Posts Tagged ‘Ultimate Hike’

90 Second Escape: A wet ‘n’ wild Ultimate Hike

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…

Ultimate Hike: the journey begins Saturday at Umstead

Two weeks ago, I told you about the Ultimate Hike. I may have written a reminder as well. In either event, here’s another, this one to remind you that the 2013 Ultimate Hike season begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at Umstead State Park. Ultimate Hike is the chief fundraiser for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. CureSearch is a nonprofit that traces its roots to 1987. Though its name has changed over…

An Ultimate reminder

Friday, I told you about an opportunity to make this fall truly epic by taking the Ultimate Hike. Yes, it sounds like the title of a bad reality TV show (oxymoron?) about five people who go on a hike — and only one comes back. In reality — real reality — it’s an opportunity to test yourself and help a bunch of kids in the process. Ultimate Hike is a…

Make this fall epic: Take the Ultimate Hike

Two weeks from Saturday I will stand in front of about 50 people at Umstead State Park and tell them that their lives are about to change in ways they can’t imagine. Those 50 folks will be about to take their first steps on an epic adventure called the Ultimate Hike. You could be one of them. Ultimate Hike is the chief fundraiser for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. CureSearch is…

Trailblaze Challenge: Make a wish come true

“Is this for Diane?” I drove to Greensboro last night to hear Diane Van Deren speak at the local Great Outdoor Provision Co., had arrived an hour early, but discovered the folding chairs supposedly set up for her presentation were nearly full. “This is for the Trailblaze Challenge,” a GOPC employee told me. “Diane is speaking after their meeting.” Trailblaze Challenge? That’s interesting, I thought. The Trailblaze Challenge is a…

The ultimate in hiking

The frustration of six miles on the trail, most of it in the dark, was beginning to show. “Why does this trail have to be so hard?” Kathy yelled. “Why does it have to be such a struggle?” The rage I could handle. Then came the tears. Time to kick into “trail ambassador” mode. “Hey, tell me again about that 12-hour training hike, the one that almost killed every one,”…

90 Second Escape: Ultimate Hike

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 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 fluorescent bulb. Today’s…

55 and going long

As I was poring over the results of Sunday’s Off Road Assault on Mount Mitchell, I was surprised to see that of the nearly 400 riders who finished the 63-mile race, only five were older than me. (I was less surprised that all five finished ahead of me.) Perhaps I shouldn’t have been; at 56 years of age, you might think that wisdom would finally overpower the need to punish…

Hiking long for a good cause

Last July 23, a Saturday, I was standing in front of about 40 people in the parking lot of Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. It was shortly before noon, the temperature was 101, and Allen Davis and I were on a 12-week mission to lead these hikers to ultragreatness. But first, we needed to lead them on a mile and a half march around the lake. “Follow me!”…

This weekend: Paddleboard, yoga hike, or take a mile-high hike with us

You could explore standup paddleboarding at Wrightsville Beach this weekend, you could take a  yoga hike near Charlotte. Or, you could join us on a GetGoingNC/NCHikes-sponsored, day-long hike along the mile-high portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail through the Pisgah National Forest. Coast You keep hearing about standup paddleboarding,  you keep meaning to find out more about it. You won’t find a much better opportunity than Saturday’s NC Surf to Sound…