Cover Illustration Courtesy of Kevin Howdeshell

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S NOTE

ALS is taking Royce Cowan’s body but not his adventurous spirit.

CONTRIBUTOR QUESTION

Tell us about your worst gear mishaps.

QUICK HITS

11-year-old completes running streak for friend with cancer Cyclist sues runner 220-mile art expedition down the Hooch

THE DIRT

Green River Games Road-kill cookoff Cyclocross championships headed to Biltmore Estate

FEATURES

TOP TOWNS 2016

Over 100,000 votes poured in for 48 favorite adventure hubs—mountain biking meccas, whitewater oases, climbing paradises, and hiking nirvanas with vibrant outdoor communities. Which three towns took the crown?

MUDDY TIRES AND THE MANSION

The city of Asheville will host the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships at the Biltmore Estate January 4-10.

PEAK GEAR AWARDS

We asked the region’s top experts and outdoor adventurers—including a few of our very own BRO athletes—to select the gear they simply can’t live without.

FINDING LOVE ON THE TRAIL

Why couples that hike together stay together.

BASED IN THE BLUE RIDGE

Go local with your gear dollars. BRO editors select their favorite products from top regional outdoor companies.

POWER OF THE PEAK

Brad Stulberg searches science and spirit to uncover why mountains move us.

TRAIL MIX

New Albums from Former Collaborators Ryan Adams and David Rawlings