Welcome to the High Country Hikers' Web Site. One of the advantages of being in Western North Carolina is being able to experience the marvelous hiking in the area. Another is socializing with the fascinating people who live and visit here. Our club attempts to capitalize on both of these things by scheduling organized group hikes near Hendersonville, NC. Weather permitting, we hike twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Hikes vary from easy 4 or 5-mile events to strenuous 12 or 13-mile treks. Some days more than one hike is offered.
All that we ask of participants is that they join us in following a few common sense guidelines designed to ensure that every one has a fun and safe hike.
Know and conform to your physical capabilities. Hiiking on mountain trails is not the same as walking in a subdivision or on a track. Footing is sometimes difficult and ascents may be steep.
2. Wear hiking boots that are well broken in; they
should have heavy tread and good ankle
support. Wear socks that absorb moisture. A
name tag is desirable so that we can learn your
name faster. Carry a day pack or fanny pack
for accessory items.
3. Dress in layers so you can add or subtract as
4. Bring rain gear, a trail lunch, adequate liquids
(at least 1 quart), insect repellent, and
medication if allergic to insect bites. You
should also carry a signal whistle. A hiking
stick is another option that you might want to
5. Bring an aluminized/mylar hypothermic
6. Have information with you regarding who
should be contacted, and how, in case of
emergency. Also have the Club's medical
form completed and with you on each hike.
(These are short forms available from the
leader at the start of each hike. Their purpose
is to alert medical teams to any special
allergies, medications or conditions that might
affect your treatment in case of an accident.)
7. At the start of a hike, read and sign the
attendance and disclaimer record.
8. On the trail, stay between the leader and the
sweep. Keep the person ahead of you in sight
at all times. If they do get out of sight, whistle
once to signal the group to wait for you. If you
have a serious problem blow three times.
9. Pack out what you pack in.
10. Reimburse the club or individual for any
medical, or other supplies, which you use.
11. Bring a change of shoes for after the hike so that
you don't bring mud into the car.