“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
Why devote an entire weekend to getting your Wilderness First Aid certification? Imagine you’re on a trip deep in the backcountry. Someone in your group goes down, there’s a loud snap, their leg below the knee is at an angle at odds with the leg above the knee. Do you want to be paralyzed with fear because you haven’t the slightest idea what to do? Or would you rather know exactly what to do and set a rescue in motion? read more
Rod Broadbelt officially retired today from more than two decades of leading hikes, almost exclusively at Umstead State Park. And not just hikes, as anyone whoever tried to tag along on one of his hikes would attest, these were no-holds-barred hiking extravaganza’s: lace up tight, hold on to your Tilley and try to hang on. Even into his mid-80s, Rod was no Sunday stroller — he was an unabashed steamroller, leaving hikers half his age in his dust. read more