A Blue Ridge boater notches a first descent of the Congo River—a maelstrom of water tornadoes, crocodiles, and continuous class v rapids. But the scariest moments weren’t on the water.

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Skate Skiing the Sods The snow is hard and icy, and I’m flying through woods on the verge of out of control. The skate skis on my feet are super skinny, have almost no edges, and feel like ballet shoes. I’m miles from a trailhead somewhere way back in the Dolly Sods Wilderness of eastern…

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