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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! Women Only Backpacking Trip to the Uwharrie Mountains (I)

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By the end of March, with the first few spring wildflowers poking through the forest floor, your gear closet is calling out to you. The chill of winter is gone, but it hasn't warmed enough to bring out those pesky bugs. The weather for an overnight trip is ideal. If you haven't backpacked in awhile or you're itchin' to try out some new gear, this early season overnight trip is a great option. We'll head to the Uwharrie National Forest, a relict mountain range southwest of Asheboro, for a two-day, 12-mile hike. Being from the mountains of North Carolina, I was pleasantly surprised when I first hiked here: It's not the Blue Ridge with long vista views, but if getting away from city life and hiking is what you want, this area does not disappoint. We won't have challenging steep climbs but we will have decent accents, some interesting creek crossings and rocky terrain. Best of all will be the solitude of the woods and you'll be amid the companionship of like-minded women. A bit of history about the trail: Hikers can thank an old-time trapper's son, Joe Moffit of Asheboro, for this trail. Moffit grew up in the Uwharries during the Great Depression and learned to live off the land at an early age. In 1972, as a Scoutmaster, Moffit started the Uwharrie Trail project to help his Boy Scouts earn their Eagle rank. They completed the path in 1975 and founded the Uwharrie Trail Club. At the time, it ran 50 miles, north to south. The length of the trail dwindled into the 1980s and 1990s, but efforts by the Uwharrie Trailblazers, the Three Rivers Land Conservancy and others have gotten the trail back up to 40 miles. The loop we are doing, on the southern end of the trail, is the Dutchman Creek route. Camping will be about 5.5 miles in, at Big Island Campsite. This is a primitive site with a creek for filtering water. We will take a leisurely pace on this trip. You will need gear for one night, including one dinner, one breakfast and two trail lunches. I will have a water filter device to share. Included are in the $65 trip fee are: * Trail snacks * Eguide with trail map * Refresher guide for taking a backpack trip after you've been off the trail for a while

GetBackpacking! on the AT: Carvers Gap to US 19E

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Welcome to the most scenic stretch of trail in North Carolina (and Tennessee). From the git-go at Carver's Gap, the Appalachian Trail passes over Round and Jane balds (with a side trip to a third, Grassy Ridge, possible), offering sweeping views of the North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia mountains. There's some intimate high-ridge hiking (the mountain ash should be coming into bloom), then more balds: Little Hump and Hump mountains. We should also be on the cusp of the spring wildflower season at this altitude, which flirts with 6,000 feet . This three-day, two-night trip starts from Carvers Gap on the Appalachian Trail and heads north for 14 miles. Particularly stunning are the three balds in the first couple of miles and the famous Hump and Little Hump mountains about 10 miles later. Day 1: We will set off from Carver's Gap around 2 p.m., hike about 3 miles and establish camp in the vicinity of the Stan Murray Shelter. Day 2: We will hike 5-6 miles, past Yellow Gap, over Little Hump to Hump Mountain. Depending upon the weather, we will either camp atop Hump Mountain (clear sky, minimal wind) or continue another mile or so and camp in a protected area. Day 3: Hike out, about 6 miles, to US 19E. We will have a trip planning session on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 pm, at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Raleigh's Cameron Village. This trip includes a shuttle to Carvers Gap and a shower afterward, before heading home. This is a challenging backpack trip. Though it trends downhill, there are good climbs along the way. You must be in good shape for this hike. We are a beginner-friendly bunch, but you will need to have some experience — and your own gear — for this hike. If I haven't hiked with you, we will have a phone chat beforehand to make sure this trip is a good fit.

High 5 @ Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock State Park

You must sign up for this event through Friends of the Sauratown Mountains. To learn more and register, go to https://sauratownfriends.org/high-5-hanging-rock. Do you love to hike? Are you thinking of doing the 5 peaks of Hanging Rock? Do you want to help our local parks? Then sign up for the High 5 @ Hanging Rock! To raise funds to support Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks, The Friends of Sauratown Mountains is sponsoring the first annual High 5 at Hanging Rock. Participants will trek over 10 miles of park trails to reach five of the highest elevations within Hanging Rock State Park, summiting Moore’s Knob, Cooks Wall and Hanging Rock mountains, and passing by two prominent rock outcrops, Wolf Rock and House Rock. Due to the length, change in elevation and trail conditions, this is considered a strenuous hike. More details and sign up at Friends of Sauratown Mountains.

GetHiking! at Medoc Mountain State Park


GetHiking! folks are fortunate to be able to hike a diversity of trails often not more than a 30-minute drive from our backyards. The Triangle area is also geographically not more than a two-hour drive to several state parks offering even more hiking possibilities.This month we'll visit one of the latter: Medoc Mountain State Park, just 90 minutes to the northeast, near Hollister. Scenic trails invite you to journey into the park's interior. Seven trails wander through a variety of terrain and provide more than 10 miles of hiking. Most of the trails are easy or moderate in difficulty, and scenery includes an artesian well, granite outcroppings and mini rapids. We will hike a combination of loops for 6 to 8 miles. There are options to make the hikes shorter or longer so this a great place for all levels of skills. Plan on bringing lunch to enjoy at the picnic area or along the trails and as always water is a necessity. Facilities are available at the trail head.

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