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USA BMX Blue Ridge Nationals coming to Lexington, VA

By BRO Admin | 23 Jan 20
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Photo courtesy of USA BMX USA BMX professional and amateur riders from all over the country will gather in Lexington, Virginia, at the Virginia Horse Center this weekend for the Blue Ridge Nationals including local riders Dallas Gardner, Dustin Hammond, Foster Chadek, Parker Respass and Zoe Dannenberg.   This weekend’s Blue Ridge Nationals also features…

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MOUNTAIN MEDICINE PART 7: If it Ain’t Broke

By Sarah Vogel | 14 Jan 20
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Click here to read the whole article Any good doctor, veterinarian, or mechanic understands that wellness isn’t just about fixing what’s already broken. Maintenance and preventative care are vital, if not the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.  My truck often gives me grief — unsurprising, considering its age and the odometer reading. Several…

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Snow in the South

By Randy Johnson | 13 Jan 20
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Aiming at the future. No wonder they called them snow guns. Photo: Beech Mountain Historical Society Who Would Write a Book About Snow in the South?  I would. Here’s Why. The South is the Rodney Dangerfield of ski regions—it never seems to get any respect. At least that’s the way I saw it back in…

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Winter Wonderlands | 4 Wild Winter Adventures

By Graham Averill | 07 Jan 20
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Four of our favorite winter backpacking trips, from overnighters to full blown three-day excursions.

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Mountain Medicine Part 6: How Nature Heals

By Sarah Vogel | 03 Jan 20
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Click here to read the whole article A Different Kind of Granny Witch No medicine, no hospitals, no doctors. That was life for early European settlers of the Appalachian mountains, and they preferred it that way. The fiercely independent Scotch-Irish immigrants wanted nothing to do with the ruling elite of the northern industrial cities and…

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Best of the Blue Ridge 2020

By Ellen Kanzinger | 02 Jan 20
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The sun rises over Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Best of the Blue Ridge photographer winner Leslie Restivo. DISCLAIMER: We are not affiliated with any company offering plaques or trophies. If you are contacted by people offering this, it is a scam. All winners can contact BRO for a certificate free of charge. 2020 Readers’ Choice…

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Mountain Mountain: Three Tips to Stick to Your Resolutions

By Ky Delaney | 29 Dec 19
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Make 2015 the year you stick to your New Year’s resolutions by following these three tips.

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Knoxville kayaker drowns in accident on Laurel River in Pisgah National Forest

By Kim Dinan + Shannon McGowan | 21 Dec 19
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Paddler on the Laurel River Photo Courtesy of Kevin Colburn Stewardship Director for American Whitewater Knoxville kayaker drowns in accident on Laurel River A Knoxville woman has died after a kayaking accident on the Laurel River in Pisgah National Forest. April Morton, 31, was a member of the Chota Canoe Club in Knoxville and considered…

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Outdoor Updates: Dominion Energy strikes deal to turn cow manure into energy

By Kim Dinan | 20 Dec 19
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Dominion Energy strikes deal to turn cow manure into energy Dominion Energy has entered into a $200 million pact with a renewable energy producer and the Dairy Farmers of American Inc. to extract natural gas from cow manure, the Wall Street Journal reports. The utility will fund construction of organic-waste processing facilities, connect the facilities…

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Dispatch from the Great Alabama 650

By Gerry Seavo James | 19 Dec 19
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The Alabama River near Clairborne Lock and Dam, one of the many obstacles competitors had to portage around during the event. Photo by Gerry Seavo James Paddlers Navigate Southern Waters During New Epic 10-Day Race Back in September a small group of some of the region’s toughest paddlers convened at Weiss Lake to start an epic…

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Mountain Medicine Part 5: Labyrinth

By Sarah Vogel | 17 Dec 19
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Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article The beeping of the EKG machines were testing the last remnants of my sanity. Chinese water torture in the form of sound, a shrill metronome marking the growing distance between myself and reality. Forty-eight sleepless hours in the ICU. I…

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Locally Made: Sewn on Solar

By Joe Potoczak | 16 Dec 19
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Employees at Organic Climbing’s facility in Philipsburg, Pa., sew bouldering pads, backpacks, bike bags, and chalk bags. Photo by Jarrod Bunk Organic Climbing makes sustainable gear in Pennsylvania “This whole roof is 5,000 square feet of them,” says Josh Helke, owner of Organic Climbing, as he looks up at the ceiling of the showroom, toward…

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Outdoor Updates: Georgia preserves 2,000-acres for critically endangered species habitat

By Kim Dinan | 13 Dec 19
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Photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife of Gopher Tortoise Georgia preserves 2,000-acres for critically endangered species habitat The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Open Space Institute announced two land acquisitions in southeast Georgia on Wednesday. The first property secures important habitat for the restoration of rare species, including the extremely rare plant, the…

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Mountain Medicine: Part 4 – This is Your Brain on Nature

By Sarah Vogel | 10 Dec 19
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Little Occoquan Run – Photo credit: Sarah Vogel Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article I dipped my paddle into the water. No rhythm — a couple of haphazard and lazy strokes every now and again was enough. Propel, drift, repeat. Occasionally, I made an effort to…

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A Personal Victory: Conquering King of the James

By Shannon McGowan | 04 Dec 19
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Photo by: Jesse Peters The King of the James has become a yearly tradition for my friends and I. It’s an Adventure Triathlon that celebrates the unique access we have to the outdoors living in a city as big as Richmond, Va. Racers mountain bike around 9.5 miles of single-track trail, run 4 miles of…

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