What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in backpacking. ALL skills levels are WELCOME. This group is primarily overnight/multi-day backpacking adventures... with possibly some social gathering for members throughout the year

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. We want everyone who attends our Meetup trips to have a great time! Of course, being sore will inevitably be part of it sometimes ;). So, to help ensure this, there are a couple “ground rules” to follow.
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. - No drugs permitted on group trips. If anyone is found using these, they will be removed from the group.
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- Act responsibly/Safety first. Do not put yourself, or others in danger while on group outings.
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- Be respectful/Courteous. Everyone has different skill levels and/or methods. We all have lots to learn from, and teach others. We can do this in a polite, respectful manner. Acting in a belligerent way towards others will not be tolerated.
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- Know your capability. Please do not sign up to attend trips that are outside your capability. While we only truly grow when we push ourselves past our “comfort zone”, you should understand which trips you can confidently push yourself to handle, and which ones you should pass on until another time...

- Use and keep your RSVP current. Some trips have a size limit. If you sign up for a trip and for whatever reason cannot make it, please update your RSVP so people on the waitlist can join/attend. No shows on trips may not affect you, but they affect the group, so please keep your RSVP’s current.

There will be trips through out the year of various intensities for different skill levels. The host will give a brief description of each trip and the level of intensity.

ADVANCED/STRENUOUS Trips: These more advanced trips will typically require the host speaking with each of you about the demands of the route.

Let's Have Fun ! So grab your gear, sign up, and let’s hit the trail !!

Upcoming events (2)

AT at the Roan Highlands - 16 miles - 2 days - beautiful & strenuous

About: Just to be clear this is a backpacking event....This is roughly 16 miles on some of the most beautiful country on the Appalachian Trail. The first day we'll shuttle up to Carver's Gap. Then we'll take in several amazing balds before heading down to the Overmountain Shelter that overlooks a beautiful valley. This shelter is a huge old red barn, but unfortunately is closed. You'll have plenty of space to hang a hammock behind the barn in the trees, or pitch a tent in the adjacent field. It also has a privy and a spring nearby. The next morning we'll hike out by going up Little Hump and Hump Mountain. Hump Mountain is quite an experience. It's a gigantic bald that gets crazy wind gusts at times. Look it up on youtube. After we climb down from Hump we'll be in a wooded and at times rocky descent as we head on back to 19E and then a short walk to Mountain Harbour. We will meet at Mountain Harbor Hostel at 8:45am. Several of us will go up the night before. They offer tent spots for $10, and a bed in the hostel for $25. Please carpool as sometimes the parking area can be Quite Full. All Fees responsibility of each individual. $10 shuttle. $3 parking. The Itinerary : Day 1.................. Carver's gap to Grassy Ridge Bald to Overmountain Shelter- 6.6 miles 1233 total elevation. Difficlulty: 127 Moderately Strenuous, water source roughly 2/3rds of the way at Stan Murray Shelter and at the end Overnight location for Day 1............. Beside the Overmountain Shelter on the Appalachian Trail Day 2................. Overmountain Shelter to Mountain Harbour: 9.2 miles, 1720 total elevation, Difficulty: 177 Strenuous, water source at the beginning and 1/3rd of the way in just after Hump. Experience: To do this hike you’ll need to have backpacking experience and be in good shape. If not message me and we’ll see what we need to work out. Maps: Each person will be required to download a geo pdf map for Avenza. It will contain our daily route. iOS Instructions: Download the free Avenza App. Open it. Click the + sign (upper right). Click Tap to enter URL of a map (bottom) Enter: caltopo.com/p/7K5P then hit go. Your map should download then please turn on airplane mode to make sure it works. Meet: We’ll leave at http://www.mountainharbour.net at 9:20AM which is two and a half hours from Charlotte to take a shuttle ($10 per person) ($3 per parked car) and after the overnight hike go back to the parked cars. Directions to Mountain Harbour B & B from Charlotte: https://goo.gl/maps/9s41PebBnxn Sunday Lunch After the Hike: It's about an hour from the parking lot to lunch. Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/XMBY8BrwoKF2 Mountain Burrito 408 W Flemming Dr. Unit F Morganton, NC 28655 By RSVP’ing to this event, you are agreeing to the following: TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Hiking - Charlotte/ Piedmont Areas group, all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety. Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above.

Day Hike to Brinegar Cabin - Doughton Park - 8.4 miles

Cedar Ridge Trailhead

You know you're going to eat that 2nd piece of pecan pie. Come join us for a beautiful day hike to help you work that off. PLUS, you'll have an excuse not to go shopping. We'll hike an out-and-back hike along the Cedar Ridge Trail in Doughton Recreation Area adjacent to Stone Mountain Park. We'll climb a pretty ridge most of the way with occasional glimpses of Stone Mountain. Bonus: we get to lunch at Brinegar Cabin which was a working farm from the late 1800's until the Blue Ridge Parkway came through. And it's downhill all the way back. 8.4 miles roundtrip 2,300' Accumulated Elevation Gain Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced You can find a description of the hike and a gpx file at https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7024729/cedar-ridge-trail and at https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/cedar-ridge-trail-to-brinegar-cabin Come along!

Past events (59)

John Rock Loop **Updated Trip**

1401 Fish Hatchery Rd

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