Take a hike! No, seriously. If you’re looking for a fun way to get outdoors and fulfill that fitness resolution, you should consider hiking. We sat down with John Millsaps of Great Outdoor Provision Co. to talk about the great outdoors.
WHAT DOES GREAT OUTDOOR PROVISION CO. PROVIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?
In addition to our wide selection of clothing and equipage engineered for life outside we offer a number of opportunities to test them out. Depending on the season our activities range from hiking clinics, to fly fishing classes, and on-water paddlesports demonstrations in the spring.
One of the opportunities we’re highlighting for 2016 is our GetHiking! Triangle meet up community. Along with Joe Miller of GetGoingNC.com the goal of this project is to get folks excited about exploring some of NC’s most wonderful places on foot. We’re also working with Make-A-Wish Eastern NC as they kick off their inaugural Trailblaze Challenge, which is set for Memorial Day weekend. We’re actually hosting an info session at the shop on Saturday January 30, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TRY HIKING?
Go for it! And to boost your confidence, come by and talk with our expert staff about any questions you may have. There are so many great hiking opportunities around the Triangle, like Umstead State Park, and the Mountains to Sea Trail at Falls Lake, both of which offer trails that are perfect for folks that are just starting. For the best hiking advice, come by the shop and ask for Jaala. She’s completed both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail with plans to tackle the Continental Divide Trail as well!
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY PERSONALLY ABOUT HIKING?
That’s an easy answer. My favorite part of hiking is the escape that it brings. We’re all constantly plugged into our phones, our laptops, and the fast-paced digital world we live in. But the deeper you trek into the woods the more those distractions seem to fade. If you’re looking for a challenge in your focus on fitness this year, I believe that hiking will enhance your life physically, mentally and spiritually.
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So, if you’re looking to unplug out of technology and tap into nature, take a visit to the Great Outdoor Provision Co. and see all they have to offer.