What we're about

This group is for people that like to have fun and adventure in the great outdoors; hiking in the foothills and mountains, camping, funyaking on the French Broad, whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky, biking the Virginia Creeper, outdoor live music, backpacking, spelunking and more. The hikes I lead will be rated either "Moderate", "Difficult" or "Strenuous" and most are what I would call aerobic hiking, but with lots of short stops to appreciate what Mother Nature has to show us! I'm open to others leading easier hikes and making suggestions. An example of "Moderate" would be the Lake Norman State Park "Lake Shore Trail" with one rest stop in the middle and some short water breaks etc. I've had several Red Cross first aid courses over the years, including the outdoor trauma course.

If you have an idea then post it or send me a message!

1. No discussing or wearing of anything political or governmental will be tolerated
2. No physical of mental abuse will be tolerated
3. No showing multiple times - please cancel at least 1 hour before the meet time
4. No activity for 6 months

Upcoming events (5+)

Loch Norman Highland Games at Historic Rural Hill

Historic Rural Hill Farm

I'll have my Kilt on as a volunteer Saturday. The Heavy Games are a site to see. There is also camping available. Ticket prices start at $6 for age 5-12. Early Bird prices end on[masked]. Click on the link below for more pricing info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-loch-norman-highland-games-tickets-52497764226 LOCH NORMAN HIGHLAND GAMES The Loch Norman Highland Games at Rural Hill is a family friendly event presented by Historic Rural Hill. Come and experience all the fun with Highland Dancing, Bagpipe Bands, Highland Athletics, a Giant Kid's Zone, Scottish Merchants, Haggis, Celtic Rock and Traditional Performers, Historic Reenactments, Scottish Country Dancing, Sunday Church Service, Hearth Cooking, NC Beer and Wine, Whiskey Tastings, Kilted Running Events, Scottish Clan Societies, Shoot Long Bows and Blowguns, Throw a Battle Axe and so much more! SATURDAY Time Event 7:30 Piping and Drumming registration begins 8:00 Field opens - Registration for Amateur Scottish Athletic events (at Heavy Athletics Tent) Piping & Drumming competition begins 8:30 Highland Dancing competition begins 9:00 Registration for Battle Axe competition 9:30 Professional, “A” Amateur, and Women’s Heavy Athletic Competitions begin 10:00 OPENING CEREMONIES: Presentation of the Honored Guests with the Loch Norman Pipe Band, Scottish American Military Society Post #1775 and the 78th Fraser Highlanders (on the Main Field) FOLLOWING OPENING CEREMONIES: Celtic entertainment begins (Celtic Music Tent) 11:00 The Scottish Country Dancing Tent opens with dancing until 3:00 pm Carolinas Open Premier Highland Dancing competition begins Kilt Dedication (at Clan Henderson Tent) 12:00 Heavy Stone Lift & Carry (on the Main Field) Massed Pipe Bands performance (on the Main Field) 12:30 Flag Retirement Ceremony (on the Main Field) 1:30 Pipe Band Competition Shepherding demonstration (on Main Field) Long Bow competition (Historic Encampment) Scottish Whisky Seminar (in Cultural Center)* 1:45 Registration closes for Amateur Wrestling 2:00 Amateur Wrestling competition (on Main Field) Women’s Battle Axe competition 3:00 Men’s Battle Axe competition 3:30 Tug-of-War begins on the Athletic Field Whiskies of the World (in the Cultural Center)* SUNDAY Time Event 8:00 Registration for Amateur Heavy Athletics at the Heavy Athletics Tent 9:00 Qualifying for Amateur Heavy Athletics begins Registration for Kilted Mile at the Athletic Tent Worship service at the Rural Hill Burying Ground (In Cultural Center in event of rain) Highland Dancing competition begins 10:00 Practice throws at Battle Axe until 11:30 10:30 Celtic entertainment begins (Celtic Music Tent) 11:00 Best Clan Tent Award 12:00 The Parade of Tartans and Massed Band Performance Scottish Country Dancing tent opens with demonstrations and instructions 12:30 Amateur Scottish Athletic Competition 1:00 Kilted Races (on the Main Field) 1:30 Shepherding demonstration (on Main Field) Scotch Whisky Seminar (in Cultural Center)* 2:30 Challenge Match at Battle Axe (entry fee required) 3:00 Flag Retirement Ceremony (on the Main Field) 4:00 Presentation of Awards at Reviewing Stand 4:30 Closing Ceremonies at the Cairn 6:00 Volunteer Muster**

Morning Hike and Budbreak Wine & Craft Beer Festival - Mount Airy NC

I'll plan a hike not far from Mount Airy, then arrive at the festival between Noon and 1 PM, and have lunch at the Festival. More info later The 2019 Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm in beautiful downtown Mount Airy, NC. The festival features top North Carolina wineries and craft beer producers, wonderful food and great music. Tickets are not for sale yet, I'll add the ticket link later. $20 thru April or $25 at the festival

NC Brews & Music Festival

Historic Rural Hill

We'll be going out for the music and lots of fun, if you're interested in the tasting it's earlier in the day. THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS are the headliners, I've seen them twice and they're awesome. I would call their music Progressive Bluegrass on Steroids, with a lot of Blues, R&B and some Rock mixed in. Bring a chair, there will be several food trucks, beer and wine available. Adults tickets are about $30 and the designated driver ticket about $18. www.ncbrewsmusic.com

Brevard NC Camping and Dupont "Land of the Waterfalls" Hiking

Adventure Village


The camping area I reserved is full. You're welcome to reserve your own spot or they have cabins with 2 to 4 beds; and join us for the hiking. The 2 bed cabins are real close to us. Let me know if you want more info on the cabins.

Past events (147)

South Mountain State Park Hike

South Mountain State Park

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