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90 Second Escape: Paddling Milltail Creek

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…

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This weekend: Journaling, birding, skiing

A variety of options await the weekend explorer in North Carolina this weekend. Take note of seasonal changes in a nature journaling class at Weymouth Woods, check out the overwintering bird population on Greensboro’s Lake Townsend, or take advantage of the recent cold snap and Ski North Carolina! Coast The natural world is ever-changing. While we may notice the more substantial changes from month to month, the more subtle shifts,…

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90 Second Escape: Winter hike?

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…

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This year, don’t just set a goal, set the right goal

The following originally ran here on Jan. 1, 2012. The sentiment holds. “You know,” Chris said, “there aren’t too many people who could do this.” After catching his breath, he added, “And I don’t mean people our age. I mean people, period.” We were on day three of a four-day, 50-mile backpack trip on a particularly rugged region of the  rugged Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina. Specifically, we…

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This Friday: Welcome the new year with a First Day Hike

It’s long been tradition to welcome the new year with an athletic feat: a bike ride, a run, a dip in the ocean or other suitable frigid body of water. The most popular way — in the populist sense — has been to welcome the new with a walk in the woods. And for the last several years, North Carolina’s State Parks have been helping you do exactly that, by…

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In 2016, GetBackpacking!

The following is a post, tweaked and updated, that originally ran a year ago, on the Great Outdoor Provision Co. blog. It heralds the start of our fourth season of GetBackpacking! Intro to Backpacking clinics. Over the past year and a half, I’ve watched a remarkable thing happen to about 80 people. They’ve became backpackers. On the way to their initial goal of extending their day on the trail into…

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Avoid the adventure blues in 2016: get an Adventure Coach

It’s an all-too-familiar lament this time of year: I meant to get out more, be more adventurous. I don’t know what happened … You look back on the camping weekend that instead turned into a garage-cleaning weekend, the paddle trip that wasn’t because the water wasn’t just right. The hike that, as the day neared, you didn’t feel you were in shape for. And now, the year drawing to a…

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90 (minus 36) Second Escape: Christmas in July

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…

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This weekend: Hot Yuletide Fun

In recognition of the fact many of you have a good deal of flexibility through year’s end (no school, no work), we expand the definition of “weekend” to include the rest of the year. And, in accordance with Mother Nature of late, we expand the definition of winter adventure to include polar plunges where you’re more likely to need suntan lotion and a cold drink than a fleece blanket to…

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Solace in the Solstice

Today is the first full day of winter (it officially kicked in last night at 11 minutes before midnight). Ironically, for those of us who live to be outside, the winter solstice sets off a round of brooding over short days and long, long nights. In fact, the winter solstice marks a turning point that should have the sun worshipers among us rejoicing. Starting today, we start to gain back…

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