Posts Tagged ‘Carolina Mountain Club’

This weekend: Walk/Run/Bike (and Hike/Paddle)

Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s — that’s the statewide forecast for this weekend. Our forecast? You’ll be out making the most of it. Coast You’ve got some paddling experience under your belt, on lakes, maybe a local river or two with a minimal current. You like the idea of paddling bigger water — the sounds and inlets — and while you’re confident in your skills, you’d still…

This weekend: Need incentive? We’ve got plenty

Sometimes you need a little motivation to jump-start your adventure engine. For those times, we’re here for you. Coast The best incentive to train for a marathon? Sample the atmosphere of a race. The live music (often), the camaraderie and support (always), the adrenaline, which gets you past “the wall” at mile 20. But GetGoingNC, you ask, how do you sample a marathon without actually running in one? By finding…

This weekend: Sun, warmth and the return Daylight Saving Time

Waterfalls abound at DuPont State Forest (photo courtesy of VisitNC.com)

Tired of the cold, wet and gray? This weekend promises at least a respite from our wearying winter. Plus, the outdoor adventurer’s old buddy, Daylight Savings Time, returns, gracing us with an extra hour of end-of-day daylight. Get out and take advantage: You never know how long it will last. Coast This may be hard to believe because of our ongoing cold, but the time is rapidly running out for…

This weekend: All hail March!

  Let March know you’ve been waiting for it with a big outdoor welcome this weekend. Paddle the month in at the coast, greet it from on high in the Piedmont, or acknowledge its arrival with a classic hike on the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs. Coast In winter, our adventures tend to be on foot. As the weather warms, though, we become more open to other modes of transport….

This weekend: Spring from winter

The pending changing of the seasonal guard is evident this weekend. At the coast we have a sweaty 5K that ends with a bracing dip in the brisk Atlantic Ocean; in the Piedmont, the Eno River Association’s weekly Winter Hike Series is drawing to a close; and in the mountains there’s the opportunity to hike in snow — in 50-degree temperatures. Coast Imagine a 5K where a major shock awaits…

This weekend: Escape the wintry mix (or embrace it)

One thing about the recent weird winter weather: the breaks are, mercifully, falling on the weekends. Our upcoming one, for instance, is supposed to be dry with temperatures that’ll defrost your winter-weary soul. At least in the Piedmont and at the coast. The mountains, on the other hand, promise more winter fun. Coast Even Carolina Beach, where you can find the occasional palm tree (albeit an immigrant) was icing over…

This weekend: Birding, hiking

North Carolina is forecast to be rainy in the east, sunny in the west. Either way, we’ve found plenty of incentive to get out this weekend. Coast Normally, we don’t get excited about hundreds of thousands of temporary visitors settling in for the season at the coast. But when the season is winter and the visitors are tundra swans, snow geese and assorted ducks, it’s a different story. Come to…

This weekend: Enjoy the warmth

After a week of cold and snow throughout much of the state, the swing continues, with unseasonably warm temperatures returning to North Carolina. Get out and warm your bones with a nice hike. Coast After a week of snow and cold, doesn’t it sound appealing to spend some time in a warm, muggy swamp? Sure it does, and you can, Saturday, at Goose Creek State Park near Washington (our Washington)….

This weekend: Cold stroke of fun

We’ve got hikes in the Piedmont (along the Eno River) and in the mountains (up Little Pisgah Mountain), and a hike, of sorts (walking on water counts, right?) at the coast. Coast The Cold Stroke Classic is on our “Pushing-The-Limits-But-Certainly-Doable” lifetime achievement list. Now in its sixth year, Cold Stroke lets amateurs and more competitive types compete in standup paddleboard racing, on protected waterways, at the coast, in winter. There’s…

This weekend: get out and enjoy the rain!

If you’ve got good rain gear, you’re in for a great weekend. One of this week’s picks even comes with coffee! Coast Tis the season to check out the bird life at the coast, where waterfowl from various points north  are congregating to spend the winter. With the skies so full of feathers, wouldn’t it be nice to know who’s who? Learn to identify the year-round residents and snowbirds at…