Tag Archives: night hike

This weekend: A Day to Get Out and Celebrate Mother Earth 

A previous night hike at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

It’s little surprise that there’s lots going on in the great outdoors this Earth Day weekend. Saturday alone (the actual Earth Day), the N.C. Office of Environmental Education lists more than 50 events on its calendar. Lots to choose from; here are some we especially like. read more

Your weekend: Night hike, fun run, bike with the stars

Raccoons love the night life. Photo courtesy dailyraccoons.tumblr.com
Raccoons love the night life. Photo courtesy dailyraccoons.tumblr.com

Another gorgeous fall weekend is on tap, one good for a night hike, a fun run or a mountain road ride with the best in the cycling business.


As daylight continues to dwindle, so, we assume, do our opportunities for outdoor adventure, especially during the work week. But did you know that not all of the natural world goes to sleep when the sun goes down? In fact, for some, sunset means it’s time to rise and shine. read more

This weekend: Cool paddles, night hikes

You know you had a good weekend — and a three-day one at that — when you start planning the coming weekend on Tuesday. So much to do as the weather warms, so little time to plan for it.


Deep down, you really do have a sense of adventure. All you need is a little push to let it bloom, a knowledgeable, supportive guide to help you test the waters. And who could be better at providing such a reassuring introduction into the wild than a state park ranger? read more

Gear I use: Headlamps

The Dorcy: Resting on my sleeping pad after some bedtime "Wild."

I love to do stuff in the dark. I also love to see what I’m doing when I do stuff in the dark.

Thus, over the years I’ve become a fan of powerful headlamps — powerful headlamps that don’t cost a powerful lot.

Actually, “powerful” isn’t always what I need. When I’m mountain biking, yes. I like a torch that maintains a solid, wide, bright beam: At 20 miles per hour, the last thing I need on a windy, twisty, rocky, rooty trail is a surprise hiding in the shadows. But for hiking and backpacking, our focus today, I want a lamp that lets me confidently navigate the trail, but also doesn’t obliterate the cozy experience of a night hike. read more