miles +/-. We will hike along the surf to Bald Head Island. This is aprox 9 miles, hike across BHI, have lunch at Old Baldy Lighthouse before continuing on to have a refreshing adult beverage before we board the ferry to South Port. We have to stay on schedule in order to get to the lighthouse by 3pm so we can go inside and climb it. You don't have to climb it but if you'd like to, it's $6.00. We will then go purchase our ferry ticket to South Port. The cost is $11.50 per person. Once we are in South Port, we take a short walk to catch the ferry back to Ft. Fisher. That one is $1.00. I know...big difference. You are welcome to drive home that night but I'll be camping all weekend and spending the day on the beach Sunday. I will be sending out very detailed information 2 weeks before the event so you can be prepared with everything you need. 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.

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