Chasing the Light

Fall is a time of loss. Trees lose their leaves. Days lose the light. The temperature drops. Our energy often mimics the season, diminishing as winter approaches. Simultaneously social calendars tend to increase after Thanksgiving. The combination can lead to a disconnect from the natural light that is responsible to giving us the very energy we need to thrive during the holiday season.

Don't forget to pack a sleeping bag! We have Marmot sleeping bags for the whole family available to rent at TB&C. 

Don't forget to pack a sleeping bag! We have Marmot sleeping bags for the whole family available to rent at TB&C. 

As our lives become busier and our days truncate, chasing the light becomes ever more important. Stepping away from the blue light of our screens to immerse ourselves in the glow from the sun rejuvenates not just the body but replenishes the light that is within all of us. In this season of loss, don't let your inner light diminish. Carve out time for yourself and those you love to be in the light together.

The Arc'teryx Atom LT jacket is a favorite among staff and customers. 

The Arc'teryx Atom LT jacket is a favorite among staff and customers. 

A quality jacket, good friends and a campfire make all the difference for staying warm on your winter adventures. The coziness you feel by your fireplace is just as accessible under the stars with the right layers. Hot cocoa cooked on a campfire tastes even better cooked on a camp stove served in an enamel mug that warms your hands as you savor the chocolatey goodness. Quality gear empowers us to create comfort outdoors in any season, especially if you are lucky enough to call North Carolina home. 

Check out this Eno River State Park camp site complete with Eno hammocks for sunshine relaxing. 

Check out this Eno River State Park camp site complete with Eno hammocks for sunshine relaxing. 

Below is a packing list of things we recommend for fall/winter camping and a list of nearby fun places to camp with your family and friends. TB&C has an extensive rental program and apply half the cost of your rental toward the purchase of a brand new version of the product! 

Taking in the view. Osprey packs are great for weekend getaways to pack all your gear for optimal comfort on the trail. 

Taking in the view. Osprey packs are great for weekend getaways to pack all your gear for optimal comfort on the trail. 

Favorite Local Camping Spots Within 45 Minutes of Carrboro, N.C. 

Eno River State Park 

Jordan Lake Recreation Area 

Winter Camping Packing List

Outerwear 

    waterproof jacket

    insulated jacket (Arc'teryx Atom pictured above is a great choice for every adventure)  

    fleece jacket or wool sweater

    synthetic or softshell quickdry pants

    fleece/insulated pants

Base Layer  (synthetic or wool) 

    heavy weight bottoms (opt)

    heavy weight top (opt)

    midweight top

    midweight bottoms

    long sleeve T-shirt

    underwear

    sports bra

Accessories 

    wool or fleece hat

    neck gaiter - we love Buffs! (opt)

    mid-weight wool or fleece gloves

    heavy weight wool or fleece mittens (opt)

    synthetic liner gloves (opt)

Footwear 

   closed-toe, supportive hiking shoes 

   wool Socks

Extras 

    sun hat

    bandanna

Gear 

    down or synthetic sleeping bag (-20° to 20°F) - available to rent at TB&C

    inflatable sleeping pad OR closed-cell foam sleeping pad - available to rent at TB&C

    eating utensils, bowl, and insulated mug

    headlamp/flashlight w/extra batteries and bulb

    water bottle

    pocket knife or multitool

    sunglasses

    personal first-aid kit with personal medications

    sunscreen (SPF 15+)

    lip balm (SPF 15+)

    toilet paper and trowel

    camp chair (opt) 

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Thanks to Jake Axelbank for sharing photos of his winter adventures in N.C. 

We would LOVE to hear what your essential winter camping items are and/or your favorite local spot for a night under the stars. Share by commenting below and enter to win a TB&C T-shirt. 

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