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Welcome to NCO!

NCO adventures are geared towards hikers and nature enthusiasts wanting to experience the full range and beauty of North Carolina and surrounding areas. NCO features a wide range of activities including hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, and kayaking. Some of the events you can expect on our calendar include overnight camping trips in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, day hikes to some of North Carolina’s most spectacular waterfalls, and coastal camping trips to the Outer Banks. NCO also plans many local hikes, mountain bike rides, and indoor rock climbing events. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.

Please note the photo requirements. You must submit a recent recognizable photo and post it in your profile before being approved into the group. You will be declined until a picture is posted.

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Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center


Whether you are looking to spend a night with family and friends around a campfire under the moss covered branches of the live oak trees, or looking for the rugged challenges and solitude of the wilderness, you will find it on Cumberland Island National Seashore. The park includes a designated Wilderness area, undeveloped beaches, historic sites, cultural ruins, critical habitat and nesting areas, as well as numerous plant and animal communities. The national seashore also offers a wide variety of camping opportunities. Campgrounds Cumberland Island offers five campgrounds , which include designated campsites at Sea Camp and Stafford Beach; and Wilderness campsites at: Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise and Brickhill Bluff. Camping is only permitted in these five campgrounds. A permit is required to camp in any of these five camping areas. Getting There Visitors must take a boat to the island. Most visitors arrive via the Cumberland Island Ferry from St. Marys, Georgia. The ferry does not transport pets, kayaks, automobiles or RVs. Sea Camp Campground --> $22.00 Permit fee is per night, for an individual campsite at the Sea Camp Campground. Permits are good for up to six people thus we will need to reserve 2 campsites. This event is cross-posted on 5 Outdoor Club South websites! Sea Camp Campground is located a half mile from the Sea Camp dock. All sites are walk-to tent sites and campers are responsible for transporting all gear. Carts can be used. There are flush toilets, drinking water, cold showers, and a dish washing sink. Each site has a fire ring with grill, picnic table and food storage. It is common for this campground to fill up months in advance, especially on the weekends. Sea Camp is the only campsite of the 5 with potable water, i.e., no filtering, boiling, or treating required. Cristina reserved Site #8 at Sea Camp campground and I reserved the adjacent Site #7 so as to accommodate a total of 12 campers.

Multi-day Backpacking Trip Ratings & Member Rankings
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These ratings and ranks may seem complicated, but they're intended to serve as a system for screening people. They allow advanced backpackers to get out on the trips they want to do, and provide a path for new people to build up skills and progress to doing longer and bigger trips. They're there for everyone's safety, and also to prevent there being problems on trips that can spoil everyone's enjoyment. In short, we do ask you to earn your stripes with us, and we want everyone to do that, even former AT and PCT thru-hikers. But, on the other hand, by earning your stripes we just mean "Come backpacking with us!" TRIP RATINGS for Multi-day Backpacking Treks Low Mileage (LM): These are not necessarily easy trips, but they are something like an introduction to the group. We'll cover about 20-ish miles in a weekend, and we'll just stay out one or two nights. You might still walk a pretty full day (16-18 miles), but you won't hit 20. Applicants, as well as all members in the group, are welcome to join these trips. Members Only (MO): This rating corresponds to a normal trip for us, where we're hiking ambitiously all weekend. Typically, this equates to a trip about 30 to 40 miles in length involving two nights out. On a full day we try to get a 20-mile day in. This should be a good challenging trip for even strong UL backpackers. To participate in these trips you must be approved for Member status. Veteran Members Only (VMO): This rating corresponds to a trip that has multiple 20-mile days and will usually require a long weekend or time off work. Good examples of this sort of trip are the Massanutten 72-miler or the STS 84-miler. Hike leaders attach this rating to a tough trip when they want to make sure people are ready to tackle this type of challenge. To participate in these trips, you must be approved for Veteran Member status. Invite Only (IO) or Veteran Plus Members Only (VMO+): These are our highest ranked trips. It might feature international travel, an average pace above 20 miles, or a trip that spans several weeks out on the trail. To participate in this sort of trip, you should expect that you will need to do a number of trips with the organizer beforehand and/or have achieved the Veteran Plus status. MEMBER RANKINGS No Title = Applicant: When your written application is accepted, you're given the rank of Applicant. You can attend our socials and our low mileage (LM) trips. Once an organizer has seen you hike or backpack and confirms your fitness and backpacking proficiency, you'll be promoted to Member. Some may be promoted to Member after one trip, while others (especially those new to backpacking and still getting gear together) may have to do a few LM trips before they are promoted to Member. Member: As a Member, you can do LM trips and MO trips. The rank of Member means you have reasonably demonstrated the following proficiencies to a DC UL trip leader: * Have most components needed for a complete backpacking setup (pack, tent, sleeping bag/pad, stove, etc), with maybe needing to borrow at most an item or two. Your gear doesn’t necessarily need to be UL at this point, but you are on the road to lightening up your pack. * Don’t need any special assistance from the trip leader, such as assistance with handling backpacking gear or help with following well marked routes. * Always bring along a copy of the map and are familiar with the route. * Can average at least 2 miles per hour during a full day of backpacking. * Can show good judgment about your own skills and limitations. * Familiarity with and use of most LNT principles (http://bit.ly/1hazcYc.... * Prepared to handle minor injuries to yourself such as cuts, scrapes, blisters, minor burns, insect stings, sore joints/ligaments, and minor illnesses such as headaches and upset stomachs. Veteran: The rank of Veteran indicates that you have completed at least one MO trip with DC UL that included the equivalent of a 20 mile day and done so in good form, demonstrating the following proficiencies to a DC UL trip leader: * Currently have or are in the final stages of completing a backpacking setup that is mostly lightweight/UL. * Are proficient at handling all your backpacking gear. * Are physically fit enough to average around 2.5 mph for a full 20 mile day. * Always bring along a copy of the map, show familiarity with the route, and can find your own way along the trip route if needed. * Pretty much self-sufficient on the trail. You are able to hike for several hours without seeing another trip member, and could extract yourself gracefully from a trip if needed. * Have reviewed and are familiar with wilderness first aid techniques using materials such as those provided by the American Red Cross and are prepared to provide such assistance to both yourself and others http://rdcrss.org/1ha.... and http://rdcrss.org/1fX.... Veteran Plus: This is our highest DC UL Rank. It indicates someone who has completed in good form a multiple day trip with DC UL consisting of at least three consecutive nights in the woods while averaging 15 miles or more per full day on the trail, and demonstrating to a DC UL trip leader the following proficiencies: * Have a backpacking setup that is sufficiently lightweight/UL. * Are efficient at handling all your backpacking gear, including when dealing with any (extended) inclement weather conditions that may be encountered. * Are physically fit enough to average around 2.5 mph over a period of several consecutive days of backpacking. * Could be completely self-sufficient on the trail, finishing the trip on a different schedule from the rest of the group if events conspired that way, and could extract yourself gracefully from a trip if needed, including in international settings. * Mentally prepared to step up and, to the best of your ability, deal with any major injury that may occur to yourself or another trip member in situations where you may be a day or more away from getting medical assistance. * Could basically lead an MO or VMO trip in a pinch. Other Indicators: You might see other other numbers or symbols after someone’s rank. These are our fun ways of tracking ‘feats of strength’. For example, a number after someone's Veteran Member tag ("Veteran Member Plus (3)") would signifies that the person has done three consecutive 20-mile days on one of our trips. If you see a "!" after someone's name, that indicates that the person has backpacked a 30-mile day on one of our trips. A "@" indicates that the person has backpacked a 40-mile day on one of our trips. Last edited by Jen on the DCUL website.

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Cabin Vacations at Cape Lookout National Seashore

Morris Marina Ferry Service


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