Magazine

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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2020 Race and Event Guide

By BRO Admin | 07 Jan 20
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JANUARY 2020  Merrell Hike Series January 25 Elk Knob State Park, N.C. Join Merrell and Mast General Store on a winter hike in Elk Knob State Park. You will have the opportunity to try out new hiking styles from Merrell on the Summit Trail, which is 3.8 miles round trip. Visit the Facebook event for…

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January – February 2020: Best of the Blue Ridge

By BRO Admin | 03 Jan 20
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Features Best of the Blue Ridge Readers pick their favorite race, faces, and places in the region. Snow in the South Thirty-three years after publishing Southern Snow: The Winter Guide to Dixie, author Randy Johnson reflects on the cult classic, which has just been reissued with a second edition.  The Slopes on a Budget Determined…

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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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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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THE BEST WINTER GEAR OF 2019

By Doug Schnitzspahn | 18 Dec 19
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It’s time to restock your closet with skis, boards, snowshoes, shells, and extras that will improve your game, uplevel your look, and keep you cozy on the slopes and in the backcountry this winter. Alpine Ski Nordica Enforcer 88 Meet your new do-it-all ski. With a wood core and snappy turning power, this beast can…

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Gift Ideas for Gearheads

By Jedd Ferris | 17 Dec 19
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The holidays are fast approaching. Here’s a shortlist of gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life. Blundstone Originals 500 There’s a reason these boots have been around for half a century. Blundstone’s rugged Originals are made of supple leather that enables an easy slip-on and gets more comfortable with age. They’re also outfitted…

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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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Colorful Trails: The Intersection of Art and Nature

By Ellen Kanzinger | 13 Dec 19
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Sachi Rome’s “If I were a Bird (looking for Peace),” located on the Atlanta BeltLine. Photo by The Sintoses, reprinted with permission from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. There are many ways to enjoy a trail—a long run, a hard ride, a contemplative stroll. Much like a path winding through the woods, art is also wide open…

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Fresh Tracks: Top Cross-Country Skiing Destinations in the Southeast

By Noah Poulos | 12 Dec 19
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Enjoy epic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Roan Mountain range, located on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. / Photo by Travis Bordley Cross-country skiing—also known as Nordic skiing—evokes thoughts of the far north. Places where the thermostat stays below zero and snow blankets the ground for months on end. With fewer winter whiteouts…

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November – December 2019: Top Adventure Towns

By BRO Admin | 02 Dec 19
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Features Top Adventure Towns For the ninth straight year, Blue Ridge Outdoors’ readers selected the best adventure hubs in the region.  The Rundown: Best Southern Slopes From gentle greens to thrilling black diamonds, check out our guide to the top resort runs in the Blue Ridge. Plus, a look at the South’s favorite cross-country skiing…

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Marathon: Becoming a Runner

By Jeremy D. Larson | 11 Nov 19
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A writer’s journey to becoming a runner For nine months, I haven’t met a day without soreness or left it without exhaustion. Whether nursing an inflamed Achilles tendon or dealing with a pre-arthritic runner’s knee or just a general ache from a speed, distance, or strength workout, my body, at 34, has become the site…

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GEAR UP: Top Picks for Great Gear

By BRO Admin | 07 Nov 19
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This year’s hottest products are here and just in time for the holidays. Get in gear! Want to get your hands on some of this gear? Enter to win the GIVEAWAY! Icemule Boss Ultimate portability. Ultimate ice retention. Ultimate ease of use. No wonder the ICEMULE BOSS™ is the ultimate cooler. Premium, multi-day ice retention…

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Cutting the Public Out of Public Lands?

By Will Harlan | 17 Oct 19
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Photo by Steven McBride The Forest Service is proposing to eliminate public comment from most logging projects in Appalachia   The Forest Service is proposing to gut the most important conservation law on the books.  You’ve probably heard of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act—all of which are also under…

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The New Gender Rules in Sports

By Anna Katherine Clemmons | 15 Oct 19
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Are testosterone levels the best way to categorize male and female athletes? When an east coast-based cisgender ultrarunner—who asked to remain anonymous—saw the entrant’s pool for a recent competition, she was conflicted. The veteran saw that she would be racing against several familiar names, including Grace Fisher. Fisher had finished ahead of her in several…

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