Weather Basics for Planning Outdoor Trips

Weather is unpredictable, but with a little practice, you can make informed decisions about when to continue your trip, and when to reschedule. Admit it. You’ve canceled trips because of the rain. Maybe you were hyped, ready to hike or paddle, but the weather app flashed “60% chance of rain” and you bailed. Stayed inside. […]

Staff Spotlight: Simon Sexton

Simon Sexton The Value of Summer Camps Many paddlers find their way to working in the outdoor industry in an organic manner. Rarely is it simply responding to a job post. Frequently, it’s either a mentor or an adventure trip that points them towards outdoor work. For Simon Sexton, that inspiration came in the form […]

Staff Spotlight: Ben Clarke

Meet our new Bynum Outpost Coordinator! Ben Clarke is one of the few kayakers who will admit to being “totally unabashed” about tubing. You read that right: tubing. Most kayakers would look down on trading their plastic boat for a tube, but not Ben, who tubes not only the Haw River but has braved Class […]

Go Camping Along the Haw River

You don’t have to drive to the mountains to get a remote camping feel. The Haw River Corridor offers several camping spots that provide a get-away-from-it all vibe while still being accessible to the NC Triad and Triangle areas.   Hike in. Paddle in. Either way, the Haw River has a spot for you to […]

Aldo Leopold: The Father of Wildlife Ecology

Nowadays, the ideas that living things are connected and that nature is a process of delicate balance may seem commonplace, but they were not always part of public consciousness. We now think of these things as the science of ecology, which has become the basis for much thinking about the natural world. Like many leaps […]

Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area

Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area Get hiking at Alamance County’s newest park! If you’re a hiker in central North Carolina, then you’ve probably checked out Occoneechee State Natural Area or Eno River State Park. They’re well-publicized local gems—just try finding a parking spot on the weekend!–but you may be overlooking some wonderful, less populated local […]

Paddling in Cold Weather: A Safety Guide

Winter paddling can be a lot of fun, but it requires more planning—and often, more gear—to ensure a safe trip. To newer paddlers, canoeing and kayaking may seem like warm weather sports, but those who have been paddling awhile know that colder months bring some of the best water levels to their favorite rivers. If […]

Hiking: A Beginner’s Guide

Hiking is a wonderful way to experience nature. Wherever you live, make the most of your local trails with these safety tips to ease into a new hobby. Choose a Place to Hike Hiking trails are not always well publicized, but there are probably more in your area than you realize.  A simple Google search […]

Braiding Sweetgrass: Learn to Love Plants with Robin Wall Kimmerer

If you like plants, or if you’ve wanted to develop a stronger relationship with the natural world, then check out Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants.  Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Readers appreciate […]

The Bald Eagle: An American Symbol

A National Symbol of Strength and Pride In the United States, probably no other bird is weighted with as much symbolic meaning as the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Even John James Audubon, in his Ornithological Biography, cannot restrain himself from linking the bird with the young country. Whereas most entries in this book trend towards […]