Camping

Whether you’re tackling your first car camping experience with the kids or looking for a new backcountry spot, load up the tent and head out with Blue Ridge Outdoors’ guides to sleeping under the stars. You’ll find the latest in gear, camping spots, and safety tips to make your next trip a memorable one.

Know Before You Go: Practice Safety This Winter

By BRO Admin | 21 Nov 19
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With winter fast approaching, the U.S. Forest Service urges outdoor enthusiasts to ‘Know Before You Go” and follow simple tips to stay safe when visiting the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests during the colder months. “The forests can provide stunning scenery and recreational opportunities during the winter, but it is important to be…

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Gear On The Go: August 2019

By Road Team | 15 Aug 19
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This month has been a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least. We’ve covered a lot of miles and visited some of our favorite Colorado mountain towns. The days are still hot, but the mountain nights are starting to get that familiar chill in the air. Last night, in Crested Butte (where we’ve set…

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For the Next Generation of Adventurers

By Road Team | 01 Aug 19
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This September Roxy will be hiking around The Three Sisters in Oregon to raise money for The Cairn Project.

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How Carvins Cove became a Recreation Mecca

By Dick Howard | 09 Jul 19
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A small landslide on a crude social trail at Roanoke, Virginia’s Carvins Cove Reservoir in 1997 was the first in a chain of events that culminated about 20 years later in the Roanoke area being able to proudly call itself  “America’s Mountain Bike Capital of the East”. What happened in the next few years after…

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Road Warriors

By Ellen Kanzinger | 02 Jul 19
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Have you ever wanted to just head out onto the road and see where life takes you? BRO talked with some people who did just that. We found out how they are traveling, what they wish they had known before starting their trip, and the things they left behind for a life on the road. …

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Happy Birthday West Virginia!

By BRO Admin | 20 Jun 19
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Every year on June 20th, the Mountain State celebrates a very special day – its birthday! This year West Virginia is turning 156 years old. How much do you know about the east coast’s best-kept secret? West Virginia is home to… Nearly 50 state parks and forests. Outdoor adventure of all kinds can be found all…

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Summer Camp for kids who are blind

By Melissa Stanz | 13 Jun 19
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Zip, hike, raft, wade Summer vacation—it’s something almost every school-age kid eagerly anticipates. But that wasn’t the case for Sam Chandler at age 11. Sam’s been nearly blind since he was very young—he has no vision in the left eye and 20/1600 in the right eye. That means that what he can see at 20 feet, the…

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Hometown Heroes

By Ellen Kanzinger | 05 Jun 19
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Locals reveal their favorite spots for in-town adventure It’s five o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon. You want to get outside after a long day of work or classes, but you don’t have the time to drive two hours to your favorite hike or crag. Athletes and adventurers from across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast show us…

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Keeping it in the Family

By Ellen Kanzinger | 02 Apr 19
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Outdoor parents share their tips and tricks for adventures with kids. Before each backpacking trip, Nick Brooks would take out all of his gear for the weekend and lay it out in the hallway.  As a self-described “gear head to the core,” this was his way of making sure all of the equipment, from his…

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Linville Gorge: A Sparkle of Rekindled Joy

By Emily Powers | 21 Mar 19
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“It’s the closest you can get to God – a place where you can talk about all your hopes, fears, and dreams,” Dad said. That faraway gaze sprinkled with a sparkle of rekindled joy in his eyes was becoming more familiar these days as he reflected and reminisced of past memories – memories of a…

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All-Women Adventure Film Festival Heads to Brevard, NC in April

By Kim Dinan | 18 Mar 19
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No Man’s Land Film Festival, the premier all-women adventure film festival, is coming to Western North Carolina for the second year in a row. The festival features short films about inspirational women showcasing a wide array of women-identified athletes and adventurers. The April 3 screening in Brevard, NC will take place at Oskar Blues Brewery…

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Yosemite’s lottery for Half Dome opening + Great Smoky Mountains NP asks volunteers to ‘Adopt-a-Plot’

By Kim Dinan | 06 Mar 19
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Yosemite’s lottery for Half Dome hiking permits opens March 13 Yosemite’s lottery for permits to hike Half Dome was supposed to take place on March 1 but has been postponed until March 13. That means it isn’t too late to enter your name for a chance to hike Half Dome this year. Hikers come from…

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The Science of Awe

By Wally Smith | 28 Feb 19
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Awesome: The Surprising Science Behind How We Experience the Outdoors A cold front is sweeping over Pickem Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest, blasting a gale-force wind through the cliffs crowning its summit. The weather has my attention, but the trio of kids I’m hiking with are too busy to notice. They’ve got other business.…

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Wheel Life: Steve Yocom

By Shannon McGowan | 22 Feb 19
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When chasing your dreams, Steve Yocom figured out that you can catch them with a set of wheels. Professional photographer Steve Yocom lives a life of passion and adventure across the country. Living by his life motto, “Collect memories not stuff,” and with not much more than his camera and truck, he travels to some…

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Summer Camps for Everyone

By Ellen Kanzinger | 15 Feb 19
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New programs are making camps more accessible and affordable Hannah Sjovold credits the Blue Sky Fund Outdoor Leadership Institute for helping her “develop who I am and who I want to be.” Blue Sky Fund brings youth from all over Richmond, Va. together through outdoor adventure and service. Rising ninth through twelfth graders spend a…

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