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This weekend: Laboring on

Post Labor Day blues got a hold? Chase ‘em away on a standup paddleboard, in a kayak or on a trail. Coast Volleyball used to be the thing to do at the beach. And people still play volleyball, it’s just been supplanted as the thing to do. The new the? Standup paddleboarding (or SUP, as those in the know call it). The place to do the thing this weekend: the…

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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…

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This weekend: A Labor of Fun

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer (technically, summer ends at 10:29 p.m. on Sept. 22). Either way, you don’t want to miss out on a weekend of fun, be it paddling after ‘gators at the coast or exploring the highest land east of South Dakota’s Black Hills. Coast It’s Labor Day weekend, so you’re probably kicking out a little early, right? Early enough to make it to…

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Tanawha Trail: a North Carolina classic

Six hours into a hike that had experienced five hours and fifty-five minutes of rain, I noticed something peculiar: my fellow hikers were all smiling. They were wet, they were tired, they were a little concerned about the discrepancy between remaining daylight and distance to the car. But they were all smiling. Content from Tanawha Trail Such is the magic of the Tanawha Trail. The Tanawha runs for 13.5 miles…

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GetBackpacking! Your intro to backcountry camping

In late July, an essay appeared in Colorado’s High Country Times bemoaning the death of backpacking. The article relied on the author’s “anecdotal evidence” and the fact that sales of “heavy” boots and massive packs are down. Heavy boots, as in the kind no one buys anymore because lightweight boots easily handle the lighter loads of today’s backpacker. Massive packs, as in the kind no one uses because we no…

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This weekend: Test the waters

Sample a triathlon in Cary or sample hiking on Grandfather Mountain. Or, at the coast you can workout for a cookout. Good options all for the last weekend before Labor Day weekend. Coast Always a smart move, scheduling a cookout with a workout, which is the gist of Saturday’s Rise and Grind Workout and Cookout Saturday morning at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington. Sponsored by Cape Fear Boxing, a local…

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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…

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90 Second Escape: Mount Rogers

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: Dry and clear, no bull. (Actually … )

After two weekends of rain, this weekend is forecast to be clear, warm and ideal for getting out and exploring North Carolina. Coast Sometimes you need an unrelated catalyst to spur you to action. Like the 2nd Annual Port City Rib Fest, a three-day celebration of things BBQ to get you down to Wilmington to take advantage of all the great local activities: kayaking, surfing, standup paddleboarding, exploring Carolina Beach…

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Central NC: Take the hike & paddle challenge

A patch and knowing you’re helping to save more special places to explore. That’s what you get by completing the LandTrust for Central North Carolina’s just launched Hike & Paddle Challenge. Here’s how it works. If you aren’t already a member of the LandTrust for Central NC, you’ll need to join, by going here. Memberships can be had for as little as $25 a year, says associate director Crystal Cockman….

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