April 2010

Should young children participate in extreme sports?

By BRO Admin | 14 Apr 10
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Vote and tell us what you think and you’ve got a shot at winning a Gary Fisher Disc Bike from Subaru!

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Backatcha!

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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Favorite A.T. spot? Steven McBride The Mount Rogers area, specifically Rhododendron Gap, has incredible alpine views, awesome rocks, and of course the colorful wildflowers. Will Harlan The hard-earned views from Thunderhead Mountain in the Smokies are worth the effort. Harrison Shull The Mount Cammerer fire lookout in the northern Smokies. The long, steep hike weeds…

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Tents and Care

By Graham Averill | 06 Apr 10
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It’s simple math: You can go farther if you carry less weight, and the tent is usually the heaviest single item in your pack. Get your tent weight down to the bare-bones minimum with one of these new three-season ultralight tents designed to cut weight while still keeping you protected. Nemo Equipment Meta 1 Nemo’s…

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Bear Hazing

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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How do you scare a 300-pound black bear? For the last four years, national park biologists have been evaluating various aversion methods to keep bears at a safe distance from humans. They’ve shot bears with rubber slugs, used slingshots and pepper spray, thrown rocks, even chased them on foot. Overall, aversive conditioning reduced but did…

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Hiking ATV Trails?

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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For over a decade, Great Eastern Trail visionaries have been patching together an 1800-mile alternative path to the A.T., mostly using existing trail systems and building trails to fill gaps when necessary. Until recently, a 250-mile stretch between Kentucky and West Virginia was completely void of any viable footpath. So the Great Eastern Trail Association…

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Handmade Bike Champ

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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Roanoke native Aaron Dykstra walked away with the coveted “Rookie of the Year” award for his sleek and elegant track bike at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, where the best custom bike builders converged to compete for top honors. For two years, Dykstra has been building Six Eleven Bicycles, custom-made bikes inspired by a…

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Local Food Atlas

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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Having trouble finding fast access to locally grown food in your neck of the woods? The USDA has just launched Your Food Environment Atlas, an interactive website that will give you a fast look at local food producers, markets, and farms in your area. In addition to providing a comprehensive local food map, the site…

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Land Grabs in the Virginias

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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In early February the Nature Conservancy purchased 13,350 acres in Virginia’s Dragon Run Swamp. The purchase from the Hancock Timber Group resulted in the biggest conservation easement in Commonwealth history. Dragon Run is an ecologically diverse gem in the Chesapeake Bay area—a tidal cypress swamp with 90 species of birds and 55 species of fish.…

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Elk For Dinner?

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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The NC Wildlife Resource Commission has proposed removing the Smoky Mountain Elk from the state’s list of “species of special concern.” The designation currently gives the elk extra protection from hunters if they roam beyond the boundaries of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the organization that provided the elk for…

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Exercise Primarily To Lose Weight

By BRO Staff | 06 Apr 10
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DO YOU EXERCISE PRIMARILY TO LOSE WEIGHT? Yes: 22% I do exercise to maintain my weight, but it is also a release for me—a way to deal with the daily frustrations of life. I exercise for health reasons and to be strong and fit. My daily sport or trek into nature is the highlight of…

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Mapping The Secrets of Big Pisgah and Bonas Defeat

By Graham Averill | 06 Apr 10
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Will new maps and publicity ruin an undiscovered outdoor oasis—or help save it?

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Proud To Be Softcore

By Lauren Ellerman | 06 Apr 10
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Outdoor adventure doesn’t have to hurt The other night I found myself changing channels between Masterpiece Theater and the X Games. Masterpiece Theater had been on my calendar for weeks, but during a commercial, I came across two young men and women riding a halfpipe and hurling their bodies into the air, trying to achieve…

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Feel the Burn

By Jedd Ferris | 06 Apr 10
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Toughest Cycling Climbs in the Southeast John Summerson likes the sadistic side of cycling—climbing. During his free time, the exercise physiologist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C., hops on his steely steed and cranks up the steepest ascents in the South. He just released a Southern-specific version of his book…

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Flying High

By Graham Averill | 06 Apr 10
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Paragliding Provides Bird’s-Eye-View of the Blue Ridge It’s a bright, blue-sky afternoon in Botetourt County, Virginia. Popcorn clouds move lazily overhead. In a grassy clearing atop a high mountain ridge are six people strapping on wings. Larry Dennis, a Roanoke obstetrician, is the first to launch. He tugs gently on the lines, the breeze catches…

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The Southern Art of Rock

By Jedd Ferris | 06 Apr 10
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Rock poster art first gained popularity in the late 1960s. It’s experiencing a revival today with an emerging crop of talented gig poster artists, whose works earn loyal collector followings and fetch high dollars. The phenomenon was recently captured in the new critically acclaimed documentary American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art. Many…

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