April 2009

Call of the Wild

By BRO Admin | 17 Mar 15
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In 2009, BRO sat down with Eustace Conway, “The Last American Man,” to talk about Turtle Island, overconsumption, and spirituality. See what he has to say in this exclusive interview!

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Which outdoor behavior is most loathsome?

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 09
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a)    Leaving boats or bikes on your car ALL THE TIME so everyone knows you’re outdoorsy. b)    Wearing Crocs in inappropriate situations like weddings and business meetings. c)    Using any form of the term “bro.” d)    Add your own! Leave your comments below!

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The Life and Times of Ray Hicks – by Lynn Salsi

By Dave Stallard | 02 Apr 09
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Before his death in 2003, Ray Hicks was an unassuming Appalachian icon whose anonymity nearly doomed him to obscurity. Born and raised on Old Beech Mountain near Boone, North Carolina, Hicks gained unlikely celebrity as a storyteller of national renown. Becoming known as the “Keeper of the Jack Tales,” Hicks would share these centuries old…

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Sarah Siskind – Say It Louder

By BRO Staff | 02 Apr 09
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Sarah Siskind is poised for a breakout year in 2009. The much-lauded singer/songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by country artist Randy Travis and bluegrass megastar Alison Krauss (who earned a Grammy nomination for her rendition of Siskind’s “Simple Love”), finished 2008 opening for folk crooner Bon Iver during his recent tour of Europe. Siskind’s…

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Appalachian Trail Guide

By BRO Staff | 01 Apr 09
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How To: Grayson Highlands State Park

By Jedd Ferris | 31 Mar 09
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Grayson Highlands State Park is an easy portal to the vast 120,000-acre Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Southwest Virginia. In fact, Grayson Highlands was originally called Mount Rogers State Park when it opened in 1965.

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Advice From Eustace Conway

By BRO Admin | 31 Mar 09
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Grow up and realize that everything is not always fun. Some days, your hands get cold breaking ice to repair the hydroelectric system, or your hands get blistered from hoeing the garden weeds. It’s not a push-button, instant-success world, despite how many Americans currently live. We’re addicted to feel-good fun stuff, but that’s not reality.…

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Southeast Animals

By BRO Staff | 31 Mar 09
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The Southeast is the most biologically diverse region in the United States. What does that mean? In layman’s terms, our forests are full of really, really cool animals—squirrels that fly, elk that spar, bears that growl, alligators that smile, and even fireflies that can keep time. Use this guide to find out where the wild…

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Vision Quest: Blind Thru-Hiker Trevor Thomas

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Mar 09
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IT TAKES A STRONG WILL to fall 78 times and keep getting back up. But that’s just what Trevor Thomas did on one of the last days of his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Last October, Thomas became just the second blind person to hike the entire A.T. The first was Bill Irwin, who completed…

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Leaders of the Pack

By BRO Staff | 30 Mar 09
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The backpack is more than just the sack that holds your stuff. It’s your passport to adventure. Below are four new packs that will have the gear junkies salivating.

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Doc Watson

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Mar 09
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Doc Watson is one of the last remaining icons of the original generation of tradi-tional folk and blue-grass. Coming from humble beginnings in the rural mountain country of Deep Gap, N.C., Watson lost his sight at an early age. But he did not let it deter him from setting the standard for flat-picking guitar. At…

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Still Running After All These Years

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Mar 09
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Streakers Run Every Day for Decades

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Justin Padgett

By BRO Admin | 30 Mar 09
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Justin Padgett is founder and executive director of Landmark Learning, a training center for outdoor educators based in Cullowhee, N.C. Padgett is an experienced backcountry trip leader certified in everything from swiftwater rescue to wilderness emergency medicine. My wife hates camping because she’s scared of bears. i keep telling her bears are the last thing…

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Sexercising (Gi-giddy!) and more!

By BRO Admin | 30 Mar 09
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Shenandoah Mountain is a 75-mile long mountain that forms the border of the famous Shenandoah Valley. 115,000 acres of roadless areas on the mountain are being nominated by environmental and recreational groups for a potential National Scenic Area. The proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area offers a network of 150 miles of hiking, equestrian, and…

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Recycle Everything

By BRO Admin | 30 Mar 09
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Gear closet over-floweth? Don’t hoard your old gear, recycle it. Backpacks: The American Birding Association collects used backpacks and distributes them to scientists all over the country. americanbirding.org. Bikes: Bikes for the World is a D.C.-based nonprofit that gives used bicycles new life by refurbishing and delivering unwanted bikes to people in developing countries. bikesfortheworld.org.…

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