“Well, I learned something new on this trip,” Cat said as she watched Brandon hoist his backpack to his bent knee before pausing to swing it onto his back.
“That’s the thing about backpacking,” I said. “Every trip, you learn new things.” read more
It’s another weird weekend forecast where Saturday looks good, Sunday not so much. With that in mind, a recommendation or three:
Basin Hike, Sunday, 11 a.m., Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Kure Beach. One of the coolest 1-mile trails around, taking you over the dunes, through maritime forest and over a salt marsh. Call 910.458.5798 to reserve a spot. read more
On Saturday morning’s GetHiking! hike at Umstead State Park, half the number of hikers who signed up showed up. No mystery there: it was cold.
What is a mystery is why so many hikers let a little thing like freezing temperatures keep them off the trail. As we may have mentioned (just last week, in fact), we love a winter hike: among other things, there are fewer people, fewer bugs, and it’s blissfully quiet. Yet too many people miss out because they don’t know how to dress. Let’s solve that problem here and now. read more