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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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GetOriented! Finding Your Way in the Woods

Eno River State Park


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 30-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 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 — and a little bit off!

Course fee of $65 (kids 17 and under accompanied by an adult are free) includes:
* Customized map
* Use of a compass
* GetOriented! Finding Your Way tip sheet

Course is limited to seven adult participants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: TO SECURE YOUR SPOT AND COMPLETE REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS, GO HERE: https://getgoingnc.com/shop/getoriented-finding-your-way-in-the-woods/

Anniversary Hike at the Triangle Land Conservancy's Williamson Preserve

Join me and Patrick Boleman, Land Stewardship Manager for the eastern properties of the Triangle Land Conservancy for a 3-mile hike celebrating the first anniversary of TLC's Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve in Raleigh. If you haven't yet hiked the preserve, hiking it with Patrick is a great introduction: you have questions, he has answers!

On this hike we'll do a mix of old farm roads, established trail, and a trail yet to be opened. It's a mix of nature and entertaining human history (including a brush with what was once a mainstay of Johnston County's economic base — the moonshine industry).

If 1:30 doesn't work for you, there are also guided hikes scheduled for 11:30 and 12:30.

Please register for this event at: https://www.triangleland.org/explore/events

GetBackpacking! Intro to Backpacking

Online event



We launched our GetBackpacking! program in 2014; since then, we've graduated more than 240 new backpackers. Here's the plan for our Fall 2021 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 Eno River 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 $225, which includes:
* Instruction, including Zoom gear session, 5-hour in-field training session, graduation weekend
* Info packet, including gear lists and tips sheets
* 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 Wednesday, September 8. 5:30 - 7 p.m. 1.5 hours

• Training Day: Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eno River State Park

• Graduation trip: Friday afternoon thru Sunday, September 24-26, 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, GO HERE: https://getgoingnc.com/shop/getbackpacking-intro-to-backpacking-triangle-2/

ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW until Sept 30th!

In your own home, at your own leisure (*anytime* -- not just the date of this event): now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS are almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents them with the latest on disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills.

Choose one of two ways to learn:
A) On-line only- view our 7-hour course at home, do the self-guided practice and receive a certificate of completion. Fee: $105.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/online-course.htm
B) Blended learning-view our 7-hour course at home NOW, and receive a 3-year credit to attend one of our in-person dtWFA classes in order to practice skills learned with one of our seasoned instructors. Upon the successful completion of the in-person class, you will receive a 2-year SOLO WFA certification. Fee: $230.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/blended-learning.htm

Sneak peek at the course:

• "Fantastic online program."
• "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations."
• "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days."
• Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class.
• Full transparency, all feedback surveys, unfiltered: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18qcXYJt-CUoLW0hqLtFRmGv7H858iflrq7fguSk6zfM/edit?usp=sharing

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Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks!

Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most.
• Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways.
• Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you're considering learning, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors.
• Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care.

Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.

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