What we’re about
The Carolina Berg Wanderers is a Charlotte-area club formed in the 70's by people wanting to make friends with others who enjoy outdoor activities. 'Berg Wanderer' means mountain wanderer in German, which is how the club was named by its founders. With some original members still active, and many new members, the Bergs are very active throughout the year. We invite anyone with an interest in the great outdoors to join the club. Our membership, which includes families, married couples and singles of all ages, is as varied as our choice of outings.
We camp, hike, backpack, mountain bike, road bike, sea kayak, whitewater canoe and kayak, and cross country and downhill ski. Some just enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
Our events are primarily initiated, planned, and led by our individual members, which gives us a wide variety of activities.
If you enjoy the outdoors, whether it's hiking to a waterfall, cross country skiing in sparkling winter wonderlands or riding your mountain bike on rail-trails, and you enjoy the company of others who have a passion for these wonderful activities, you will enjoy us.
We hope you'll come and play outdoors with us!
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Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Berg Christmas Party800 Cherokee Rd, Charlotte, NC
Let's gather to celebrate the season and see friends old and new!
Please bring a delicious dish to share, especially vegetables and desserts. We will provide a meat and non-alcoholic drinks. If you would like to bring wine, beer, etc. for yourself, you are welcome to do that.
Our fun Santa game will be played so bring a wrapped gift worth ~$15. This is optional, but you must contribute a gift to get a gift.
Although it is not required, we ask for a $5 to $10 contribution per person for offsetting the cost of the room rental and club provided food and beverages. We will collect contributions at the party.
Note the meeting place is the same as the last two years, the Cherokee Room. Berg signs will point the way. Tell the guard at the gatehouse that you are attending the Berg party. There should be adequate visitor parking, but additional parking is available on Biltmore Ave, across from the gatehouse if necessary. From the visitor parking, walk to the far-right arched entrance and look for Berg signs. The Cherokee Room is on the right wall with a red door. DO NOT GO IN THE LOBBY. The room is entered from the parking level.
- Laura's Trail Clean-Up at Latta Nature PreserveLatta Plantation, Huntersville, NC
Sunday Morning (after Saturday's Christmas Party)
Laura's Trail is part of the trail system at Latta Nature Preserve on Mountain Island Lake. It is named after Laura Anderson, a memorable and active Berg member who sadly died in a car accident in 1995.
TWO times a year, we do clean-ups for her trail and for others in the Preserve. We'll meet at 9:00 at the OLD Visitor's Center, just inside the iron gates. We pick up trash along the trails and shoreline until about noon. Lunch to follow, usually @ Lancaster's BBQ....
Wear clothes to go off trail and bring mud shoes, gloves, and trash-grabbers, if you have them; the Club has a few, but they go quickly.
If you RSVP for someone else, please include their name. ("No" RSVPs are not necessary unless you have already signed up as a Yes)
Look for the red truck.
Contact Stuart Jones 704-598-8742c
(This activity NO LONGER earns volunteer credit hours towards our free use of the shelter for our Christmas Party.)
- Board of Directors MeetingTom's House, Charlotte, NC
This is a meeting of the Board of Directors. Any voting member is invited, but officers are expected to attend. Past minutes are posted under Board Info on the Message Board https://www.meetup.com/CarolinaBergs/messages/boards/forum/975363
An agenda will be sent to attendees prior to the meeting.
New members are encouraged to skip this until you meet us at an outdoor or social event first.
- Who Likes FLATWATER Paddling (Kayaking/Canoeing)?$ SEE DESCRIPTION, Charlotte, NC
This is not an actual event. We created this posting to create a mailing list of members that like to or want to flatwater kayak.
RSVP if this would be you, and please note your skill level beside your RSVP.
Below are skill levels for flatwater kayaking:
Beginnner (all levels) - Individuals who have either never kayaked before, or who feel they will benefit from gaining experience in a milder paddle should look for our events aimed to all levels (beginner) paddles. Those who would feel most comfortable are those with minimal time in small boats, who have never tried to roll a boat, and may be trying different boats and boat types, either as a pre-purchase decision, or who simply kayak only minimally. Parameters for events of this type will generally mean distances < 5 miles, speeds < 2 to 3 MPH, and minimal wind and/or wave action.
Intermediate - this level describes those who have ventured a little further in the kayaking experience, and who can handle a little speed, distance, and a few environmental factors. Events in this category will likely venture into deeper water, away from shorelines, with a quicker pace (3 or 4 MPH) and may go 10 to 15 miles in distance (perhaps a little further!). There is an expectation that winds and waves may be encountered, and while these are unpredictable, being comfortable with 10-15 MPH winds, and 1 to 2 foot waves should be expected. Participants in this category also have generally good paddling skills for maneuvering long boats in smaller tributaries and marsh areas as well, and feel comfortable navigating their way through such areas. An intermediate level kayaker should know how to dress for the conditions of both air and water temperatures, and has usable knowledge of energy, and hydration requirements for such activities.
Experienced/Expert – A kayaker at this level is pretty much open to any kayaking event, has confidence and capability in winds and surf, to include ocean kayaking. A kayaker at this level can maintain speeds upwards of 4 to 5 MPH, and may reach 7 or 8 MPH + for certain periods. Winds of 20+, and waves of 2-3 feet are navigable in this group. Distances greater than 20 miles daily, and often over multiple days may be required on such adventures. Previous instruction and current skills likely includes the development of roll techniques, as do paddling skills in adverse conditions. Has experience in dressing for the conditions of both air and water temperatures, and has usable knowledge of energy, and hydration requirements for such activities. Also will posses the necessary navigation skills for trip routings and course selection.
Trip Organizers: This calendar entry may be used as an email list to promote your event. An example of an appropriate number of times for such use would be no more than twice per event. Such communication should state that it is being sent to the members who have their names on this list. Thanks.