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.

Car Camping

By BRO Staff | 28 Oct 09
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Explore trail maps of the rarely hiked Citico Creek Wilderness and the popular Red River Gorge.

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Sleeping in Trees

By BRO Staff | 20 May 09
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Tired of camping on the ground? You’re not alone. Tree climbers have taken to sleeping high in the canopies of trees. Nestled in hammocks called “tree boats,” the climbers and their boats are secured to the limbs of the tree via ropes, and they swear that sleeping while suspended 60 feet off the ground is…

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Winter Gear Guide 2009: Winter Camping

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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If there’s one season when you need the right gear for your adventure, it’s winter. Don’t believe us? Try backpacking through Shenandoah National Park in February with a three-season tent and a 40-degree sleeping bag. Or go cross-country skiing wearing all cotton. Hitting the mountains during the winter with the wrong gear is a recipe for misery and potential disaster. But don’t fret. BRO’s 2009 Winter Gear Guide covers the full spectrum of winter goodies, from 0 degree sleeping bags to running tights to snowboards designed for terrain parks.

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Galactic Fireworks: Shooting Stars On Display This Month

By Beau Beasley | 01 Dec 08
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December is the darkest month of the year, with 31 days of overeating and overshopping. No wonder folks find it depressing. But for the pre-Industrial Revolution crowd, winter was a welcome respite. Shorter days meant less work. Fires and storytelling filled the nights. In the age of ESPN and MGM, we work long hours in…

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The Storm

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jun 08
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There’s no doubt about it: I thought we were going to die at the top of that mountain.

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CAMP SPOTLIGHT: Nature Camp

By BRO Staff | 01 Jan 08
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NATURE CAMP: Founded by the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs (VFGC) in 1942, Nature Camp offers an experience that is both rich in substance and firmly rooted in history. While costly infrastructure renovations caused the VFGC to close the premises in 2006, a faithful body of former campers, counselors and garden club members managed to…

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PACKED & READY FOR NEXT SUMMER

By BRO Staff | 01 Jan 08
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Packing for summer camp is a breeze and really boils down to a few, easy-to-remember rules. If you are a novice camp packer, some of these rules may come as a shock, but most experienced camp packers will undoubtedly give this list two-thumbs up!

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CAMP SMELL

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jan 08
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I’ve read that smell is one of the strongest associations we have to our memory. Just take a whiff of playdoh, Old Spice aftershave, and Tropicana tanning oil and you are sure to be playing in the back of the car on a beach trip with your Grandpa.

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DAY IN THE LIFE: CAMP CAROLINA

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jan 08
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The overall purpose of Camp Carolina is to make a boy’s summer camp safe, fun, memorable, and a valuable factor in his complete development. The philosophy of Camp Carolina centers around simplicity of life, importance of self-reliance, value of human relations, wonders of nature, respect for property and resources and the challenge of high adventure…

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CAMPS GUIDE

By BRO Staff | 01 Jan 08
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ACAC Adventure Central ACAC’s Sports Specific camps offer comprehensive instruction in all facets of the games combining specific skill development with agility, foot work and speed training. The sport-specific conditioning camps are ideal for those individuals of all ability levels who wish to increase performance for the upcoming season. Directors: Randy Eppard Address: 200 Four…

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CAMPS GUIDE GREEN RIVER PRESERVE

By BRO Staff | 01 Jan 08
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An expansive and highly diversified 3,400-acre haven awaits eager campers on private, protected land in Western North Carolina.

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NEWS OF THE WOOD

By BRO Staff | 01 Dec 07
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White & Wild: Winter Camping Tips

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Smokin’: Fastpacking the Smokies

By BRO Admin | 01 May 05
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The term “fastpacking” often conjures up images of Spandex-clad extreme athletes scurrying around, running out of food, getting lost, freezing at night and having an overall miserable, spartan experience (while having no money left over because they bought expensive lightweight gear). What I discovered on a southern Appalachian sojourn was that fastpacking is a lot easier, more relaxing, and more enjoyable than you might think.

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Beginner’s Guide: Backpacking

By BRO Admin | 01 Apr 05
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Backpacking beginner? Ask the Experts How do I decide what type of boots to buy? Different boots are compatible with different feet. Make sure you try on several pairs before making a selection. The best beginner boot is the one that fits you the best, and the one that is stable and strong. If your…

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The Ultimate Camping Cookbook

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 04
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Food. It may be the most important item you carry in your backpack, for without it you won’t have the energy to get over the next rise and make use of all the other gear you’ve brought along.

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