A cool front moves over the land this weekend, meaning temperatures in the mid-80s throughout much of our posting area. Some thoughts on how to take advantage of the cool weather:
National Trails Day, Saturday, various events, various times, various locations. Since the early 90s, the first Saturday in June has been deemed by the American Hiking Society to be National Trails Day. It’s a day we officially celebrate the nation’s 200,000+ miles of trail, by exploring them, by tidying them up, even by building them. A total of 24 NTD events have been registered with the American Hiking Society in North Carolina, from maintaining the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in various locations to helping to rehabilitate the Appalachian Trail as it passes over Max Path near Hot Springs. Find an NTD event near you by going here. And if you’re outside North Carolina, find all 876 registered events here.read more
This weekend GetBackpacking! pays a visit to the Wilson Creek area at the base of Grandfather Mountain. It’s a comparatively low-lying area but rugged, and acting as the drainage for massive Grandfather Mountain, it’s got water crossings galore. With our weekend trip in mind, and knowing a lot of you will be hiking along and in mountain creeks this summer, we’re rerunning this post on how to cross a stream.read more
Haiku Hike, Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Eno River State Park, Durham. Literary hike / along the gorgeous Eno / read some, compose some. Learn more here.
Occoneechee Geology Hike, Saturday, 2 p.m. Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Hillsborough. The massive slash on the north face of mighty Occoneechee, at 867 feet the high point of the Triangle, means the pyrophyllite peak has few secrets to keep. But despite begin an open book, what does it all mean? Geologist Jean-Michel Margot has studied the mountain for decades, and shares his findings in this monthly gathering. Learn more here.read more
We’ve encountered our first 90-degree days on the trail. We’ve also encountered our first signs of heat exhaustion (on a sweaty trip deep into Linville Gorge this past weekend).
Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which can damage the brain and other organs and can lead to death. Fortunately, if you recognize and treat heat exhaustion at the outset you can keep it from devolving into something much more serious. read more
And does your party have reservations? the campground host inquires upon your arrival.
OK, maybe it doesn’t work quite like that. But increasingly in this evermore-outdoor-loving world, you do need reservations to spend an evening in the woods. And some places that require them may surprise you. read more