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+)

BEST HIKE TRIANGLE: COX'S MT+HOLDEN MILL LOOPS, FEWS FORD,ENO RIVER ST. PARK

FEW'S FROD, ENO RIVER ST. PARK

About 10 miles.NOTE: there is an easy option to do just the Cox's Mt and Fanny's Ford trails and drop out near the parking lot after the first 5 miles. BEST HIKE FOR SCENERY: many miles along a beautiful stretch of the ENO RIVER on each bank, mature forests on the "mts.", old mill site, flood plains, wildlife-maybe a blue heron + EXERCISE: 9.6 miles(only 1.5 miles of backtracking) with some uphills and rocky trails: COX'S MT. LOOP(elevation gain 275'-NO LONGER THE TOUGHEST HILL IN Triangle the way we will do it ), FANNY'S FORD, BUCKWATER CREEK, HOLDEN MILL LOOP(elevation gain 250'). http://www.ncparks.gov to find a park to Eno.FAIRLY FIT HIKERS ONLY for distance, uphills, and rough trails. Pace will be somewhat fast, but there will be stops for lunch, to regroup, and more BRING: water-2 liters at least, lunch+snacks-we will have lunch(about 1-2 pm) on a rock outcrop jutting into the river , layers for the weather, hat, maybe trek pole, camera-binocs, sturdy footware-boots best for mud-rocks. DURATION: about 5 hours with lunch,stops for wildlife, nature, etc.. Looks like it will be near 70's for the hike.. You can just do 1/2 the hike and drop out very close to the parking. QUESTIONS: send me an email with a phone # DO NOT DEPEND ON GPS, use directions below DIRECTIONS: I 85 EXIT 170, then take US 70 WEST for a few hundred yards to a stoplight, RIGHT at the stoplight onto PLEASANT GREEN RD. for 2.3 miles, then LEFT onto COLE MILL RD. to enter the park in about a mile-continue straight to the last parking lot. NOTE 1: from RTP, CARY, I 40, much of RALEIGH. From I 40 TAKE NC 147-DURHAM FREEWAY NORTH TO I 85, then take I 85 SOUTH FOR 2 MILES TO EXIT 170 NOTE 2: from CHAPEL HILL, take NC 86 NORTH TO I 85, then take 185 NORTH FOR 5 MILES TO EXIT 170. You will kinda make a U Turn to get on US 70 WEST

(Overnight-Camping Trip) LINVILLE GORGE/TABLE ROCK

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$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 Tower Trailhead. We'll hike to the top of Babel Tower 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

Backpacking Carver's Gap to Route 19

Harris Teeter

IMPORTANT: Please do not signup if you are not committed to attending. This backpacking trip is an overnight on the Appalachian Trail from Carvers Gap to 19E. The Roan Mountain Open balds with a 360-degree mountain views in every direction make this a challenging yet rewarding backpacking experience. We'll meet Saturday morning at the Harris Teeter in Chapel Hill (exit 266 off of RTE 40) where we will set up our carpool. From there we will drive to the Mountain Harbor Bed and Breakfast (9151 Hwy 19E, Roan Mountain, TN, 37687.) We'll park there and catch a shuttle to Carvers Gap where we will begin our hike. Our first day's hike is a short one, only about 6 miles. We'll camp at Overmountain Shelter, a barn, along our route. There is a water source and a privy at the shelter. While you can choose to sleep in the shelter, I would recommend bringing a tent. On Sunday morning, we'll hike Little Hump and Hump Mountains, past Doll Flats, and back to our cars on route 19E. The total distance on Sunday will be 9 miles. This hike will be harder than the previous day. This section of the trail has some steep and very rocky parts. For these reasons, I highly recommend hiking poles. For this trip, you will need all the standard backpacking supplies: tent, sleeping bag, food for 2 days of hiking, water purification equipment, etc. The fee for the shuttle is about $10/person. We'll also be sharing the cost of gas. More details will follow! By RSVP’ing to this event, you are agreeing to the following: 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.

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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