Clear the Way- Trail Building 101

Clear the Way- Trail Building 101

Have you ever thought about how a trail is actually created? When I first began hiking, I was far too consumed with my natural surroundings to consider the work put in to design and construct a trail. Then I spent a Sunday morning rerouting the Fiery Gizzard Trail with Team Green Adventures, and my outlook on hiking trails was changed forever.

Hiking trails do not just appear out of thin air. They are created with in-depth forethought and are paved by nature lovers abound. Designing a trail requires proper vision with the most sustainable route in mind. Think long-term. How can we design a trail so it can be used for the next 50+ years, with the minimal amount of maintenance needed to keep it safe and functional?

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Valentine’s Ideas for Active Procrastinators

Valentine’s Ideas for Active Procrastinators

So here we are, one week away from Valentine’s Weekend. If you’re like me, you probably lost track of time and have found yourself cutting it close without plans!

Don’t freak out.

It’s not too late to take advantage of some great deals for a fun-loving weekend with your sweetheart (or best friend)! This week’s Adventure Blog is a follow up to last year’s Valentine’s Dates for Outdoors Lovers blog (which still has some valid tips!)

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Our 20 Best Adventure Photos of 2015

Our 20 Best Adventure Photos of 2015

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll keep the intro short on this one. It’s always satisfying to look back on another year of adventures, Team Green’s 19th year to be exact, and take some time to think about the people we’ve met and the places we’ve been. To celebrate the year that was, here are our 20 best adventure photos from 2015:

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4 Cemetery Hikes to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

4 Cemetery Hikes to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

October is one of the most beautiful times of year to go hiking. From the vibrant fall colors to the pleasant temperatures, you really can’t go wrong by taking some time to hit the trails before winter sets in. To add an extra layer of intrigue to your hikes this week, check out a few of our local favorite cemetery hikes just in time for Halloween on Saturday!

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We’ll Take You 6 Feet Under… and More!

We’ll Take You 6 Feet Under… and More!

If you’re new to the Southeast, there are probably many geological features that shock you! I, for example, was shocked by the number of waterfalls in Tennessee, and it took me nearly 3 additional years to realize just how many caves we have access to! Some sources report there are as many as 9,600 known caves in Tennessee, and that doesn’t even take into consideration the caves only two hours from Nashville in Alabama and Kentucky!

Lightning 100’s Team Green Adventures not only explored one of these many caves in late July, we camped underground in it—an especially refreshing experience when cave temperatures remain a constant 54-57 degrees year-round! In the spirit of such an exhilarating adventure, this week’s Adventure Blog spotlights some of our favorite caves, and favorite cave features!

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Rustic Spring Getaways

Rustic Spring Getaways

Imagine yourself waking on a late spring morning, embers still crackling in the wood-burning stove and the sound of birds seeping through the open window. You throw on your hiking shorts and fleece pullover then step onto your patio, where you take a seat at the rocking chair and you think to yourself “which trail am I going to wander down today?”

There are three amazing lodges, only accessible by foot, that Team Green Adventures frequents for our spring and fall hiking getaways. This week’s blog gives you a taste of each!

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We’ve Got Your Back: Backpacking 101

We’ve Got Your Back: Backpacking 101

If you’re a good outdoorist, you can wing it on the trail with the resources around you. If you’re a great outdoorist, you’ll bring everything you need, packed to precision. Our goal at Team Green Adventures is to foster a community of great outdoorists, which is why we have several downloadable checklists on our resources page, and have partnered with Cumberland Transit for a series of eight Gear Workshops in 2015. Topics cover our region’s most popular recreations including backpacking, hiking, trail running, water treks, cycling, and rock climbing. Our first workshop, Backpacking 101, was a huge success (and we’ll offer it again on September 23rd). We not only learned which gear to bring, but how to pack it efficiently.

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