What we're about

This group is for Charlotte area outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, walking, exploring NC nature, and making new friends. We are a network of people who are interested in meeting up for hikes in or around the Charlotte/Piedmont area.
Beginners to experienced trailblazers are very welcome.
Meetups are mostly held on weekends, but can be scheduled for anytime others want to participate.
This is a friendly, sociable, and diverse group of people who know how to enjoy the outdoors throughout the Carolinas.
Join us and lets get hiking!

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Notes: 
Dues for the group are $5 a year.  Dues may be paid to any hiking leader at an event or through our paypal link:  paypal.me/cphiking.  More info on what dues cover here: https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Charlotte/messages/boards/thread/51922255

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  • All members take on the risks of hiking and will not hold Hiking-Charlotte/Piedmont Areas Meetup or the Organizers responsible for injury or other mishap.

Upcoming events (3)

The Ruck - Backpacker Training 5 Miles

Pike Nurseries

Featured in Ballantyne Magazine: https://tinyurl.com/yy6bxx4v

Quick Overview:

• Difficulty - Moderately Strenuous
• Bring a pack made for 30+ lbs
• Women Carry 10 lbs to try
• Men Carry 15 lbs to try
• In a month carry 20/30+ lbs
• Stay to the right

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What is a Ruck?
It is moving while carrying resistance in a weighted pack. Our version is modified for backpackers.

What is Backpacking?
It is a longer hike where you carry your gear and spend the night on the trail. Backpackers carry 25+ lbs in their pack for an overnight trip.

Why Train for Backpacking?
We aim to strengthen our muscles involved in carrying our backpacks. It makes overnight trips are safer and easier.

Can I just try it out? Only go half way?
Do I have to increase pack weight?
Please join us only if you plan on doing the exercise as described.

What else compliments this training?
Consider slowly increasing the elevation, speed and difficulty of hikes. Weight training and cardio can also help.

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Difficulty - Moderately Strenuous:
Our pace is around 17 min. per mile. Make sure you can do this pace with weight. This is not a casual or easy level event.

Use Proper Backpacks:
It's recommended that you get a USED large multi-day backpack (3-5 days) for this event. Men may find the Gregory Baltoro 65* and Osprey Aether AG 70* models readily available used. Budget $100-$150 for these packs. Women might prefer the Granite Gear x60 used for around $100. The X60 has both a unisex and women's fit version.

Sizing:
https://sectionhiker.com/how-to-size-a-backpack-daypack-and-backpack-volume-guide/

*This is not the same pack you might want for 1-3 day trips with our group. Please see me for suggestions.

**Book bags or daypacks can cause lots of discomfort if they loaded with over 20+ lbs. If you are feeling discomfort let us know. Issues can usually be resolved.

Load it With at Least 10-15 lbs to Start:
Women should shoot for 10 and men 15 lbs to start. Try sandbags for weight with a filler at the bottom like towels.

Build up to 20+/30+ lbs Within a Month:
Men should be able to carry 30+ lbs and women at least 20 lbs. We weigh your pack weekly.

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Terrain:
Boardwalks, asphalt and concrete. On occasion there will be loose planks, mud and puddles. The trail is also not lighted in the evening. Plan accordingly.

Stay to the Right on the Greenway:
Watch out for runners and bikers on the left. Try to stay within the host's sight during the Ruck. If not, it's your responsibility to make it back to our exit at mile marker 3.5.

Well Behaved Dogs:
Allowed for regulars. Park Rules: they must stay to the far right.

Guests:
No guests, they have to sign up like everyone else.
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Other Recommended Gear:
Blue/Green Superfeet insoles, flashlight, rain jacket, and your phone. Fish or luggage scales work great to weigh your pack at home.

Recommended Backpacker Links:
https://sectionhiker.com, https://www.outdoorgearlab.com, https://caltopo.com, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27nqmEhKzD9YHK1IFwG7qA

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Other Questions?
Any other issues please send me a DM - Alex.

Your host's function is only to organize this event. Check with your doctor if you are unsure about doing this exercise. It should not be assumed that organizers are certified in CPR or personal training. Any advice is from the host's experience as a fellow hiker/backpacker.

Training Hike at Crowders - 5 Miles Moderately Strenuous

Crowders Mountain State Park - Linwood Road Access

Train For Elevation:
Looking to keep you trail legs in shape or improve your elevation speed on strenuous hikes? Join us at Crowders Mountain State Park for a 5.25 mile hike with ~1,500 of total elevation gain.

You can find me at the picnic table near the restroom around 7:50am.

If you can, please join us afterward for coffee & breakfast at Grits N Greens Southern Cuisine in Lowell.

Route:
We'll hike from the Linwood Road parking lot up the Backside Trail with it's 330+ steps at the top which gains ~650 feet in 0.8 miles and then back down the steps on the same trail. At the bottom, we'll turn right at the trail head fork and hike back up using the 1.8 mile Tower Trail, then down the same trail. This is slightly different from what we used to do - same trails, just different sequence.

Terrain:
Be prepared for lots of gravel, wood steps and occasional jagged rocks.

Pace:
This is intended to be a training hike so moving rather quickly (2+ MPH), but will stop at the top both times to catch our breath & enjoy the view.

Food:
Bring water and a snack (if desired)

Water Fountain/Bathrooms:
Located at the trailhead in the parking lot.

Optional to Bring:
A weighted backpack (to train for backpacking), trekking poles.

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Your host's function is only to organize this event. Check with your doctor if you are unsure about doing this exercise. It should not be assumed that leaders are certified in CPR or personal training. Any advice is from the host's experience as a fellow hiker/backpacker.

Training Hike at Crowders - 5 Miles Moderately Strenuous

Crowders Mountain State Park - Linwood Road Access

Train For Elevation:
Looking to keep you trail legs in shape or improve your elevation speed on strenuous hikes? Join us at Crowders Mountain State Park for a 5.25 mile hike with ~1,500 of total elevation gain.

You can find me at the picnic table near the restroom around 7:50am.

If you can, please join us afterward for coffee & breakfast at Grits N Greens Southern Cuisine in Lowell.

Route:
We'll hike from the Linwood Road parking lot up the Backside Trail with it's 330+ steps at the top which gains ~650 feet in 0.8 miles and then back down the steps on the same trail. At the bottom, we'll turn right at the trail head fork and hike back up using the 1.8 mile Tower Trail, then down the same trail. This is slightly different from what we used to do - same trails, just different sequence.

Terrain:
Be prepared for lots of gravel, wood steps and occasional jagged rocks.

Pace:
This is intended to be a training hike so moving rather quickly (2+ MPH), but will stop at the top both times to catch our breath & enjoy the view.

Food:
Bring water and a snack (if desired)

Water Fountain/Bathrooms:
Located at the trailhead in the parking lot.

Optional to Bring:
A weighted backpack (to train for backpacking), trekking poles.

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Your host's function is only to organize this event. Check with your doctor if you are unsure about doing this exercise. It should not be assumed that leaders are certified in CPR or personal training. Any advice is from the host's experience as a fellow hiker/backpacker.

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Training Hike at Crowders - 5 Miles Moderately Strenuous

Crowders Mountain State Park - Linwood Road Access

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