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Women’s Wednesday: First mother-daughter team competes in Ironman World Championships

By Kim Dinan | 23 Oct 19
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KAILUA KONA, HAWAII – OCTOBER 12: Beth James and daughter Liza James of Team Liza compete in the Ironman World Championships on October 12, 2019 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN) First mother-daughter team competes in Ironman World Championships Beth James, 54, is one heck of an “Ironmom.” The triathlete…

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Outdoor Updates: Supreme Court to Hear Cowpasture Case

By Kim Dinan | 21 Oct 19
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Supreme Court agrees to hear Cowpasture case on how energy infrastructure is sited across the Appalachian Trail  On October 4, 2019, the Supreme Court decided to hear the appeal from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ on the Cowpasture River Reservation Association, et al. v. United States Forest Service case. The case addresses whether the…

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How the Nantahala River Overcame the Landslide

By Shannon McGowan | 17 Oct 19
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In late August 2019, a landslide interrupted the lives of many adventure seekers when it bombarded its way into the Nantahala River. The massive landslide caused by heavy rains created significant damage and debris blockages on US Highway 19/74 and the river, inevitably causing talk of closures and worry of the future of the river.…

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Outdoor Updates: High Bacterial Levels in French Broad River

By Kim Dinan | 16 Oct 19
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Asheville city officials will meet with state regulators to discuss high bacterial levels in French Broad River E.Coli levels in the French Broad River and surrounding lakes and streams peaked this summer at over 47 times EPA recommended levels. Of 28 testing sites on and near the French Broad River, 26 have shown unsafe levels…

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Outdoor Updates: FBI Employee’s death in Nantahala National Forest is considered suspicious

By Kim Dinan | 15 Oct 19
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FBI Employee’s death in Nantahala National Forest is considered suspicious, investigation launched into her death The death of an FBI Employee woman whose body was found October 7 in a remote area of North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest is considered suspicious, according to the District Attorney. The deceased woman, identified as Kathleen Polce Miller, was…

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A Race for the Crown: King of the James Adventure Triathalon

By Shannon McGowan | 14 Oct 19
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Above photo shows the class III paddling of King of the James: Photo by Keith Vincent Hear ye, hear ye! For it is time that the glorious King and Queen of thy mighty James relinquish their rights to the crown to once again challenge the brave athletes of the East for the glory. On the…

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Outdoor Updates: Dolphins in the Potomac River

By Kim Dinan | 14 Oct 19
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Dolphins are swimming, mating and birthing babies in the Potomac River While it’s still questionable whether the Potomac is safe for humans, one species of animal is thriving in the river waters: dolphins. In 2015, scientists counted nearly 200 bottlenose dolphins in a section of the river off of Virginia’s Northern Neck. This year, over…

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Clearing the Path: Behind the Scenes with the Trail Maintainers

By Ellen Kanzinger | 08 Oct 19
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Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Whether a trail is one mile or 1,000 miles, in a city or in the middle of a forest, someone has to take care of it. Someone has to clear the fallen trees after a storm or put in a water bar to mitigate erosion so you and I can get…

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Outdoor Updates: Evy Leibfarth of Bryson City, NC earns the U.S. two spots in the 2020 Olympics

By Kim Dinan | 07 Oct 19
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Leibfarth runs the Sava River during the World Cup in Tacen, Slovenia. / Photo by Jean Folger. Paddling sensation Evy Leibfarth of Bryson City, NC earns the U.S. two spots in the 2020 Olympics Evy Leibfarth, 15, of Bryson City, NC, has earned the United States a spot to compete for gold in both the…

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The 2019 Hiking Guide: Hike the Southeast

By BRO Admin | 04 Oct 19
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Photo by: Sam Dean Photography FROM CITY GREENWAYS TO REMOTE STRETCHES OF FOREST, GET OUTSIDE THIS FALL ON THE TRAILS OF THESE ICONIC SOUTHEAST HIKING DESTINATIONS. Hike miles of trails in one of Virginia’s state parks, including Shenandoah River State Park and Pocahontas State Park. Virginia State Parks Virginia is home to a variety of…

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Outdoor Updates: It’s Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week

By Kim Dinan | 04 Oct 19
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Here’s a reason to celebrate: It’s Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week You’ve probably heard of Shark Week but did you know that Katmai National Park in Alaska has Fat Bear Week— and it’s happening right now. What is Fat Bear Week, you ask? It’s the week each year when employees of the park ask…

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10 Backcountry Tips from the Road Team

By Road Team | 03 Oct 19
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Recently, on a four-day backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest, we had to do something that we’ve never done before. We bailed. We were about 18 miles into our 50-mile journey, It had been raining relentlessly since we broke camp that morning. We’re fairly comfortable outside in bad weather so when it started raining we…

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Mountain Getaway Guide: Unique Lodging of the Blue Ridge

By Ellen Kanzinger | 01 Oct 19
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The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca Rocks State Forest, W.VA., offers accommodations 65 feet off the ground. Whether you’re looking to make one last trip this fall or starting to make plans for next year, BRO set out to find getaways like no other in the region. Seneca State Forest (W.Va.) Built-in 1935 by…

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Outdoor Updates: The Blue Ridge Burn is this week!

By Shannon McGowan | 30 Sep 19
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The Blue Ridge Burn Run is happening in beautiful Walnut Creek Park This is the week we’ve all been waiting for… The Blue Ridge Burn is happening this weekend! We checked out the trails last week and can confirm it will be a gorgeous trail run through some splendid fall foliage. The Blue Ridge Burn…

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Outdoor Updates: The Fight for Climate Justice Continues

By Shannon McGowan | 27 Sep 19
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Climate Justice Protestors that “Shut Down” D.C. on Monday returned to the streets again this Friday Morning Global attention on climate justice has increased during the month of September due to the efforts of activists who fear climate change the most: children. Swedish Environmentalist Activist Greta Thunberg has turned a lot of heads to the…

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