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Our goal is to help you explore on foot 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!). 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 covers the monthly fee for our Meetup site.

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GetBackpacking! Intro to Backpacking

Needs a location

$155.00

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: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., Great Outdoor Provision Co., Westover Gallery of Shops, Greensboro. • 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.

GetOriented! Finding Your Way in the Woods

Morrow Mountain State Park

$45.00

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.

GetOriented! Finding Your Way in the Woods

Morrow Mountain State Park

$45.00

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.

GetBackpacking! Overnight Sampler

Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Shinleaf

$95.00

Thanks to Hollywood and some great books out there, backpacking has piqued the interest of many. The romance of traveling the wilderness with everything you need on your back, lying awake at night listening to the trees rustling in the wind and the gentle call of birds. But then reality hits and you wonder if it’s really for you. Will I even like sleeping in a tent? What about bears? How will I eat? What if it rains? You’re not even sure if you want to enroll in an intro to backpacking course because, well, what if you don’t like it? This class is for anyone who likes the idea of backpacking but isn’t quite ready to commit to an intro course. We’ll provide the highlights and an opportunity to spend the night camping at a primitive campground (that means no showers) so you can determine if the experience is something you want to pursue. We’ll start out Saturday afternoon with a 2-mile hike, we’ll arrive at camp where you’ll find the tents already set up for you. You’ll unpack and set up your “home” for the night. Dinner will be supplied and everyone can get a taste of the variety of meals available. We’ll discuss things to consider in the backcountry, what to expect on a backpacking trip, and answer any questions over a camp fire. You can retire to your tent at your leisure. After breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and hike 2 miles out with packs. Items provided: 1. Loaner packs, tents and sleeping pads 2. Packing list 3. Dinner and breakfast are both on us 4. Experienced leaders to talk about backpacking, things to consider, and answer your questions 5. One night camping at a primitive campground Items to bring: 1. Sleeping Bag 2. Water bottles (2 liters water) 3. Snacks 4. Clothing 5. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, toilet paper) 6. Bowl 7. Utensil (spork) 8. Waterproof gear (poncho) Recommended: 1. Bug spray 2. Sunscreen 3. Coffee mug 4. Travel pillow Decide you want to be a real backpacker and get 20 percent off our Intro to Backpacking class.

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