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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

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Get set up to cook in the backcountry

A crash course in choosing a backpacking stove and safely treating water on the trail will be offered 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. 

Choosing the right stove can be overwhelming — the class will help by introducing the basic types of stoves and how to use them, as well as the pros and cons of different fuel types, stove styles and applications for cooking. Effective treatment of water for drinking and cooking will also be covered. 

$5. Organized by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. Register online at 828.200.3345.


Trail maintenance volunteers sought

A monthly Saturday trail maintenance hike is launching in Franklin, with the first work hike planned for Saturday, Feb. 25. 

For years, the Nantahala Hiking Club ran a monthly maintenance hike on Saturdays, but the event lapsed about four years ago. Bringing it back will give working folks a chance to do their part to support Western North Carolina’s hiking trails.

The group will leave at 9 a.m. from the NHC clubhouse at 173 Carl Slagel Road in Franklin and return around 4 p.m. No experience is required, but participants should bring water, lunch, work gloves and work clothes. The outing will include up to 4 miles of hiking. Youth welcome with adult guardians. 

Register with Bill Van Horn, 828.369.1983. 

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