Read the issue here! On the cover: Illustration by Kevin Howdeshell of the Brave Union. Departments Field Notes Volunteers maintain trails in the Blue Ridge, and they could use your help. The Studio Meet two Southern bakers bringing nature-inspired artistry to every bite. The Out and Back Why the Blue Ridge needs a good ski bar. The Goods Our big annual gear gift guide. Trail Mix New music from Deer Tick, Wild Pink, and Lucy Dacus. Features Top Adventure Towns Hot spots with easy access to the outdoors and vibrant local culture. Brew and Views Best scenic craft breweries in the Blue Ridge. New Heights After losing her hand in an accident, a successful chef becomes a climber. OBX: North to South No Thanksgiving plans? Try this crowd-free road trip on the Carolina coast. The Battle Over Horseshoe Crabs These ancient animals that have saved human lives are in trouble. Gear up Fall Giveaway Win gear from Super Sparrow, American Backcountry, ENO, Watershed, Sylvan Sport, Baltoro Impertro, and Recover Sport Elite.