North Carolina Outdoor Guide and Carpenter inspired by Inuit Craftsmanship In 1950, the Canadian government forciblyremoved thousands of Inuit from their ancestral homeland. From this tragic epoch emerged the tale of one elder who refused to leave. Hoping to ensure their grandfather’s compliance, relatives confiscated the old man’s tools. Unfazed, he snuck out of the…

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Michael John Ferraro bags a first descent of Bearwallow Falls and becomes the fifth paddler to plunge down Looking Glass Falls. If you dig WHITEWATER, you best remember the name Michael John Ferraro. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for this 22-year-old North Carolina boater. He’s making a name for himself as…

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How did downhill biking phenom Neko Mulally rediscover his mountain biking mojo? He built a bike park. A torrential downpour is pounding Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia, and there’s talk of canceling the men’s U.S. Nationals downhill championship, in which case podiums will be awarded based on Saturday’s qualifying runs. This should be welcome news…

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Blue Ridge Ride Centers

There’s a revolution taking place in the world of mountain biking. Moab and British Columbia’s North Shore are no longer the centers of the bike universe. Trail towns are popping up all over the country, in some pretty unlikely places. Destinations you’ve never heard of, like Anniston, Alabama, are increasingly appearing on bikers’ radars. Locally…

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Kevin Merrill is changing the way we see rivers. Kevin Merrill is happiest in a clear, flowing stream, poking around an eddy with a diver’s mask sucked tight against his face. He’ll lie perfectly still, sometimes for over an hour, until the fish get comfortable and swim right up to him. Merrill is founder of…

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In thisTrailblazer Tributes, we recount the legend of a Cherokee farmer who temporarily evaded capture during the Trail of Tears in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

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From mountain towns with punishing terrain and bars flanked by foam-pad-tailgates to urban jungles where bikers sport shoulder bags and chunder is a manhole, here are the Blue Ridge towns that bicycles love.

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