Archive for the ‘Hiking’ category

Coexisting with cold air

The temperature in Raleigh just hit 40! Woo-hoo! Alas, this heat wave isn’t expected to last. Light snow is predicted for Thursday, it’s barely supposed to get above freezing over the weekend. Thus, we bring you more tips — in the form of recommended reading — on exercising in the cold. Things to pay attention to. From the Mayo Clinic (where it’s 10 degrees right now)  comes tips on what…

Umstead in a day: Calling all Iron Hikers

A key ingredient for any self-improvement program is setting a goal, something to strive for.  Otherwise, it’s all too easy to throw up your hands one day and say, “All right, good enough. I’m done.” If your goal is to lose weight, you have a target — 20 pounds by spring, for instance. If you’re trying to get in better shape, maybe you’re aim is to walk a 5K by…

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…