Posts Tagged ‘backpacking’

Eating MREs so you don’t have to

When I started writing about trails in the early’90s, my motto quickly became, “Getting lost, so you don’t have to.” It’s a philosophy I’ve stuck with as my scope has widened to encompass trying all kinds of things so you don’t have to. A year ago, I had a backpacking class that included three vets, a rarity because most ex-military I encounter have zero interest in voluntarily spending another night…

Movin’ on up with Big Agnes

The theme to The Jeffersons buzzed through my head as I laid back and took in the nylon ceiling. I may not have been moving on up to the East Side, but I was now laying in the tent of my dreams: the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2. One dee-lux tent, if ever I’d had one. I’m not one to obsess over outdoor gear. I approach gear as I approach…

The campfire: the Algonquin Round Table of the Outdoors

We love a good campfire after a long day on the trail. We love it for the light, which extends the day into night (especially welcome when the sun sets at 5 p.m.). We love it for the heat, without which we would be forced into our bags all the earlier. We love it for its s’more-making potential. Mostly, though, we love it for the stimulating conversation staring at flames tends…

The Uwharries, and other forgotten mountains

“These mountains are killing me.” I was glad to hear my new trail friend echo my thoughts. Glad as well to hear him refer to the Uwharries as “these mountains.” The Uwharries are typically referred to as mountains, though the “mountains” part is often uttered with an implied snicker. As in, They may be mountains in name, but they certainly aren’t the Appalachians. And they aren’t. But they are surprisingly…

In 2017, don’t just set a goal, set the ‘right’ goal

The following originally ran on Jan. 1, 2012. We rerun it today with minor tweaks. “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…

This fall, let GetGoingNC empower you on the trail

When we launched our GetHiking! program three years ago, the goal was to offer fledgling hikers  a supportive hiking environment and to expose more experienced hikers to new trails. Those remaining our overriding goals; we love hiking with you, and while we hope you love hiking with us, we realize that sometimes you’d rather hike alone, or perhaps expose less-experienced friends and family to the joys of hiking. That’s why…

‘He ate what!?’ Share your ‘telephone’ tales from the trail

Trail magic — folks leaving gifts of food and drink along the trail for distance hikers — is legendary among hikers. A phenomenon that may not be quite as well known is the notion of “trail telephone.” Monday, my stepdaughter returned from a month on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. As I sat crosslegged and rapt before her, she recounted tales from her trip: of the 30 bears she saw…

90 Second Escape: Scenes from the Trail

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…

GetBackpacking! Introduce yourself

Ever thought about backpacking? These five happy guys did, so they enrolled in our GetBackpacking! Intro to Backpacking program. After three training hikes, they graduated two weekends ago, with a two-night trip to South Mountains State Park. Check out their graduation weekend below. Joeagogo Then, if you’re so inspired, learn more about GetBackpacking! and sign up for our next session, by going here.

90 Second Escape: GetBackpacking! in winter on the Appalachian Trail

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…