What we're about

Our goal is to help you explore the abundance of wonderful natural places North Carolina has to offer. If you're a beginner, we'll make sure that you never hike alone (unless you want to!). We'll also teach you how to become an intrepid hiker capable of exploring wherever (the rugged Linville Gorge Wilderness, for instance) and whenever (at night!). And we'll take advantage of the opportunities for paddling, cycling, and maybe trying a new activity or two! We're aided in our efforts to get out and explore by Great Outdoor Provision Co., which provides us space for clinics and meetings, and pays the fee for our Meetup site.

This group should appeal to two types of explorers. One, the already adventurous type who gets out some (though never enough). With the abundance of great places to explore — for starters, there are more than 2,500 miles of marked paddle trail in Eastern North Carolina — there are likely places you aren't familiar with. We'll help you fill in those gaps. But we're also interested in the adventure-curious, those of you who've seen caravans of cars bearing kayaks on a country road and thought, "I wonder where they're going?" Or perhaps you've heard someone talk about hiking in a maritime forest, or taking a 50-mile road ride with nary a hill and precious little traffic. No gear? No worries; we'll help you sample these great adventures to see if they're really your passion.

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GetBackpacking! Intro to Backpacking class

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We launched our GetBackpacking! program in 2014; since then, we've graduated more than 250 new backpackers. Here's the plan for our Spring 2022 session:

  • Getting to know you, getting to know your gear. In this Zoom session we'll spend a little time getting to know one another and learning why you're interested in backpacking. Then, we'll go over the different types of gear, focusing on good options for beginners. 1.5 hours.
  • Training Day. In full gear, we will meet at Morrow Mountain State Park for a 5-hour training session that will go over: Evaluating a campsite, setting up camp, breaking camp, meal preparation (including the various food and cooking options on the trail), and more. Expect to hike about 4 miles in full pack, during which we will work on hiking technique (including the use of trekking poles); ensuring a good pack fit by adjusting your pack during the hike to make sure it continues to fit; and more.
  • Graduation hike. Three-day, two-night trip to South Mountains State Park (http://ncparks.gov/south-mountains-state-park), a great place for your first trip.

Cost of the program is $295, which includes:

Instruction, including:

  • Zoom gear session
  • 5-hour in-field training session
  • Graduation weekend

Info packet, including:

  • Gear lists
  • Tips sheets for:
  • Packing
  • Water crossings
  • Winter camping
  • GetBackpacking! Guide to 10 Great Places to Backpack in North Carolina once you’ve graduated
  • eguide outlining the program and covering what you’ll learn
  • 20 percent off coupon to Great Outdoor Provision Co.
    Loaner gear. We have a limited number of backpacks and tents available on a first-requested, first-awarded basis, at no extra charge.'


• Getting to know you, getting to know your gear, Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2. 5:30 - 7 p.m. 1.5 hours

• Training Day: Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Morrow Mountain State Park, Albemarle

• Graduation trip: Friday afternoon thru Sunday, May 10-12, South Mountains State Park, Morganton.

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds will be offered for cancellations made more 14 days prior to the event. Credit will be give for cancellations made 3 to 13 days before the end. No refunds for cancelations made 2 days or less before the start of the event.

NOTE: Minimum age for the program is 13, ages 13 through 17 must be in the program with an adult (we define adult generously as anyone 18 or older).

NOTE: TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS AND SECURE A SPOT , GO HERE: https://getgoingnc.com/shop/getbackpacking-intro-to-backpacking-2/

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