May 2020: Blue Ridge Classics

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On the Cover: “You never know where you will end up after a long day of slacklining and hiking, but spending the night on top of the Chimneys with your best friends, your dog, the mountains and stars, well that makes it all worthwhile.” Kyle and beloved dog Ziggy, who joined him on all his outdoor escapades, camping at the Chimneys in Linville Gorge. Photo by Justin Costner. (@justincostner)


Quick Hits
Best Adventure Colleges 

The Goods
Gear favorites that are quickly becoming new classics. 

A successful trail runner is humbled by a return to Mt. Mitchell. 

Trail Mix
The time to help musicians by buying an album is now. Check out a handful of stellar new releases.


How the Outdoor Industry Adapted
Hit hard by the economic impacts of the coronavirus, outdoor guides and businesses have quickly made changes to stay afloat and assist in the production of personal protective equipment. 

Blue Ridge Classics
We’re stuck at home but still dreaming about future adventures. We celebrate five favorites that we’re missing the most. Plus, readers share photos from the region’s top scenic spots.

Back to the Land
Meet grassroots organizers in Southern cities reconnecting residents to nature through food.  

Three Bikepacking Routes
Ride far into the backcountry on a Blue Ridge bikepacking trip. 

What I Learned about Water
A trip to West Virginia’s world famous International Water Tasting reveals a need to protect safe access to an essential natural resource. 

Cover photo by Joshua Ness, courtesy of Unsplash.

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