Archive for the ‘Climbing’ category

This weekend: Trees, stars, rocks

A learning experience at the coast, stargazing in the Piedmont, and in the mountains, drawing inspiration from some true rock stars. Coast Can you tell an oak from a hickory, a beech from a boxelder? Maybe in summer, when a full canopy displays each tree’s distinctively shaped, tell-tale leaves. But in winter, when the leaves have vacated, identifying the dendrologic denizens of the forest can be more challenging. All the…

The sensible Alex Honnold

Now, some sensible advice from Alex Honnold. Alex Honnold!? The guy who climbed Yosemite’s Half Dome and Nose with no ropes, no protection at all!? Ironic, isn’t it, that the guy who seems to embrace danger like Pooh embraces honey, would be chock-a-block full of sensible thoughts. Yet last night at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, Honnold, along with Sufferfest buddy Cedar Wright, entertained a standing-room-only house with tales of their two…

Lake James: Emerging nexus of outdoor adventure

Scott Carpenter has a vision that may seem myopic at first. Hear him out, though, and your adventurous self can easily see what he’s talking about. Carpenter’s vision is this: Lake James, the 6,800-acre lake currently best known as the gateway to other adventurous places (Linville Gorge, Wilson Creek, the Pisgah National Forest) is the next Nantahala Outdoor Center, an all-encompassing outdoor playground that’s day-tripable from North Carolina’s major population…

90 Second Escape: Pilot Mountain

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

Radical Reels 2014: Filmmaker Celin Serbo brings stills to life

With his first feature-length adventure film — “feature length” in the adventure genre meaning more than four minutes — Celin Serbo admits he didn’t have much of a plan going in. “It was definitely thrown together,” says the Boulder, Colo.-based adventure photographer and cinematographer. “We had no detailed story board. We just wanted to see what we could get.” What emerged was 2011’s “Cyclocross Colorado Front Range,” a mix of…

Rainy day options

The weekend forecast, no matter where you live in North Carolina, is essentially this: daytime high of 80, a good chance of rain. We’ve had a fair amount of rain this year: in the Triangle, 31.58 inches of rain have fallen at Raleigh-Durham International Airport since the first of the year, more than six inches above the normal. Fortunately, though, much of that rain has come during the week. Not,…

90 Second Escape: Going up (55′)

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

Triangle Rock Club raises the roof in Morrisville

Saturday you’ll be able to get high in Morrisville. Really high. Saturday is the grand reveal for the Triangle Rock Club’s Morrisville expansion, an additional 17,000 square feet of climbing surface, some of which reaches as high as 55 feet. That’s more than twice as high as the walls in the existing gym, which opened in 2007. The original gym, which will focus on youth programs and classes, has 9,000…

‘Miserable’? Depends upon your perspective

Two days ago, the weekend forecast for across the land (“the land” being North Carolina) called for mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 70s. Perfect weather for just about every outdoor pursuit. Today, the word “miserable” is in the forecast for Saturday. (WRAL.com: “ … We should have a miserable day with wind and rain playing a prominent role in the forecast. .. .” It’s a meteorologist’s prerogative,…

This weekend: Branch out

It’s a great weekend for a run — or to climb a tree. Coast The sun and warmth may be late in arriving, but it’s getting to Wilmington just in time for this weekend’s Azalea Festival. And that’s especially good news if you’re a runner and like to participate in one of the festival’s keynote events, the Azalea Festival 5K/10K/Fun Walk on Saturday. The races start at 8 a.m. from…