Archive for the ‘Hiking’ category

Start 2010 with a hike, a run, a ride — even a chilly dive

I can almost guarantee that your resolution to be more active in 2010 will last at least through New Year’s Day. That’s because there are way too many activities scheduled to keep you on the move. Sure, some fall into the intense category. The Triangle Scuba Group plans to dive the frigid waters at Fantasy Lake at 10 a.m. The North Carolina Bicycle Club plans to get together for a…

Winter break: Exploring the wilds of your own neighborhood

North Carolina, the 9th biggest state in the country with 9.2 million residents, is unusual because even if you live in one of its urban centers — Charlotte, the Triad, the Triangle, Asheville, Wilmington — there’s likely a wooded area within walking distance. Maybe not a national forest or a state park, but at least a corridor of wild that for any number of reasons has eluded development. For instance,…

Seeking direction in 2010

I was hiking Thursday afternoon on the Rim Trail at Fires Creek when I was struck by a twinge of melancholy. Odd, because I was in my element: hiking in the Southern Appalachians on a crisp winterlike day, the sun just active enough to cast faint shadows across the forest floor. Perfect hiking conditions, in my book. So what was wrong? What was wrong, I soon realized, was that this…

Bad? Good!

Sometimes, to keep a challenge from becoming an ordeal you have to try and balance the bad with a good. Take my ordeal – rather, “challenge” today on a 15-mile hike in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. It was a day of challenges that teetered on being an ordeal. I found myself continually trying to strike a balance. Bad: Scouting this hike on the topo mapo, I counted six points at…

Check in and gimme five!

I was looking for a Chinese restaurant. I found a half hour workout instead. I was thumbing through Guest Services Directory in my room here at the Microtel in Robbinsville hoping to find a place to score some hot & sour soup and kung pao chicken. I’m in the mountains on the eve of a week of hiking and backpacking. Fuel being essential to such an undertaking, I was hoping…

A new you in 2010? Yes, but why

You know you want to be healthier in 2010. But do you know why you want to be healthier? It’s human nature that as one year draws to a close we wonder how we might make more out of the year ahead. In our neck of the self-improvement universe here at GetGoingNC.com, that translates to how we can improve our physical lot in 2010. You may know that you want…

Hikes you can do: Neusiok Trail

Through year’s end, GetGoingNC.com will feature a hike in North Carolina that just about anyone can do. It won’t be a long hike (though we may throw in a recommendation for going long), it won’t be strenuous hike (but there could be an option  to really get the heart pumping). This week, the 6.8-mile Neusiok Trail in the Croatan National Forest. Neusiok Trail Distance: 6.8 miles (out of a total…

Wind, heavy rain, snow, flooding, wild boars …

Gale-force winds, heavy rain, heavy rain mixed with snow, snow, swollen mountain streams, hiking barefoot for a quarter mile, wild boars. Sunshine. Crazy day on the trail. My weather-challenged week of backpacking continues. Back in the planning stage of this trip to the Smokies, with maps spread on the family room floor, guidebooks at the ready, an amber beverage within reach, the plan for today was to do a 13-mile…

The weather dance continues

Had great weather today hiking a 13.2-mile loop up Deep Creek in the Smokies, but by the time I got back to the car, a gauze of white clouds was forming, tipping off the next storm system moving into the region. Rain is expected to begin in the middle of the night and last into Thursday morning. That’s rain in Bryson City, elevation 1,752 feet. It occurred to me, with…

Knowing when to fold ’em

The key to continuing to enjoy an activity? Don’t intentionally put yourself in a position to dislike the activity. I left Cary early this morning for a week of backpacking in the Smokies. In the throes of trying to wrap up a book on backcountry exploring in North Carolina, the trip was both pleasure and work – work under a rapidly approaching deadline. I was doubly motivated to hit the…