• Greybeard Out and Back Hike

    Roses parking lot

    Yikes! In case any of you were wondering where I've been, I've been laid up with a torn hamstring since November. After a steady, but glacially slow recovery, it seems like I'm ready for a test. I found this moderately strenuous hike that was posted by Sean last year; it fits the bill for the next step in my slacker like recovery. I think the hike was rained out in last fall's deluge, so we should give it another go. The following is Sean's description: "We'll start out in Montreat and hike this fantastic, classic summit hike. The hike starts in the shadows of a deep valley and culminates atop one of Western North Carolina's preeminent 5000-footers. The hike features widely varied scenery in an area managed as wilderness, yet the trails are well marked, blazed, an maintained. Follows a historical railroad along one particularly enjoyable segment. Features streamside forest scenes, a small waterfall, and panoramic views from the high points. This is a moderately strenuous hike and clocks in around 9 miles, with 2400 feet of elevation gain." Remember to bring water, lunch and a light jacket. Hiking poles are optional, but they can be helpful on the descent. Almost as exciting as the hike, I found a German restaurant in Black Mountain (Berliner Kindl) that looks very authentic. They also import some of my favorite beer that we liked when we lived in Germany (i.e. Warsteiner). We'll stop there after the hike for dinner. The drive from our meetup point is about 2 hours. Please join us! Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)

  • Grayson Highlands - Mt. Rogers Pony Hike

    Bubbas BBQ

    $10.00

    Trip Organizer: Pam Kain Activity Type: hike Difficulty Rating: strenuous due to the 9 mile length and 1,426 ft elevation gain. Is there anything better than wild ponies? Add to that exercise, beautiful views, and a great dinner spot; this is going to be an amazing experience. The summit of Mount Rogers, Virginia’s highest peak, can be reached via a nine mile out-and-back hike starting from Grayson Highlands State Park. The hike follows the Appalachian Trail for most of the way and crosses into Jefferson National Forest. We start with a scenic drive up through Route 362 and into Grayson Highlands State Park. The drive includes incredible, open field beauty with constant views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Along almost the entire route there are chances for CLOSE encounters with wild ponies and free range cattle. In all, about 150 ponies roam this countryside. There is an entry-parking fee into Grayson Highlands State Park of $10 per car. Weather can be unpredictable and Mt Rogers is often referred to as the Mt Washington of the Southeast. Be prepared for wild temperature swings and precipitation at a moments notice. GPS coordinates are useful to reach the parking area:[masked], [masked]. The hike begins at the Massie Gap parking lot with the trailhead immediately north of the lot through a field filled with wild flowers wild berries that attract the most amazing birds and butterflies. We'll pass through several gates (be sure to close them) and the first one across this first field and marks the beginning of Rhododendron Trail (Massey Gap - AT Connector). The only confusing section of the trail is at the point where Rhododendron Trail (Massey Gap - AT Connector) intersects with the AT: Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (VA) and the Virginia Highlands Connector Trail. Maps show all 3 trails connecting at the same location. There are many sign posts, but they are not always intuitive. The important thing is to find your way to the AT heading southbound. The area is very open and easy to spot all the trails, so just be sure you are on the right one. We will continue on the AT and about 0.9 miles later, bear left onto the Wilburn Ridge Trail. This short trail contains a rock scramble and offers some of the best views on the hike. Rhodendron Gap follows about 1 mile after the Wilburn Ridge Trail rejoins the AT. Here we climb Pinnacle Rock for 360-degree views. This is a must-see and a great place for a break. With no trees to block the breeze it can be very windy. Rested, we continue on the AT for another 1.5 miles, passing the Thomas Knob Shelter, entering the Lewis Fork Wilderness, and picking up the Mount Rogers Summit Trail, bearing right. Despite the myriad of views along the way, the highlight of this hike may be the summit itself. There is absolutely no view from the top, but the serenity of this dense grove (hemlock and others) cannot be understated. We retrace our steps from this point, by passing Wilburn Ridge Trail and sticking with the AT: Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (VA) . Unlike most other out-and-back hikes, this open expanse offers a different feeling on the way down than it did on the way up. Dinner stop in Elkin Southern on Main 102 East Main Street Elkin menue: https://www.southernonmain.com Carpool meeting spot at 7:00 am Bubbas BBQ 4400 Sunset Road. Huntersville, NC 28216 I-77 exit 16 Please supply answers to the four pop up questions when you signup. **************************************************** Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)

  • Annual Meeting/Picnic/Elections

    Latta Park

    This is our Annual Meeting with great food too! First, we'll be serving pork barbecue and chicken with all the fixin's. Bring your own reusable plates, cups, and utensils to save us money and the earth's resources. This year we request that you bring fruit and vegetable dishes to share. We will provide ice, tea and lemonade. Then we will be finalizing the voting for three of our officers for two year terms and taking nominations and selecting at large board members. (See emails from us on that.) So we need your smiling face there! This is a great chance to see old and new friends too. Note the new location (same as last year). Sign up by the deadline to be eligible for the barbecue. Walk-ins welcome if you brown bag.

  • Laura's Trail

    Latta Plantation

    Summer! This is our Quarterly clean-up of Laura's Trail. Meet at 9:00 at the Visitor Center, just inside the gate. We pick up trash along trails and shorelines until around noon - a pretty way to spend a morning. Lunch usually follows. Usually barbecue. Usually seconds.... Laura's Trail is part of the trail system at Latta Nature Preserve on Mountain Island Lake. It is named after Laura Anderson, a memorable and active Berg member who sadly died in a car accident in 1995. Four times a year, we do clean-ups for her trail and for others in the Preserve. In addition, our volunteer hours are credited towards free use of the shelter for our Christmas Party. Bring water, and gloves, grabbers, bags if you have them. (The Park and the Club provide some equipment, but often not enough.) (If RSVPing for someone else, please include names....) Contact Stuart with questions [masked]c).

  • Jocassee Boat Shuttle Foothills Trail Hike

    Devil's Fork State Park

    $40.00

    July 13 - Lake Jocassee Shuttle hike on the Foothils Trail. https://jocasseelaketours.com/layout/region-1-2-3-48 You reservation is NOT complete until you have called the tour company and given a credit card deposit. Trip will cancel 2 weeks prior unless we have 8 reservations. [masked]. Boat is Reserved under Charlotte Berg Wanderers. Parking is best done at the Tour company right outside of the Park Gate. $35 pontoon shuttle leaves PROMPTLY from Devils Fork at 8 am. Budget 45 minutes to park, check in, pay entrance fee, carry gear to the boat. This is the last flush bathroom you will see till late afternoon. This a significant distance from Charlotte and early departure time. An overnight stay is recommended. Park entrance is $5 per person $3.50 seniors. Boat max for this trip is 12, also with 8 person minimum for cost. Bring hiking shoes layered clothing, rain poncho, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, lunch, snack, water, bathing suit, towel change of clothes, bug itch relief, Benydril for sting swelling. A cooler or bag can be left on the boat for the return shuttle. Hike From Canebrake Access on Lake Jocassee to Laurel Falls Access on Lake Jocassee. Distance: 5.8 miles. This trail segment contains both steep ascents and descents, as well as spectacular views of Lake Jocassee. Most groups complete this hike in from 3.5 to 4 hours. There is one quite steep ascent, which leads to the best views of Lake Jocassee. Hikers call it ‘Heartbreak Ridge’. This is a boat-in / boat-out excursion. Expect it to be about a 6 to 7 hour day in the field. It takes about 0.75 hours to get to the Canebrake Access, and about 0.5 hours to return from the Laurel Falls Access to the dock at Devils Fork State Park. There will be swimming opportunities in the crystal clear water during return shuttle. Accommodations must be done on your own. Devils Fork offers camping: tent and rv. There are 3 bedroom villas operated by the park but must be booked WAY ahead for a full week, but can usually be gotten on a daily rate basis by cancellations 3 weeks prior. There is an affordable Days Inn in Seneca 30 min away. https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/seneca-south-carolina/days-inn-seneca/overview. There is a B&B in Table Rock. Coming from north of the lake in Toxaway: Brown Trout Inn. https://www.brooktroutinnsapphire.com There is little to be had for dinner in this area and departure plans will be quite variable: there will be no group plan for dinner. Be aware that if driving home on SC 11 after the event you may not find food other than a hot dog stand till you reach hwy 26. If you are staying in the Toxaway/Sapphire area, I suggest The Library Kitchen & Bar after a shower and clothing change. https://www.librarykitchenandbar.com I am not setting up a carpool location due to complicated logistics. Feel free to communicate to set up roommate and driving partners. I originally planned 2 boats. Ski club will be running a boat so MUST get 8 hikers to make this go! Please Meetup message me if you have questions, as comments are regularly monitored. Please supply answers to the FOUR pop up questions when you signup. **************************************************** Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)

  • Board of Directors Meeting

    Tom's House

    This is a meeting of the Board of Directors. Any voting member is invited, but officers are expected to attend. Past minutes are posted under Board Info on the Message Board http://hiking.meetup.com/323/messages/boards/forum/975363 An agenda will be sent to attendees prior to the meeting.

  • Laura's Trail

    Latta Plantation

    Hanging on to Summer! This is our Quarterly clean-up of Laura's Trail. Meet at 9:00 at the Visitor Center, just inside the gate. We pick up trash along trails and shorelines until around noon - a pretty way to spend a morning. Lunch usually follows. Usually barbecue. Usually seconds.... Laura's Trail is part of the trail system at Latta Nature Preserve on Mountain Island Lake. It is named after Laura Anderson, a memorable and active Berg member who sadly died in a car accident in 1995. Four times a year, we do clean-ups for her trail and for others in the Preserve. In addition, our volunteer hours are credited towards free use of the shelter for our Christmas Party. Bring water, and gloves, grabbers, bags if you have them. (The Park and the Club provide some equipment, but often not enough.) (If RSVPing for someone else, please include names....) Contact Stuart with questions [masked]c).

  • Laura's Trail Clean-Up

    Latta Plantation

    Sunday Morning after the Christmas Party. (This activity earns volunteer credit hours towards our FREE USE of the shelter for our Christmas Party.) Laura's Trail is part of the trail system at Latta Nature Preserve on Mountain Island Lake. It is named after Laura Anderson, a memorable and active Berg member who sadly died in a car accident in 1995. Four times a year, we do clean-ups for her trail and for others in the Preserve. We'll meet at 9:00 at the Visitor's Center, just inside the iron gates. We pick up trash along the trails and shoreline until about noon or noon-thirty. Lunch to follow.... Wear clothes to go off trail and bring mud shoes, gloves, and trash-grabbers, if you have them; the Club has a few, but they go quickly. (If you RSVP for someone else, please include their name.) **"No" RSVPs are not necessary unless you have already signed up as a Yes** Contact Stuart Jones (http://hiking.meetup.com/323/message/?recipientId=4470261)[masked]c. ***************************************************** Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)

  • Who Likes FLATWATER Paddling (Kayaking/Canoeing)?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to flatwater kayak. RSVP if this would be you, and please note your skill level beside your RSVP. Below are skill levels for flatwater kayaking: 1) Beginnner (all levels) - Individuals who have either never kayaked before, or who feel they will benefit from gaining experience in a milder paddle should look for our events aimed to all levels (beginner) paddles. Those who would feel most comfortable are those with minimal time in small boats, who have never tried to roll a boat, and may be trying different boats and boat types, either as a pre-purchase decision, or who simply kayak only minimally. Parameters for events of this type will generally mean distances < 5 miles, speeds < 2 to 3 MPH, and minimal wind and/or wave action. 2) Intermediate - this level describes those who have ventured a little further in the kayaking experience, and who can handle a little speed, distance, and a few environmental factors. Events in this category will likely venture into deeper water, away from shorelines, with a quicker pace (3 or 4 MPH) and may go 10 to 15 miles in distance (perhaps a little further!). There is an expectation that winds and waves may be encountered, and while these are unpredictable, being comfortable with 10-15 MPH winds, and 1 to 2 foot waves should be expected. Participants in this category also have generally good paddling skills for maneuvering long boats in smaller tributaries and marsh areas as well, and feel comfortable navigating their way through such areas. An intermediate level kayaker should know how to dress for the conditions of both air and water temperatures, and has usable knowledge of energy, and hydration requirements for such activities. 3) Experienced/Expert – A kayaker at this level is pretty much open to any kayaking event, has confidence and capability in winds and surf, to include ocean kayaking. A kayaker at this level can maintain speeds upwards of 4 to 5 MPH, and may reach 7 or 8 MPH + for certain periods. Winds of 20+, and waves of 2-3 feet are navigable in this group. Distances greater than 20 miles daily, and often over multiple days may be required on such adventures. Previous instruction and current skills likely includes the development of roll techniques, as do paddling skills in adverse conditions. Has experience in dressing for the conditions of both air and water temperatures, and has usable knowledge of energy, and hydration requirements for such activities. Also will posses the necessary navigation skills for trip routings and course selection. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who Likes XC Skiing?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to XC ski. RSVP if this would be you, and please note your skill level beside your RSVP. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who Likes to Rail Trail/Mountain Bike?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to mountain bike or bike rail trails (e.g., VA Creeper Trail, New River Trail). RSVP if this would be you, and please note your skill level and type of biking you enjoy (mtn bike and/or rail trail) beside your RSVP. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who Likes Road Biking?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to road bike. RSVP if this would be you, and please note your skill level beside your RSVP. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who Likes DOWNHILL Skiing?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to downhill ski. RSVP if this would be you, and please note your skill level beside your RSVP. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who likes backpacking?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to go on backpacking trips. RSVP if this would be you, and please note your preferences--trip length and difficulty--beside your RSVP. Also please make a note of your experience and skill level. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who Likes STRENUOUS Hikes?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to go on strenuous hikes . Strenuous hikes are 10-20 miles long, usually with 2,500-4,500 ft elevation gain and are hiked at a faster pace than the moderate Berg hikes. RSVP if this would be you and please note your past hiking experience and typical exercise routine. It is club policy to make sure that any attendee on a strenuous hike has the appropriate experience, for we want to make sure each strenuous hike is not only enjoyable for you, but is enjoyable for the others on the hike as well. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who likes to do MODERATE Hikes?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to go on moderate hikes . Moderate hikes are 6-10 miles long, usually with 1,000-2,500 ft elevation gain and are hiked at a moderate pace. RSVP if you would like to be on this list and please note your past hiking experience and/or typical exercise routine. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.

  • Who likes to do EASY Hikes?

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    This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to go on easy hikes . Easy hikes are 3-6 miles long, usually with less than 1,500 ft elevation gain and are hiked at a moderate pace. RSVP if you would like to be included on this list. Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.