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Take the Backpacking North Carolina Challenge

Sometimes all you need is a little extra incentive to get you out the door and into the wild. Like an MSR Pocket Rocket Stove. Or a Thermarest Scout Lite Sleeping Pad. Or a set of great birding guides. Those are some of the incentives we’re offering as part of the Backpacking North Carolina Challenge 2011, which kicks off this evening at 7:30 at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. store…

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Longing for longer greenways

Last week, we talked about long-distance greenways in the state — existing and planned — associated with the East Coast Greenway. Interviews for that story touched on other long-distance trails in the planning stage across North Carolina. Today, we touch on those trails. Carolina Thread Trail Charlotte area “The Carolina Thread Trail will be a mega project of rail-trails and streamside greenways in the greater Charlotte region,” Dave Connelly with…

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Destination greenways: A sneak preview

For a while now, I’ve been mentioning that GetGoingNC.com will be growing, with an expanded presence focusing on North Carolina’s greenways. Specifically, our plan is to look at the state’s so-called “destination greenways.” “So-called” and the term itself in quotes because its definition is rather squishy. A destination greenway is one that people will put their bikes on the roof rack and drive to, in the hopes of spending at…

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This weekend: Run the coast, paddle the Piedmont, hike the mountains

Sing the following to the tune of the theme song for “Car 54 Where Are You?” There’s a 5K at the coast, Umstead’s got a paddle trip. They’ll be hiking up at DuPont Where the views are bright and crisp. It’s the first week-end in April, Spring is firmly underway … Plan to get out and pla-ay Coast I’ve always found that the more festive the 5K, the more enjoyable…

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Start walking, today!

Sometimes all you need to get moving is a good excuse. Permission, say, to get up from your desk and take a 30-minute walk. Which is what you have today from the American Heart Association. Today is National Start! Walking Day, deemed so by the American Heart Association. Today, over your lunch “hour,” the AHA wants you to get up from your desk and take a 30-minute walk — a…

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Living young in the Triangle

If you live in the Triangle, you have discovered the fountain of youth. A study of the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. finds the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area is among the 10 “youngest” places in the country. The study, released today, looked at 52 factors and ranked the Triangle No. 8 nationally, just below No. 7 San Diego and just above No. 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul, in terms of how…

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East Coast Greenway Alliance moves in to help N.C. move on

When the East Coast Greenway Alliance announced in February it was moving its headquarters from Rhode Island to the Triangle, the move was a good sign for the state — and a sign that we need help. The Alliance is the driving force behind the East Coast Greenway, an in-the-works greenway that will one day run continuously from Key West, Fla., to Canada, a distance of nearly 3,000 miles. It…

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Sock liners, hiking poles, hydration bladder ease the load

For the past two weeks I’ve been hitting local bookstores to promote my just-released “Backpacking North Carolina” (UNC Press). I talk for a few minutes about the book, show a slide show if I can figure out the projector, and, in a new twist added last night at Quail Ridge Books & Music, cooked dinner. The highlight is when I pipe down and the audience starts talking. Take last night….

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The weekend’s coming, the rain is going

Dry out this weekend by running over a bridge at the coast or through a warrior-making forest in the Piedmont. Or head to the mountains and get to know an experimental forest. Coast Technically, Saturday’s Run Like a Kid 2011 10K Bridge Run (and 5K and family run) is the inaugural Run Like a Kid across the bridge linking Morehead City with Atlantic City. But it’s not the first race…

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Do one thing: Watch those added sugars

Overhauling one’s diet can be overwhelming, what with every little nutritional nuance to keep tabs on. This week, instead of trying to ride herd over every aspect of your eating, focus on one: added sugars. A study presented at the American Heart Association’s recent Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism/Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention 2011 Scientific Sessions underscores what shouldn’t be surprising: added sugars contribute to weight gain. Data accumulated as…

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