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 (4)

Company Mill Trail- Umstead State Park: Reedy Creek Entrance

Let's do an early morning hike on the Company Mill Trail to beat the heat on Sunday. This will be a 5.8 mile loop; moderate in difficulty for those who haven't hiked it before. We'll meet by the bathrooms at the parking lot of the Reedy Creek Entrance near I-40 (Harrison Ave. Exit). Bring lots of water to stay hydrated. It will be around the mid 70's when we start and mid to upper 80's by 9am. Be mindful of your limits to avoid heat exhaustion. We'll try to finish the hike by 10am. 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. See you on the trail, Larredo

Mystery Token Hike

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve

Every first Saturday, we 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. Today we will again visit the Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. 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. Although the trails are well maintained, there will be dirt, roots, and rocks so sturdy closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. We'll meet at the large parking lot near the information kiosk, 3055 New Hope Church Road. No Dogs. The preserve closes if the trails are wet. In that case, we will change the location to Occoneechee Mountain. Those who have RSVPs will be notified the night before if this occurs. We'll go if drizzling or chance of rain, but heavy rain at the start time/location cancels. We're starting early to beat the summer heat. Sorry!

Not Just a Day at the Beach

Walmart Supercenter

We will meet at the Walmart in Garner at Exit 309 at 7AM SHARP. We will carpool and drive to Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area. We will do a short hike then enjoy a day of fun in the sun. Pack games for the beach. Beach ball, Frisbee, bochee Ball, volleyball, etc. Towel, sunscreen, chair, change of clothes, hat, sun shelter, lunch, snacks, lots of drinks, boogie board, and whatever else makes you happy. We will go down the coast to get away from the crowds. ADULTS ONLY AND NO PETS. We will leave around 4pm and go have ice cream before heading back to Garner. 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.

Triangle Mountain Climber

Gold Park

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 miles. In the spirit of Mountains-to-Sea Trail birthday events going on this weekend, you can consider continuing to Weaver Street Market for a birthday brunch (outdoor tables with a sheltered roof providing shade). This would add another mile for participants choosing this option. For brunch, you are encouraged to bring a token that fits in your pocket (object, poem, story, etc.) to share in show-and-tell format. The token would be something from your travels. To add fun and suspense, we won't reveal our tokens until we are gathered for brunch. 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. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a water bottle are recommended. No dogs. We'll hike in drizzle, mist or chance of rain. Bring a dry set of clothes to leave in your vehicle, just in case. Actual rain at the start or slippery conditions cancel.

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