Posts Tagged ‘Great Outdoor Provision Co.’

October: made for hiking

Some rue the passing of summer, some despair over the approach of winter. Others — hikers — revel in the fact it’s October. With cooling temperatures, generally sunny skies, dry air and the natural world in transition, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be on the trail. Early in the month, the change begins on mountain peaks above 5,000 feet. As the days progress, the palette of autumn…

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…

It’s Summer!

Summer, it officially begins bright and early (6:51 a.m.) Saturday morning. To ensure that you’re prepared we’ve assembled a list of resources to help you figure out how to best capitalize on the solstice with the mostest. Paddling Rent a boat: Don’t have a canoe or kayak (or stand-up paddleboard)? No problem. We’ve found 52 places across North Carolina where you can rent a canoe, kayak or SUP — and…

GetHiking! Take a hike with us

For nearly four years, we’ve been telling you about how you can be more active. Now, we’re going to take you out and show you. In September, we’ll launch our GetHiking! program in partnership with Great Outdoor Provision Co. Throughout the fall, GetHiking! will conduct weekly hikes, most in the Triangle, some to North Carolina’s more distant hiking treasures. Our goal is two-fold. One, to take those of you who…

Get Hiking with GetGoingNC and Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Since I started GetGoingNC in 2009, I’ve mostly told you about ways you can stay fit and healthy. Today, I’m adding a twist. When it comes to hiking, instead of telling, I’m going to start showing. I’m going to make you a map, meet you at the trailhead and start going out in the woods with you. Introducing GetHiking! GetHiking! is a 12-week program we’re launching in partnership with Great…

Another pitch for the weekend

Looks like a hit, dry weekend over much of the state, with temperatures suitable for doing a raft of activities. Rafting, for instance, which I would be doing if I were in Charlotte, where the mercury is supposed to hit 97 Sunday. Sounds like a good reason to visit the National Whitewater Center. Other thoughts (in addition to yesterday’s suggestions): Dry weather bodes well for dry trails and mountain biking….

Eastern NC paddling: paradise (finally) found

The following is part of GetGoingNC.com’s ongoing collaboration with Great Outdoor Provision Co. To keep reading, click on “Keep reading here.” You’ll be taken to the rest of the story, plus a list of 10 Can’t-Miss Paddling Destinations in Eastern North Carolina. Until recently, Eastern North Carolina’s greatest asset as a paddling destination was also its greatest drawback. Its well-kept secrets were a little too well kept. The vast, expansive…

This weekend: Paddle up!

Paddle a swamp, paddle someone else’s boat, paddle a dragon. Coast There’s great cache in being able to say you paddled the Great Dismal Swamp. After all, people have gone into the massive wetland in the northeast corner of the state (and southeast Virginia) and never come out. On Saturday’s Kayaking the Canal paddle at Dismal Swamp State Park you can earn both Dismal bragging rights and, since it’s ranger-led…

90 Second Escape: The boat (& board) demo

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…

Fly fishing clinic hooks more than a trout

I used to think ski instructors were the most patient people around. That based on having myself tried to teach a friend or two to ski, and constantly being baffled by their inability to grasp a concept as simple as the snowplow: Pinch your knees in, weight the inside edge of your skis, turn. What could be more simple — SO WHY DON’T YOU GET IT? Sorry. Didn’t mean to…