Adventure Carolinas: Your Go-To Guide for Multi-Sport Outdoor Recreationby Joe Miller
Have you ever wanted to take up a new outdoor sport but thought, "Not me" or "Where do I begin"? In this unique take-it-with-you guide, outdoors and fitness writer Joe Miller introduces you to sixteen adventure sports in the Carolinas, from water to land and through all four seasons. No matter where you live or what your level of expertise may be, he will lead you
Have you ever wanted to take up a new outdoor sport but thought, "Not me" or "Where do I begin"? In this unique take-it-with-you guide, outdoors and fitness writer Joe Miller introduces you to sixteen adventure sports in the Carolinas, from water to land and through all four seasons. No matter where you live or what your level of expertise may be, he will lead you to opportunities that range from beginner level to peak experience and equip you with the tools and courage to get outdoors and enjoy nature in new and exciting ways. For each experience, Miller includes location, how to start, associated costs, organizations that can help you begin, physical and mental demands of each activity, and whether the activities are seasonal or competitive.
Activities include mountain biking, flat-water and whitewater paddling, scuba diving, climbing, backcountry exploration, skiing, snowboarding and tubing, kiteboarding, hang gliding, and ziplining.
Miller (Backpacking North Carolina) covers a lot of territory in a compact book, discussing the many opportunities for participation in outdoor sports in North and South Carolina. Though most of the sports that the author outlines can be thought of as "extreme," the book is not written for adrenaline junkies. Miller begins with one chapter each on what he calls the "big six adventures" (hiking and backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, flat-water paddling, whitewater paddling, and scuba diving). Each chapter includes a true story from Miller's experiences, destinations for the sport, how to start, cost, organizations, required commitment, physical and mental demands, seasonality, available competition, suggestions for similar activities, and locations outside the Carolinas that cater to the sport. A map is included with each chapter, with sport-specific locations indicated. In the final chapter Miller briefly discusses ten additional sports (downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, hang gliding, ziplining, geocaching, and caving). VERDICT For anyone with an interest in outdoor sports in the Carolinas, particularly those who are not already experts. The title is geared toward residents of the Southeast but is not exclusive of others.—Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL
What People are Saying About This
This book will be particularly valuable to any North Carolinian or South Carolinian who wants to find a way to participate in an adventure sport in his or her own backyard. It is a terrific guide for how to get started in a new activity close to home, with practical start-up information.Vicky Jarrett, former editor-in-chief, Our State
Meet the Author
Joe Miller writes the blog getgoingnc.com and is author of Backpacking North Carolina. In addition to being a hiker and backpacker, Miller is an avid cyclist, a skier-turned-snowboarder, a paddler, a runner, a certified scuba diver, and a longboard skateboarder. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.
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