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If you love bushwhacking and scrambling this hike has been scheduled for you. Tired of the ordinary, lets go off trail. This is a rugged and difficult hike. We'll meet at the main ranger station on Park Office lane beside the picnic tables and leave promptly at 9:00 am. The hike moves off up Crowders trail then promptly turns south off the marked trail onto a former horse path southward. When it crosses the Turnback trail we will continue south through the woods. From here we will freelance through the park making our own trail parallel to the ridge-line of Pinnacle Mountain and the Ridgeline trail. After about a mile or so of bushwhacking we will ascend the monadnocks and traverse the Ridgeline Trail northbound to the social trail escalating the south end of Pinnacle Mountain. Crossing Pinnacle we will descend and scramble down the rugged north end and rejoin the Pinnacle trail to deviate down the old Pinnacle trail to the intersection of Pinnacle and Turnback. From there we proceed to Camping Trail and north on the power line right of way. We'll continue north to an old logging road back to Crowders Trail and the Park Office. If you like to walk in the woods, this 6 mile hike is for you. Don't let the mileage fool you. It feels like an 8 to 10 mile hike. See you on Saturday! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XsbOf0UMSwpO8UGXBVhNvpsqBDrOE0S5xW85peQFwig
***Please note that this is a virtual rotating/ongoing event, & your miles from hikes with our club will be tracked accordingly*** We'll be planning a series of walks & hikes in the coming months, to accomplish a grand total of 100 miles! ***Your GetHiking! miles completed throughout the year will be tracked and logged*** Walks and hikes will include Beginners, Intermediate, & Advanced. Whether you want to complete all 100 miles, or only 5, 10, or 20 miles, you may still join! We'll plan a Celebration, once the 100 Miles are complete! By submitting your RSVP and attending events with Get Hiking! Meetup group, you have read, agree with, will abide by, and understand the following: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XsbOf0UMSwpO8UGXBVhNvpsqBDrOE0S5xW85peQFwig
We launched our GetBackpacking! program in 2014; since then, we've graduated more than 200 new backpackers. We plan to offer three sessions this fall, two in the Triangle, one in the Triad. Here's how the program works * Gear Get-together. We meet at Great Outdoor Provision Co. for a quick get-to-know-you session, then spend about an hour learning about the basic gear: backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and pads, cook stoves. We will also do a pack loading demonstration, working on fit and what goes where. 2 hours. * Training Day. We will meet at Morrow Mountain State Park for a 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). Expect to hike about 5 miles in full pack, during which we will work on hiking technique (including the use of poles), ensuring a good pack fit, adjusting your pack during the hike to make sure it continues to fit, and more. We will spend 5 to 6 hours on this session. * 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. * Fee. Cost of the program is $155. Upon signing up, you will be invoiced. In addition to instruction and the guided graduation hike, you'll receive: • 10 percent discount on backpacking/hiking gear at Great Outdoor Provision Co. for the duration of the session. • Info packet, including gear lists, tips sheets, and 10 great places to backpacking in North Carolina once you've graduated. • eguide outlining the program and covering what you'll learn. • Loaner gear. We have a limited number of backpacks and tents available on a first requested, first awarded basis, at no extra charge.' Dates: • Gear Get-together: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., Great Outdoor Provision Co., Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte. • Training Day: Saturday, Feb. 23. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Morrow Mountain State Park • Graduation trip: Friday afternoon thru Sunday, March 1-3, South Mountains State Park, Connelly Springs. NOTE: Shortly after signing up, you will be sent an invoice through PayPal (if you prefer to pay by check, let me know and we can make that happen). ANOTHER 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). YET ANOTHER NOTE: If you'd like to take the program with a friend, a spouse, your youngster, it's best if they sign up individually. However, if they'd rather not do the Meetup thing, let me know and we can sign them up without becoming entangled in The System.
Love the trail but uncertain about your wayfinding skills? This three-hour session goes over basic map and compass skills, then hits the trail to offer key tips on how to follow and stay on the trail, how to find it again if you stray, and how to explore off trail. We’ll start with a 45-minute map-and-compass introduction, then use that map and compass — and some Daniel Boone skills — to find our way in the woods. We’ll also do some off-trail exploring, with the goal of purposefully venturing off the trail, then figuring out how to rejoin the trail. Our goal is to make you confident hiking alone or taking a novice friend on the trail. Course fee of $45 includes a customized map and use of a compass. Course is limited to six participants.