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We have a winner in the back-to-school giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the Centsible Saver giveaway for the Five Below back-to-school gift pack.

The winner, chosen at random, is: myabert.

Congrats. Watch for an email from me so I can get your contact information to mail you the backpack and the rest of the goodies.

Don't forget to enter my back-to-school giveaway

A reminder: You've got until noon Thursday to enter my Five Below back-to-school giveaway.

Grandfatherly (Mountain) advice?

I'm heading up to Grandfather Mountain Friday afternoon to backpack. Anyone have any suggestions on how to approach Grandfather for a backpack trip. My plan is to leave around noon, hopefully be on the mountain 4ish. I need to head back Sunday morning and would like to cover as much of the mountain as possible. Will entertain suggestions for both establishing a base camp and doing day hikes, or doing the entire mountain with a 40-pound pack. Also: I've never hiked here before.

Thoughts?

 The top of Grandfather Mountain, where it's supposed to be warmer this weekend. (Photo by Hugh Morton.)

Backtracking on backpacking Grandfather Mountain

Are we going to let a little snow, ice, wind and cold stop us? Heck, yes!

Burt Kornegay's tips on trips

Slickrock Expeditions' Burt Kornegay is in town. Here's a sneak peak at what he'll be discussing.

Burt Kornegay: The guiding life

The man who is Slickrock Expeditions shares his likes (happy campers), his dislikes (unhappy campers) and more.

Burt Kornegay: A paradise lost, a paradise gained

Tags: backpack | camp | canoe | hike

Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., Slickrock Expeditions owner and chief guide Burt Korengay will share tales from 25 years on the trail — both canoe and hiking — at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Cameron Village.
In advance of his visit, GOGF is celebrating Three Days of Burt. Today:
How does a guy get the idea to make a living by taking other people out
into the woods.

Live, at REI, it's thru-hiking the AT!

Tags: AT | backpack | hike

Paul Graff's one-man show on how to thru-hike America's favorite trail continues its Triangle engagement Thursday night at the Durham REI.

Backpacking: Planning a weekend assault on Linville's east rim

Almost as much fun as the trip itself, is planning it.

Sprechen zie Garmin?

Tags: backpack | gps

I've invested in exciting new technology! Heeeeeeellllllp!

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