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Backpacking 101 - Hanging Rock 5 Overlooks, Overnight
Hello hikers and aspiring backpackers! This event is a perfect opportunity for hikers to experience backpacking and learn its tips and tricks in a safe environment. We will be hiking a beautiful state park for two days, carry our packs and do all backpacking chores, while still a walking distance from our cars. Larredo and I will tell you what to bring, show how to pack and carry your pack, you'll learn to treat water and keep your food safe during the night. By the end of the trip you will become a THOG certified backpacker ready for your next group or solo adventure! Prior to the trip I will record and share a couple of YouTube videos on how to create your own packing list, how to choose gear and how to pack your backpack. To participate in the trip you will be required to: 1) Have backpacking gear listed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1toCZwO4Xmw2aCsfaaXhd4n3nShwa4RqV Failure to bring all mandatory equipment on the day of the trip will disqualify you from participation 2) Have participated in at least one THOG event 3) Have hiked and camped before 4) Be in a reasonable physical shape to be able to hike with a 20-30lb backpack for 2 days (overall ~13 miles) with some strenuous uphill/downhill sections. RSVP process: you will be added to the waitlist first. During RSVP you will be asked to provide the name of a recent THOG event you participated and the name of its organizer. I'll need to review your attendance history and potentially get a confirmation from the event host, I might contact you with additional questions. If you qualify for the event, I'll move you to the RSVP Yes list. On the day of the trip I will review your gear to confirm that you have all required equipment. Then you'll be cleared for the trip. On the day of the trip we'll meet in Chapel Hill at 9AM, make sure everybody has everything they need to survive the weekend and head out West to Hanging Rock State Park. Once in the park, we'll strap our packs on and climb Hanging Rock, then will continue along the ridge to Cook's Wall. Our mileage for the first day will be 7 miles with some steep ups and downs. In the afternoon we will set our camp in the family campground and go over the backpacker's evening chores - setup the tents, filter water from a nearby creek, cook dinner and prepare for the night. On Sunday morning we'll pack again and continue up the trail to Moore's knob and the observation tower, then come down to the lake and finally reach the parking lot and take the packs off. Our second day hike will be 4 miles long. On the way back we'll stop at Brixx Pizza in Burlington to relax and celebrate. 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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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.

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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.

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