Earn gift certificate to Mast General Store by completing hikes

Published 9:14 am Friday, November 16, 2012

Complete eight hikes within
CMLC challenge

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) is challenging outdoor enthusiasts to support land conservation simply by hiking. The CMLC Hiking Challenge encourages all those who enjoy the beauty of western North Carolina’s mountains to explore and discover the breathtaking scenery of CMLC’s preserved lands, up close and personal.

“CMLC works very hard to protect our beautiful mountain lands and facilitate access for people to enjoy them. We believe that by getting out and exploring these places, you will discover why land conservation is so important,” said CMLC executive director Kieran Roe. “You’ll have a lot of fun doing it, too.”

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By completing just eight hikes among CMLC’s most spectacular conserved lands, hikers can earn rewards while having fun outdoors. Hikes range from easy to moderate difficulty and are one-quarter mile to 6 miles in length.

Those who complete eight hikes will earn a badge of honor: CMLC’s now regionally-famous white squirrel embroidered hiking patch. The white squirrel represents the local wildlife oddity unique to Henderson and Transylvania counties, CMLC’s primary protection areas. Those who complete the Challenge will also earn a $10 gift certificate for free hiking gear at the Hendersonville location of the Mast General Store. Hikes may be completed at the participant’s own pace and schedule, and there is no deadline to complete the eight hikes. Challenge hikes may be completed individually or as part of monthly guided outings led by CMLC staff and volunteers.